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Buying

What should I be paying?

There are two versions of S3 to choose from – the £46,925 Black Edition car, or the £52,400 Vorsprung model. The former represents a £9k jump over the diesel-powered Black Edition car, while the latter throws the kitchen sink at the S3 with extras thrown in. Those prices are for the Sportback (hatch) versions of the S3, of course, if you want to go for the Saloon car it costs around £500 extra. 

What do you get with the trims?

You don’t miss out as such with the Black Edition car – it’s got a very high level of specification, with all of the sporty upgrades of the S3 plus adaptive cruise control, head-up display, front and rear parking sensors with rear camera, a fancy sound system and ambient interior lighting. 
The Vorsprung nets you adaptive dampers, matrix LED headlights, panoramic roof, powered tailgate, 360-degree parking cameras and powered front seats. 

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There are few other options to go for, apart from around £4k on fancier paint or the performance exhaust system that lends the car a fruitier exhaust note. 


Which one should I go for? 

We’d probably say in for a penny with this car – if you’re going to be spending a load of cash on an S3, you might as well go top spec and get everything that Audi is willing to chuck in. The panoramic roof livens up the cabin and the adaptive dampers make for a more comfortable everyday car. Both hatch and saloon models offer 325 litres of boot space, but to our eyes the Sportback model is the better looking overall. 

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