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Audi S line suspensions

Thinking of buying the new Audi Q3, and was wondering how firm the suspension really is. Everywhere I read, it is recommended to avoid such.

But, really, is it that uncomfortable? Anyone with s line suspenion experience?
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Thinking of buying the new Audi Q3, and was wondering how firm the suspension really is. Everywhere I read, it is recommended to avoid such.

But, really, is it that uncomfortable? Anyone with s line suspenion experience?
We have a 2010 TT with the full S-line package (and a VW R36 with similarly sporty suspension). I've never felt that the suspension itself was too harsh, but then I like a direct feeling. The Audi does feel oversensitive to road surface changes, but only on the overlarge 19" summer tyres. The narrower and smaller diameter winter wheels are actually more comfortable.

I know the A3 isn't the same as a TT, but it's probably similar enough to suggest that you don't go for the largest, lowest profile tyres if you're concerned about ride quality. If you want it to feel like a soft bouncy American car, though, you should definitely not get the sports suspension either.
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Old 17.07.2012, 18:15
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Re: Audi S line suspensions

Thanks.

I must admit I do like a direct feel. I just was a bit concerned that it be too uncomfortable.

And, I agree with you on the largest wheels. I am going for the 18 inch wheels, so this, in my opinion, should be ok.
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Thanks.

I must admit I do like a direct feel. I just was a bit concerned that it be too uncomfortable.
Well we don't think so. Poor road surfaces best taken at lower speeds though
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Re: Audi S line suspensions

In my experiences of Audis the suspension of the S-line models is very harsh. The issues is that the spring/damper combination is not configured for anything that isn't super smooth tarmac.

On the Golf platform arguably the worst riding car is the SEAT Leon. It was in the back of these that I became car sick - for the first time in over 20 years - because of the poor ride quality.

I am totally bamboozled by the poor ride quality of many modern cars - especially when specced with larger wheels. I know a nice set of 18 or 19" wheels looks rather good - but unless the suspension is really finally tuned (dampers, springs, bushes and ARBs) then the primary and secondary ride will be compromised.

I am impressed by the Saab 9-3 (17" wheels) and the Alpina was very composed (secondary ride) on the Gavia pass (badly surfaced).

If ride is important to you - avoid the S-line models - go for smaller wheels. AND most importantly road test different models.

I miss the ride of my old BMW 525 (1989 model - E34).

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Primary = ability to soak up large undulations - the S-lines are too bad here - as they have good body control
Secondary = ability to iron out imperfections and small bumps. This is harshness - and an area where Audi and VAG products in general are pretty poor.

Generally Mercedes and Jaguar have far better secondary ride suspensions than their rivals.

However suspension design is still an ART - one persons perfect suspension is anothers worse ride. You need to pick the right one for your required mix of:
- Handling
- Primary ride
- Secondary ride
- Steering feel
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Re: Audi S line suspensions

keep the wheels stock and it is fine. any thing fancy for which the suspension was not designed sucks. I found the ride quality in my s4 very good (2004) but a bit harsh at times.....but then with 344 hp you dont want to roll around like a cadi...
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