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2018 (18) Audi S3 TFSI Quattro Black Edition 5dr S Tronic

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Featured specification

Standard specification

Driver Convenience

Audi connectAudi drive select
Audi smartphone interfaceColour driver's information system display
HDD satellite navigation system radio single CD/DVD player MMI control systemMobile telephone preparation - bluetooth interface
Progressive power assisted steeringService interval indicator
Speed limit displayVoice control system


S sports suspension 


2 USB portsAudi music interface
Auxiliary input socketBang + Olufsen advanced sound system
CD playerDAB Digital radio
MMI radio plus with 7" colour MMI screen and MMI controller 

Exterior Features

Auto dimming rear view mirror with light and rain sensorsBlack door mirrors
Black window surroundsBody colour bumpers with black insert
Body colour roof spoilerElectric front windows
Electric operated/heated door mirrorsElectric rear windows
Headlight washersHeated windscreen washer jets
LED daytime running lightsMatt black radiator grille
Platinum grey radiator grille with double chrome barsPrivacy glass
Rear wiperS body styling
Twin oval chrome trimmed exhaust tailpipes 

Interior Features

3 adjustable rear headrests3 spoke flat bottomed multi-function leather steering wheel
4 lashing points to secure luggageAdjustable front armrest
Dual zone electronic climate controlFront and rear interior lights with delay
Front passenger seat isofix location pointFront/rear floor mats
Heated front seatsHeight/depth adjustable steering column
Illuminated gloveboxISOFIX child seat preparation+airbag deactivation
Jack and tool kitRock grey headlining
Stainless steel pedalsSteering wheel gearshift paddles
Storage compartment in centre consoleStorage compartment under front seats
Storage compartments in doors 


Black styling pack - A3/S3LED interior light pack - A3/RS3
Non smoking pack - A3Storage and luggage pack - A3/RS3

Passive Safety

3 point seatbelts on all seatsABS/EBD
Active bonnetActive front headrests
ASRCurtain airbags
Driver and passenger side airbagsDriver/Front Passenger airbags
Drivers knee airbagEDL
Electromechanical parking brakeESC - Electronic Stability Control + traction control
Front passenger airbag deactivationHill hold assist
Manual rear child locksMulti-Collision braking
Seatbelt warningTyre pressure warning
Warning triangle and first aid kit 


Anti theft alarmAnti-theft wheel bolts
Remote control central lockingThatcham category 1 alarm + immobiliser


Aluminium air vent surroundsAluminium trim elements
Matt brushed aluminium inlays 


Space saver spare wheel
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Technical specification

Emissions - ICE

CO2 (g/km)150Standard Euro EmissionsEURO 6

Engine and Drive Train

CamshaftDOHCCatalytic ConvertorTrue
CC1984Cylinder LayoutIN-LINE
Cylinders4Engine Code8VFS39WC9
Gears7 SPEEDNumber of Valves16

Fuel Consumption - ICE

EC Combined (mpg)43.5EC Directive 1999/100/EC AppliesTrue
EC Extra Urban (mpg)51.4EC Urban (mpg)34.4


Badge Engine CC2.0Badge Power310
Based On ID75309Coin DescriptionTFSI Quattro
Coin SeriesS3 Black EditionGeneration Mark3
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 0739EManufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years12
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years3Special EditionTrue
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage60000Standard manufacturers warranty - Years3
Vehicle Homologation ClassM1 


0 to 62 mph (secs)4.6Engine Power - BHP310
Engine Power - KW228Engine Power - PSTrue
Engine Power - RPM5500Engine Torque - LBS.FT295
Engine Torque - MKG40.8Engine Torque - NM400
Engine Torque - RPM2000Top Speed155


Alloys?TrueSpace Saver?True
Tyre Size Front225/40 R18Tyre Size Rear225/40 R18
Tyre Size SpareSPACE SAVERWheel Style5 ARM TURBINE
Wheel Type18" ALLOY 

Vehicle Dimensions

Width (including mirrors)1966 

Weight and Capacities

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)55Gross Vehicle Weight2025
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)1180Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)340
Max. Loading Weight560Max. Roof Load75
Minimum Kerbweight1465No. of Seats5
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Independent review

Review courtesy of Car and Driving

Audi S3

By Jonathan Crouch


Audi's S3 has always championed subtlety, but over the years, some have seen this car's driving dynamics as being perhaps a touch too subtle. Those people might like this improved post-2016 version of the third generation 'Typ 8V' design, with offered more power and greater capability along with an even more appealing cabin. All without delivering the kind of showy exuberance of some of its rivals. As before with an S3, there's a choice of three or five-door hatch body styles, plus a Saloon or a Cabriolet too. Either way, you get a very complete performance package that's cool, understated and very Audi.


