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2019 Audi S3 Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide


CARHP Editorial Updated on: November 13, 2019


The A3 which is based on Audi's MQB platform is Audi's entrance level vehicle that is both rich and simple to drive. It sure has a tighter and crispier lines than the Audi A4 and to some it might look better than it. It is thus, that many make it their ticket into the German extravagant brand. Be that as it may, some craving a more noteworthy increasing speed and safety, and that is the place A3's sportier symbol, the 2019 Audi S3 becomes possibly the most important factor.

It's one of the cars that takes you up and exploring in Audi range, beginning at a cost of $43,650 and going up to $48,950, the 2019 Audi S3 is accessible in two trim dimensions. Both utilize a turbocharged I-4 that produces 292hp and 280 lb.- ft. of torque. The motor is mated to a 7-speed double grip programmed transmission. The drivetrain is Audi's Quattro AWD.

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Pros

Great pulling engine

Interiors feel rich

Handling is tight

Cons

Small on cargo space

Compromised leg room

Absence of manual transmission

What's New?

S sport package amongst other tweaks in feature availability


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$44500

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

top speed

155 mph

drivetrain

AWD

engine type

displacement

121 cu.in.

horsepower

288 hp @ 5400 rpm

torque

280 lbs.-ft @ 1900 rpm

transmission

7-speed automated manual

chassis

frame type

Unibody

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

brake rotors (f/r)

61.1/60.1

dimensions

wheelbase

103.6 in.

length

175.8 in.

width

70.7 in.

height

54.8 in.

curb weight

3494 lbs.

capacity

passenger volume

90.9 cu ft.

payload capacity

1102 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

4.7 sec.

zero to 100 mph

5 sec.

standing ¼-mile

13.6 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

22/25/29 mpg

highway range

420.5 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr. / 50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

4 yr. / 50000 mi.

powertrain warranty

48 months. / 50000

corrosion warranty

12 yr. / unlimited

roadside assistance

4 yr. / Unlimited


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Styles

 2019 Audi S3 in Ara Blue Crystal Effect color  2019 Audi S3 in Brilliant Black color  2019 Audi S3 in Daytona Gray Pearl Effect color  2019 Audi S3 in Glacier White Metallic color  2019 Audi S3 in Mythos Black Metallic color  2019 Audi S3 in Nano Gray Metallic color
Ara Blue Crystal Effect

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Ratings

Engine And Performance

8.2

Interior

7.0

Safety

9.3

8.2

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2019 Audi S3 Premium Plus

Premium Plus

power
288 hp @ 5400 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
25 combined

$44,500


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
2.0 TFSI Premium Plus quattro 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 7AM) Starting at $44,500 MSRP (22/25/29) 288 hp @ 5400 rpm, 2 L, I-4, premium unleaded (required)
7-speed automated manual all wheel drive 5

 2019 Audi S3 Prestige

Prestige

power
288 hp @ 5400 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
25 combined

$49,800


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
2.0 TFSI Prestige quattro 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 7AM) Starting at $49,800 MSRP (22/25/29) 288 hp @ 5400 rpm, 2 L, I-4, premium unleaded (required)
7-speed automated manual all wheel drive TBD

Expert Review

8.2

Overall Rating


S3 isn't as roomier and spacious car as its seasoned kin, the A4 and it may not be as ground-breaking as a portion of its key adversaries like the Mercedes-Benz AMG CLA45 or the BMW M240i xdrive, yet S3 has a ton to offer in style, extravagance, solace, and tech. More fixation on giving an all-rounder as opposed to only a power mammoth is the thing that makes this smaller vehicle a standout amongst the best choices in the market.


