Subaru WRX STi vs Audi S3 Saloon
Does the new Subaru WRX STi live up to its predecessors - and can it match
the new Audi S3 Saloon?
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The Subaru WRX STi and Audi S3 Saloon may not seem like obvious rivals, but
both have the same power output and distant rally heritage to call upon for
their performance kudos.
At £33,245 with a six-speed manual gearbox, the Audi S3 is more expensive
than the Subaru, but the £28,995 WRX clearly doesn't have the premium
badge and upmarket cabin of its Audi rival.
With 407Nm, the Subaru has a fraction more torque than the 380Nm Audi, but
it's where that torque arrives that really makes the difference. In the
Subaru you've got to wait until 4,000rpm to get peak torque, whereas in the
punchy Audi it arrives at just 1,800rpm. These cars have got very different
There was a time when we thought the new WRX wasn't going to come to the UK
but fast Subaru fans can relax - it's finally here. In an age when cars are
accused of all looking and feeling the same, there's no doubting that a WRX
doesn't feel or look like anything else on the road.
Performance car fans will forgive the Subaru's cabin because this car is
all about the driving experience and if you've driven a WRX before then
this new car will feel very familiar. First of all the boxer engine sounds
the same, you've got that unique sound from about 4,000rpm as you start to
work it hard.
You've got a gearbox that's got quite a short shift on each change, with a
slightly notchy, quite mechanical feel, and the steering is very fast but
at the same time quite light - which can be a bit disconcerting. It's also
got quite aggressive self-centring, but once you get used to it you realise
that that's a contributing factor to what makes this car feel so agile.
This is a car that you really will enjoy on the average British road.
The first thing you notice is when you get into the Audi S3 is the upmarket
interior is in a different league to the Subaru. It's a real contrast to
the dated cabin of the Subaru.
The driving experience is completely different, too. Where the Subaru is
really vigorous all the time, the Audi is very relaxed: it drives like any
other well-sorted fast Audi.
But the performance is there: it's got the same power as the Subaru's
engine. In the Audi you've got really instant power all the time so you
don't feel like you've got to work the engine so hard.
And the handling's pretty accomplished as well. The steering's not as sharp
and the way that the diffs work is not as aggressive but there's plenty of
traction, decent body control and the car turns in nicely. It's not a
thrilling car on a road like this but it's just very accomplished.
Off the line, both cars have superb traction, but the Audi is nearly 100Kg
lighter than the Subaru, and that shows by the time we reach 60mph. The S3
punches to 60 in 5.4 seconds, whereas the Subaru is 2 tenths behind at 5.6
So which car comes out on top in our test? Well, Subaru fans will love the
sound of the WRX's boxer engine and the car's unique character. But the
Audi has a much nicer cabin, it was faster in the drag race and it's a nicer car
to live with day-to-day. Yes, it's more expensive, but if you want a fast,
comfortable and stylish performance saloon, the Audi S3 is the one for us.
2015 Audi A3 Review - Kelley Blue Book
Audi's player in the rapidly expanding entry-luxury segment is the
sub-$30,000 A3 sedan. Both sporty and welcoming the 2015 A3 is small but
it's also a solid value and a pleasure to live with. In this video KBB's
Micah Muzio gives a full review of the Audi A3 sedan.
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2013 Audi A3 vs Mercedes A-Class vs VW Golf Group Test - What Car?
What Car? puts its reigning Car of the Year - the Audi A3 Sportback - up
against two of its premium rivals, the Volkswagen Golf and Mercedes-Benz
All three cost under £20,000, boast five doors and a small turbocharged petrol engine. Read our full verdict
on the three cars...
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2015 Audi A3 0-60 MPH First Drive & Review
( http://www.TFLcar.com ) The 2015 Audi A3 is all new and so far only
available as a sedan in the United States. While in the U.S. it maybe
Audi's least expensive model Audi says that it still has much of the same
technology as you can find in the range topping Audi A8. In another
accurate, fun and informative first drive review, Nathan and Roman find out
just how fast and fun to drive the newest 2014 Audi A3 is on the Pacific
Coast Highway near San Francisco.
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► 2014 Audi A3 Sedan S line Ambition TDI - Review
Three engines will initially be available for the Audi A3 Sedan: one TDI
and two TFSI units. They respectively exhibit 1.4, 1.8 and 2.0 liters of
displacement, and feature power outputs between 103 kW (140 hp) and 132 kW
(180 hp). All three engines have been overhauled to combine robust power
with astonishing fuel efficiency. A particular highlight for the 1.4 TFSI
is the cylinder on demand (COD) system. At low loads, it temporarily shuts
off two cylinders. Additional engines will be unveiled down the road,
including a 2.0 TDI which will comply with the emission limits of the EU's
Euro 6 standard, and a 1.6 TDI.
