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  • More power than ever
  • Snazzy exterior styling
  • Tech-forward interior


  • Lacks standard driver aids
  • Unknown interior material quality
  • Hatchback model reserved for Europe

Audi S3 Expert Review

Alex Leanse

Entry-level luxury meets high performance in the Audi S3. This little rascal is the mid-range offering of Audi's subcompact luxury sedan, sportier than the standard A3 but not as wild as the RS3 still to come. Last refreshed for 2017, the S3 has been fully redesigned for the 2022 model year.

Want to learn more about the 2022 Audi S3? Check out our First Look.

  • Restyled and more sophisticated exterior
  • More upscale, spacious, and feature-filled interior
  • Turbocharged engine gains power and torque
  • Dual-clutch transmission gets another gear
  • Heated sport bucket front seats
  • Carbon fiber and other new interior trim selections

The 2022 S3's performance figures and thoroughly upscaled underpinnings make us think Audi is on track to make this sport sedan the best it's ever been.

The A3's shell provides an appealing starting point. Exterior styling is more complex and mature than before, while the interior appears to gain luxury, quality, and features. Now, there's more that makes it an Audi than the badge on its grille.

But in the S3, it's what's behind that grille that matters. The pumped-up turbocharged engine makes more power than before—not that we ever thought the last S3 was too slow. Hopefully the new chassis and suspension setup will improve the prior model's somewhat numb handling.

Regardless, we liked the S3 before, and we can't imagine the new 2022 model will be any less enjoyable.

Like the previous S3, the 2022 model is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter I-4 engine, hooked up to a dual-clutch automatic transmission and Quattro AWD. Compared to the older car, however, output rises by 18 hp and 15 lb-ft, to 306 and 295, respectively. Audi says the new S3 can launch from 0-60 mph in 4.5 seconds. Considering that we got a 4.4-second time from our previous S3 long-term test car, Audi's estimate for the 2022 car seems conservative. Expect it to also beat the 13.0-second, 105.3 mph quarter-mile result our long-termer posted.

Quattro AWD is a core tenet of Audi performance, and the S3 has it as standard equipment. Sending power to all four wheels helps the car achieve speedy launches and tenacious grip. In addition to standard AWD, the S3 gains larger internally ventilated brake rotors and suspension lowered by 15 millimeters compared to the standard A3.

What do you do if the S3 just isn't sporty enough? You wait for the RS3. The letters RS—Renn Sport, or Racing Sport in German—designate Audi's highest-performance models, as they have on its smallest car in the past and will again in the future. We expect the next-gen RS3 to pack a turbocharged five-cylinder engine cranking out upwards of 400 hp. Quattro AWD is a certainty, likely aided by a trick differential shuffling power between the four corners. That hardware should unlock a 0-60 mph launch in the mid-three-second range, with available carbon-ceramic brakes offered to keep speeds in check. The future RS3 should look the part, too, thanks to signature RS design details such as punched-out fender flares and big-bore oval exhaust tips.

All S3 trims are equipped with a 10.1-inch infotainment touchscreen, which includes wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. A digital gauge display is standard, measuring 10.3 inches or 12.3 inches depending on trim; either contains an S3-specific performance information readout. A semi-autonomous parking system is optional on the A3, but standard on the S3. Premium technology features should include a head-up display, wireless charging pad, and upgraded audio system.

The 2022 S3 includes driver-assist and active safety features including automatic high beams, lane departure warning, and front automatic emergency braking. Adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert are optional or included depending on trim. Ten airbags are placed throughout the cabin.

Strong crash test results by other current Audis indicate good safety performance from the S3 and A3. The safest cars and luxury SUVs for 2021 include Audi models.



