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!
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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carwow - 2 måneder siden
What would you love to see us drag race against the new Audi S3?
Fan Yang
Fan Yang - 10 dager siden
A35 & 135i
Joanna Yuen
Joanna Yuen - 13 dager siden
a35, old s3, and m135i or m235i
mehdi annane
mehdi annane - 20 dager siden
Golf r a35
Jose Anthony
Jose Anthony - 20 dager siden
Speaking of which click on the pop out banner to see if I'd like to see you drag race the new Audi S3 ;)
Angel Salcedo
Angel Salcedo - 26 dager siden
Cla 35 amg and previous Audi s3
MOTORCU BEY NİNJA - 6 dager siden
How much is that?
Audi quattro
Audi quattro - 6 dager siden
Holy it's fast as hekk for an S3
jeetsupa - 6 dager siden
6:02 Isn't this false? Haldex cannot physically transfer more than 50% of power to the rear?
Simon Dehn
Simon Dehn - 7 dager siden
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.
Vitus Yu
Vitus Yu - 11 dager siden
What is the adjective used at 7.29 - 7.30 ? .... 'load of ???'
STO - 11 dager siden
Stopped watching when Matt says the car changes up for you. No thanks
gas gazman
gas gazman - 12 dager siden
shortlist it... surprise
Evan Martin
Evan Martin - 13 dager siden
WHY cant we get this beautiful hatchback in the US?
David Jervis
David Jervis - 13 dager siden
Give us a hatch in Canada!
Agustin Lidén
Agustin Lidén - 14 dager siden
What a beauty that Gray colored Mercedes Benz SL 300 Convertible 🔥 🔥 🔥 🔥 🔥 🔥 🔥 🔥 🔥 🔥
LeastTango - 14 dager siden
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.
Sabir - 16 dager siden
Ngl I prefer the previous S3
hofgof - 19 dager siden
front somehow looks exatly like an a1 to me
mehdi annane
mehdi annane - 20 dager siden
M135i a35amg golf r
Rob Beddall
Rob Beddall - 21 dag siden
Get a new job, I bet you drive ford focus you have no ability as a critic.
JVB - 22 dager siden
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.
cemeray187 - 23 dager siden
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 😤
TraderBoy 2020
TraderBoy 2020 - 24 dager siden
They bumped the power on the new mk8 golf r to 320 bhp, but not the new s3?... strange
Jahmall Prosetiko
Jahmall Prosetiko - 24 dager siden
Vw gte please
dexieme compte
dexieme compte - 25 dager siden
stupud person test a smart car
Cristian Calitanella
Cristian Calitanella - 26 dager siden
fatwalletboy2 - Måned siden
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.......
SavageHobbit - Måned siden
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.
IceWolf - Måned siden
You neglected to mention all the fake vents at the back
John Thomson
John Thomson - Måned siden
So which you buy new S3 or Golf R...???
david thomas
david thomas - Måned siden
get and do a mk8 golf gti review ffs
Constantine Ls
Constantine Ls - Måned siden
We need a review of this against the A 35 AMG! 👍
Vikas Dhiman
Vikas Dhiman - Måned siden
Sir, please make an detailed video on jaguar f pace 2021🙏🙏.
Lehlohonolo Phalatse
Lehlohonolo Phalatse - Måned siden
I thought I was seeing things wrong. The S3 looks more beautiful than the RS3. Not just the tail pipe, but the wheels too
Eric Wong
Eric Wong - Måned siden
Impressed by the road quality in rural German lol
Freddo Flintstono
Freddo Flintstono - Måned siden
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..
Nayeem An-noor
Nayeem An-noor - Måned siden

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"
Tu Anh Truong
Tu Anh Truong - Måned siden
GooooooooooD Job
Lifted_Above - Måned siden
Audi needs a factory tuning company like APR to offer customers with full warranty tunes, like Roush does for Mustang.
Mark Parnell
Mark Parnell - Måned siden
Both Audi and VW have ruined the looks of the new hot hatches
IGOTGAME NJ - Måned siden
you were not in S SPORT mode
GPO - Måned siden
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.
MrWalker1000 - Måned siden
german roads are impeccable
Txiri Txiri
Txiri Txiri - Måned siden
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.
이영애 - Måned siden

9f +inKf
HmN - Måned siden
9:25 =))
Evan Finch
Evan Finch - Måned siden
rayner1704 - Måned siden
Bought the previous facelift S3 loved it this does nothing for me
Jack Halliday
Jack Halliday - Måned siden
Looks to much like a a1
Tristan McVey
Tristan McVey - Måned siden
Camera man seems so handsome😏
II TheLordOfHonor2k6 ll
II TheLordOfHonor2k6 ll - Måned siden
Wer kommt auch alles von der Schule und hat des von der Klassengruppe bekommen lol
Seymanur Gümüs
Seymanur Gümüs - Måned siden
Seymanur Gümüs
Seymanur Gümüs - Måned siden
Omg thats my nice school hahahah. Maria Ward zu wild.
Chevy Robs
Chevy Robs - Måned siden
When is the vorsprung coming that’s what I want.....
blabbydog - Måned siden
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.
