Audi S3 Sportback (Rear Side View) (2013)
Audi S3 Sportback (Rear Side View) (2013)

Ride and Handling

This is a car with distinguished handling, it hangs onto tight bends really well and exudes confidence on a twisty rural road. This makes it really quick on a cross-country route because the four-wheel-drive system gives it a grippy assurance that lets you drive quickly with a no qualms about the car's control.

The downside is a ride quality that is very definitely on the firm side, some might view it as hard and a bit unforgiving. You need to try to drive around potholes, or be rattled as the car scuttles across them. This is a car that is definitely at its best on smooth, well-surfaced roads. If we're being very picky, the steering could do with a bit more direct feedback. It's good, but lacks the ultimate precision feel of some rivals.

Ease of Use

Considering its hot hatch high performance nature, the S3 Sportback is a remarkably practical car. Its five-door design makes for easy access and exit, and it has a useful boot size and a standard split-fold rear seat that can be stowed to extend the luggage space from its normal size of 340 litres to a very handy maximum 1,180 litres if you opt to flatten the rear seats and carry a longer load. The 55-litre fuel tank gives it a theoretical range of over 480 miles, which is better than many performance cars.

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