Audi S3 Model Review with Prices, Photos, & Specs | Audi Cincinnati East

Key Features

  • Starting at $45,900 MSRP*
  • 2.0-Liter turbocharged TFSI® four-cylinder engine with 306 horsepower and 295 lb/ft of torque
  • 7-speed S tronic® dual-clutch automatic transmission with quattro® All-Wheel Drive
  • Smartphone interface with Apple CarPlay® and Google™ Android Auto™
  • Standard panoramic sunroof
  • Available Bang & Olufsen® Sound System with 3D sound
  • Standard MMI® touch with 10.1" screen and handwriting technology
  • Standard LED lighting

About the 2023 Audi S3 Sedan

The Audi S3 may be small in size, but it's big on performance and luxury. The S3 boasts an impressive selection of features that elevate its stature in the world of sports sedans. And it comes with impressive new tech that's shared with flagship Audi models. A 10.1" MMI® touchscreen interface with handwriting recognition technology is standard, while the available Audi Virtual Cockpit includes a heads-up display.

A more powerful 2.0 liter TFSI® engine powers the 2023 S3, delivering over 100 additional horsepower versus a standard A3 - and buyers will also find larger brakes, a lowered sport-tuned suspension, and more aggressive bodywork than the A3. While driving, you'll be cradled by comfortable 8-way power adjustable heated sport seats. A new dynamic handling control unit allows the Electronic Stability Control (ESC) unit to work in unison with the quattro all-wheel drive system to provide tenacious traction and control in all situations.

 Audi S3 Styling

What the Critics Say

"Our favorite thing about the S3 is the way it drives, as it's fun-to-drive factor is high and its acceleration is impressive, despite some turbo lag. Considering the S3's relatively affordable starting price, it provides an impressive combination of luxury and performance." - Car & Driver

"The new A3 and its performance-oriented S3 counterpart ought to provide stiff competition for its competitors in the compact luxury sedan segment." - Consumer Reports

What's New for 2023

There was a total redesign of the A3 and S3 just last year, so the 2023 changes have been pretty minor. Adaptive cruise control is now available as an option for the Premium trim, and the Convenience package now comes with wireless charging.

Audi S3 Features

Audi S3 Performance

Audi Sport Performance

The 2023 Audi S3 boasts over 300 horsepower right off the showroom floor. The 2.0 liter TFSI® engine produces 306 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. Thanks to the lightning-fast shifts of the even-speed dual-clutch S-tronic® transmission, the Audi S3 can rocket to 60 miles per hour from a standing start in just 4.5 seconds. Even the tightest corners are no match for the sport-tuned suspension (15mm lower than the A3) and the sure-footed traction of quattro all-wheel drive. Stopping fast is just as important as going fast, and that's why the Audi S3 utilizes upgraded 357mm front brakes and vented rotors front and rear.

Audi S3 Styling

Audi Sport Styling

The unique styling of the Audi S3 starts right up front, with an aggressive, sporty grille that lets you know that this is no ordinary Audi. The modified front bumper, side skirts, and rear bumper with integrated diffuser do more than provide curb appeal - these aerodynamic aids help the S3 to maintain stability at high speeds. The tasteful rear spoiler finishes of the look while providing necessary downforce. Quad exhaust tips work with the aforementioned diffuser and spoiler to give the Audi S3 a purposeful high-performance look from the rear. Although these touches aren't found on the standard A3, they don't look like tasteless add-ons. Instead, they are perfectly integrated into the design of the Audi A3, presenting a complete performance package.

Audi S3 Interior

Comfort, Luxury & Performance

A good performance car should be focused on driver engagement. That design ethos extends to the interior of the Audi S3. Standard equipment includes heated, 8-way power adjustable sport seats that hold you in place during high-speed maneuvers. Naturally, they're upholstered in supple leather with quilted stitching for extra style. Standard infotainment includes a 10.1" Multi-Media Interface (MMI®) touchscreen that recognizes handwritten inputs. The available Audi Virtual Cockpit, found in flagship Audi models, offers a heads-up display as well. Standard driver assistance technology, such as Lane-Keeping Assist, Blind Spot Monitoring, and Audi pre sense® basic, keep you safe during your daily commute. With the S3, you're ready for anything.

Trims & Specs

S3 Premium

Audi S3 Premium
  • Starting at $45,900 MSRP*
  • 18" 5-arm-flag design wheels
  • 8-way power front sport seats with 4-way power lumbar
  • Audi smartphone interface with wireless Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™
  • Panoramic sunroof

S3 Premium Plus

Audi S3 Premium Plus
  • Starting at $48,800 MSRP*
  • Driver's seat memory
  • Wireless smartphone charging
  • Active Lane Assist
  • Adaptive Cruise Assist

S3 Prestige

Audi S3 Prestige
  • Starting at $52,800 MSRP*
  • Bang & Olufsen® sound system with 3D sound
  • Audi virtual cockpit plus (12.3" screen) with heads-up display
  • Audi MMI® Navigation plus
  • Matrix-design LED headlights

*Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) is subject to change and does not include taxes, fees, or destination charges.