Now i know what you're thinking my school didn't look anywhere near as nice as this one either anyway. We are here today to learn about the new audi s3 and to do that i'm, going to talk you around the design upgrades both on the outside and the inside i'm, going to test its performance i'm going to take it to a place with a rude name And i'm almost going to have a massive high speed collision on the autobahn, then at the end i'm, going to give you my verdict on the car now before we get into all of that, please make sure you subscribe to this channel and hit the bell icon To turn your notifications on that way, you won't miss a single upload. You ready good, then let's go buying a new car head to car wow to get offers from the uk's top dealers, car, wow, dot, co, dot. Uk the car buying comparison site. Let'S start this video by talking about the design upgrades over the normal a3, so being the s3, you get that important s3 badge there. Also the grille is slightly different as well. It'S got these elements held in which looks pretty nice and the surround on this particular one is black because it's an edition one car, which is fully loaded, basically it's a bit like the vorsprung model as well. Normally the entry level car would have a silver surround for the grill in terms of vintage.
That vent is fake, classic audi, though this one is real. However, if i move to the other side, the corresponding one here is fake. Still the front bumper is deeper and more aggressive than the standard a3 and you get led headlights as standard, though this one has upgraded matrix leds, but all s3s have a certain signature in these leds. Here for the daytime running lights, you get two stripes moving down. The side you get 18 inch alloy wheels as standard this one has the upgraded 19s and these elements are in black here, but on the entry level s3 they would be in silver. Got these side skirts here once again in black, and this guy has the audi quattrodings, which have been stuck on yeah. We could probably pick some off and make it look less tacky moving around to the back. You'Ve got a bigger roof spoiler than before. Also you've got your s3 badging at the rear. You'Ve got more aggressive, rear bumpers with an integrated diffuser, which of course, is fake. It doesn't diffuse anything at least the exhaust aren't fakes, classic s quad tail pipes, which personally, i prefer the look of over the oval tailpipes you get on the rs models. But what do you reckon do you agree with me? Let me know in the comments below we'll have an argument here on the inside of the s3. The most obvious upgrade over the standard a3 are the s sport seats, which are trimmed in fine nappa leather, they're lovely.
Actually, you also get an s steering wheel, which is round so it doesn't have a flat bottom there's. Also some aluminium pedals. You get some s performance dials. You can just have normal dolls if you prefer to toggle to those and you've got a lap timer. You also get a red surround for your stop start button there's a quattro badge on there, rather than just an audi badge which you get on normal ones, because this one has the quattro all wheel, drive system being the s model. You also get some s kick plates down there as well. All cars come with a seven speed: dual clutch automatic gearbox, which means you get the little knob rather than the bigger knob of the manual yeah. If you're a manual fan, you like a bigger knob, i'm afraid you can't get one with the s3 here in the back of the s3 rear. Passengers are also treated to some napa leather sport seats, which is nice other than that it's just the same there's, a decent amount of space you'll be fine in the back of this. If you go for a vault spring model, or this edition one, you get an electrically operated tailgate on the s3, you don't really need that. The boot, though it's a reasonable size, look as we demonstrate now with all our messy kit. However, the capacity is 370 liters, which is 10 liters less than the standard a3. I think that's to do with the fact there's the differential for the quattro system here in the back and that's really annoying me, because i need to fit in an extra 10 liters.
But i just can't – and that brings me on to five annoying things about the audi s3. You might think that you can turn the stability control all the way off by pressing and holding the button. It says it is off, but actually it's, still there working away in the background, so you never fully let totally loose or in control. The s3 may well have a sports exhaust, but even its loudest mode. The car in its sportiest setting doesn't sound great, i mean here's a tunnel i'm gon na give it a blast. Yeah it's, all just like yeah, the integrated headrest design of the front sport seats means that people in the back don't get quite such a good view forward. Damn it, the position of the drive mode select button is really awkward it's down here, so it's hard to hit where you're driving. Now you can't actually configure this special button here on the steering wheel, but you can't make it control the drive select, which is just absolutely infuriating on a sporty car like this. Even if you have the car in its sportier setting and the gearbox in manual mode, it will still automatically change up for you. If you reach the red line, look there not allowed to ping it off the limiter. If i want, thankfully, this car has plenty of cool features to help make up for all this here's five. The s3 has upgraded stiffened sport suspension, which sits 15 millimeters low to the ground.
