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the audi S3 got great performance,the design is well done both inside and outside.If your a family you might try another options but if your a single and got it on the budget than its well priced car for you.the steering wheel is fine,the grip is excellent and the space in the back is more than expected.you need to except that the option list is big and quite expensive and the fuel economy is not the best and maybe another brands would offer you more as standard,but this Car is aiming well for its targeted market.
Audi S3 is a superb car if not a little bit on the pricey side. I currently have a 2007 reg version in black. It has 4 wheel drive which makes it quicker than a lot of its hot hatch rivals. I will be happy of the 4 wheel drive once the snow arrives ha ha The build quality is superb and I would expect nothing else from Audi to be honest, they really have grown to be a superb manufacturer over recent years. The S3 has really superb handling, it is glued to the road and you can throw it around a corner at speed safe in the knowledge it will not end up on the grass. This has a 265 bhp 2.0 litre engine going from 0-60 in 5.6 seconds which makes for a speedy acceleration. The exterior has recently had a facelift with the daytime led lights and different wheels but you would be far stretched to notice this unless you spotted one. The build quality inside is superb, you can bang your fist on the dashboard and it wont crack or do any damage, the doors sound like a merc or a higher quality car would sound like. I am 6ft 3" inch tall and the head room is perfectly acceptable, the rear view mirror can be in my view a bit but I am used to this now and am happy to make allowances. The rear seats are a bit of a struggle if you are putting adults in the back but are ideal for the little legs of the kids. There is also a lot of extras with the S3 that really make it feel that little more luxurious, like heated seats, xenon lights, leather interior. The heated seats work wonder this time of year as by the time I get to work the car has only just warmed up yet my backside is boiling keeping me warm and cosy. These retail for around £27k bran new which is a lot more expensive than cars of similar nature. If you are after a car which is quick, well made and keeps its value then this is the motor for you.
The Mk1 Audi S3 built from 99 till 2003 and based on the A3 model it is the flagship of that range. there were 2 variants the 210bhp (99-02) and the 225nhp (02-03). Both Had the same 1.8 liter straight 4cylinder Turbocharged engine, the second had a variable valve timing to increase the bhp output. Manufacturer stated a 0-62 of 6 seconds. It was dubbed a Quattro as it used a 4 wheel drive system to distribute the power to where it was needed the most. The S3 was officially sold in Uk, Europe, Mexico and Australia but not officially in the USA. Some of the Main Features that came as standard on the new car were; xenon HID headlamps with high pressure washers, front fog lamps, 17 in "Avus" alloy wheels with 225/45R17 tires, electrically adjustable Recaro leather seats, climate control, alarm, electronic traction control/stability program, Electric Mirrors, Trip computer along with many that are std on any modern car. As with all new cars this day and age there were the many optional extras that of course push up the price Including; Bose sound system, boot/trunk mounted 6 disc CD changer, metallic paint, 18 inch 9-spoke RSTT wheels, glass sunroof, center arm rest, auto dipping rear view mirror, parking assist, luggage net, heated front seats, cruise control, aluminum door mirror casings and part leather/Alcantara (blue/silver/yellow) combination seat coverings. The original standard on the road price was in the region of £25000 from a main dealer but as can be expected this could vary wildly, and even more so when adding on the optional extras. More Recently Audi have released the new Mk2 S3 with a 2.0 liter straight 4cylinder Turbo engine developing 265bhp and a 0-62 in 5.7 secs. Ownership: I bought a second had 2002 225bhp AUDI S3 in march 2006 at £15K which was the market value at the time and are still today going for £13K. This was not my first high performance car but was a big step up in quality, power and prestige from my previous cars. and i was expecting big things from it and some friends said my expectations were maybe a little to high, having owned it now for over 1 year i will give you my Opinions on it. Quality: The quality of the S3 was exactly what you would expect from a modern Audi competing on the level with BMW and Mercedes, the finish of the trim, carpets were flawless even after 4 years of use, the Gearbox was solid and so was the power delivery, all the electrics worked first time every time and still do today. The leather seats were in good condition with very few marks on them. exterior wise was much the same there were a few battle scars from stones and the supermarket days but this is to be expected of a second hand car. Reliability: Now i but your all hoping I've had lots of problems, sorry to disappoint you but I've had very few in the last 18 months for a car that is now 5 years old its good going. what has gone wrong though is, rear washer jet tube fell off into the boot, 1 rear parcel shelf mount broke, the center arm rest broke and the passenger electric window motor broke. that is all. its been MoT'ed once serviced once had all 4 tyres changed once and thats it. Driving and Comfort: Now this is my favorite bit as well its what you do with a car is it not drive it and sit in it. The leather seats once you have adjusted them to how you desire with the electric adjustments are really comfortable just be careful on hot days and short Skirts/Shorts ouch. The climate control is great for the hot days too although you do find yourself either to hot or to cold sometimes and take a while to get it just right, but hey better than panting out of a window like a dog. So now your set up and comfortable for the drive ahead, once you have given it a good amount of time to warm up and are ready to give it a bit of right foot, you will not be disappointed the grip is amazing helped both by the 4wd Quattro system and the ESP (electronic stability program) on take of and around bends its is hard to spin the wheels or loose traction, the pull when the turbo kicks n around the 4k mark is like turbos should be and will put a smile on anyones face, but its a surprise to most people as its a bit Stealth in its appearance not like some boy racer car its smooth one moment then a monster the next. One Warning on the comfort Long drives can become a little less comfortable just stop and take rests (long distance being 500+ miles) and watch out for the bumps its sporty and has sporty suspension so can be a little rough over them. To sum up yes there are faster cars yes there are more Prestige cars and there are cars that can be just as much a thrill for less money but for a car thats a jack of all the trades its a great one and i struggle to find Fault and its a well Recommended car. How good the new version is I've yet to find out but hope it wont be to different. The fuel economy is good for the car it is to i regularly get 32mpg mixed and near to 40mpg on the motorway.
So where do you go once you've outgrown the mainstream "Hot Hatches" on the market? No doubt you are looking for something a bit more special, yet with convenience, and a quality marque as you climb the corporate laddder. You want something that stands out from the crowd, but doesn't draw too much unwanted attention. Clue: The Audi S3. Generating 210bhp and with Audi's Quattro four wheel drive system this is the Quality hatch your brain says yes to, whilst meeting your heart's desire for performance and handling. Equipment levels are good with Leather Recaro seats, xenon headlights and low profile special "S" alloys. If you're looking for a monster hot hatch with major airscoops, spoilers and all the "go faster" stripes then you'll be disappointed, but if you want a special little package that pleases both heart and head then this is highly recommended.