New Mercedes A35 AMG vs Audi S3

S3LOK

Registered User
Mercedes have finally released details about there S3 rival. Still not sure about the rear look and very surprised to see it as only 2 exhausts instead for 4. I do like the steering wheel and the front sport seats. Will be interesting to see what the Saloon version looks like next year.

What do you think? better than the current Audi FL S3?

mec-a35-956.jpg

mec-a35-959.jpg

mec-a35-937.jpg


More information and Pic's can be found here:
https://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/new-cars/mercedes-amg-a35-revealed-302bhp
https://www.autoexpress.co.uk/merce...bhp-mercedes-amg-a-35-revealed-ahead-of-paris
 

NevMan

Well known member
Absolutely hideous, S3 is better by a country mile

Sent from my HTC 10 using Tapatalk

@Scotty75 please don’t beat about the bush, just say what you really think . I agree by the way!
 

Scotty75

Well-Known Member
Silver Supporter
That wing is... mildly discomforting to my eyes.

How I see it - AMG looks more like a boy racer car, S3 looks more classy.
Quite agree. Clearly Mercedes are trying to rival Audi but in my opinion their blend of styling / performances is way off.

S3 is an animal under the bonnet but aggressive looking in a sophisticated almost understated way. It has class. Chucking a whale tail on a car as stock....... Who are they aiming this car at ?

Sent from my HTC 10 using Tapatalk
 

NevMan

Well known member
That wing is... mildly discomforting to my eyes.

How I see it - AMG looks more like a boy racer car, S3 looks more classy.

Well summed up @Rideen. Let’s hope Audi keep making post WLTP and make a good ‘un I am sure they will (well apart from dodgy touch screens)
 

winrya

Registered User
Good use of facts as ever by autocar. Beats the s3 to 60 at 4.7 with s3 at 5.3. As they're talking about the auto then s tronic s3 at 4.6 secs is still (just) faster:haha:

I was quite looking forward to this merc but what doesn't seem to translate in photos of the a class is the interior is really low quality when you sit in one. Loads of cheap plastics, a big step down from the c class that feels a much better quality product
 

oli356

Registered User
I wouldn't buy one but I don't think it looks too bad. But it is too boy racer for me, nicer than the Civic Type R though!

Interior seems a bit cluttered, compared to the S3 anyway which wouldn't be more bare really.
 

jassyo06

T-Cut King !
Junk
 

Tictap

Registered User
I quite like it, S3 would still be my first choice though.
 

DJAlix

VAG Car Coding™ Limited
Site Sponsor
VCDS Map User
Gold Supporter
VAG Can Professional
ODIS (Offboard Diagnostic System)
Dash looks interesting tech wise but what a horrible looking thing! From the shown angle it looks like they make one "dash module" and then bolt it on the needed side of the vehicle depending on the market its going to. The exterior, to me, kinda looks like a Hyundai i30 with a "nicked" Merc badge and aliexpress wing stuck on it.

Like how Merc have stolen the PFL A3 DRL light signature lol
 

Lehn

Registered User
I really like the look of the A35, personally I think I the S3 is a tad conservative. The recent Civics hurt my eyes though.

Couldn't agree more! But I'd still choose the S3 for the exact same reason, I'm almost 30 and although it's not time to grow up I still like to appear a bit more classy than driving a Type R or A35 :whistle2:
 

Snake Pliskin

Well-Known Member
Supporter
I also like it.

The exterior styling is quite aggressive and sharp IMO - I am sure the aero wing will be an optional extra, so imagine it with out this and it will be much more conservative and in keeping with the S3.

The inside I am not so sure of - so would need to see that first hand to judge properly.

But based on the weird design styling of the next platform A3 (if the images we have seen are accurate) then I would say the Merc actually looks better - so I hope these images are not final renders:

a1d3ecad95e4733c73f9713b30394e4e.png


87c328ac7e5c0a06788751d126170445.png


merc.jpg
 
  • Like
Reactions: TYb

Tej13

Registered User
I don't mind it, but I doubt I would get one over an S3 - I would have to drive one first though...

but the dash reminds me of the Rover SD1 :scared2:

rover-sd1-b1.jpg
 

TYb

Registered User
Couldn't agree more! But I'd still choose the S3 for the exact same reason, I'm almost 30 and although it's not time to grow up I still like to appear a bit more classy than driving a Type R or A35 :whistle2:

Haha I know what you mean, I suspect you’ll be able to get the A35 without the Aero kit as you can with the A45.

I do like my S3 but sometimes would like a bit more differiation between S line and S3.
 

Snake Pliskin

Well-Known Member
Supporter
I don't mind it, but I doubt I would get one over an S3 - I would have to drive one first though...

but the dash reminds me of the Rover SD1 :scared2:

rover-sd1-b1.jpg

ha ha lol ... yeah it does share the same kind of 'concept' :)

But that audi render above interior is all over the place with weird angles and vents & that centre touch screen looks gash :blink:
 

moonlight

Registered User
upload_2018-9-19_9-56-59.png
upload_2018-9-19_9-53-1.png
Hmmm,,,certainly has the baseball cap look about it but that wing and colour doesn't help. Agree without it then it looks pretty ok......but the standard A Class through the range still doesn't stand up to the A3 range anyway, IMO

upload_2018-9-19_10-3-15.png
upload_2018-9-19_9-48-20.png
upload_2018-9-19_10-0-36.png


A colleague takes delivery of his 'loaded' new A200 (1.3 163BHP)next month so I'll be taking that for a spin ......will give the dash a good prod

A3 2019...looks similar to other pics etc....

http://www.autobild.de/videos/video-insider-neuer-audi-a3-2019-11715415.html
 
Last edited:

Boydie

S3 8V DSG
VCDS Map User
I like it but I would probably put my money into an older A45
 

mfl

Registered User
I also like it.

