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    S3. Sportback vs 3 door

    I am looking to upgrade my car to an s3. I love all the styling that I have on my car but I feel it lacks in power sometimes. During my searches iv become quite fond of the Sportback whereas I had never really given it much attention before in the a3 models. I am curious. What is everyone's thoughts on the Sportback? There are a lot of things I have taken into consideration between that and my current car and I think it might be the way to go..

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    If you have more than 1 passenger ever in the car, get a sportback lol. 2 doors is a pain. xD

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    Sportback in my opinion looks like an estate! Horrid
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    Older 8p2 a3 sportbacks looked like estates, the s3 sportbacks not so much!
    Adds practicality of passengers and maybe cheaper than it's 3dr counterpart, well that was the case for a3's anyway!
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    Sportback deffo
    A lot better looking than the 3 door
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    sport s3 look good mate better practicality me thinks and as in performance doesn't weigh much more then its 3 door counterpart

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    I have a 3 door at the moment and think it looks great but it would be quite refreshing to have a bit of change plus the led tail lights are very smart! Might just be me but with the 5 door you are getting more car for your money? Plus most s3s I see are 3 door

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    3dr is quicker:]
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    Sportbacks are more expensive btw

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    I've just got a sport back black edition and after never owning a 5 door I'm finding it a revelation. They are certainly more expensive than the 3 doors but I think that's mostly because they are rarer. I know everyone has a different opinion but I think It looks better proportioned as a 5 door.

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    even if it is quicker its got to be a matter of milliseconds which is hardly worth mentioning. Both look amazing and I like the idea of there being less 5 doors on the road. They made the RS3 as a sportback for a reason!

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    Ive had both.
    Looks are subjective and although I used to prefer the 3 door I think the 5 door has aged a little better.

    After the 3 dr S3 I was in a 3 series for a while and quickly got used to the ease of 5 door access, so went for a 5 door S3 second time around.
    Obviously much easier to live with if you use the rear seats.

    I might have a lurverly 12 Plate Ibis white Black Edition with Pan roof etc.. coming up for sale soon...
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    Quote Originally Posted by PaulAr View Post
    Ive had both.
    Looks are subjective and although I used to prefer the 3 door I think the 5 door has aged a little better.

    After the 3 dr S3 I was in a 3 series for a while and quickly got used to the ease of 5 door access, so went for a 5 door S3 second time around.
    Obviously much easier to live with if you use the rear seats.

    I might have a lurverly 12 Plate Ibis white Black Edition with Pan roof etc.. coming up for sale soon...
    yeah I would almost never use the extra doors to be honest. I don't have any children or friends for that matter :P maybe I will have more when I get an s3. Or maybe even less! Black edition is what I am after. Not huge on chrome! You best let me know when you are thinking of selling up!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sliced View Post
    Older 8p2 a3 sportbacks looked like estates, the s3 sportbacks not so much!
    Adds practicality of passengers and maybe cheaper than it's 3dr counterpart, well that was the case for a3's anyway!
    its the same body with different bumpers and spoiler how does the 8p2 look more like an estate ?

    Get sportback when have women ever said the shorter the better ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by TDI140 View Post
    its the same body with different bumpers and spoiler how does the 8p2 look more like an estate ?

    Get sportback when have women ever said the shorter the better ?
    Bumpers make a huge difference! Look at a M3, look how mean that looks in comparison to say a 320i.

    All I know is my old A3 looked like an estate, probably because it was an SE 😂 ImageUploadedByTapatalk1380118759.978605.jpg
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    image.jpgParked side by side both s line one obviously newer than the other

    image.jpgDont think it looks like an estate and not that much longer than a 3dr but clearly better car lol
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    I bought a 3 door S3 and within a month realised I wanted a 5 door. Went back to Audi thinking they would exchange with maybe a grand or so their way. They wanted nearly 7! Lost the VAT! God damn! Still search aurotrader for a 5 door with rails every now and then but can't see me changing soon. I have people in the back if my car most weekends so a 5 door would be real handy!!

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    I just seen a stunning ibis white Sportback a3 on the way home with black roof bars! Then a black 3 door afterwards. 5 door looks more impressive IMO. Sportback it is!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by R90 STL View Post
    I just seen a stunning ibis white Sportback a3 on the way home with black roof bars! Then a black 3 door afterwards. 5 door looks more impressive IMO. Sportback it is!!!
    Rails are Ok, Pan roof is where its at...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Smiffi View Post
    I bought a 3 door S3 and within a month realised I wanted a 5 door. Went back to Audi thinking they would exchange with maybe a grand or so their way. They wanted nearly 7! Lost the VAT! God damn! Still search aurotrader for a 5 door with rails every now and then but can't see me changing soon. I have people in the back if my car most weekends so a 5 door would be real handy!!
    Give me a shout before you speak to a dealer, mine might end up on Benfield Silverlink`s pitch so might as well cut their margin out...
    Now:
    -MK2 Golf Gti 16V/VR6, Oak Green, Shrick, Intake, Decat, Kish Retrim, Lenso BSX..
    -BMW 335d Xdrive, Estoril Blue, fully loaded.

