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2018 Audi S3

$43,650 — $45,550 MSRP
Sedan
5 Seats
25 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?
(4.5) 2 reviews

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
2018 Audi S3 exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2018 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

Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

What it is: The S3 is a performance variant of the A3 sedan with a 292-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, Quattro all-wheel drive and a six-speed dual-clutch transmission. A new S Sport Package is available for 2018 with red brake calipers and the Audi magnetic ride suspension.

What’s Special

  • Performance tires on alloy wheels
  • Sport suspension
  • Larger brakes
  • Unique grille and exterior and interior trim

Here's Info on the Regular A3:
What it is: Audi's entry-level A3 line received a mild update for the 2017 model year, which brought styling updates, additional features and a simplified powertrain lineup. The A3 is available as a sedan, convertible and Sportback e-tron plug-in hybrid. In addition, the sedan is offered in the performance-oriented S3 guise. Competitors include the BMW 2 Series and Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class.

(Skip to details on the Sportback e-tron)

New for 2018

Two data and charging USB ports and heated front seats are standard on all models. Premium Plus models add Audi Side Assist, which monitors blind-spot traffic, and the optional Technology Package adds a Bang & Olufsen sound system to its contents.

Sportback e-tron
The Sportback e-tron is a plug-in hybrid hatchback — the only A3 hatchback offered in the U.S. It comes only with front-wheel drive and a six-speed dual-clutch transmission. A unique driver-selected mode lets you recharge the plug-in battery while driving on the highway. For 2018, new 18-inch ...

What it is: The S3 is a performance variant of the A3 sedan with a 292-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, Quattro all-wheel drive and a six-speed dual-clutch transmission. A new S Sport Package is available for 2018 with red brake calipers and the Audi magnetic ride suspension.

What’s Special

  • Performance tires on alloy wheels
  • Sport suspension
  • Larger brakes
  • Unique grille and exterior and interior trim

Here's Info on the Regular A3:
What it is: Audi's entry-level A3 line received a mild update for the 2017 model year, which brought styling updates, additional features and a simplified powertrain lineup. The A3 is available as a sedan, convertible and Sportback e-tron plug-in hybrid. In addition, the sedan is offered in the performance-oriented S3 guise. Competitors include the BMW 2 Series and Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class.

(Skip to details on the Sportback e-tron)

New for 2018

Two data and charging USB ports and heated front seats are standard on all models. Premium Plus models add Audi Side Assist, which monitors blind-spot traffic, and the optional Technology Package adds a Bang & Olufsen sound system to its contents.

Sportback e-tron
The Sportback e-tron is a plug-in hybrid hatchback — the only A3 hatchback offered in the U.S. It comes only with front-wheel drive and a six-speed dual-clutch transmission. A unique driver-selected mode lets you recharge the plug-in battery while driving on the highway. For 2018, new 18-inch alloy wheels are available with the Sport Package.

What’s Special

  • Turbo 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine and electric motor combine for 204 hp
  • 16-mile electric-only range
  • Recharges in about two hours on 240 volts; eight hours on 120 volts

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Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.5
2 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.5)
Performance
(5.0)
Interior Design
(5.0)
Comfort
(4.5)
Reliability
(5.0)
Value For The Money
(4.5)
(4.0)

Great Blend of Luxury and Sport

by 4SAudiFan from San Diego, CA on August 7, 2018

This a fun little car. It is luxurious and sporty at the same time. It's on the smaller side so feels light and low to the ground. It does ride a bit harsh even on the comfort setting, but it's also ... Read full review

(5.0)

Can you say, "rocket ship"?

by SnowPro from Bonita Springs, FL on June 20, 2018

Really wanted to close the purchase on this vehicle but just a bit outside my budget. Amazing car from virtual cockpit to pure acceleration & handling. Having the Quatro AWD stuck this car to the ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2018 Audi S3 currently has 0 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2018 Audi S3 has not been tested.

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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