Audi S3 review: 0-60mph + 1/4-mile tested... and almost crashed on Autobahn!?!

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Introducing the all-new Audi S3!
Audi’s new mid-range hot hatch (there’s no new RS3… yet!) arrives with all the styling cues you’d expect, from a deeper more aggressive front bumper through to a bigger roof spoiler and quad tailpipes… oh, and of course it includes Quattro all-wheel-drive!
Under the bonnet, you’ll find a 2-litre 4 cylinder turbo that can produce 310hp & 400Nm of torque. Sure the specs aren’t bad, but when you consider the last S3 produced 300hp, it doesn’t seem to offer much of an upgrade, does it?
So… does this all-new hot hatch offer enough change over its predecessor? And more importantly, is it a strong enough competitor to the likes of the A35 or M135i? You’ll have to stick with Mat for his latest review to find out!
Chapters
00:00 Intro
00:45 Exterior Design
02:16 Interior Design
03:01 Back Seats
03:13 Boot
03:42 Five Annoying Features
04:55 Five Cool Features
06:57 Engine
07:25 0 - 60mph
08:40 Town Driving
09:27 Autobahn Driving
11:50 Twisty Road Driving
Audi S3 Specifications:
Engine: 2-litre 4 Cylinder Petrol
Acceleration (0 - 60mph): 4.8 seconds
Fuel Economy: 35mpg
Emissions: 183 CO2
First year road tax: £870
RRP from: £38,765
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  • What would you love to see us drag race against the new Audi S3?

    carwowcarwow2 أشهر قبل
    • A35 & 135i

      Fan YangFan Yang5 أيام قبل
    • a35, old s3, and m135i or m235i

      Joanna YuenJoanna Yuen9 أيام قبل
    • Golf r a35

      mehdi annanemehdi annane16 أيام قبل
    • Speaking of which click on the pop out banner to see if I'd like to see you drag race the new Audi S3 ;)

      Jose AnthonyJose Anthony16 أيام قبل
    • Cla 35 amg and previous Audi s3

      Angel SalcedoAngel Salcedo22 أيام قبل
  • How much is that?

    MOTORCU BEY NİNJAMOTORCU BEY NİNJA2 أيام قبل
  • Holy it's fast as hekk for an S3

    Audi quattroAudi quattro2 أيام قبل
  • 6:02 Isn't this false? Haldex cannot physically transfer more than 50% of power to the rear?

    jeetsupajeetsupa2 أيام قبل
  • It’s not „fun, fun, fun on the Autobahn“ but „fahr´n, fahr´n, fahr´n auf der Autobahn, meaning „riding, riding, riding on the Autobahn“. It’s fun to see Matt enjoying the freedom of no Speed restrictions like me as a boy going with my father in his S6 4.2 Avant (C4) 25 years ago.

    Simon DehnSimon Dehn3 أيام قبل
  • What is the adjective used at 7.29 - 7.30 ? .... 'load of ???'

    Vitus YuVitus Yu6 أيام قبل
  • Stopped watching when Matt says the car changes up for you. No thanks

    STOSTO7 أيام قبل
  • shortlist it... surprise

    gas gazmangas gazman8 أيام قبل
  • WHY cant we get this beautiful hatchback in the US?

    Evan MartinEvan Martin9 أيام قبل
  • Give us a hatch in Canada!

    David JervisDavid Jervis9 أيام قبل
  • What a beauty that Gray colored Mercedes Benz SL 300 Convertible 🔥 🔥 🔥 🔥 🔥 🔥 🔥 🔥 🔥 🔥

    Agustin LidénAgustin Lidén10 أيام قبل
  • Great review as always from Matt! Just one thing: it would have been good to see the screen split between the speedo and the front camera view on the unrestricted stretch of autobahn. Felt I was missing the exhilaration of the fast bits by too much focus on the speedo.

    LeastTangoLeastTango10 أيام قبل
  • Ngl I prefer the previous S3

    SabirSabir12 أيام قبل
  • front somehow looks exatly like an a1 to me

    hofgofhofgof15 أيام قبل
  • M135i a35amg golf r

    mehdi annanemehdi annane16 أيام قبل
  • Get a new job, I bet you drive ford focus you have no ability as a critic.