Once upon a time, a hot hatch didn't have to be a mature, sensible thing. That wasn't the point of buying one. You got a shopping rocket because it was fun - with just enough practicality to enable you to justify the purchase to your other half. With the Audi S3 though, it was different. Here was an aspirational premium GTi with a price tag to match. A hot hatch for people who ordinarily, would have grown out of hot hatches We first saw it way back in 1999 at a launch over-shadowed by an Audi TT sportscar that shared the S3's quattro 4WD system and got a slightly pokier version of its 2.0-litre turbocharged unit. That's a basic mechanical configuration the German brand has stuck to ever since - but of course power has spiralled since then. The early 210PS output figure was quickly upgraded to 225PS in the first generation version, then boosted again to 265PS for the MK2 model introduced in 2006. By 2013 though, it was clear that even that kind of power was going to be insufficient for admission into the premier league of hot hatches, so the 2.0-litre turbo engine was redeveloped from the ground up to make 300PS and plumbed into the lighter, stiffer MQB platform that had offered so much extra agility and efficiency to more mundane third generation A3 models. A lot's changed since 2013 in the superhatch segment though and by 2016, the arrival of cars like Ford's Focus RS and Honda's Civic Type R offered buyers more exciting ways to own a practical sporting car with around 300PS at this price point. So Audi did what it could to make hatch, Saloon and Cabriolet versions of this S3 a little more engaging to drive, primarily with some careful changes to its quattro 4WD system. There were also yet more developments for the 2.0 TFSI powerplant, with power this time boosted to 310PS. And the old optional 6-speed S tronic auto paddleshift gearbox was replaced with a freshly developed 7-speed unit that got the car away from rest a fraction more quickly. Subtle but significant changes then, in a car you'd rate as subtle but significant in its segment. It sold until a new generation model arrived in 2020.

What You Get

A word we keep coming back to when discussing this S3 is 'subtle'. Some might feel this car is too pared back and that for the kind of money being asked, you should be rewarded with a bit more drama. That's one view. Another might well be that if you've got to the point in life when you can afford to spend a substantial amount on a very fast performance hatch, saloon or cabriolet model, you might well be done with worrying who notices you and what they think of your purchasing decisions. And it's with this kind of customer in mind that the S3 wears its ornamentation lightly, whichever of the four available body styles you choose. We should cover the visual changes made to this revised third generation model. They start at the front, where the familiar Singleframe grille is in this post-2016 facelifted form wider and more sharply contoured. The headlamps were subtly different too, flatter and more distinctive than before, with more modern full-LED lighting replacing the previous xenon units. Behind the wheel, you can let Audi weave the little spell it likes to lay on you before you've even turned the key of this S3. It's all in the details. There's black headlining with contrast stitching. An aluminium-look pedal set. And classy 'S' logos on the door sills, the steering wheel and the gearknob, all nicely setting off the soft-touch tactility and exquisite dashes of chrome. Nobody does this better than Ingolstadt. Once comfortable, you grip a lovely flat-bottomed, chunky S3-embossed leather-trimmed sports steering wheel and through it on a standard model, view grey-faced, white-needled instruments. Most S3s from this period though, were sold with the optional 'Audi Virtual Cockpit'. This is a real cabin talking point, the set-up replacing the entire instrument binnacle with a 12.3-inch colour TFT screen that's fully digital and customisable, with smart 3D graphics and highly detailed effects. And in the back? Well here, a six-footer can sit behind an equally lanky driver but it's a fairly snug fit and, as you'd expect from this class of car, three across the back here only really works if the people concerned are of school-going age. Finally, the boot: it's 365-litre in size in the three-door model or 380-litres if you go for the slightly lengthier Sportback variant.

