2016 Audi S3 S Stronic Sportback 2.0 310PS from UK and Ireland
Fantastic performance, a quality product
Climate control panel LCD distorted - replaced under warranty.
Bubble / gurgling sound from under the tailgate area once the engine is turned off after driving. Audi said they could not hear it. From looking on forums, it seems to be fuel related.
Slight rattle on bad roads from where the sunroof switches are - quite annoying.
The 4 exhaust tips go black every 2 weeks - rather like a diesel.
Blistering performance, massive turbo as standard with a bit of lag.
Quick shifting gearbox isn’t the smoothest at times and changes up way too early, almost pulls off in second. Audi say it's normal.
MPG way, way off the Audi claim of 40 MPG combined. I get an average of 25 MPG at best, and in town around 20 MPG at times. I therefore doubt the claimed 149 CO2 (very competitive on paper given the power) is at all accurate.
Feels extremely solid and the build quality is superb. But to be honest, brand new it was £48k so I would expect this. The finish puts BMW and Mercedes models of this ilk to shame. Loads of lighting throughout the cabin - red lights on the doors (the 2017 model Audi cheapened this to reflectors!) and Audi logo lighting plus LED everywhere, including the cup holders.
Ride is very firm but it does have 19” alloys and needs to be firm due to the performance.
Virtual cockpit is a master piece, so stylish - I really love it. It’s a bit annoying you cannot get rid of the range of fuel left, especially as it goes down at such an alarming rate. Sweeping rear lights also uber stylish.
Very good looking car with the 19” wing arm alloys, chrome trimmings, black roof rails, tints and rare Tango red paintwork. A lot of S3s are in Grey with the standard 18” alloys and can look a little bland as the standard styling doesn’t set the pulse racing in the rather typical VAG group fashion.
A quality product, nice image, sounds great and overall I would recommend it highly. Just don’t believe you will ever see the claimed 40 MPG combined.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 21st June, 2019