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How to make the ride smoother on an Audi S3 Quattro?

ljwagerfield Aug 13, 2020

  1. ljwagerfield

    ljwagerfield Registered User

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    I'd like to purchase an Audi S3 Sportback Quattro (2016).

    However, I have concerns over the ride being too bumpy.

    Is it possible, or even advisable, to alter the car in some way to give it a smoother ride without replacing the 18" alloys?

    I would be happy to forgo some handling (providing the car is still safe to drive!) if it meant the car felt more like a luxury saloon than a horse and cart.

    I'm not a mechanic myself, so would be taking this to the garage to do.

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    Of course, I may buy the car and feel it's fine as-is.

    I'd just like to know what recourse I have besides selling it or fitting 16" wheels.
     
    Last edited: Aug 13, 2020
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  3. Adam14

    Adam14 Registered User

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    I know some (not sure if relevant for a sportback) have the mag ride calibrated which helps minimise the bumpiness of the ride. @DJAlix on here does this (and could likely give more info than me) and he's phenomenal at what he does

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  4. Mr Freeze

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    What year S3 you looking at ?
     
  5. ljwagerfield

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    2016
     
  6. Mr Freeze

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    I don't think you should have any worries with the ride quality on the S3 especially on 18s .
    I have no issues with the ride on mine and i'am pretty fussy about ride quality .
     
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  7. Damo S

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    You'll have to try one out and see although its probably the wrong car for you. It is a firm ride, its bumpy, its not forgiving on rubbish or poorly maintained roads. That said, it's not as bad as some other cars I've owned. If you want a luxury feel then why are you looking at a hot hatch sports car?
     
  8. ljwagerfield

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    "If you want a luxury feel then why are you looking at a hot hatch sports car?"​

    I'd actually be open to alternatives :)

    All I require is a small estate (for going to the dump) that looks sporty (i.e. something that comes with 18" wheels as standard, and is designed around that) and is a smooth ride.

    I keep hitting the same conclusion that any hatchback / small estate with 18" wheels is going to be a bumpy ride... but maybe I'm wrong?

    As an aside: I've been looking at the CLA Shooting Brake just now and it almost seems perfect, except the boot is so deeply recessed: the A3's is far more of a 'flat load' so it wins points there... but for a sporty looking A3, it's going to be a bumpy ride by the sounds of it.

    I'm in full "spinning round in circles" mode!
     
    Last edited: Aug 14, 2020
  9. alpesh26

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    I'd look at the A3 S-Line rather than the S3. It has the S bodykit. Try and find one with the standard suspension rather than the S-Line suspension
     
  10. ljwagerfield

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    "Try and find one with the standard suspension rather than the S-Line suspension"​

    Very interesting, thank you, I will do that!
     
  11. Peter82

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    Why u just don't go and book drive test?? :suspicion:
     
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  13. TYb

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    I found my facelift 3 door suspension to be relatively compliant, that was a non mag ride, I don’t think you’d want it any softer, it’s wasn’t the sharpest at the best of times.
     
  14. rafletcher

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    On my A4 I had 18” rims, 45 profile tyres, and the “Sport” (20mm drop) suspension and it was fine. S-Line was a further 10mm drop, and that was rock hard even on 18’s - a bit like my S3 on 19’s is!
     

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