Even in the Age of the SUV, the entry-luxury compact sedan segment still has juice, and Audi is set to deliver a performance-oriented challenger in the form of the new-for-2022 S3. A hot-rodded version of the new A3 sedan, the S3 will go head-to-head with the aggressive BMW M235i Gran Coupe, Cadillac CT4-V, and Mercedes-AMG A35 when it hits the market. This pint-sized sports sedan certainly looks the part, and because we've been impressed with the current-generation model, we're excited to get behind the wheel of this new one. The cabin is shared with the all-new 2022 A3, which borrows styling and technology from Audi's larger sedans—the A4 and the A6—but everything about the S3 feels more youthful. The 2022 S3 will likely follow the A3 to U.S. dealers by a few months, so we expect to see it on sale by the end of 2021.

What's New for 2022?

The 2022 S3 is all-new and based on the similarly fresh 2022 A3 sedan. Although both cars will be powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder, the S3's engine makes a stout 306-hp and will send its power through a standard all-wheel drive system. Aside from more power, the S3 also gets a lowered, more aggressively tuned suspension, grippier sport seats, a special grille and four exhaust tips.

Pricing and Which One to Buy

Audi hasn't released a full features-and-options list for the 2022 S3, but we know it will follow the brand's three-trim layout starting with the base Premium, then graduating to the mid-level Premium Plus, and finally the top-spec Prestige trim. Without a full list of features it's difficult to know which one will represent the best value, but our experience with the current crop of Audis suggests the mid-range Premium Plus will likely satisfy the widest swath of buyers.

Engine, Transmission, and Performance

All S3 models will come with a 306-hp 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, a seven-speed automatic transmission, and Audi's Quattro all-wheel drive system. This setup is similar to the last generation S3, which bolted to 60 mph in just 4.6-seconds at our test track. Thanks to 18 more horsepower than the previous S3, we expect the 2022 model to be at least as quick if not quicker, but we won't have a chance to test the new one until closer to its on-sale date.

Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG

The EPA estimates that the S3 is good for 23 mpg city and 32 mpg highway which makes it more efficient than the A35 and right on track with the M235i Gran Coupe. When we get a chance to test the S3's highway fuel economy on our 75-mph test route, we'll update this story with results. For more information about the S3's fuel economy, visit the EPA's website.

Interior, Comfort, and Cargo

The S3's cabin is nearly identical to the new 2022 A3's but adds some racier styling elements such as sport seats with quilted leather inserts and a flat-bottomed steering wheel. From photos, we can see that the S3 will receive the same toggle-switch gear selector as the A3 as well. We've yet to see either car in person, so we can't comment on passenger space or cargo capacity, but the S3 is a compact sedan so we aren't expecting limo-like accommodations.

Infotainment and Connectivity

While the standard A3 comes with either a 10.1- or 12.3-inch infotainment touchscreen we expect the more expensive S3 to offer the larger display as standard. Also likely to be standard is Audi's Virtual Cockpit digital gauge display, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and in-dash navigation. Audi hasn't released full details of the S3's standard and optional features, so we'll update this story with more information closer to the car's on-sale date.

Safety and Driver-Assistance Features

Like most Audis, the S3 will come standard with several driver-assistance features; more advanced technology will remain optional. For more information about the S3's crash-test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites. Key safety features include:

  • Standard automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection
  • Available lane-departure warning with lane-keeping assist
  • Available adaptive cruise control

Warranty and Maintenance Coverage

The new S3 will come with the same standard warranty as the rest of the Audi lineup, which includes coverage on the vehicle's powertrain and a bumper-to-bumper policy that spans four years or 50,000 miles. Audi also covers the first dealer maintenance for new-car buyers—a nice perk—but the M235i Gran Coupe comes standard with a three-year complimentary maintenance plan.

  • Limited warranty covers 4 years or 50,000 miles
  • Powertrain warranty covers 4 years or 50,000 miles
  • Complimentary maintenance is covered for 1 year or 10,000 miles

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AUDI S3 2016 - Present

In April 2016, Audi introduced the refreshed A3 lineup, and, along with the rest of the range, the German carmaker upgraded the S3 as well.