Upon request, Audi can fit the A3 Sedan with Audi drive select (standard
with the Ambition line). It allows the driver to choose among several modes
regarding engine management, power steering and the S tronic. In addition
to Audi magnetic ride (electronically controlled shock absorbers), two
sports suspensions are available. Wheels measure between 16 and 19 inches
in diameter. 19-inch wheels are available only in conjunction with a sports
suspension and Audi magnetic ride.
Equipment lines also feature their own respective interior colors. The S
line sports package for the Ambition line, for instance, bathes the
interior entirely in black. Available upholstery materials include fabric
covers, a mix of fabric and artificial leather, Milano leather and a
combination of Pearl Nappa leather and Alcantara. Individual options such
as Audi adaptive light and a panoramic glass sunroof are taken directly
from the luxury class. Remarkably, the Audi plant in Györ, Hungary was
expanded solely to build the A3 Sedan. This new model will be available at
German dealerships late this summer. The basic price will be 24,300 euros
(A3 Sedan 1.4 TFSI with 90 kW [125 hp]).
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The new Audi A3 Saloon - Design and technology
Grant O'Hara takes us through the styling and features of the impressive
new Audi A3 Saloon - the first premium compact saloon to join the range.
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Audi A3 Sportback (hatchback) 2013 review - CarBuyer
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The Audi A3 Sportback is a five-door version of the A3 hatchback. There's a
bit more to it than that, however, as the Sportback is longer than the
three-door, which helps free up a lot more rear legroom and a tiny bit more
boot space. It's designed to rival the BMW 1 Series, the new Mercedes
A-Classand the Volvo V40, and it actually trumps all of them for
practicality. On top of that, it has the best interior in this class,
featuring impeccable build quality and a very stylish design. From behind
the wheel it's grown-up, comfortable and relaxing. Simply put, the Audi A3
Sportback is one of the best all-round models on sale.
2014 Audi RS5 vs 2014 Mercedes-Benz C63 507 Coupe! - Head 2 Head Ep. 51
On this episode of Head 2 Head, Jonny Lieberman sets out to discover which
German hot-rod-personal-luxury-coupe is the best you can get. The 507 Coupe
is the last iteration of the W204 C63. With the exception of the very
limited-run Black Series, it's the best C63 that AMG has ever done. Under
its hood sits a hand-built, 6.2-liter naturally aspirated V-8 good for 507
more do you want? Perhaps something more high-tech, and that's where the
Audi RS5 comes in. The sexy coupe from Quattro GmbH in Neckarsulm features
a 4.2-liter V-8 that spits out 450 hp. That¹s less power than the 507
Coupe makes, true, but the Audi also features AWD, a dual-clutch
transmission, bigger wheels and tires, plus a trick torque-vectoring rear
differential. Which one is quicker? Which one is more fun to drive? Which
one is best? Watch and find out!
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2015 Audi A3 Preview and Review
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The Audi A3 is finally back - and it's bigger than ever! 2015 brings us a
fresh new format - the Sedan. In fact, there will be 5 different variations
of the new Audi A3 as the model rolls out:
- Audi A3 Sedan with 1.8T front-wheel drive (170hp)
- Audi A3 Sedan with 2.0T quattro all-wheel drive (220hp)
- Audi A3 Sedan with 2.0T TDI clean-diesel engine
- Audi A3 Convertible
- Audi A3 Sportback (Hatchback) with etron plug-in hybrid system
Oh, and did I mention there will be an S3 sedan? :)
What's incredible about the A3 is that it packs all of the possibility of
the flagship Audi A8 and the tech-wizard Audi A6.
Noteworthy is the next-gen Audi Connect system that connects the A3 to the
internet via a T-mobile SIM card at up to 4G LTE speed. Trial subscription
is 6 months, then pay-as-you-go.
With the Nav and other vehicle systems online, you get so much more
capability than before. For example, let's say you know the name of a
restaurant that you're going to, but not the address. Usually you would
whip out your phone and do a search - now you can let your A3 do the
searching. How about reading the reviews about that restaurant? Yes, the A3
can do that. Check the weather? Yep. Fuel Prices? Uh-huh. City Events?
Be sure to subscribe to our channel for updates and test drives of the new
A3 as it continues to emerge!
2013 Audi A3 Saloon review - What Car?
The Audi A3 Saloon is slightly more pricey than its Sportback and
three-door equivalents, with style its main selling point. Watch our video
review and then read our full verdict: http://ow.ly/rAwP9
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