Used Audi A3 S3 (2013 - 2016) Safety & Reliability

Review by Parkers on
Last Updated: 28 Jul 2015
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.

4.5 out of 5



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A five-star Euro NCAP crash test score comes thanks to the many Audi S3 safety systems available. As standard you get two front, side and head airbags. There’s also a new knee airbag for the driver and ‘rest recognition’, which warns the driver to take a rest if tiredness is detected.

Optional safety systems include Audi’s Pre-Safe, which prepares the car in the event it senses a crash is imminent. There’s Adaptive Cruise Control, which changes the vehicle’s speed if it senses a car is in front when cruise control is active.

Audi Side Assist is a form of blind spot warning, which senses when cars are behind and to the side and warns the driver. If the driver ignores the warning and goes to pull out, a far more obvious deterrent is issued which Audi claims is nearly impossible to miss.

4.5 out of 5


Historically, Audi S3 reliability has been exemplary. In fact, the firm has an excellent reputation for well-built and resilient cars.

Many of the parts used are tried-and-tested in other models, including the gearboxes and switchgear. The engine is new, but it would be most unlike Audi to launch a new powerplant without putting it through an enormous amount of strenuous testing first.

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