Since the beginning, it was one of the hottest hot-hatches on the market, and it provided an all-wheel-drive system. Over time, while the A3 range evolved, the S3 was constantly upgraded. The third generation of the A3 was refreshed in 2016 and, two decades after the first generation.

The S3 was offered in four body versions: hatchback with 3- or 5-doors, cabriolet, and sedan. A new front fascia was introduced, with a taller single-frame grille between the standard full-LED headlights. There were a pair of air-scoops to cool the brakes on the sides, and those were not only for show. The S3 showed the S-logo from the brake-calipers through the 18” light-alloy wheels with a unique design. A discrete roof-spoiler was on top of the tailgate (for the hatchback versions), and four, not so discrete, exhausts were shown under the bumper.

Inside, the S3 featured S-logos on the flat-bottom steering wheel, the door-sills, seats, and gearstick. Two bucket seats in the front offered good support on the corners. Depending on the options, the instrument cluster could feature the Audi Virtual Cockpit digital display. The MMI (Multi Media Interface) infotainment unit was fitted as standard.

Despite not having complaints about the 300 hp engine offered on its predecessor, the 2016 S3 offered 10 hp more. It was mated as standard with a 6-speed manual for the 3-door hatchback. In selected markets, such as the U.K., the 5-door version and the sedan came equipped with a 7-speed automatic (dual-clutch) S-Tronic gearbox.

The 2014 Audi S3 Sportback

Perhaps one of the biggest complaints about the outgoing S3 Sedan was its rather uninspiring exterior design. This can't be said about its successor. Like the base A3, the S3 features a bold and dominant Singleframe grille that's become synonymous with the brand. The latest incarnation features a rhombus-patterned design with cool-looking air inlets in matte black.

Thanks to Audi's current design chief, Mark Lichte, the new S3 has far more dynamic and edgier styling than before. Take note of the strong shoulder that extends the length of the body from the headlights to the taillights. Below it, there's surfacing on the doors that are curved inward.

Another highlight is the optional matrix LED headlights and digital daytime running lights with 15 LEDs. At the rear, there's a large diffuser and four exhaust pipes. Overall, the 2022 S3's appearance not old projects a bolder attitude, but thanks to clever styling, the sedan looks wider than it actually is. The sedan is 1.6 inches longer and 1.2 inches wider than its predecessor. It's also 0.6 inches closer to the ground compared to the A3. A set of 18-inch wheels are standard and 19-inchers are optional.


S3 specs audi


The Audi S3 blends high-performance and high-tech into a zesty compact sedan. In addition to its sporting chops, the S3 also excels at being practical thanks to a roomy trunk and decent fuel-economy ratings. Unlike the A3 on which it's based, the S3 is not offered as a convertible. This sharp-handling sedan may be built off of Audi's entry-level model, but it imparts much the same sense of quality and luxuriousness as the larger cars in the company's lineup. Its 288-hp turbocharged four-cylinder delivers ripping acceleration, and its plentiful tech features—both standard and optional—keep the S3 in the hunt alongside more modern rivals.

What's New for 2020?

Only minor changes are in store for the S3 for 2020 in advance of a totally redesigned model that we expect to debut for the 2021 model year. The largest change is the addition of a lower-priced Premium model as the entry-point for the S3 lineup; the expensive Prestige model has been discontinued, leaving just the Premium and Premium Plus trims. The Premium Plus model now comes standard with a Bang & Olufsen stereo system, automatic high-beam headlamps, a USB port for rear-seat occupants, and power-folding exterior mirrors with heat. Quantum Gray has been added to the palette of available colors.

Pricing and Which One to Buy

We'd splurge on the Premium Plus model as it adds a lot of features luxury buyers will be looking for, including the 14-speaker Bang & Olufsen stereo, a wireless smartphone charging pad, automatic high-beam headlamps, front and rear parking sensors and eight-way power-adjustable front seats with power lumbar support for both chairs. To that, we'd add the Navigation package—it’s a big ask at $2000, but it adds Audi's slick Virtual Cockpit digital gauge display, in-dash navigation, and a touch pad for the infotainment system controller.

