Ahead of its March 2014 launch date, Audi has now confirmed the prices and details of the S3 Saloon model for the UK.
- Priced from £33,240 On The Road,
- 300 PS 2.0TFSI turbocharged engine,
- Standard quattro all-wheel-drive
- 0-62 mph 4.9 (S tronic) 5.3 seconds (manual),
- Limited 155 mph top speed,
- Over 40 mpg combined fuel economy.
With a £2,000 premium over the already, relatively, expensive hatchback it’s hard to look at the S3 Saloon and call it cheap. It is, however, a handsome devil and looks far more rakish and dynamic than its 3 or 5-door (sorry, Sportback) brethren. Whether a 2.0 litre four-cylinder powered car really needs a quad-exit chrome-tipped exhaust is a matter of opinion; for ESM it leans a little too much on the gauche side of the fence for what is meant to be a subtle vehicle. Xenon headlamps, with the inevitable LED daytime running lights are standard, with a full LED setup on the options list. Sadly, the wing mirrors are now only aluminium look, rather than the genuine metal versions found on S cars of old. A shame, but probably a necessity in modern society.