Mark Jones
Road Test Editor
5 minute read
21 Aug 2021
8:30 am

WATCH: New Audi S3 Sportback takes on popular VW Golf R

Mark Jones

Outrage over "detuned" 213 kW proves futile as the new Audi S3 Sportback shows its mettle in our sprint test.

Based on the new A3, the S3 is more striking than before.

The recently updated Audi S3 Sportback is quite a curious case. With the ongoing move to compact SUVs, the traditional hatchback continues to come under more and more pressure. Especially in the premium segment where buyers have the money to base their purchase choices on more than just economical transport. Perhaps the only exception to this trend is the hot hatch, where once again the buyer wants to own such a car to make a statement. Street cred counts more than anything. Here Audi have the S3 Sportback to tempt the performance enthusiast away from the runaway leader in this...