Disobedient Charm: 2017 Audi S3
Let’s cut to the chase, paying $51,725 for a car no bigger than a Volkswagen Golf is actually a tough call. Especially when the Audi S3 comes with some rivals: the BMW M240i along with the Alfa Romeo Giulia. There’s even some cheaper alternatives which can set your pants on fire like VW Golf R or Ford Focus RS. although can the updated 2017 Audi S3’s fresh luxury features along with advanced digital technology triumph performance when the item comes to signing on the dotted line… we’re here to find out.
When the item comes to buying the four-rings – the item’s not always about the automobile itself although more so the brand along with fitting an image to a lifestyle. A lifestyle which makes everyone around us, envious. After-all, the route to all evil is actually lust along with desire. By adding the ‘S’ stamp on the rear is actually more than just pretentious badge, the devil is actually riding shotgun on This particular ride.
With an updated fascia comes fresh sleek LED headlights along with LED brow daytime lights, a fresh grill along with an overall assertive attitude. Part of the S-Line upgraded our cute-shoe with more aggressive lower Centeng moldings fat 19-inch wheels along with sequential LED taillights just to stand out through being ordinary. There’s no denying our S3 in Glacier White is actually one hot tamale along with the red brake calibers stand out like red shoe laces on a white sneaker. We’ll gladly pay an extra $400 for those.
Once crossing the path of the illuminated stainless steel threshold, the S3 makes an unflinching, plush proclamation with its $1450 S Sports Seat Package. The quilted, Nappa leather sport seats are absolutely divine with excellent lateral side bolstering along with quality relaxation. Sadly though the item comes at a cost – they’re manual adjustable only, which also means no memory seating. The fresh digital virtual cockpit, however, is actually like something you’d see out of Star Trek – the adjustable menus along with ability to see the navigation along with speed all in one place is actually pretty nifty.
If we look hard enough, we can justify the S3’s practicality – while head room is actually a tad bit tight inside rear, back seat passengers can comfortably be accommodated. There’s plenty of storage throughout the cabin, along with theirs Apple CarPlay functionality through the MMI interface which rises through the dash like a gofer coming out of its hole. Being an Audi, one can expect quality finishes along that has a premium atmosphere. Every surface feels upper crust along with the metal finish is actually actual metal. Standard on the fresh A3/S3 is actually Audi’s pre-sense system which assist with an alert inside event of a frontal collision. A more advance system can be upgraded to include adaptive cruise control with stop along with go function as well as automatic braking.
A little sugar never killed anyone, along with the boost of power through the S3’s 2.0-liter turbocharged engine gives the item a sweet little kick. Chugging out 292-horsepower along with 280lb-ft of torque, the S3 can be pretty quick pushing 60 mph in just under 4.5 seconds along with to a top speed, governed 155 mph.
Little alterations have been made to the structure – the S3 maintains a strong composure along with feel for the road. The steering, suspension, along with Quattro all-wheel drive cater to the drivers command along with spot on to how one should feel through behind the wheel. The heavily boosted sport steering wheel felt at home in our hands along with every input comes out direct along with precise. The Quattro all-wheel drive manages the 292-horesepower effectively along with never seems to provide any drama coming along with out of corners by shuffling power to each wheel which demands the most traction.
The S3’s performance is actually exciting along with intoxicating. the item sends confidence to the drive to drive harder along with faster. When reaching the max redline of the rev counter the exhaust belches a hardy note along with the engine sounds more aggressive along with articulate willingness. Switching between Comfort, Auto, Dynamic along with Individual modes, the S3’s ability alterations depending how aggressive one driving style can be. Dynamic mode allows everything to be more assertive along with on point – the gear alterations never skip beat.
The S-Line is actually all about providing a satisfaction of performance which made all of our drivers come out the some other end happy. Driving day-to-day however, there are several annoyances which we can’t although mention. The 6-seepd dual-clutch S-tronic transmission for instance is actually no longer a revolutionary transmission – the item’s been with Audi for quite some time, along with while the item gets the job done when duty calls at peak performance, at low speeds its jerky along with struggles with gear selections – even more present when left in Dynamic Mode. The Auto Start/Stop aimed to save on fuel along with emission is actually delayed along with sluggish – we found drivers behind us honking because the system had to take a moment to activate. the item can be disengaged, although has to be every time the automobile is actually started off. along with the ride is actually uncontrollably rough – that has a chassis This particular Great, there should be no reason why the ride should be This particular terrible.
Fifty-two grand is actually a lot of chump change to ask for when the item comes to purchasing a car which can fit in our pocket. However, we had more smiles than frowns when we arrived at our destination along with got more attention than a celebrity nip slip. We easily fell in love with its simplistic charm along with disobedient personality.
|2017 Audi S3 2.0T Quattro S Tronic:||$42,900|
|As Tested (including Options & Destination):||$51,725|
|2.0 Turbocharged Four-Cylinder – 292-Horsepower, Six-Speed Dual-Clutch S Tronic Transmission – 0-60MPH: ±4.5 seconds|
|EPA MPG: 21/28/24 (city/highway/combined) – SSB Average: 18 MPG’s – Fuel Range: ±365 Miles|