Used Audi A3 S3 (2013 - 2016) Comfort

Review by Parkers on
Last Updated: 28 Jul 2015
4.5
The new Audi S3 is a very impressive take on the ‘warm hatch’ – a hatchback which isn’t as hard-edged as a dedicated performance model yet still boasts decent performance. Rivals include the Ford Focus ST and the BMW M135i.

4 out of 5

Comfort

Unlike some other high performance hatchbacks, Audi S3 comfort levels aren’t actually bad at all. The ride quality is forgiving and the cabin doesn’t suffer from undue road or wind noise intrusion.

You can hear the engine, but that’s deliberate. Audi has actively pumped sound into the cabin to emphasise the S3’s sporty nature.

The seats are very supportive and also fairly comfortable, so there’s not a huge amount to worry about there.

4 out of 5

Practicality

Audi S3 practicality is extremely similar to that of the A3. In fact, it’s identical. You get the same 325-litre boot space which isn’t as large as a Ford Focus ST, but it is big enough for most people’s needs.

There’s a selection of cubbies and the door pockets are a decent size too. The glovebox will house anything you want kept out of sight.

Because an electric handbrake is installed, there’s more than enough elbow room which can sometimes be obstructed by a large handbrake lever.

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Behind the wheel

It’s certainly a smart place to be. Of note was the refined dashboard design – many cars have so many buttons these days you think you’re in a space shuttle, but the S3’s interior feels restrained and, well, classy.

The instrument dials are grey, the needles white. The rev counter includes a boost pressure indicator and there’s that multifunction sports steering wheel with the flat-bottomed rim.

In models equipped with S tronic, it also has aluminium-look shift paddles behind the wheel. The pedals and footrest are made of brushed aluminium.

Sports seats with pull-out seat cushions are also a new development, while Audi also offers optional S sport seats with integrated head restraints and diamond quilting.

The interior of the S3, including the headlining, is in black with contrasting stitching. S logos adorn the door sill strips, the steering wheel, the gear/selector lever knob and the instruments.