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Audi S3 Sportback 2017 review: Torquing Heads

EXPERT RATING
8
In this Torquing Heads, Nikki ponders whether this is the perfect car for her and Peter wonders where her fondness for a floored throttle has suddenly come from.

In this Torquing Heads, Nikki ponders whether this is the perfect car for her and Peter wonders where her fondness for a floored throttle has suddenly come from. 

The yellow S3 we both spent a week with is powered by Audi's 2.0 turbo with a whopping 213kW and 380Nm of torque delivering a 0-100km/h sprint of 4.8 seconds. 

Check out Peter's full Audi S3 review here

Since late 2016 it has come with Audi's new seven-speed twin clutch transmission and now has the brilliant 'Virtual Cockpit' digital dash system.

We also had the S performance package which adds those tasty 19-inch alloys, Nikki's favourite red brake calipers, an upgraded B&O sound system and my favourite, the magnetic ride system.

The S3 is quick and to help keep us safe there are the usual complement of airbags but also Audi's sophisticated pre-sense system that helps keep you out of a crash and a set of headlights that could light a rock concert.

Nikki wasn't at all sure about a fast Audi hatch. She's not a speed demon and I'm is always encouraging more liberal use of the loud pedal when there's some power under the bonnet, because if it's there, what's it for?

This is the Torquing Heads where I find out whether Nikki has a rev head buried deep inside her heart and I revisit one of my favourites.

Plus: Check out Tim Robson's Audi S3 review here

More: Thinking of performance hatches? Take a look at Chesto's BMW M140i reveiw here

Extra: See all Torquing Heads videos here.

Pricing Guides

$54,990
Based on 34 cars listed for sale in the last 6 months
Lowest Price
$49,990
Highest Price
$64,990

Range and Specs

VehicleSpecsPrice*
2.0 TFSI S TRONIC 2.0L, PULP, 7 SP AUTO $49,990 – 64,990 2017 AUDI S3 2017 2.0 TFSI S TRONIC Pricing and Specs
2.0 TFSI S TRONIC QUATTRO 2.0L, PULP, 7 SP AUTO $52,030 – 59,840 2017 AUDI S3 2017 2.0 TFSI S TRONIC QUATTRO Pricing and Specs
S/BACK 2.0 TFSI QUATTRO BLK ED 2.0L, PULP, 7 SP AUTO $50,050 – 57,530 2017 AUDI S3 2017 S/BACK 2.0 TFSI QUATTRO BLK ED Pricing and Specs
Sportback 2.0 TFSI Quattro 2.0L, PULP, 6 SP MAN $56,100 – 64,460 2017 AUDI S3 2017 Sportback 2.0 TFSI Quattro Pricing and Specs
EXPERT RATING
8
Peter Anderson
Contributing journalist

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