    Rob BeddallRob Beddall17 أيام قبل
  • Not liking the new S3. Feels a bit... I don't know, decent.. You want this thing to look more like a beast or something. The round steering wheel is not helping, so is the sound. My Polo GTI sounds a lot better.

    JVBJVB18 أيام قبل
  • There are other downgrades as well like the metal door sill plates without the S3 badge. You wil now get a boring standard S badge for all the S models. Also missing that on the steering wheel. Won’t give you that specific S3 or S4, S5, RS5, RS6 feeling. All the RS models have the same standard badges. SUPER BORING! Not a great job Audi! They are all on their money savings 😤

    cemeray187cemeray18719 أيام قبل
  • They bumped the power on the new mk8 golf r to 320 bhp, but not the new s3?... strange

    TraderBoy 2020TraderBoy 202019 أيام قبل
  • Vw gte please

    Jahmall ProsetikoJahmall Prosetiko20 أيام قبل
  • stupud person test a smart car

    dexieme comptedexieme compte21 أيام قبل
  • RS IS EVERYTHING PUT LIKE AT THE VIDEO AND ON THE COMMENT FOR WHO THINK RS IS BETTER

    Cristian CalitanellaCristian Calitanella22 أيام قبل
  • You tube are either dumb by infuriating viewers by ruining videos with constant ads or they know exactly what they are doing and want to coerce everyone into paying money to not see the adverts......i dont think theyre dumb. Its is wrecking viewer enjoyment.......

    fatwalletboy2fatwalletboy226 أيام قبل
  • 2:44 To Mat, no it don't have the quattro system, this got the Haldex fake system. No A3 got the Thorsen AWD system Audi is known for.

    SavageHobbitSavageHobbitأشهر قبل
  • You neglected to mention all the fake vents at the back

    IceWolfIceWolfأشهر قبل
  • So which you buy new S3 or Golf R...???

    John ThomsonJohn Thomsonأشهر قبل
  • get and do a mk8 golf gti review ffs

    david thomasdavid thomasأشهر قبل
  • We need a review of this against the A 35 AMG! 👍

    Constantine LsConstantine Lsأشهر قبل
  • Sir, please make an detailed video on jaguar f pace 2021🙏🙏.

    Vikas DhimanVikas Dhimanأشهر قبل
  • I thought I was seeing things wrong. The S3 looks more beautiful than the RS3. Not just the tail pipe, but the wheels too

    Lehlohonolo PhalatseLehlohonolo Phalatseأشهر قبل
  • Impressed by the road quality in rural German lol

    Eric WongEric Wongأشهر قبل
  • That fuel use is a lot better than it used to be - I had the old unaspirated S4, and its V8 wanted 53l/100 at its top speed (rev limiter), which was 267km/h on the GPS. At that speed it would go from fully tanked up to "I'm thirsty, again" in under 15 minutes..

    Freddo FlintstonoFreddo Flintstonoأشهر قبل
  • nobody absolutely no manufacturer german manufacturers: "we make our cars significantly faster to 0-60 than the stated times and also under-tune them so teenagers can get extra couple hundred horsepowers on remaps"

    Nayeem An-noorNayeem An-noorأشهر قبل
  • GooooooooooD Job

    Tu Anh TruongTu Anh Truongأشهر قبل
  • Audi needs a factory tuning company like APR to offer customers with full warranty tunes, like Roush does for Mustang.

    Lifted_AboveLifted_Aboveأشهر قبل
  • Both Audi and VW have ruined the looks of the new hot hatches

    Mark ParnellMark Parnellأشهر قبل
  • you were not in S SPORT mode

    IGOTGAME NJIGOTGAME NJأشهر قبل
  • Matt if you look at the sign it says it's only restricted to 100 kph between 22pm-6am that means during the day it's unlimited.

