This car has been superseded by a newer model, click here to go to the latest Audi A3 S3 (13-16) review.

Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

The S3 inherits the Audi A3's four-star rating out of five for occupant protection in official European crash tests. Six airbags are standard (twin front side and curtain airbags), as well as electronic stability control and active front head restraints which help reduce the risk of whiplash injuries. Isofix child seat mounting points and passenger airbag deactivation are also standard.

The S3 was originally only available as a three-door and the more practical five-door Sportback model didn't arrive until late in 2008. The minimum boot capacity of 281 litres in the three-door is rather meagre in this class - most family hatchbacks offer well in excess of 300 litres - although it extends to 1,011 litres with the rear seats folded. The Sportback has a different tailgate as well as a larger boot and more rear passenger room.

It offers 302 litres of boot space while the rear doors make access much easier and are very useful if you have childseats to fit.

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Audi A3 S3 (06-13).

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • CD
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Front fog lights
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Leather seat trim
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Remote locking
  • Side airbags
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Sports seats
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
  • Traction control

Equipment by trim level

To view equipment options for a specific trim level, please select from the following list:

Equipment included on some trim levels
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD Multichanger
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sat Nav
  • Service indicator

S3 equipment

S3 standard equipment
Same as basic equipment
S3 optional equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD Multichanger
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sat Nav
  • Service indicator

S3 Black Edition equipment

S3 Black Edition standard equipment
  • Audio remote
S3 Black Edition optional equipment
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD Multichanger
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sat Nav
  • Service indicator

Euro NCAP Rating

The Audi A3 S3 (06-13) was tested by Euro NCAP in and received the following safety ratings:

  • Adult Occupant - 4 stars
  • Child Occupant - 3 stars
  • Vulnerable road users - 1 stars

Euro NCAP provides motoring consumers with a realistic and independent assessment of the safety performance of some of the most popular cars sold in Europe. The safety ratings are determined from a series of vehicle tests, designed and carried out by Euro NCAP. These tests represent, in a simplified way, important real life accident scenarios that could result in injured or killed car occupants or other road users.