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Old 01-04-2018, 10:27 AM
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Is the S5 sedan sportback worth the extra $11k over the S3? I like the size and look of the S5, but, not sure it's worth the $11k. Are there other benefits to the S5?
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My wife drives a '15 S3 and I have an '18 S5 Coupe. 4 doors vs 2 doors. 4 cylinder turbo vs 6 cylinder turbo. Both very nice cars. Both quick enough. I like mine, she likes hers.
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Is the S5 sedan sportback worth the extra $11k over the S3? I like the size and look of the S5, but, not sure it's worth the $11k. Are there other benefits to the S5?
The B9 S5 Sportback represents the latest iteration of Audi's tech, exterior design language, interior architecture and drivetrain/chassis/performance (until the new A7 and A8 arrive). The Type 8V S3 is a decade old design, updated and refreshed to be relevant in todays market and hold over the segment until the next-gen arrives. And despite having components of the latest Audi has to offer, like Virtual Cockpit, sitting in and driving one it feels dated ... especially compared with anything from the B9 platform. The next-gen (4th) A3 is expected in Europe for MY19 will be built on the MQB platform and represent a major update, with the S3 and RS3 following (likely MY20). So if you want an S3, the good news is it won't be replaced so soon you feel a fool for buying a 2018 model ... but the new one is coming.

If you were thinking RS3, then the packaging -- i.e., being dated and feeling in need of an update -- is totally offset by that luscious 5-cylinder motor and the sound it makes. The Type 8V shortcoming can all be forgiven in RS3 guise.

As for S3 vs S5 Sportback, they're totally different animals regardless.
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Thanks. I was wondering if they were going to update the 3 line. Are you saying you would take the RS3 over the S5?
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Thanks. I was wondering if they were going to update the 3 line. Are you saying you would take the RS3 over the S5?
If I were shopping Type 8V platform, I'd only consider an RS3 and would skip the S3. I like them (the current S3), they just aren't compelling. My local dealership has had at least three different S3s on the floor over the past few months, and not a single one had power seats (among other things). That's nuts for a $55k MSRP "premium/luxury" vehicle in 2018. The RS3 can be forgiven because the 5-cylinder is just so good, and sounds like sex.

Obviously I'd buy an S5 Sportback over an RS3, since I've already made that purchase decision. And if I was shopping the 5-cylinder engine specifically, I'd get a TTRS. In fact, I may still ... I've long loved the TT styling and the latest version is dead sexy. Add the 5-cylinder with RS-specific goodies (save for the ugly *** wheels) and it's damn desirable.
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I love the S3, The body lines are very nice and I love the size of the car, but I would not buy one because the size is too small for my use (darn kids) and like others mentioned, the older interior design.

I could have bought an RS3, but I choose the S5 sportback due to bigger rear seats and I absolutely love the hatchback design. It's very functional for me.
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I love the S3, The body lines are very nice and I love the size of the car, but I would not buy one because the size is too small for my use (darn kids) and like others mentioned, the older interior design.

I could have bought an RS3, but I choose the S5 sportback due to bigger rear seats and I absolutely love the hatchback design. It's very functional for me.
That's where I think I am. Kids! Thanks.
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I would get a Golf R over the S3
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If I were shopping Type 8V platform, I'd only consider an RS3 and would skip the S3. I like them (the current S3), they just aren't compelling. My local dealership has had at least three different S3s on the floor over the past few months, and not a single one had power seats (among other things). That's nuts for a $55k MSRP "premium/luxury" vehicle in 2018. The RS3 can be forgiven because the 5-cylinder is just so good, and sounds like sex.

Obviously I'd buy an S5 Sportback over an RS3, since I've already made that purchase decision. And if I was shopping the 5-cylinder engine specifically, I'd get a TTRS. In fact, I may still ... I've long loved the TT styling and the latest version is dead sexy. Add the 5-cylinder with RS-specific goodies (save for the ugly *** wheels) and it's damn desirable.
Haha! Yes, when the kids leave, the TTRS is the call.
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