    GPOGPOأشهر قبل
  • german roads are impeccable

    MrWalker1000MrWalker1000أشهر قبل
  • Que cosa mas fea ese S3. Del concepto original de lo que fue el primer s3 (8l), a lo que es hoy en dia... todo un mundo de diferencia y no para bien.

    Txiri TxiriTxiri Txiriأشهر قبل
  • ㅇ ㅇ ㅇㄷ닝ㅂ티ㅏㅇ아9ㄴ. 9f +inKf Bm

    이영애이영애أشهر قبل
  • 9:25 =))

    HmNHmNأشهر قبل
  • OH LOOK NOT A MANUAL WHO CARES

    Evan FinchEvan Finchأشهر قبل
  • Yellow and black again?

    I like frogs .I like frogs .أشهر قبل
  • Bought the previous facelift S3 loved it this does nothing for me

    rayner1704rayner1704أشهر قبل
  • Looks to much like a a1

    Jack HallidayJack Hallidayأشهر قبل
  • Camera man seems so handsome😏

    Tristan McVeyTristan McVeyأشهر قبل
  • Wer kommt auch alles von der Schule und hat des von der Klassengruppe bekommen lol

    II TheLordOfHonor2k6 llII TheLordOfHonor2k6 llأشهر قبل
  • TÜRKIYE TÜRKIYE TÜRKIYE

    Seymanur GümüsSeymanur Gümüsأشهر قبل
  • Omg thats my nice school hahahah. Maria Ward zu wild.

    Seymanur GümüsSeymanur Gümüsأشهر قبل
  • When is the vorsprung coming that’s what I want.....

    Chevy RobsChevy Robsأشهر قبل
  • 0 to 60 times I seem to remember are for two up with a full tank of fuel.,so a solo driver will better the official figures.

    blabbydogblabbydogأشهر قبل
  • Its a shitter car

    YYأشهر قبل
  • The German accent you do is what makes me laugh hard 🤣🤣🤣🤣 "Titting"... sounds more the slang word for "breasts"... sorry about that

    Lesetja MolefeLesetja Molefeأشهر قبل
  • I have the previous S3 and I prefer how my door kick plate, seat, steering wheel, gear stick and callipers say S3, not S.

    Aaron WillisAaron Willisأشهر قبل
  • As a lifetime Audi fan I am a little disappointed in this car. Great video though.

    Patrick KhwelaPatrick Khwelaأشهر قبل
  • When will this be available on Carwow website to request quotes?

    Alex KellyAlex Kellyأشهر قبل
  • I love thé old model . are thé n'est

    T A k E a ShoTT A k E a ShoTأشهر قبل
    • Are thé best

      T A k E a ShoTT A k E a ShoTأشهر قبل
  • The autobahn is fun, I would love it in my country

    James ListonJames Listonأشهر قبل
  • 13:48 did he just say "Hot hatch"😅

    XITSONGA: Bomba MugazaXITSONGA: Bomba Mugazaأشهر قبل
  • That thing looks terrible

    Neil NewmanNeil Newmanأشهر قبل
  • Drag test M135 - S3 - A35 ?

    Francesco GFrancesco Gأشهر قبل
  • Here you go, we have the Golf 8 R review, just add to it: "slightly less poch"

    TecnologiaTecnologia2 أشهر قبل
  • I'm loving the front but the back isn't my cup of tea.. i think it will take time to grow on me for sure.. get my hands on one eventually and transform it completely 🔊👀

    Sa3 TvSa3 Tv2 أشهر قبل
  • basically this is the new golf r (internally)

    MarcraM82MarcraM822 أشهر قبل
  • I really like the quad exhaust pipes

    Bryan PaceBryan Pace2 أشهر قبل
  • LoL im 10 but still wanna work at carwow😍😍

    akarim pathanakarim pathan2 أشهر قبل
  • Wish you tested these cars without launch control first, and then with launch. I also assume the 1ft rollout is included in your times?

