Parkers overall rating: 4.5 out of 5 4.5

A five-star Euro NCAP crash test score comes thanks to the many Audi S3 safety systems available. As standard you get two front, side and head airbags. There’s also a new knee airbag for the driver and ‘rest recognition’, which warns the driver to take a rest if tiredness is detected.

Optional safety systems include Audi’s Pre-Safe, which prepares the car in the event it senses a crash is imminent. There’s Adaptive Cruise Control, which changes the vehicle’s speed if it senses a car is in front when cruise control is active.

Audi Side Assist is a form of blind spot warning, which senses when cars are behind and to the side and warns the driver. If the driver ignores the warning and goes to pull out, a far more obvious deterrent is issued which Audi claims is nearly impossible to miss.

Audi S3 practicality is extremely similar to that of the A3. In fact, it’s identical. You get the same 325-litre boot space which isn’t as large as a Ford Focus ST, but it is big enough for most people’s needs.

There’s a selection of cubbies and the door pockets are a decent size too. The glovebox will house anything you want kept out of sight.

Because an electric handbrake is installed, there’s more than enough elbow room which can sometimes be obstructed by a large handbrake lever.

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Audi A3 S3 (13-16).

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • 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
  • Service indicator
  • Side airbags
  • 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
  • Front fog lights
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sat Nav
  • Space saver spare wheel

S3 equipment

S3 standard equipment
Same as basic equipment
S3 optional equipment
  • Front fog lights
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sat Nav
  • Space saver spare wheel

Euro NCAP Rating – 5 stars

The Audi A3 S3 (13-16) was tested by Euro NCAP in 2012 and was awarded a 5 star overall rating. This overall rating is calculated from the following individual ratings:

5 star rating
Test 2012
Individual safety ratings
Adult Occupant: 95%
Child Occupant: 87%
Vulnerable Road Users: 74%
Safety Assist: 86%

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.