Why should I want it?
The baby of Audi’s performance ‘S’ range was renewed late last year alongside the new A3 saloon and Sportback’s arrival, and it’s a great combination of comfort, practicality and performance. It’s small and nimble, fast and looks great thanks to the fairly subtle visual upgrades, such as the chrome mirrors that distinguish the S from the regular models to anyone that knows what they’re looking for. Plus the quad pipes!
Why can’t I have it?
Emissions from 178g/km are pretty high for a lower-medium car, even if it’s as rapid as this one, while anyone regularly needing to carry adults in the back could do with something a touch larger.
Arguments to use on the fleet manager
Residual values are good, mid-30s fuel economy on longer runs isn’t horrendous and the A3 has a decent boot and four doors, as well as the mini-exec looks of the saloon in particular. And it’s a whole lot of performance and equipment for a sub-£40,000 Audi.
More fleety alternative
The A3 TFSIe plug-in hybrid is only available as a Sportback five-door, and isn’t actually any cheaper than the S3 on up-front P11D price but will, for the 2021/22 tax year, have a monthly £67 BiK tax bill for a 40% taxpayer, compared with £483 on the S3. And the PHEV still has 245hp.
|Audi S3 Saloon|
|Performance:||4.8 seconds/155 mph|