Sporty and agile, this smallest of the Audi sedans is powerful and accomplishes the Euro-centric needs that many Americans admire in an Audi. As the sporty version, the Audi S3 is the Audi A3 supercharged. This little car is worth every dollar spent and will engage drivers, meet the latest economic needs in this class, and intrigue those who may be looking at larger sedans from the carmaker.
This four-cylinder Turbocharged TFSI® machine boasts 282 horsepower with 280 lb. ft. of torque and gets the driver off the line at 4.7 seconds from 0 to 60 mph, with a top speed of 155 mph. The speed and agility of this small sedan impresses and keeps enthusiasts happy as the sporty nature gives off a feeling of much more than a compact car. The 6-speed S tronic® dual-clutch transmission is most reliable and allows for quick gear changes and assist when climbing speeds are necessary. The engine sounds tough and, despite its size, truly performs better than one may expect.
The interior is somewhat basic with hints of older, less technologically savvy instruments and gauges. However, it is an Audi, so all of the necessary equipment is there and each piece will impress regardless of the class. Rumblings about it being a strong contender to the C-class Mercedes-Benz are no surprise as the look and quality is first class. The styling is sporty, with a flat-bottomed steering wheel, and the seats have optional red lapels and leather surfaces, giving a very “expensive” appeal in this price range. The first-of-its-kind touch-sensitive scroll wheel allows drivers to control all systems with mouse-like ease. The panoramic sunroof only adds to the already spacious interior and gives a very open appeal to the cabin. The BLUETOOTH® streaming audio and wireless technology preparation for compatible mobile phones allow audio and communication technologies that are comparable to what is found in the most luxurious of cars today.
The outside appearance is a strong stance with a mean look. A bit basic, the S3 includes the Xenon plus headlights with LED daytime running lights and LED taillights. Quad exhaust and the silver shiny mirrors add to the rich appeal of this small sedan.
2015 Audi S3
0-60: 4.7 mph