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aka_dk

End of Term Report - S3 Black Edition

Ok, so the S3 has reached 8,500 miles and 11 weeks, and so goes back tomorrow ... in its place, TTS

Thought I'd post a mini report based on my experience

Comfort:

The ride is very harsh on our wonderful roads !  You definitely feel every imperfection, and where you have the stretches where the road is not level, you do need to literally hold on like a roller-coaster.  

Once on the motorway though, its smooth and stable.  High speed cruises fly by with the cruise control.

However, I didnt find the seat particularly comfortable ... they are basically boggo standard S-line seats, with no electronic lumber (prob an option) ... but for an S car, I had hoped for more, i.e. the previous generation S3 had the RS 6 recaro's .... could obv spec the buckets if you wanted to pay 2k !!

Sound:

The car did make a sound! not a V8 sound mind! ... to be honest, it only really made a nice sound of any note at about 4krpm onwards ... a sort of prolonged farting sound ... otherwise it just screamed like any other 4pot

S-Tronic:

My first experience of S-Tronic ... did I like it ... not really

In drive, it changes up too early, into 6th at 30mph
In sport its too jerky around town

So, say your going along at 40, and want to overtake, you have to plant your foot, wait a few seconds while it changes a few cogs, then BOOM off you go

It would have been better if it "learned" your driving style

The sequential gearchanges are seamless thou, you just see the rev needle jump up and down but dont feel anything when driving normally

Overall, whilst prefered the comfort of the auto, for fun and control, I'd prefer the manual

Power:

265PS ... now, before the S3, I'd had a 170 2.0TDI and I felt the TDI was just as powerful in real lift driving ... prob due to the torque.  Where the S3
came into its own is at higher speeds as it doesnt run out of puff.

I'd say the S3 feels fastest between 60 and 80 mph ... on a country road, where the Sport setting comes into its own, then its a VERY quick car

In a drag, I got done by a Vauxhall Vectra, dont know what it was ... I just know the S3 was slower !

Economy:

26.5MPG over 8,500 miles ... im pretty dissapointed with that given most of that is motorway

Strangely, it just started to get alot better in the last 1,000 miles ... I was now getting 33MPG on my 50miles commute to work, and when it was new it was in the 20's

The tank size is too small, meaning I couldnt get more than 350 miles to a tank ....I'll add up tomorrow my total fuel costs and how many fill ups !

Overall:

I dont think I'll order another

In summary, I found it pretty bland to drive, bland inside (standard nice Audi cabin, but nothing special) .... looked awesome, poor fuel consumption and not "that" fast

I'm gonna try a Cupra R which I think will be ALOT better ... and 5k+ cheaper

Contigo

What's with moving through cars like you change your trousers mate? I thought I got bored?

Does it not cost you the earth keep chopping in and out of them?
lynchy

Nice report mate... What has been the best audi you have owned and driven by the way ??
aka_dk

lynchy wrote:
What has been the best audi you have owned and driven by the way ??


B7 RS 4 non res milltek ... no question

Mihnea

DK, is the TT-S going to be an S-Tronic too? Shame I didn't know the S3 was going today, I would have liked if you had let me read the gearbox ECU, but that's too late now
aka_dk

Sorry dude ... TTS is manual!

I'll give u a shout if I can get my hands on one
BillTheButcher

That's how to damn a car with faint praise.

Sounds like a distinctly average car all round.
Nudenut

Mmmmm Dave, glad the Mrs didn't go for one now tbh  

She's now looking at the TTS so keep me updated!!

I was in Audi yestarday to be told the TT body shape is being retired by next year.. know anything??  
aka_dk

Just picked up the TTS this morning and even after only 3 miles it feels better than the S3 ... Will post up some pics and details soon
aka_dk

Ok, I'm using my BB so not sure if this will work

Linky here to a pic of TTS

http://m.facebook.com/photo.php?f...0131.594509.552915130&refid=0
AliGod78

aka_dk wrote:
Ok, I'm using my BB so not sure if this will work

Linky here to a pic of TTS

http://m.facebook.com/photo.php?f...0131.594509.552915130&refid=0


Might be my connection to FB today, it's being a real pig, but I'm getting web errors (timeouts). Anyone else?
BillTheButcher

Link doesn't work here either.
AliGod78

I think it's the photos side of the facebook website playing up, can't do anything with photos it seems, at the moment at least...
BillTheButcher

AliGod78 wrote:
I think it's the photos side of the facebook website playing up, can't do anything with photos it seems, at the moment at least...

I can see photos from other people without any problems at the moment.

Could be a permissions issue...
aka_dk

Ok, discovered mobile photobucket



Its Dakota Grey with Optics pack
Tech Pack
Heated seats
Cruise
Sports button
Bluetooth
frazered

8.5k in 11 weeks?

i used to do that mileage and could not do it for more than 12 months - gets pretty stressful and i found myself driving pretty agressively

the S3 sounds very underwhelming!
aka_dk

I spent 8 hours driving yesterday!!

Some stats (cos I'm sad)

26mpg calculated
31fill ups
2.5days per fill up
Fuel cost per mile 0.22
AliGod78

TTs looks nice, how do you rate it overall out of 10 so far then?
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