 

8.2/10
Engine and Performance

 
 

7.0/10
Interior

 
 

9.3/10
Safety

 
 
 

2019 Audi S3 Features

Audi has ample of customization options plus a Prestige option which comes at $48,400 and Premium Plus at $42,900. The features of which are as follows:

Trim

Premium Plus 2.0 TFSI

Prestige 2.0 TFSI

MSRP

$42,900

$48.,400

Key Features

S model sport suspension

Power-adjustable, power-folding, heated exterior side mirrors (auto-dimming driver’s side)

 

Audi progressive steering

Full LED headlights

 

Platinum Gray Singleframe® grille

Ambient LED interior lighting

 

Aluminum-optic exterior side mirror housings

Interior Storage package

 

Three-spoke multifunction flat-bottom sport steering wheel with shift paddles (with S3 badging)

Auto-dimming interior rear view mirror with digital compass

 

Auto-dimming interior rear view mirror with digital compass

Twelve-way power front sport seats, including four-way power lumbar adjustment

 

Twelve-way power front sport seats, including four-way power lumbar adjustment

MMI® navigation plus with voice control system

 

Bang & Olufsen® Sound System with 14 speakers and 705 watts

SiriusXM® Traffic with four-year subscription2

 

MMI® navigation plus with voice control system1

Audi adaptive cruise control with stop & go

 

SiriusXM® Traffic with four-year subscription

S model-specific front/rear fasciae and side sills
 

Audi adaptive cruise control with stop & go

 

 

 Audi pre sense® front

 

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If you are out in the market to buy an Audi S3 then Premium is the trim to go for. It is specced well have most of the equipment you need and the powertrain remains the same.

2019 Audi S3 Engine and Performance

8.2/10

“The Audi S3 carves a corner with verve, and its turbocharged inline-4 makes this compact car downright quick.” – Car Connection

Engine and Transmission

The 2019 Audi S3 utilizes a 2-liter turbocharged four-barrel motor. This motor is mated to a 7-speed double grip programmed transmission and powers every one of the four wheels. The motor is smooth and amazing, and constantly anxious to rev. Not simply control, even the midrange torque is great. 

Models

Audi S3

BMW M240i xDrive

Volkswagen Golf R

Mercedes AMG CLA

MSRP

$43,650

$47,450

$36,755

$50,400

Engine

Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4 2.0 L

Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-6 3.0 L

Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4 2.0 L

Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4 2.0 L

Transmission

7-speed dual-clutch automatic

8-speed automatic

7-speed automatic

7-speed automatic

Power

292hp @ 5400 rpm

335hp @ 5500 rpm

292hp @ 5400 rpm

375hp @ 6000 rpm

Torque

280 lb.-ft. @ 1900 rpm

369 lb.-ft. @ 1520 rpm

280 lb.-ft. @ 1800 rpm

350 lb.-ft. @ 2250 rpm

The BMW M240i xDrive is the most immediate adversary of the 2018 Audi S3. It begins at $47,450, nearly $4,000 higher than Audi. In any case, it legitimizes the value distinction with prevalent power and an astounding 369 lb.- ft. of torque. The Mercedes AMG CLA and the S3 have a tremendous value distinction, nearly $7,000 worth! Be that as it may, the Mercedes has enormous motor power. Its 375hp is unparalleled, however as yet playing second to BMW in the torque division.

The Volkswagen utilizes an indistinguishable motor in Golf R from they did in the S3. This implies a similar yield, however, S3's hatchback cousin is nearly $7,000 less expensive.

Acceleration

The 2019 Audi S3 doesn't have the fastest motor off the bat, yet once it begins to assemble revs, it runs quicker than you'd anticipate from a four-barrel. The 7-speed double-clutch programmed transmission is smooth and fast, further encouraging S3's pickup.

Models

Audi S3

BMW M240i xDrive

VW Golf R

Mercedes-Benz AMG CLA 45

0-60 MPH

4.6 sec

4.2 sec

5.2 sec

4.1 sec

Quarter mile

13.0 sec @ 105.3 mph

13.8 sec @ 96 mph

13.0 sec @ 104.9 mph

12.3 sec @ 113 mph

Engine

2.0L

3.0L

2.0L

2.0L

Emission (Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

7.0

7.3

7.0

6.8

The quickest 0-60 mph time is set up by the Mercedes-Benz AMG GLA. It uses a 375hp motor and a smooth 7-speed programmed transmission that pushes it to 60mph in a mere 4.1 seconds. The BMW trails the CLA by only a millisecond.