But based on the weird design styling of the next platform A3 (if the images we have seen are accurate) then I would say the Merc actually looks better - so I hope these images are not final renders:

87c328ac7e5c0a06788751d126170445.png


View attachment 165776

I hope so too, that dash is just wrong - how many diferent design styles can you fit into a single dash , that centre screen just doesn't make sense. I actually prefer the Rover's dash.
 

Snake Pliskin

Well-Known Member
Supporter
I hope so too, that dash is just wrong - how many diferent design styles can you fit into a single dash , that centre screen just doesn't make sense. I actually prefer the Rover's dash.

That is exactly why I am hoping these are far from the final signed off design.
It just does not look Audi does it - it is literally all over the place mish mash & cluttered.
Audi are known for superb interiors so this makes no sense at all.
 
  • Like
Reactions: mfl

jassyo06

T-Cut King !
That is exactly why I am hoping these are far from the final signed off design.
It just does not look Audi does it - it is literally all over the place mish mash & cluttered.
Audi are known for superb interiors so this makes no sense at all.
Your in for a shock then...... mate, best to go and buy the fugly Merc lol
 

ictus_duplo2

Registered User
Initially looking at the first pic in the OP's post I thought I quite like that. In every other pic it looks wrong. Comparing a S3 Sportback rear view with the Merc the Audi looks far better.

No 3 door, I am out.
 

oli356

Registered User
@Snake Pliskin what gets me about the interior image you posted is how the climate control heater buttons look the same as the 8V. Maybe they won't put in a larger screen for this function like on some of the larger cars, but leaving it exactly the same? Seems a bit odd to me.
 

Rideen

Registered User
Also they won't put drive select, hazards, ESP, etc. so low down, it would not comply with a lot of standards (at least the hazards part).
 

Pook

Registered User
Minging, inside and out. I saw a new A-Class at McDonald’s the other day and the rear was just dreadful - that said it wasn’t a top spec but still, you can’t polish a tu*rd.
 

Snake Pliskin

Well-Known Member
Supporter
@Snake Pliskin what gets me about the interior image you posted is how the climate control heater buttons look the same as the 8V. Maybe they won't put in a larger screen for this function like on some of the larger cars, but leaving it exactly the same? Seems a bit odd to me.

That did occur to me too ... I cannot see why Audi would transfer across the heater controls from the 8v - totally agree :icon thumright:
So hope that these renders are either not official or bodged in some way ... let's hope so anyway.
 

Flying Scotsman

Registered User
I like the front end of the Merc.....it looks cleaner, sporty and a way better grill design. The Audi current snout grills look too large and protruding. The Merc dash is an abomination and if the spy shots of the Audi dash are correct, that is a winner.....no stuck on I-Pad.
 

msdmjb

Registered User
I find it such a shame that despite still having my >4yr old manual 3dr S3 and plenty of cash to burn there is nothing out there for sensible money (say sub £50k) that makes me think of changing...........new S3/Merc included. I am a fan of having a speedo and rev counter and am not interested in buying a new car cause of its tech, its slab dashboard, slightly different looking panels or number of exhausts. It will be no quicker nor any more efficient than my current one and lets be honest anything around 300bhp is way fast enough for on the road driving (anything around 5secs to 60 is quick enough me thinks). I don't expect a revolution but not even sure there is even evolution on show here, just shiny new things to justify increases in prices aka changes for changes sake. As for the nonsense rear spoiler..........whats it even for, appealing to 22yr olds with £500 a month to lease it??
Yep, grumpy ol' mustard ;)
 

NevMan

Well known member
All very very fair points there, can't argue
 

Invicta

Registered User
I would buy one! And... sell it and get an S3 saloon instead. Revolting interior, apathetically-designed exterior who's aimed at chavs who'll pull up next to you in it shouting "HEYY LAAA!"
 

oli356

Registered User
I'm not sure what market or clientelle Merc are aiming this at :blink: :wtf:
Single, mid life crisis males I think? Haha. Deffo going full on sports mode though which aligns with the car styling at least.
 

Snake Pliskin

Well-Known Member
Supporter
I find it such a shame that despite still having my >4yr old manual 3dr S3 and plenty of cash to burn there is nothing out there for sensible money (say sub £50k) that makes me think of changing...........new S3/Merc included. I am a fan of having a speedo and rev counter and am not interested in buying a new car cause of its tech, its slab dashboard, slightly different looking panels or number of exhausts. It will be no quicker nor any more efficient than my current one and lets be honest anything around 300bhp is way fast enough for on the road driving (anything around 5secs to 60 is quick enough me thinks). I don't expect a revolution but not even sure there is even evolution on show here, just shiny new things to justify increases in prices aka changes for changes sake. As for the nonsense rear spoiler..........whats it even for, appealing to 22yr olds with £500 a month to lease it??
Yep, grumpy ol' mustard ;)

That’s pretty much where I sit too.
Quite content with my current car & no thoughts of changing atm ... just window shopping lol what might be next :)
Cars are getting increasingly more expensive though and I’m preferring holding onto my cash atm than giving Audi another lump.
 

kalniel

Registered User
Merc exterior. Audi interior. Please.
 

jassyo06

T-Cut King !
The Mercs interior styling is of the love it or loathe it mindset, it's full of cheap tacky plastic as well according to reviews l have watched,The "AMG" Badge is now being utilised as much as the BMW M sport badge
so we will now have AMG lites as well as the current BMW M lites .. Fair do's as the full monty AMG models are stupid money, like RS models but only the real AMG cars sound ****** awesome all new RS models don't . . RS 4/5
Anyway @Snake Pliskin think you'll need to part with far more dot - dash for another new car this time around fact
 
Last edited:
Top