2014 Audi S3: Price And Features For Audi Australia's New Hot Hatch

TMR Team | Dec 13, 2013

UPDATE: Pricing originally revealed in July.


Audi's new turbocharged S3 Sportback hotbox has landed in Australia, priced at $59,900 plus on-roads - around $5000 cheaper than Audi had initially projected back in April.

The hot new S3 arrives six months behind the 'cooking' versions of the new A3, which hit Australia with four engine options in May.

As before, Australian buyers will only get the option of a five-door S3, focusing on the Sportback's blend of power and practicality.

Mechanical Package

The S3 is powered by Audi's 2.0 litre TFSI four-cylinder, producing 206kW and 380Nm - down from 221kW in overseas markets, but still a powerful leap over the 188kW/330Nm output of its predecessor.

Transmission options include Audi's six-speed S tronic automatic or a six-speed manual - both priced at $59,900 - and the familiar quattro all-wheel-drive system also stars here.

Audi promises a 0-100km/h time of 5.4 seconds for the manual S3, and a much sharper 5.0 seconds when fitted with the S tronic dual-clutch auto.

Despite the boosted output, fuel consumption has fallen 1.5 litres to 6.9 l/100km - thanks to the new engine technology and a 70kg lighter kerb weight.

The new S3's chassis has also come in for the usual tweaks, gaining 25mm-lower sports suspension, bigger brakes and the option of electromagnetic damper control.

Features

On the styling front, there's a new S-specific grille, along with new bumpers and skirts and big new 18-inch wheels wrapped in 225/40 rubber.

Exterior features are rounded out with Xenon Plus headlights with LED daytime running lights and LED tail-lights.

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In the cabin, there's Audi's flat-bottomed steering wheel, satin brushed aluminium highlights, Nappa leather sports seats and S badging throughout.

There's also the MMI Navigation Plus package with MMI Touch recognition, Park Assist with front/rear sensors and a reversing camera, Audi Music Interface with Bluetooth, and dual-zone climate control.

The optional $4990 S Performance pack adds LED headlights, Bang & Olufsen audio, Audi Magnetic Ride suspension, diamond-stitch sports seats, new 'star' design 18-inch wheels, and red brake calipers front and rear.

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  • WarrenY says,
    1 year ago
    9 likes
    Best Golf yet
    • CAZZO says,
      1 year ago
      Best Golf yet


      +1

      A golf [not platform] with leather laughlaughlaugh

    • Honza says,
      10 months ago
      2 likes
      "Best golf yet" thanks for brightening my day with a good chuckle at the most ignorant comment of the week...
    • Honza says,
      10 months ago
      "Best golf yet" so basically what your saying is that Lexus owners are just like Audi owners.....
    • WarrenY says,
      10 months ago
      I didn't say that being the "best Golf yet" was a bad thing.

      My Golf is 6yrs old with 210,000kms and still drives better than most new cars that I have tried. Since we appear to have sorted the stalling issue we will keep it as we own it, returns 6.5lt/100km around town, is very comfortable on 15" wheels, goes well, has rear air vents, all mod cons and still has original brakes and battery.
  • elephino says,
    1 year ago
    Except that the old S3 didn't have 195kw in Aus, nor does the new one have 220kw here.
  • mel says,
    1 year ago
    Europe says the new Golf Gti and Fiesta ST drive better
    • Balthazaaaaaargh says,
      1 year ago
      4 likes
      Do you mean Focus ST? The Fiesta ST is one size smaller.
  • leigh says,
    1 year ago
    why would you buy this if you could the hotter, better perceived brand, 10 K cheeper, Merc A250!!!
    • Chuck says,
      1 year ago
      9 likes
      The S3 is in a different league to the A250, performance wise. It has a 56kW and 30Nm advantage, not to mention a 0-100 km/h that's 1.5 seconds faster (S3: 5.0s, A250: 6.6s).

      I'm a big fan of the A250 and was very close to placing an order in early May but the S3 ***s all over the A250 performance wise.
    • BB says,
      1 year ago
      3 likes
      because they are not comparable cars.... thats why.
  • Nightshader says,
    10 months ago
    Doesn't seem that great IMO.
    When you start to compare cars at their respective price points I think both the A250, M135i, and A45 are all better buys.

    They needed to cut the 5k off otherwise they would be squared up directly against the M135i at the same price.
    206KW vs 235KW
    5.4Sec vs 4.9Sec


    Plus the interior like most VAG interiors puts me to sleep, I much prefer both the BMW and Merc interiors.
    • Richard says,
      10 months ago
      The stronic S3 does 0-100 in 5 sec.
    • SamK says,
      10 months ago
      Audi dealer today.... "There won't be one available till about Aug 2014" and "about starting from $73k d/a before extras".

      Ha, price cut my @r$3!
      • Sam says,
        10 months ago
        2 likes
        Interesting I just ordered one and it will be coming in April. Might need to try another dealer.. Also I got mine for 64k driveaway with Magnetic ride!
        • SamK says,
          10 months ago
          Did you get to drive one Sam...? I'm interested but was put off earlier today.
        • Paul W says,
          10 months ago
          2 likes
          I love it. Where did you get that deal?
        • Tom says,
          10 months ago
          was that with the S Performance Pack?
  • Wesa182 says,
    10 months ago
    1 like
    What happened to the silver roof rails that come with the euro spec version? Do we get them here at all?
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