Y - Måned siden
Its a shitter car
Lesetja Molefe
Lesetja Molefe - Måned siden
The German accent you do is what makes me laugh hard 🤣🤣🤣🤣
"Titting"... sounds more the slang word for "breasts"... sorry about that
Aaron Willis
Aaron Willis - Måned siden
I have the previous S3 and I prefer how my door kick plate, seat, steering wheel, gear stick and callipers say S3, not S.
Patrick Khwela
Patrick Khwela - Måned siden
As a lifetime Audi fan I am a little disappointed in this car. Great video though.
Alex Kelly
Alex Kelly - 2 måneder siden
When will this be available on Carwow website to request quotes?
T A k E a ShoT
T A k E a ShoT - 2 måneder siden
I love thé old model . are thé n'est
T A k E a ShoT
T A k E a ShoT - 2 måneder siden
Are thé best
James Liston
James Liston - 2 måneder siden
The autobahn is fun, I would love it in my country
XITSONGA: Bomba Mugaza
XITSONGA: Bomba Mugaza - 2 måneder siden
13:48 did he just say "Hot hatch"😅
Neil Newman
Neil Newman - 2 måneder siden
That thing looks terrible
Francesco G
Francesco G - 2 måneder siden
Drag test M135 - S3 - A35 ?
Tecnologia - 2 måneder siden
Here you go, we have the Golf 8 R review, just add to it: "slightly less poch"
Sa3 Tv
Sa3 Tv - 2 måneder siden
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 🔊👀
MarcraM82 - 2 måneder siden
basically this is the new golf r (internally)
Bryan Pace
Bryan Pace - 2 måneder siden
I really like the quad exhaust pipes
akarim pathan
akarim pathan - 2 måneder siden
LoL im 10 but still wanna work at carwow😍😍
Audi Quattro
Audi Quattro - 2 måneder siden
Wish you tested these cars without launch control first, and then with launch. I also assume the 1ft rollout is included in your times?
OLgoods - 2 måneder siden
*SEAT Leon
Nue Bibaj
Nue Bibaj - 2 måneder siden
Round One Marketing
Round One Marketing - 2 måneder siden
Not a big fan, looks too much like an A1
YoWhatsGood - 2 måneder siden
These new Audi’s are just aesthetics lol, nice exterior/interior but the performance is just not what is was.
Will Hale
Will Hale - 2 måneder siden
F******* ads ruin the experience
Niek - 2 måneder siden
Golf color
Mohamed Amiin Haidar
Mohamed Amiin Haidar - 2 måneder siden
This car good for me
David Zafra
David Zafra - 2 måneder siden
4:06 Best comment ever! new sounds are so disapointing.
ce183 - 2 måneder siden
Makes fun of the German accent, but the UK can't make anything on our level lol
Tobias Hjorth
Tobias Hjorth - 2 måneder siden
Isn't is a standard feature to map the button on the steering wheel to drive select? It is on my Allroad..
André Baumgartner
André Baumgartner - 2 måneder siden
Stop rubbing the paint. Don't care if it's a press car
Jay Jay
Jay Jay - 2 måneder siden
Can turn the traction fully off is ridiculous. Not to mention the manual mode! Bore off Audi.
Graham Walshe
Graham Walshe - 2 måneder siden
pure boring design , not a fan of audis new styling both inside & out . im an Audi fan and all
Martin Getliffe
Martin Getliffe - 2 måneder siden
So it’s front wheel drive until it needs the rear wheels to step in....
marcus hubrich
marcus hubrich - 2 måneder siden
Dont like the gril,hole Optic ruined because of that.
Anders Lind
Anders Lind - 2 måneder siden
Wir fahren fahren fahren auf der Autobahn, great song
John Anderson
John Anderson - 2 måneder siden
Driving around in Titting gave Mat a bigger knob...
Eenam - 2 måneder siden
Anyone want to buy me one? 😂
faustus t
faustus t - 2 måneder siden
The Gareth Cheesemans' are queuing up now.
Rueben Mukamba
Rueben Mukamba - 2 måneder siden
I would like to apply to be a cameraman🙃🙃
cars - 2 måneder siden
U should do first person on the closed road 🛑🛑🛑🛑🛑🛑🛑🛑🛑🛑🛑🛑🛑🛑🛑🛑🛑🛑🛑🛑🛑🛑🛑🛑🛑🛑🛑🛑🛑🛑🛑🛑🛑🛑🛑🛑🛑
jogli manonfire
jogli manonfire - 2 måneder siden
1:43 when you're feeling abit German 😂
EnimeX - 2 måneder siden
Lol the viedeo is draped in my shool
Grim Reaper
Grim Reaper - 2 måneder siden
Here to learn about the next choice of car for fast cunts!
Philippe Gianessi
Philippe Gianessi - 2 måneder siden
The S3 has no real design differences compared to a S-line model. Sad
Youcef BRD
Youcef BRD - 2 måneder siden
Aditya Chhugani
Aditya Chhugani - 2 måneder siden
If you drive on Indian roads,you will miss your British roads!
SPG - 2 måneder siden
so...the intro is always done after the review??😂🤷‍♂️
Henry S
Henry S - 2 måneder siden
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. ;-)
Phil B
Phil B - 2 måneder siden
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.....
kernowoutdoors - 2 måneder siden
Is love to work for carwow
robleake - 2 måneder siden
Needs to be a three door
Riazor1370 - 2 måneder siden
That metallic green yellow gold hybrid painting job is getting more awesome every time.