2016 Audi S3

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$42,500

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2016 Audi S3
2016 Audi S3

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

The good:

  • Subtly aggressive styling
  • Refined engine
  • Launch control
  • Lightning-quick transmission shifts
  • Leather upholstery standard

The bad:

  • Needs more power to stand out
  • Touchy brakes
  • Dynamics with winter tires
  • Conventional manual transmission not offered

2 trims

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Notable features

  • 292-hp, turbo four-cylinder
  • All-wheel drive
  • Adaptive suspension available
  • Larger brakes
  • Dual-clutch automatic transmission

2016 Audi S3 review: Our expert's take

What Is the 2016 Audi S3?

The Audi S3 is a five-seat performance sedan offered in a single trim level: the 2.0T Premium Plus. It includes standard Quattro all-wheel drive and competes with the Mercedes-AMG CLA45 sedan and the BMW M235i coupe. The S3 is based on the Audi A3 sedan, which is covered separately.

What's New on the 2016 Audi S3?

The 2016 Audi S3 adds standard parking sensors, backup camera and the Black Optic Performance Package. Red brake calipers are now available.

How Does the 2016 Audi S3 Compare to Other Performance Sedans?

The 2016 Audi S3 costs significantly less than the BMW M235i and Mercedes-AMG CLA45, yet it lags behind the AMG CLA45 in performance. However, the Audi S3 supplies more responsive shifting and a larger backseat than the AMG CLA45, and its four-door body style also makes it a better everyday driver than the M235i coupe. In addition, the S3 offers an optional magnetic ride suspension that provides a smoother ride than the AMG CLA45. Unlike both competitors, the Audi S3 includes standard leather seating.

What Features in the 2016 Audi S3 Are Most Important?

The 2016 Audi S3 comes standard with a 292-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and all-wheel drive. Significant standard features include active rollover protection in the convertible model, a panoramic moonroof with the sedan, LED running lights and taillights, xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights, a retractable multimedia screen and leather upholstery. As with all new cars, an electronic stability system, front airbags and antilock brakes are included.

Significant available features include adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, blind spot warning, LED headlights, a 14-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system and 4G LTE Wi-Fi for up to eight devices (subscription required).

Should I Buy the 2016 Audi S3?

The 2016 Audi S3 is for buyers who value a refined engine, responsive transmission and standard leather upholstery. However, better high-performance options exist, and the 19-inch Performance Package is not the best option for winter-weather driving. In addition, shoppers looking for a manual transmission will have to search elsewhere, as it isn't offered in the S3.

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Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.5
  • Interior design 4.8
  • Performance 4.9
  • Value for the money 4.5
  • Exterior styling 5.0
  • Reliability 4.7

Most recent consumer reviews

4.6

Great design and performance

Purchased the car as a CPO 2 years ago, my first non-manual transmission car in over 40 years. All things being equal, I still prefer manual transmission, though the paddle shift DSG in this car is really great. Overall the car is a great design with very good performance.

5.0

Can't go wrong!

I've owned and driven all kinds of cars, mainly sports cars and as far as im concerned the S3 has them all beat. The handling is extremely responsive as well as the turbo motor under the hood. I own a 2016 and just hit 71000 miles, beyond Audi Scheduled maintenance the ONLY visit to the service dept was for a faulty tire pressure sensor which only happened because i was driving the car extremely hard when it failed. I drove the s4 and s5 and neither of them come close if you want an engaging drive. The shifts are instant where every other s model Audi lags behind with non dual clutch automatics. Stop thinking about it and just buy it. You wont be disappointed.

5.0

EXACT car I was looking for!!

Perfect. Every where else that had this car wasn't able to get me approved but I got lucky with Diamond Motors! Even with bad credit they made it happen for me.

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Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Audi
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
5 model years or newer/less than 60,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
1 year/unlimited miles after expiration of new vehicle limited warranty or from date of sale if the new vehicle limited warranty has expired
Powertrain
N/A
Dealer certification required
300-plus-point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
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