There are hot hatches and then there is the Audi S3. It’s always been something of the archetypal performance hatch, the one that added a few more steroids to the bloodline without enduring heavy compromises and brought a whiff of premium air with it. And because of that, it held a certain prestige and quality appeal. The fact that it’s been thoroughly eclipsed by the RS3, Mercedes-A45 AMG merely shows how completely bonkers and power-obsessed the hot hatch scene has become.
So the question to be asked is, where does an Audi S3 find itself in the year 2021? At first glance, the answer seems to be by honing and distilling the vintage formula. On top of that there are two options of bodystyles; a five-door hatchback and four-door sedan – the latter being our pick.
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