Also, if you go for one of these edition, one versions or a verse sprung model, then you get adaptive dampers as standard now. These can actually read the road surface and react in a few thousands of a second. They also provide a greater breadth of ability between comfort and sporty setting compared to the adaptive dampers on the old s3 there's upgraded performance brakes for added stopping power and look they have a nice little s, logo on the camera as well. The car is fitted with a special computer which controls all the key driving functions, such as the stability control, the quattro, all wheel, drive system and the adaptive dampers. If you have them fitted and it ensures that they all work in perfect harmony, you can sort of consider it as being a bit like the ceo of driving dynamics. The quattro all wheel, drive system has an electronically controlled multi plate clutch just ahead of the front axle. Normally the car just drives along in front wheel, drive mode, but when you need some extra traction at the rear, you can instantaneously engage those back wheels. Theoretically, you can send 100 of the engine's power to the back wheels, but the reality is in practice a maximum of about 85 percent of the path which is slightly more power than you used to be able to get sent to the rear wheels. In the previous audi s3, the s3 gets progressive, steering as standard. That means that the steering gets more and more responsive.
The more you turn the wheel. So if you're cruising along at high speed – and you turn it a bit – it means that the car doesn't move much it doesn't feel jittery. Yet when you go at low speeds and turn it a lot, it's really maneuverable wait a minute there's a place called titting i've got to go to tetting. So the advantage of the progressive steering i'll demonstrate now for low speed maneuvers, because look it's dead easy to do a! U turn dead ahead to full lock in one whole turn makes the car really maneuverable perfect if you're a slightly childish motoring journalist and want to go to a place with a funny name. Here we come Applause, not quite was hoping for the most important change. The s3 has over a normal a3 is, of course its engine, so it gets a two liter four cylinder turbo now it's quite similar to the engine in the old s3 that used to produce 300. Horsepower, though reason is it used to produce 310 horsepower, but then, during a facelift they had to change things for emissions, and the power went down slightly to 300.. Now for this engine they've changed quite a lot of features on it, so the power is back up to 310 horsepower got 400 newton meters of torque and he says it'll do not to 60 in 4.8 seconds, which i think is a loader scheiser i'm, going to See for myself using my specialist timing gear here so i'm going to launch the car i've got the car in dynamic mode gearbox and sport.
I'Ve got the stability control in sport i'm going to launch it especially tommy gear, ready to go i'm ready to go let's. Do this let's see what it actually does launch control activated Music, come on cart, there's, a 60 quicker 4.4 seconds and we're going to do a quarter mile well, i'm running out of road. Oh, i was hoping to the quarter mile. Then i think. Oh, i think i was just a little bit shy, it's saying 13.15 seconds, but i reckon i was breaking beforehand. Let'S give it another, go all right: let's, try that again, i'm gon na be braver. This time launch activated, go aha, better, not 64.37 seconds come on. Now how much further to the quarter mile i'm running out of space, i think i might have made it. I got a 12.82 for the quarter mile. The thing about the s3 is that, while it can deliver impressive performance, it's also super easy to live with every day. So i'm testing out in town it's, a german town, which means that it's relatively empty and the road is super smooth. So very, unlike a british town, oh look there's a little manhole cover there. I'M gon na go over that tesla suspension seems a little bit firmer than the standard a3, but not bad isn't. The one i'm gon na try and get that you actually have to actively look for bumps in germany to give you an idea of what the car might feel like when you're driving the whole time in the uk it's a little bit difficult, always another one.
