Audi S3

Audi S3

About Audi S3

For 2018, Audi’s A3 compact-luxury sports car is offered as a sedan, convertible and, in the A3 Sportback e-tron, a plug-in hybrid hatchback. Although small, the A3 contains all the requisite Audi parts, including a powerful engine lineup, a quality interior, loads of high-tech goodies, and the option of quattro all-wheel drive. This combination of features and performance gives the A3, and its high-performance S3 and RS 3 (reviewed separately) cousins, a leg up on rivals like the Infiniti QX30, Mercedes-Benz CLA and Acura ILX, all while keeping its pricing well below that of the BMW 2 Series. Audi’s 2018 A3 Sportback e-tron plug-in hybrid is the line’s fuel-economy leader, but sadly it doesn’t offer the option of quattro all-wheel drive.

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2018 Audi S3
What's new for 2018?
2018 Audi S3

Audi’s 2018 A3 Sedan and Cabriolet gain standard heated front seats and two USB charging ports. The Premium Plus trim gains Audi Side Assist, while the Technology package now includes the Bang & Olufsen audio upgrade. The S3 gains a new S sport package and the e-tron, optional 18-inch wheels.

  • Expert Rating: 9.3
  • Consumers Rating: 9
  • MPG 22|28
2017 Audi S3
What's new for 2017?
2017 Audi S3

Audi’s 2017 A3 undergoes a major refresh this year, with more angular styling and a host of interior upgrades and safety improvements. Audi’s Virtual Cockpit gauge cluster is now optional while the 2.0-liter engine is made standard on front-wheel-drive (FWD) cars, which also receive a new 7-speed automatic transmission.

2016 Audi S3
What's new for 2016?
2016 Audi S3

After launching the A3 last year, the 2016 A3 ups the ante on standard features, adding a rear-view camera and parking sensors, aluminum-look interior trim, and heated mirrors and windshield-washer nozzles. The plug-in A3 Sportback e-tron hybrid hatchback also joins the lineup.

2015 Audi S3
What's new for 2015?
2015 Audi S3

The Audi A3 and high-performance S3 sedans are all-new for 2015. Joining the lineup are a fuel-efficient diesel engine and a fun-to-drive convertible.


Consumer Reviews

Love it.

By on Sunday, April 16, 2017

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 7,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating

Pros: "Quick, optional sport seats, Infotainment"

Cons: "hmmm... Maintenance costs?"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This car handles like a dream. Glued to the road with almost no traction issues. From a dig its very very quick. Interior quality is very nice and exterior is easy on the eyes. The infotainment system is relatively easy to use. The optional sport seats are really comfortable and the adjustable (to an extent) magnetic ride is great for when you want to just cruise along the highway or carve up some twisty roads. Gas mileage is decent for how quick it is, Im averaging about 23mpg 70%/30% Highway/city. Had a lot slower car with a V-6 that I averaged only 19mpg mixed driving so yeah...."

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