    Before:
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    BMW 320d M Sport
    S3 (8P), Sprint, REVO, H&R Springs, BBS CHs,

    Golf MK5 GTi 20TFSI - REVO Stage1, Red.
    Golf MK5 GTi 20TFSI - Std, Shadow Blue
    Civic Type `R`
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    Dont get me wrong S3 sportbacks are impressive in their own way... But as far as looks go, then 3dr S3's win that battle hands down!

    its that back window that makes the car look like an estate... Think it doesnt look like 1... Compare it to a picture of an estate and tell me the difference! Maybe thats why they've brought out the new A3 saloon, to give a 5dr option that doesnt look like an estate...

    if someone offered me a sportback, i'd take it in a heartbeat, but the choice of buying 1 (Without needing the function of the extra doors) then 3dr for me everytime!

    but if I had the money, defo a RS3.. Work that 1 out if you will! haha
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    I'm not just saying this because I own one but I think the sportback looks much better, more in proportion. The 3dr looks stubby in my humble opinion...

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    Test drove the new 8V SB last night and the dealer had an A3 saloon in the showroom. Lovely it was.
    Now:
    -MK2 Golf Gti 16V/VR6, Oak Green, Shrick, Intake, Decat, Kish Retrim, Lenso BSX..
    -BMW 335d Xdrive, Estoril Blue, fully loaded.

    Before:
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    BMW 320d M Sport
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    Golf MK5 GTi 20TFSI - REVO Stage1, Red.
    Golf MK5 GTi 20TFSI - Std, Shadow Blue
    Civic Type `R`
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    Myself and everyone in my family find my 3dr more comfy than my parents sportback

    possibly due to the extra wheelbase length it bucks around a bit more giving motion sickness.

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    Wheel base is the same.
    Overall length is 2.5" extra.

    Never noticed any difference between my 3 dr and 5dr in ride quality and chassis response??
    Now:
    -MK2 Golf Gti 16V/VR6, Oak Green, Shrick, Intake, Decat, Kish Retrim, Lenso BSX..
    -BMW 335d Xdrive, Estoril Blue, fully loaded.

    Before:
    S3 (8P), Ibis, DSG, Milltek, SHARK

    BMW 320d M Sport
    S3 (8P), Sprint, REVO, H&R Springs, BBS CHs,

    Golf MK5 GTi 20TFSI - REVO Stage1, Red.
    Golf MK5 GTi 20TFSI - Std, Shadow Blue
    Civic Type `R`
    Golf MK4 GTi 18T - 200bhp, MTM ECU, Forge DV
    Golf MK3 VR6 - Cat Back
    Corrado VR6 - JAMEX
    Corrado G60 - JAMEX, BRM Charger rebuild
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    Quote Originally Posted by PaulAr View Post
    Give me a shout before you speak to a dealer, mine might end up on Benfield Silverlink`s pitch so might as well cut their margin out...
    What you planning on moving on to? I'm toying with the idea of some kinda 5 door and then a cheeky little Mini GP (2006) to play with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Smiffi View Post
    What you planning on moving on to? I'm toying with the idea of some kinda 5 door and then a cheeky little Mini GP (2006) to play with.
    Depends who can do another PCP deal with sensible payments mate.

    The BMW M135i is a cracker and good deals to be had, waiting on figures coming back on a new S3 though, which is also a belter.
    Maybe even one of those 3 series XDrive 335d things.
    Now:
    -MK2 Golf Gti 16V/VR6, Oak Green, Shrick, Intake, Decat, Kish Retrim, Lenso BSX..
    -BMW 335d Xdrive, Estoril Blue, fully loaded.

    Before:
    S3 (8P), Ibis, DSG, Milltek, SHARK

    BMW 320d M Sport
    S3 (8P), Sprint, REVO, H&R Springs, BBS CHs,

    Golf MK5 GTi 20TFSI - REVO Stage1, Red.
    Golf MK5 GTi 20TFSI - Std, Shadow Blue
    Civic Type `R`
    Golf MK4 GTi 18T - 200bhp, MTM ECU, Forge DV
    Golf MK3 VR6 - Cat Back
    Corrado VR6 - JAMEX
    Corrado G60 - JAMEX, BRM Charger rebuild
    etc....

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    i have been a looking for a sportback and trust me its hard finding the right one. PaulAr out of interest whats you gonna want for yours and how soon you looking to chop
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    at the end of the day it is all down to personal preference. I think I will look for a sportback model because other than a few subtle aesthetic differences between my black edition a3 and an s3 there isn't much in it. The sportback would feel and look like a new car to me

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    Quote Originally Posted by yuan2211 View Post
    i have been a looking for a sportback and trust me its hard finding the right one. PaulAr out of interest whats you gonna want for yours and how soon you looking to chop
    Depends ,still talking to dealers regarding delivery times. Some stuff is stock, some stuff is on 6months!
    Price will be very keen, somewhere between trade and private, and its a rare car in this spec/condition/mileage.

    Will drop you a PM once I have better visibility on timescale.

    cheers
    Now:
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    -BMW 335d Xdrive, Estoril Blue, fully loaded.

    Before:
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    BMW 320d M Sport
    S3 (8P), Sprint, REVO, H&R Springs, BBS CHs,

    Golf MK5 GTi 20TFSI - REVO Stage1, Red.
    Golf MK5 GTi 20TFSI - Std, Shadow Blue
    Civic Type `R`
    Golf MK4 GTi 18T - 200bhp, MTM ECU, Forge DV
    Golf MK3 VR6 - Cat Back
    Corrado VR6 - JAMEX
    Corrado G60 - JAMEX, BRM Charger rebuild
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    yeah that would be great, if you would closer to trade would be perfect
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