What to Look For

Most owners in our survey seemed happy. The key thing to look for in this period is misfiring when cold; this probably means that there's damage to the cylinders and pistons - and a big bill. Check for this on your test drive. Otherwise this EA888-series 2.0 TFSI engine is pretty bulletproof. We came across a sensor problem but not a lot else. Otherwise, the issues are mainly those of other Typ8V-series post-2016-era Audi A3s. With these, the most reported faults related to problems with the alarm system and the central locking. And issues with rattly interior trim and non-engine electricals. Look out for bodywork scrapes and kerb damage to larger-spec alloy wheels. We've had some reports of issues with wear to the side bolsters of the leather seats, as well as squeaking front brake pads, so it's worth looking out for both of those. There were a few issues with the car's infotainment system, with phones not connecting properly and flickering screens being the main problem. Rattling parcel shelves and buzzing interior trims were also reported. The DSG automatic gearbox should be checked to make sure it's had a regular oil and filter change, as should the quattro four-wheel-drive system. Many A3s will have been company or lease cars and, as a result, you should check the condition of the bodywork carefully. The high-quality fit and finish of an A3 also makes it an ideal candidate for clocking, so ensure the history is absolutely verified. There were two manufacturer recalls on the A3 in this period. Check that any necessary remedial work has been carried out on affected cars. On some A3s produced in August 2017, there was a problem with the rear hub carrier not being manufactured to the correct standard, so in extreme circumstances, the car could lose a rear wheel. A recall was issued to replace the carriers on affected cars. Poor welds attaching the rear head restraint to the rear backrest of some A3s made between May and September 2018 posed a safety issue. Affected cars had to have the whole backrest replaced.

Replacement Parts

(approx based on a 2016 S3 - Ex Vat) An oil filter is in the £7-£12 bracket. An air filter is in the £9-£33 bracket and a pollen filter costs typically between £6 and £13. A set of wiper blades will cost you about £25. Front brake pads sit in the £39 bracket; rears will sit in the £25-£54 bracket. Front brake discs sit in the £116-£123 bracket; rear discs are about £77-£167.

On the Road

On the move, this improved S3 got some key improvements over the original third generation model, namely a revised quattro system that rewards enthusiastic driving with a more rear-orientated power balance and an extra seventh ratio if you get a car whose original owner specified the S tronic paddlshift auto gearbox. The 2.0-litre TFSI petrol turbo engine was tweaked too, with a 10PS power increase to 310PS in this facelifted form, helping to facilitate a rest to 62mph sprint time of just 4.6s in the S tronic variant. That's as quick as a twin turbo Porsche 911 Carrera from this period. Unlike some previous Audi small capacity turbos, this car's powerplant makes an interesting noise when you put some demand on it. OK, so the sound you get is, to some extent, artificially generated - via an electromechanical sound actuator in the front bulkhead and a sound flap in the exhaust that opens when you stick your foot down. But who cares? It's still rich, bassy and nearly as nice is the purer note you'd find in the straight six of a rival BMW M140i. It's certainly preferably to the domineering turbo whoosh of a Ford Focus RS. We'd try to find a car originally specified with the optional 'magnetic ride damper control' package that lets you tweak the ride via the various settings of the standard 'drive select' driving modes system. This is one of those set-ups that alters steering, throttle response, stability control thresholds and gearchange timings to suit the kind of motoring you want to do.


Wouldn't life be dull if we always just bought what we needed rather than what we wanted? There we'd be living this Tesco Value range existence, clad head to toe in Primark and driving would be functional, grey and joyless. Fortunately, indulgence is a part of human nature, a facet shamelessly capitalised upon by cars like this one, the automotive equivalent perhaps, of one of those hugely expensive Breitling watches that are waterproof to 100 fathoms and which can withstand a shot from a sniper's bullet. Will you ever need that kind of functionality? Of course not, but it makes you smile to know it's there in reserve just in case you ever fall in the bath or get called upon to do a hostage snatch in Syria. In the same way, no one actually needs an S3 - but then no one actually needs a hot hatch either - so if you can afford to get yourself a shopping rocket, why not buy one that makes you feel the way this car does? The joy of ownership here doesn't necessarily come from clipping apexes at the limit of grip, although the S3 will indulge you in that way if you want. Instead, it comes from owning something jewel-like and exclusive, a very, very quick car that doesn't overly-immerse you in the business of going well very, very quickly. The thinking person's superhatch? You're looking at it right here.

* Depending on the age of the vehicle, MPG and CO2 may be quoted using either NEDC or WLTP testing standards.  Find out more

Figures are provided for comparison purposes. Fuel consumption under real world driving conditions and the CO2 produced will depend upon a number of factors, including any accessories fitted after registration, variations in driving styles, weather conditions and vehicle load.

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Total amount payable£31,186.60
Fixed interest rate5.7%
Representative APR10.9%
Cash price£24,298
Credit amount£24,049
Completion fee£1
Term (months)60

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