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2016 Audi S3

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$26,222 — $34,794 USED
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Sedan
5 Seats
26 MPG
(Combined)
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

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
2016 Audi S3 exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2016 Audi S3
  • 292-hp, turbo four-cylinder
  • All-wheel drive
  • Adaptive suspension available
  • Larger brakes
  • Dual-clutch automatic transmission

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Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

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

What drivers are saying

4.7
14 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(5.0)
Performance
(4.9)
Interior Design
(4.7)
Comfort
(4.5)
Reliability
(4.6)
Value For The Money
(4.6)

Read reviews that mention:

(4.0)

Have the upgrade suspension, noisy on large bumps

by barkeypf from Clifton Park NY on July 27, 2019

A lux pocket rocket! Eye catching, people notice it! Suspension noisy on bumps! Quiet on smooth roads! AWD for all weather conditions! Right size for me! Read full review

(5.0)

Amazing car

by AudiS3LosGatos from Los Gatos, CA on May 17, 2019

Great handling, amazing acceleration, quality materials, and stellar design. Great car for commuting or road trips. Open up the moonroof / sunroof and find a scenic winding road. Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2016 Audi S3 currently has 0 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2016 Audi S3 2.0T Premium Plus

NHTSA rates vehicles using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.

Overall
5 Star
Overall Front
4 Star
Overall Side
5 Star
Overall Rollover Rating
4 Star
Driver's
4 Star
Passenger's
5 Star
Side Barrier
5 Star
Side Barrier Rating Driver
5 Star
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
5 Star
Side Pole
5 Star
Side Pole Barrier combined (Front)
5 Star
Side Pole Barrier combined (Rear)
5 Star
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation. NHTSA provides vehicle safety information such as front- and side-crash ratings and rollover ratings. Vehicles are rated using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Audi

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / unlimited distance

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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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The S3 received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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