Hi there – I am ordering a new S3 Sportback Black Edition (manual transmission in solid brilliant black) in the next few weeks, and want to get your opinions on certain options and whether they are worth it or not?
Should I specify Sport or S-Line suspension? From what I can tell from the Audi brochure S-Line is a no cost option on the S3, and the lower look is nice, but from what I have read may be a bit stiff?
Audi Magnetic Dampers? Are they worth the £900 or so extra? When combined with the S-Line suspension do they take any of the perceived harshness out of the ride?
Comfort pack? – (includes Cruise control, rear parking sensors, rain sensing wipers, and auto dimming mirror) I want cruise control, and don’t mind the parking sensors. Can the automatic wipers be disabled for things like going through a hand car wash?!
Front electric seats? Are they any good? Worth nearly £500? I have driven an S3 with standard seats which adjusted well enough, but my current car has electric which I kind of like J I probably just answered my own question there…
Any other options I am missing which are good/essential?
For background I do about 1,400 miles/month on a mix of motorway, A and B roads. I would say my driving style is Jekyll and Hyde rather like the car. Some days I pootle along, and other days I don’t A lot of toys are standard on the Black edition which is the main reason I am going for this rather than a Golf R which is the only real alternative new (company leasable) car now that Ford stopped the RS Focus. The Golf R (although nice) doesn’t come with leather, sat nav etc and so comes out pricey once you spec it up properly.