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The Audi S3 Sportback - an enthralling hot hatchback of the highest order.

17 Feb 2014

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Derived from the Audi A3, the first Audi S3 was released some time in 1999 and it lasted four years before the second generation saw daylight. During that time, only a three-door body style was available for buyers.

The S3 Sportback looks menacing, even when it's stationary

It wasn't until the second generation, unveiled in mid 2006, when Audi announced a five-door body style for the hot hatch, which was known as the 'Sportback' model. Of course, many of you would have remembered that it was this generation of A3 Sportback that spawned the sizzling RS3 Sportback.

Although the lifespan of this hot hatch didn't last very long, the third and latest generation A3 Sportback arrived soon after, with the S3 Sportback that you see here following suit.


By now, we're sure most of you have already concluded that the Audi S3 Sportback looks every bit cultured and couth. Comparing it to the predecessor, the car now appears sharper and sleeker.

Edges around the car have been tweaked to give it a more coherent and dynamic appearance while daytime running lights have been updated to ensure a trendier and a more upmarket feel.

What remains unchanged are the standard array of brushed aluminium bits on the mirror caps, aggressive body mods and the badass-looking quad exhaust outlets that signify the car's status.

The black calipers add to the overall aggression of the car

In a way, the car has matured in its appearance and it won't look out of place when parked beside the BMW M135i. Measuring 4,254mm long, 1,777mm wide and 1,401mm tall, the S3 Sportback is a tad shorter but wider than the Bimmer.

Car Information

This model is no longer being sold by local distributors


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Engine Type


4-cylinder in-line 16-valve DOHC Turbocharged

Engine Cap





213kW (285 bhp) / 6500 rpm



380 Nm / 5100 rpm



7-speed (A) S-tronic

Acceleration (0-100 km/h)



Top Speed



Fuel consumption


14.5 km/L

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