    Audi QuattroAudi Quattro2 أشهر قبل
  • *SEAT Leon

    OLgoodsOLgoods2 أشهر قبل
  • ar-too.com/my/fydyw/xYmWfmFg16imxKk.html

    Nue BibajNue Bibaj2 أشهر قبل
  • Not a big fan, looks too much like an A1

    Round One MarketingRound One Marketing2 أشهر قبل
  • These new Audi’s are just aesthetics lol, nice exterior/interior but the performance is just not what is was.

    YoWhatsGoodYoWhatsGood2 أشهر قبل
  • F******* ads ruin the experience

    Will HaleWill Hale2 أشهر قبل
  • Golf color

    NiekNiek2 أشهر قبل
  • This car good for me

    Mohamed Amiin HaidarMohamed Amiin Haidar2 أشهر قبل
  • 4:06 Best comment ever! new sounds are so disapointing.

    David ZafraDavid Zafra2 أشهر قبل
  • Makes fun of the German accent, but the UK can't make anything on our level lol

    ce183ce1832 أشهر قبل
  • Isn't is a standard feature to map the button on the steering wheel to drive select? It is on my Allroad..

    Tobias HjorthTobias Hjorth2 أشهر قبل
  • Stop rubbing the paint. Don't care if it's a press car

    André BaumgartnerAndré Baumgartner2 أشهر قبل
  • Can turn the traction fully off is ridiculous. Not to mention the manual mode! Bore off Audi.

    Jay JayJay Jay2 أشهر قبل
  • pure boring design , not a fan of audis new styling both inside & out . im an Audi fan and all

    Graham WalsheGraham Walshe2 أشهر قبل
  • So it’s front wheel drive until it needs the rear wheels to step in.... Handlex?

    Martin GetliffeMartin Getliffe2 أشهر قبل
  • Dont like the gril,hole Optic ruined because of that.

    marcus hubrichmarcus hubrich2 أشهر قبل
  • Wir fahren fahren fahren auf der Autobahn, great song

    Anders LindAnders Lind2 أشهر قبل
  • Driving around in Titting gave Mat a bigger knob...

    John AndersonJohn Anderson2 أشهر قبل
  • Anyone want to buy me one? 😂

    EenamEenam2 أشهر قبل
  • The Gareth Cheesemans' are queuing up now.

    faustus tfaustus t2 أشهر قبل
  • I would like to apply to be a cameraman🙃🙃

    Rueben MukambaRueben Mukamba2 أشهر قبل
  • U should do first person on the closed road 🛑🛑🛑🛑🛑🛑🛑🛑🛑🛑🛑🛑🛑🛑🛑🛑🛑🛑🛑🛑🛑🛑🛑🛑🛑🛑🛑🛑🛑🛑🛑🛑🛑🛑🛑🛑🛑

    carscars2 أشهر قبل
  • 1:43 when you're feeling abit German 😂

    jogli manonfirejogli manonfire2 أشهر قبل
  • Lol the viedeo is draped in my shool

    EnimeXEnimeX2 أشهر قبل
  • Here to learn about the next choice of car for fast cunts!

    Grim ReaperGrim Reaper2 أشهر قبل
  • The S3 has no real design differences compared to a S-line model. Sad

    Philippe GianessiPhilippe Gianessi2 أشهر قبل
  • 😍❤️💔

    Youcef BaroudiYoucef Baroudi2 أشهر قبل
  • If you drive on Indian roads,you will miss your British roads!

    Aditya ChhuganiAditya Chhugani2 أشهر قبل
  • so...the intro is always done after the review??😂🤷‍♂️

    SPGSPG2 أشهر قبل
  • Matt, if you want to have an impression of bad roads, you just have to get out of Bavaria. Sadly it's not as if they wouldn't exist here. ;-)

    Henry SHenry S2 أشهر قبل
  • Mat, I love your pothole comment. Transport Minister if you’re watching try and keep up with the Germans.... it would be nice if our government could get things right.....

    Phil BPhil B2 أشهر قبل
  • Is love to work for carwow

    kernowoutdoorskernowoutdoors2 أشهر قبل
  • Needs to be a three door

    robleakerobleake2 أشهر قبل