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by Matt Campbell

The first ever Audi S3 sedan has arrived in Australia, priced from $62,200.

As with the regular Audi A3 hatch and sedan models, the S3 sedan is positioned slightly above the Audi S3 Sportback hatch (from $59,900), but with added boot space (425 litres compared to 380L).

Standard equipment for the Audi S3 sedan largely mirrors the Sportback, and includes xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights and LED tail-lights, self-parking with front and rear parking sensors and a reverse-view camera, dual-zone climate control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, smart key and push-button start, satellite navigation with MMI touch media, Bluetooth phone audio streaming, and sports seats trimmed in Nappa leather with front electric adjustment and heating. Other changes include the S body kit, S exhaust with quad outlets, S sports suspension and 19-inch alloy wheels.

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Under the bonnet is the same 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged engine with 206kW of power and 380Nm of torque, which sends its power to all four wheels via a six-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox. Unlike the Sportback version, Audi isn’t planning to offer a manual gearbox – unless there is demand from consumers, though the brand says only about five per cent of S3 hatch buyers would option the stick shifter.

The S3 sedan‘s 0-100km/h time of 5.0 seconds matches the hatch’s, and fuel use is rated at an identical 6.9 litres per 100km. The sedan weighs 1450 kilograms, up 20kg on the hatch.

Audi will offer an S performance package at $4990, which sees the addition of LED headlights, a Bang & Olufsen sound system, S sports seats with diamond quilting, magnetic adjustable suspension, red brake calipers and smaller 18-inch alloy wheels.

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Read our international launch review of the S3 sedan here, and stay tuned for our first local drive review next week.

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