Audi S3 Review from Australia and New Zealand

2001 Audi S3 1.8 20V turbo petrol

Model year2001
Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 1.8 20V turbo petrol Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired65000 kilometres
Most recent distance75000 kilometres
Previous carHolden Astra


Quick enough, stylish, unique, but potentially expensive to fix if you have a major issue


The clutch pedal broke at approximately 71,000 KMs, this is apparently a common fault with the car, and was replaced fairly cheaply, and apparently with a superior part that did not break as easily.

Also, rust started to appear on the roof rails, another very common issue, but Audi fixed it as the paint work has a 10 year guarantee.

General Comments:

When I was looking for a car my check list was 1) 4 cylinder turbo, and 2) all wheel drive, which for the money I was spending, meant either a WRX, Lancer or S3. I went the S3 for something different, and I also feel that it's a better looking car than the other options.

The performance was good; not great, as it's a heavy car, but solid. Highway driving was brilliant with the 6 speed manual, and the suspension was brilliant on good roads and holds well through corners, but not very pleasant on Adelaide's bumpy roads.

The interior was a great place to be; leather everything, and excellent quality plastics.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th January, 2011

Average review marks: 7.8 / 10, based on 1 review