The Audi isn't a long way behind, either. With a 0-60 mph time of simply 4.6 seconds, it is simply a large portion of a second behind the Mercedes. It is extremely amazing when we remember that Mercedes' motor produces 83hp more than Audi's. The Golf R has a similar motor yield as the Audi, however, doesn't have the smoothness of Audi's double-clutch transmission, consequently, it achieves the 60mph imprint in 5.2 seconds.

Handling and Steering

The 2019 Audi S3 is the sportier variant of the A3, so expecting a brisk and sharp dealing with is certainly not a major stretch. S3 has an amazingly sharp and exact guiding. It gives a decent criticism notwithstanding the electric help, which is known to disconnect the street or grasp level from the driver as it does in Audi S3. Turn in the steering sharply onto a fast corner and the car will dive into the corner to give the best response.

S3's sticky tires keep the vehicle stick to the street. There is basically no body-move on account of its firm suspension. Its agile handling and firm suspension ensure your vehicle goes precisely where you need it to.

Braking

The S3 is an execution situated vehicle, so it's nothing unexpected that it has certainty imparting brakes that are both amazing and firm. Albeit some may state the brakes are a bit excessively delicate at lower speeds, yet as a rule, they show superb capacities. Brake pedal generates a confidence aspiring movement which can be directed alongside with the speed of the vehicle.

Model

Audi S3

BMW M240i xDrive

VW Golf R

Mercedes-Benz AMG CLA 45

Brake Front (in.)

13.4

13.4

13.4

13.8

Brake Rear (in.)

12.2

13.6

12.2

13.0

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3462

3662

3283

3450

60-0 MPH (ft.)

117

125

108

109

The Golf R, being a hatchback, is lighter than the rest. This causes it to lose idleness brisk and be the quickest to grind to a halt. In the 60-0 mph test, the Golf R takes 108 feet to grind to a halt. The Mercedes awes once more with a separation of 109 feet.

The Audi takes 117 feet to stop. Since separation isn't noteworthy contrasted with the Golf R or CLA 45, however, it is surely miles (or feet) superior to anything BMW's 125 feet remove. The BMW is the heaviest among these adversaries, and it absolutely appears in its halting force.

2019 Audi S3 Fuel Economy

The 2019 Audi S3 weds extraordinary execution with incredible efficiency. Being a moderately light and minimal vehicle with a 4-chamber motor, S3 gives an incredible yield and still figures out how to set up 25 mpg joined. It is significant that S3 needs a regular dose of premium fuel.

Model

Audi S3

BMW M240i xDrive

VW Golf R

Mercedes-Benz AMG CLA 45

MPG (City)

22

21

22

23

MPG (Highway)

28

30

29

29

MPG (Combined)

25

25

25

26

As far as mileage, the challenge is uniformly coordinated. The best numbers are set up by Mercedes GMC CLA45 with 23/29 mpg in city/highway. The BMW is the most effective on the expressway yet coordinates S3 and Golf R in a joined economy.

2019 Audi S3 Interior

7.0/10

“The Audi S3’s compact footprint means it has to make concessions for back seat space, providing another reason the driver’s seat is the place to be.” –Car Connection

The 2019 Audi S3 pursues an indistinguishable moderate structure from the A3, with someone of a kind contrasts. The standard shading choices incorporate dark or magma red. On the off chance that you choose the S Sport bundle, you can get calfskin knits in shades of dark or shake dim.

The S3 has the same amount of capacity as you'd anticipate from this class. Underneath the armrest, you have a tolerable stockpiling zone with a USB. Before the armrest, you get a conventional calfskin and metal shifter. The S3 has a substantial cluster of catches which give a pleasant material criticism.

The frameless rearview reflect has a standard compass however no Homelink remote. There is a standard all-encompassing moonroof with a straightforward shade. Audi calls it 'all-encompassing' however it's only somewhat greater than the standard size. The CD player and SD spaces are arranged inside the glovebox.

Seating and Comfort

The 2019 Audi S3 utilizes standard calfskin seats that are accessible in dark or magma red, or you could get the S Sport bundle and get stitched cowhide situates in dark or shake dim. The seats are 12-way control changing with 4-way lumbar help. Assuming, be that as it may, you decide on the game seats, they would be physically altering. You likewise get manual thigh augmentations, which is a pleasant touch.

