Audi's entry-level model, the A3, already has solid fun-to-drive credentials. Whether or not you think its sportier sibling, the 2017 Audi S3, is worth the extra money comes down to this: How much fun do you want to have?
While the A3 comes in front-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive versions, the S3 is offered only with AWD. It has bigger brakes, uprated tires and a sport-tuned suspension that increases the car's handling prowess. The S3 is planted at speed and tackles corners with confidence.
Another key difference between the A3 and S3 is under the hood: The S3 gets a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that pumps out 292 horsepower. No manual transmission is available, but the six-speed dual-clutch automatic executes fast, smooth shifts. Given the power available, you might expect mediocre fuel mileage, but the EPA-rated combined mileage of 24 mpg (21 city/28 highway) is pretty good for a powerful, sporty car.
Audi offers the S3 in two trim levels: Premium Plus and Prestige. The Premium Plus starts you out with features such as automatic LED headlights, automatic wipers, a panoramic sunroof, power-adjustable and heated front seats, dual-zone climate control and Audi's MMI infotainment system. When you move up to the Prestige, you also get a premium Bang & Olufsen sound system and the Technology package, which adds Audi's new reconfigurable 12.3-inch high-definition Virtual Cockpit screen that replaces the traditional instrument gauges.
The S3's cabin is stylish and functional. The front seats are suitably supportive, but the rear seats can be tight for adults. Trunk space is also smaller than what some other compact luxury sedans offer. But not many of those cars can keep up with the S3 when the road gets twisty.
The 2017 Audi S3 is a blast to drive, no argument there. Even better, it sacrifices none of the luxury feel or options of its more comfort-oriented sibling. Whether you think its extra power and agility are worth the increase in price compared to the base Audi A3 remains a personal decision. But if you're looking for luxury and speed from a compact luxury sedan, Edmunds can help you figure out which S3 is best for you.
2017 Audi S3 Overview
The 2017 Audi S3 is offered in the following submodels: Sedan. Available styles include 2.0 TFSI Premium Plus quattro 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6AM), and 2.0 TFSI Prestige quattro 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6AM). S3 models are available with a 0-liter gas engine, with output up to 0 hp, depending on engine type. The 2017 S3 comes with all wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 6-speed automated manual. The 2017 S3 comes with a 4 yr./ 50000 mi. basic warranty, a 4 yr./ unlimited mi. roadside warranty, and a 4 yr./ 50000 mi. powertrain warranty.
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Vehicle 2.0 TFSI Premium Plus quattro 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6AM)
Review I traded in my 2016 Focus RS for something much more refined and just as much fun to drive! The AUDI S3 is quiet refined and very very quick when you want it to be. It can be economical as on a trip to Dallas last week, I recorded 30.4mpg driving 75+ on a 200 mile leg of the trip. Fit and finish is excellent. I enjoyed my boy toy Focus RS but now wish that I had tried or even looked toward the pocket rocket S3.
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2017 audi s3 2.0 TFSI Premium Plus quattro 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6AM), 6-speed automated manual, premium unleaded (required) 24 combined MPG 21 city MPG/28 highway MPG
2017 audi s3 2.0 TFSI Prestige quattro 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6AM), 6-speed automated manual, premium unleaded (required) 24 combined MPG 21 city MPG/28 highway MPG
What options are available on the 2017 Audi S3?
Available Audi S3 2017 Submodel Types: Sedan
Available Audi S3 2017 Trims: 2.0 TFSI Premium Plus quattro, 2.0T Premium Plus quattro, 2.0 TFSI Prestige quattro, 2.0T Prestige quattro
Exterior Colors: Mythos Black Metallic, Brilliant Black, Glacier White Metallic, Monsoon Gray Metallic, Nano Gray Metallic, Tango Red Metallic, Navarra Blue Metallic, Navarra Blue Pearl Effect, Ara Blue Crystal Effect, Daytona Gray Pearl Effect, Florett Silver Metallic, Sepang Blue Pearl
Interior Colors: Black w/Rock Gray Stitching leather, Black/Magma Red leather, Magma Red w/Anthracite Stitching leather, Black leather, Black premium leather, Black/Titanium leather, Rotor Gray w/Anthracite Stitching Fine Nappa premium leather
Popular Features: AWD/4WD, Aux Audio Inputs, Back-up camera, Parking sensors, Bluetooth, Upgraded Headlights, Alarm, Audio and cruise controls on steering wheel, Auto Climate Control, Blind Spot Monitoring, Fold Flat Rear Seats, Heated seats, Keyless Entry/Start, Leather Seats, Multi-Zone Climate Control, Post-collision safety system, Power Driver Seat, Rear Bench Seats, Stability Control, Sunroof/Moonroof, Tire Pressure Warning, Trip Computer, Navigation, Mobile Internet, Upgraded Stereo, Electronic Folding Mirrors, Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Departure Warning
Engine/Mechanics: 4 cylinders
Fuel Types: premium unleaded (required)
Drivetrains: all wheel drive
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