More of a back to back test. A friend brought round his mapped Ibiza Cupra (approx 210bhp) today so we warmed both cars up then went for a back to back test along the same bumpy peak district roads. Outside temp = -2.0! What a difference. Bluntly the S3 walks all over it. Smoother ride, far nicer cabin and driving position, better steering, less crashy, more lateral grip, a much more secure feel and far more punch (unsupprising though as mine has another 40bhp!) and the Ibiza is only on 40k miles! My friend couldn't believe the difference when he drove the S3. One thing i will give in the Ibiza's favour is that it had a more chuckable chassis, but frankly the suspension was so crashy it never felt happy! Not a car i would recommend to anyone i'm afraid! To think he swapped his DC5 Integra Type R for it aswell, now that was a good car!