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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