Engine, Transmission, and Performance

Under the hood is a 2.0-liter turbo four that makes 288 horsepower. A seven-speed automatic is standard; a manual is not offered. With accurate (albeit lightly weighted) steering, all-wheel drive, and a sport-tuned suspension, the S3 offers great driving dynamics. The automatic snaps off quick shifts, and at our test track the S3 charged to 60 mph in just 4.6 seconds, 0.9 second quicker than the standard A3. If that's not quite quick enough for you, the even hotter RS3 model delivered a blisteringly quick 3.5-second run from zero to 60 mph.

Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG

The S3's fuel economy ratings aren't as frugal as the A3's but it lines up nicely against other performance-oriented small cars with all-wheel drive such as the BMW 230i xDrive coupe and the Mercedes-AMG A35 4Matic. The EPA estimates that the S3 will deliver 22 mpg city, 29 mpg highway, and 25 mpg combined. We haven't had the chance to test the S3 on our 200-mile highway fuel economy test route, but when we do, we will update this story with results.

Interior, Comfort, and Cargo

The cabin is well-built and imparts a classy ambience, much like all of today's Audis. Passengers enjoy comfortable and supportive seats—which can be outfitted with quilted diamond-patterned nappa leather—but the interior is tight, particularly the rear seat. All S3 models come with a panoramic sunroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, and ambient interior lighting. The S3's trunk is identical to that of the A3; in our testing the A3 was able to fit five carry-on suitcases inside the trunk and when we dropped the rear seats, we squeezed a total of 13.

Infotainment and Connectivity

An optional 12.3-inch Virtual Cockpit digital gauge display provides everything from vehicle speed to navigation functions, and a second infotainment display rises from its hidden spot in the dashboard when you switch on the ignition. Even though the infotainment system isn't the most modern offering from Audi—the brand's newer cars have moved to a more modern two-screen setup—it still offers standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as an optional on-board Wi-Fi hotspot. Navigation is optional and is bundled with the digital gauge display.

Safety and Driver-Assistance Features

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has given the S3 a five-star rating, but the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has yet to weigh in. For what it's worth, IIHS named the A3 a Top Safety Pick for 2019. Audi offers limited driver-assistance features as standard, but more advanced technology are options. Key safety features include:

  • Standard automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection
  • Available blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert
  • Available adaptive cruise control

Warranty and Maintenance Coverage

All Audis come with a fairly basic four year/50,000 mile warranty for both the powertrain and the rest of the car. Audi covers the first service visit for free, but buyers of the BMW 2-series coupe or 2-series Gran Coupe will find more value in that brand's more comprehensive three-year complimentary maintenance program.

  • Limited warranty covers 4 years or 50,000 miles
  • Powertrain warranty covers 4 years or 50,000 miles
  • Complimentary maintenance is covered for 1 year or 10,000 miles


VEHICLE TYPE: front-engine, all-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door sedan

PRICE AS TESTED: $53,775 (base price: $43,850)

ENGINE TYPE: turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 16-valve inline-4, iron block and aluminum head, direct fuel injection

Displacement: 121 cu in, 1984 cc
Power: 292 hp @ 6200 rpm
Torque: 280 lb-ft @ 1900 rpm

TRANSMISSION: 6-speed dual-clutch automatic with manual shifting mode

Wheelbase: 103.6 in
Length: 175.8 in
Width: 70.7 in Height: 54.8 in
Passenger volume: 87 cu ft
Cargo volume: 10 cu ft
Curb weight: 3485 lb

Zero to 60 mph: 4.6 sec
Zero to 100 mph: 12.0 sec
Zero to 130 mph: 23.1 sec
Rolling start, 5-60 mph: 5.8 sec
Top gear, 30-50 mph: 3.0 sec
Top gear, 50-70 mph: 3.5 sec
Standing ¼-mile: 13.3 sec @ 104 mph
Top speed: 155 mph (governor limited, mfr-s claim)
Braking, 70-0 mph: 153 ft

