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2016 Audi S3
2016 Audi S3
MSRP Range $42,500-$42,500 Trims1 Combined MPG 27 Seats 5

Our Take on the 2016 Audi S3

Our Take

The S3 is a performance version of the A3 sedan that comes with a 292-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter gas four-cylinder and standard Quattro all-wheel drive. A six-speed dual-clutch automatic is the only transmission. Sport suspensionLarger brakesUnique grille and other exterior and interior ... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

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

Notable Features

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

Reviews

Our Expert Reviews

Editor's note: This review was written in March 2015 about the 2015 Audi S3. Little of substance has changed with this year's model. To see what's new for 2016, click here, or check out a side-by-side comparison of the two model years. Audi's 2015 S3 spices up the A3 subcompact sedan with a healthy dose of performance, but I wanted more thrills and fewer frills for its nearl... Read full review for the 2016 Audi S3

Consumer Reviews

5.0

Average based on 1 reviews

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WENT INI LOOKING FOR SOMETHING ELSE

by German car fan from North Carolina on February 13, 2016

I went into the Audi dealer looking for a S4 but came out with the S3. I've had the car for 6 months and love the decision that I made. The brakes can be a little touchy, but the performance is fantas... Read Full Review

1 Trim Available

A trim is a style of a vehicle model. Each higher trim has different or upgraded features from the previous trim along with a price increase. Learn more about trims

Trims Explained

When talking about cars, “trims” is a way of differentiating between different versions of the same model. Typically, most start with a no-frills, or “base” trim, and as features are added, or a different engine, drivetrain (gas vs. hybrid, for example) or transmission are included, trim names change and prices go up.


It’s important to carefully check the trims of the car you’re interested in to make sure that you’re getting the features you want, or that you’re not overpaying for features you don’t want.

Safety

Crash-Test Reports

NHTSA Ratings

Based on Audi S3 2.0T Premium Plus

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NHTSA Ratings

Based on Audi S3 2.0T Premium Plus

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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.

Recalls

Great news! There are currently no known recalls on 2016 Audi S3.


Warranty Coverage

Bumper-to-Bumper

48mo/50,000mi

Powertrain

48mo/50,000mi

Roadside Assistance Coverage

48mo/unlimited

Free Scheduled Maintenance

12mo/5,000mi

What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.

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Warranties Explained

Bumper-to-Bumper

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.

Powertrain

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.

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).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

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.

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