Let'S go over that, as far as i can tell it, it's fine, but really these roads are too smooth for me to be fully sure, relaxing easy to drive around town and the automatic gearbox is doing its thing. I don't even know changing gear. It is, though, just can't really tell it's smooth let's find out what this s3 is like for, having ziffan fun fun on the autobahn i'm, just cruising along at 120 kilometers an hour about 70 75 miles an hour using the adaptive cruise control so it's doing all The things like auto steering, keeping me a safe distance from the car in front it's, keeping it in lane i'm, not taking my hands off the wheel, though, what kind of economy are we doing so it's averaging 7.6 liters per 100 kilometers we're just cruising at 120.? So what's that ollie cameraman's got a conversion on his phone 37.17 british mpg, 37.17 british mpg. You heard the man that's all right for just cruising along but we're in germany, we're on the autobahn, we're waiting for it to become de restricted and here's. The sign come on let's. Do this let's see what this does for the economy? Whoa you can get about germany pretty plumbing quickly. I can tell you that much. Oh, my god it's spinning too quick two that forty here comes a bend i'm going to just ease it for this bend, let's open it up again. This thing is restricted to 250 kilometers, an hour which is 155 miles an hour.
Don'T think i'm going to get quite up there. We have to break in a second, oh we're. Getting there can i push on for it there. It is 250 boom on the brakes hard on the brakes, hard we're, losing bottles whoo that that is the thing about the auto farm. Even little crash warning came up on my poor cameraman if you'd like to come and work for carway just apply in the comments you might be putting your life at risk dealing with an idiot like me. So what did that do to the economy? Well, 15.2. Liters per 100 kilometer come on cameraman. The people want to know what's that 18.22 british mpg, but that's not bad. Considering it's smashing along around 155 miles an hour. Oh and it was i'm gon na, say relaxing it wasn't were you relaxed. So two things we've learned one when you're cruising this car can be a decent economy, two it's blooming quick and can get to 250 kilometers an hour, no problem at all and three when you absolutely need to it breaks well, which is important so let's, see just How much fun this new s3 is, then i've found a twisty road and i've got the kind dynamic mode i'm going to go into manual for the gearbox. It didn't take long until the speed limit that's one of the problems, but let's not slow down for the corners see. If i can just go around there, we go yeah, it just grips really well.
These german roads are so smooth. This one is probably a little bit worse than other ones, i've been driving on, but they're, nowhere near as bad as british roads. The suspension is now in the stiff setting because it's got the kind of dynamic and you do notice quite a difference between the comfort setting and the dynamic setting, but still it's, not bouncy, really i'm trying to find the really worst bits in the road and it's. Not making the car struggle at all, it feels taut feel serious. I don't know whether it feels quite as involving as i'd hope. There is something slightly more grown up about this s3 than a mercedes a45 and the lower power 835. they're a bit more raw, and that makes them a bit more engaging, whereas this is more sensible. It'S sharp it's, responsive, it's impressive, but it's a little bit detached at the same time better than the old s3 and more capable, but not the most fun hot hatch. Oh actually, i found some roads, which would be more like british road, so i'm just going to try it out here, i'm, going to put the kind to comfort quickly. Here we go let's get into comfort, because i wanted a soft setting for this come on cycle through here we go british roads yeah this. Is it what's it like now? Oh yeah, comfort, it's, doing a good job, yeah that's, what it's like driving in england? This is actually better there's, no potholes there should be potholes to be more british yeah, of course, i'm.
Joking actually, i'm sort of not oh we've, come to the end of the road now and here endeth the video. So there was my final verdict on the new audi s3. Should you avoid it? Should you consider it, should you shortlist it or should you just go right ahead and buy it? Well, i reckon you should shortlist the s3. It might not be the most fun hot hatch you can buy, but it's one of the most rounded and it's also blooming rapid. So this guy in this old mercedes, sl he's just come back because apparently this is his school. What was his school he's clearly made a success of himself hasn't.