EPA combined/city/highway driving: 24/21/28 mpg
C/D observed: 24 mpg


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The indicated consumption and emissions values were determined according to the legally specified measuring methods. Since September 1, 2017, type approval for certain new vehicles has been performed in accordance with the Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicles Test Procedure (WLTP), a more realistic test procedure for measuring fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. Since September 1, 2018, the WLTP has gradually replaced the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC). Due to the more realistic test conditions, the consumption and CO2 emission values measured are in many cases higher than the values measured according to the NEDC. Additional information about the differences between WLTP and NEDC is available at

At the moment, it is still mandatory to communicate the NEDC values. In the case of new vehicles for which type approval was performed using WLTP, the NEDC values are derived from the WLTP values. WLTP values can be provided voluntarily until their use becomes mandatory. If NEDC values are indicated as a range, they do not refer to one, specific vehicle and are not an integral element of the offer. They are provided only for the purpose of comparison between the various vehicle types. Additional equipment and accessories (attachment parts, tire size, etc.) can change relevant vehicle parameters, such as weight, rolling resistance and aerodynamics and, like weather and traffic conditions as well as individual driving style, influence a vehicle’s electric power consumption, CO2 emissions and performance figures.

Further information on official fuel consumption figures and the official specific CO2 emissions of new passenger cars can be found in the “Guide on the fuel economy, CO2 emissions and power consumption of all new passenger car models”, which is available free of charge at all sales dealerships and from DAT Deutsche Automobil Treuhand GmbH, Hellmuth-Hirth-Str. 1, 73760 Ostfildern-Scharnhausen, Germany (


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Preview: 2022 Audi S3 will add some sport to your life for $45,945

A new generation of the Audi A3 compact sedan is headed to showrooms in late 2021 as a 2022 model, and included in the range will be a sporty S3 variant.

Like the A3, the S3 will be offered exclusively as a sedan in the United States, though in other markets there's also a S3 Sportback hatchback.

Audi on Thursday confirmed the U.S. specs for the S3, along with a $45,945 starting price, including destination.

2022 Audi S3

2022 Audi S3

The stylish sport sedan features a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 generating 306 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. This comes mated as standard to a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission and sees the S3 sprint to 60 mph from rest in 4.5 seconds.

The previous S3 makes do with a similar engine delivering 292 hp and 280 lb-ft, as well as a 6-speed dual-clutch transmission. In both generations all-wheel drive is standard.

For improved control, Audi fits the S3 with a sport-tuned suspension that lowers the ride height by 15 millimeters. An adjustable damping system will be available to customers. The control of the dampers are linked with the all-wheel-drive system by way of the electronic stability control system. The car is also fitted with 18-inch (19 inches available) wheels and a powerful braking system with vented rotors and calipers painted black.

2022 Audi S3

2022 Audi S3

The S3 certainly looks the part with its aggressive front fascia design and aero kit which incorporates a chunky trunk lid spoiler. Quad-exhaust tips, a signature Audi S styling treatment, also feature. Compared to its predecessor, the new S3 is 0.8 inches wider and 1.6 inches longer, giving it improved stance.

As with all versions of the latest A3 family, the interior is a very high-tech place. A 10.1-inch screen serves as the infotainment hub while a second screen, 10.25 inches standard and 12.3 inches available, serves as the gauge cluster. Aluminum or carbon-fiber dash accents can be added.

Rivals for the S3 include the BMW M235i Gran Coupe, Cadillac CT4-V, and Mercedes-Benz AMG A35 and CLA35.

2022 Audi S3

2022 Audi S3

Other A3 variants still in the works include more powerful RS 3 and RS 3 Sportback models from Audi Sport.

For more on the Audi A3, read the in-depth reviews at The Car Connection.


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