I can see the S3 Saloon selling more then the 3dr tbh.
same MacPherson strut suspension as a hatchback but in a saloon?
As much as I love the look of the saloon, I can't thing of a B segment saloon that's ever succeeded here across the range. The 3 door S3 will cater for the younger (read no kids) buyer, but the small family buyer will still go for sportback I reckon.
It'll sell like donuts in the US though.
I really like the Saloon. `If` I decide to get an S3, I think it might be this one.
i like it!
if you cant get the A4 or S4 then this would be right up your street.
The more I think about this, if I was leasing I'd probably buy the saloon. It does look good. My main concern would be unchartered territory in terms of residual values buying my own.
After owning an A4 for three years, there wouldn't be much competition there for me. The car is nearly half a metre longer, has an annoying offset pedal layout, higher waistline and doesn't feel anywhere near as sharp to drive as the A3. Factor on a 3.0V6 engine compared to a 2.0, where you'd be getting similar performance for less fuel and it's starting to look like a good buy.
Yeah the S3 saloon has specifically been designed and released with the USA as the target buyers.
I also think the UK will stick with 3 door hatch and 5 door sport back as the preferred options.
UK residuals on the saloon may be damaged by a limited market whereas Dealers know the hatches will always sell.
Whilst I like the look of the saloon I would want to see one 1st hand, to see its 'proportions'.
This small / compact saloon reminds me of the Ford Orion Ghia days of the late 80's / early 90's and whilst it was fine then, I am not 100% convinced it will still work now - albeit there will of course be a market for this car in the UK, but how big that market is, is an unknown.
The B8 A4 has let me down on so many counts. If I was in the market for a saloon and didn't need a cavernous boot, I'd be looking towards the 8V A3 saloon.
I would be interested to see the size of the boot in the new A3 Saloon. I called in to the dealers this afternoon and they had a new Sportback in the showroom, so I decided to measure the size of the luggage area to compare it to my existing Sportback. The important measurement to enable me to get my dismantled mobility scooter in is the front to back measurement at the loading cill and the new one was 720mm. That is 50mm LESS than my existing one which is 770mm. Perhaps the boot on the A3 Saloon will be bigger and then it will be a choice between an A3 Saloon or a Golf Estate.
Graeme at GNJ sent me this yesterday... I'm still undecided... Love that interior though...
2014 Audi S3 Saloon (Sedan) - YouTube
I do prefer the saloon tbh.
I'm sure one of the reviews mentions more boot space in the saloon.
saloon is the one i will defo get me one
If they saloon is costing something like £3k more, do you think it'll be as popular?
For me it will be a saloon next for sure, prob not an audi though
I really want one of these. At the moment I definitely prefer it to the hatch.
Looks very nice. A useful mid-way between the hatch and the TT.
AutoExpress are saying the S3 saloon will be with customers by Jan 2014.
New Audi A3 Saloon release date and price | Auto Express
gorgeous car, no brainer....... love the rear quarter very Mercedes C63, looking forward to seeing this in the flesh
Erm, that can't be a 4L car? What does the '40' mean in the model designation?
i like it, think it looks really smart. bit more sophisticated than a hatch. although slightly less practical...