2018 Audi S3

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$43,650

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2018 Audi S3
2018 Audi S3

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

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

4 trims

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Notable features

  • 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

2018 Audi S3 review: Our expert's take


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)


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

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.5
  • Interior design 5.0
  • Performance 5.0
  • Value for the money 4.8
  • Exterior styling 4.5
  • Reliability 5.0

Most recent consumer reviews

4.9

Very fun car to drive. Nicely equipped

The S3 is a fun, sporty sedan that is nicely equipped with technology and safety features. There are several different driving modes which can provide comfort or boosted performance. Paddle shifters give you the option to drive as if it were manual. Great car, looks sharp, fun to drive. Only complaint is the Audi MMI software is not very intuitive and can be difficult to navigate. Virtual cockpit is awesome!

4.9

S3 Fun and more

Great little car for zipping around town and curvy roads. The performance it delivers is outstanding and handling is like a slot car ...very tight. Shifting is smooth and impressive and love the audible exhaust sound...this car is FUN.

4.4

Great Blend of Luxury and Sport

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 what makes it feel very sporty. The seats are very supportive as is typical with Audi S models. Having come from the larger displacement supercharged Audi engines, the 2.0 in the S3 does feel a little more sluggish when in Drive (instead of Sport), however pop it into Sport mode and it has plenty of acceleration and power. Overall, this is a great car and is fun to drive.

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Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Audi
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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