2017 Audi S3

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$42,900–$42,900 MSRP range
(4.5) 4 reviews

Key Specs

of the 2017 Audi S3 base trim shown

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    24 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    292-hp, 2.0-liter I-4 (premium)
  • Drivetrain:
    All-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    6-speed auto-shift manual w/OD and auto-manual
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Smooth-revving, strong engine
  • Quick-shifting dual-clutch transmission
  • Cabin roominess for class
  • Digital instrumentation's graphics quality
  • Massive standard power moonroof
  • Standard leather upholstery, aluminum trim

The Bad

  • Overly firm adaptive suspension
  • Unremarkable handling
  • Limited steering feedback
  • Mostly manual adjustments for optional S sport seats
  • Gas-pedal lag
  • Minimal in-cabin storage
2017 Audi S3 exterior side view

Notable Features of the 2017 Audi S3

  • Performance version of A3 sedan
  • 292-hp, turbo four-cylinder
  • All-wheel drive standard
  • Automatic emergency braking standard
  • Color LCD instrument panel available
  • Adaptive suspension available

2017 Audi S3 Road Test

Mike Hanley

The Verdict

Audi's flyweight sports sedan is powered by a turbo four-cylinder that punches hard, but the optional magnetic ride suspension's ultra-firm tuning needlessly beats you up.

Versus the Competition

The S3 is one of the less expensive models in its class. Its cabin offers more room, but a rough ride and uninspired handling dampen its appeal.

Audi has spread its S performance sub-brand across its car lineup, including everything from the full-size S8 luxury sedan down to the subcompact S3. It's a strategy also followed by fellow German luxury brands BMW and Mercedes-Benz. Those brands offer, respectively, the M240i coupe and AMG CLA45 sedan as S3 competitors (see all their specs compared here).

The S3 has standard all-wheel drive and starts at $43,850, including a $950 destination charge, but our test car came to $51,325 with optional features including navigation, blind spot warning with rear cross-traffic alert, a configurable LCD instrument panel, 19-inch wheels with summer tires, a magnetic ride adaptive suspension, manually adjustable S sport seats, and a Bang & Olufsen premium stereo.

How It Drives

The S3's personality is much different from that of the A3 sedan on which it's based, and its hard-edged character comes through in the magnetic ride suspension's tuning. The ride is quite firm, choppy and, on rougher surfaces, sometimes brittle — even in the Drive Select system's Comfort mode, it doesn't deliver anywhere near a comfortable ride. Choosing the Dynamic setting firms up the suspension even more and makes the ride even busier.

A firmly tuned suspension doesn't automatically mean a car will be entertaining to drive, and the S3 proves that. Body roll is well controlled in corners, and quick steering turn-in swings the nose nicely into corners, but the S3 ... Read more

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What Drivers Are Saying

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Latest Reviews


A serious upgrade all over

by Mo Griff from Brandon, FL on March 17, 2018

Awesome car! This car is like eye candy. Great handling, love all the bells and whistles. Pretty nice gas mileage, filling the tank up once a is way cheaper. Read full review


Good driver

by Audi 5000 from Wilmington, DE on October 9, 2017

Small trunk, great style, good performance, price point a little high for size of vehicle. Its an Audi so AWD adds to security on the road Read full review

Safety & Recalls


The 2017 Audi S3 currently has 1 recall

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

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