I had the pleasure of testing the 2022 Audi S3 Sedan, this is a beautiful luxury sports sedan that is fantastic to drive and we really enjoyed it as our family car! Let's find out why when I put it through our BabyDrive testing…
My favourite thing about the Audi S3 Sedan has got to be the drive! I did not want to stop driving it and found myself at EVERY opportunity saying “I'll go”. You forget the kids are in the back you just want to keep driving and driving! The steering is so light and intuitive and there is an ease and sophistication to the way it feels that you don't want to end. For all our normal everyday commutes the turning circle is very good and the visibility so manoeuvring, parking and car parks are nice and easy, with a good rear camera too.
The Audi S3 Sedan has the second nicest ISOFix in any car I have tested! They are in both the outer rear seats and the plastic cover rolls in around the back so you do not have to detach them. It is small, seamless details like this that really set cars apart when directly comparing them.
After my ISOFix appreciation, I installed two Infasecure child seats in the back of the Audi S3 Sedan – the Infasecure Aspire More forward-facing and the Infasecure Attain More rear-facing. You could of course put any two Infasecure child seats in the back seats. I found three would not fit as the car's seats themselves are quite sculpted so three across didn't work for me.
There are top tether anchorages for all three rear seats. They are clearly labelled on the fixed parcel shelf behind all three headrests.
Now back to the child seats! Audi S3 Sedan is a versatile five-seater SUV and you can fit two Infasecure child seats across the back row! Now you do need to pick your child seats carefully and check they fit first but we could fit the Infasecure Attain More and Aspire More across the rear seats.
Legroom is very good in the Audi S3 Sedan and we could fit a 186cm driver or passenger in front of this child seat combination on either side.
You can learn more about the child seats used in this review by following this link.
The interior of the Audi S3 Sedan is sleek and clutter-free with detail in the contrast red stitching on the seats, dash, steering wheel and floor mats.
These details are carried through to the rear of the cabin too for a cohesive luxury experience.
Storage is good throughout the cabin with two cup holders in the back that fold down from the central seat back…
…and there are net map pockets to hold children's books and iPads.
The rear door bins will hold a refillable water bottle so they are practical for the smaller members of the family too.
In the front, the storage is practical too with two cup holders in the central console and a wireless phone charging dock.
A wallet and iPad fit in the glove box and the door bins hold a refillable water bottle like the rear ones.
There are also air vents in the back of the central console box which is perfect for keeping the rear passengers comfortable too and there is a 12V socket for rear charging.
Storage in the boot of the Audi S3 is very good being a sedan, it has a generous amount of space. From empty it will hold thirteen shopping bags, which is comparable to the Volvo S60 that also holds 13 shopping bags. The BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe holds twelve and the Citroen C4 holds ten.
A twin pram will fit in the boot of the Audi S3 Sedan with three shopping bags.
Or a single pram will fit in the boot of the Audi S3 Sedan with four shopping bags.
Or if like us you like to travel a little lighter when it comes to prams, a compact stroller will fit in the boot of the Audi S3 Sedan with room for ten shopping bags.
The media system in the Audi S3 Sedan is lovely and modern and simple to use and navigate.
It has Apple CarPlay too which makes it easy to connect and use your phone's navigation, messaging and audio apps while driving.
If you are a fan of sedans like myself then this is a fantastic one for families. I know they are a little out of fashion at the moment and everyone thinks they must have an SUV but I think sedans prove time and time again that the boot space and legroom is normally superior in the sedans than in most SUVs. These are both things we need when we start adding children, car seats and prams to our daily lives!
The Audi S3 Sedan really stands out for me with its exceptional drive and I feel very envious of anyone who decides this will be their family car!
The Audi S3 Sedan has yet to be given an ANCAP safety rating (although some Audi A3 versions do have a five-star ANCAP rating). Six airbags come as standard, including front airbags for driver and passenger, side airbags for front seats, and head level curtain airbags for front and rear.