Model

Audi S3 Premium

BMW M240i xDrive

VW Golf R

Mercedes-Benz CLA 250

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

5

Passenger Volume(ft.3)

106

108

101.2

104

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

36.9/55.8/40

38.4/54.8/52.1

41.9/55.6/40.4

40/54.8/41.9

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

37.4/53.6/31.1

37.5/54.8/49

39.4/55.2/37

38.2/53.1/27.3

The seats are comfortable and cushiony but still miss out on with ventilation system. The front seats have firm pads, yet they are wide and ample. The back seats of Audi S3  are far more comfortable and roomy which gives preferred space over the CLA or the Golf R.

Interior Features

Here is a rundown of the champion highlights in the 2019 Audi S3's lodge:

  • Selectable driving settings (known as Audi Drive Select)
  • Panoramic Moonroof
  • Dual-zone programmed atmosphere control
  • Heated front seats
  • Driver-situate memory settings
  • Leather upholstery
  • Audi's MMI hardware interface

Discretionary highlights include:

  • 14 speaker Bang and Olufsen sound framework
  • Virtual Cockpit
  • Manually flexible front game seats with knitted cowhide upholstery

Cargo

Nobody expects a tonne of cargo capacity from compact luxury sedans, and the 2018 Audi S3 falls precisely in that depiction. The storage compartment may be somewhat little, however, it has a wide opening and a huge go through to the back seats. The collapsing back seats are a redeeming quality to the constrained storage room. Inside the lodge, there are numerous cubbies and container holders that give adequate capacity.

Model

Audi S3

BMW M240i xDrive

VW Golf R

Mercedes-Benz AMG CLA 45

Volume (ft cube)

10

13.8

22.8

13.1

Although much room wasn’t expected, the S3 has a small trunk even in terms of compact cars. The Mercedes and BMW both provide more than 13 cubic feet of storage, with BMW having the largest trunk with 13.8 cubic feet of space. The Golf R is a hatchback, so it is way ahead in the storage department with 22.8 cubic feet worth behind the second row.

Infotainment

When you begin the S3, a standard 7-inch screen springs up. The screen is non-touchscreen, so you need to utilize Audi's MMI controller to look through the different alternatives. It is a smart thought, as utilizing a touchscreen while driving would make you take your eyes off the street.

The 2019 Audi S3 comes standard with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. This is an immense reward the same number of adversaries don't have it as a discretionary overhaul. There is likewise the accessible MMI contact with penmanship acknowledgment innovation which enables the driver to "state" their entrance instead of choosing letters or numbers and all the more effectively explore maps by moving a finger over the touchpad.

  • 7-inch infotainment display
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity
  • Bluetooth mobile connectivity
  • Satellite navigation with HD-Radio
  • Active vehicle status display

2019 Audi S3 Exterior

“Tidy exterior styling and a spartan but high-tech interior give the 2018 Audi S3 an appealing overall look.” –Car Connection

The 2019 Audi S3 might be mechanically identified with the Golf R, yet structure shrewd it accomplishes a dimension of advancement that the VW can just dream of. In the front, the S3 brags Audi's most recent understanding of the single-outline grille. It has the squared-off look of the S4. The grille is bolder and shinier than A3's, yet it is all dark in the event that you settle on the Black optic package. Headlights are LEDs on both trims.

Model

Audi S3 Premium

BMW M240i xDrive

VW Golf R

Mercedes-Benz CLA 45 AMG

Curb weight (lbs)

3483

3280

3543

3296

Length(in)

172.8

174.2

175.4

173.9

Width(in)

72.1

82.0

71.7

71.0

Height(in)

62.5

58.9

62.9

60.0

Ground clearance(in)

6.7

6.8

6.9

6.6

Wheelbase(in)

102.5

106.3

105.1

106.3

Track width(in) F/R

61.1/61.2

61.9/61.9

61.5/61.5

61.8/61.4


The S3 looks a great deal like the S4 until you take a gander at it from the side when its 11 inches shorter edge turns out to be increasingly obvious. The side mirrors are silver like in all Audi S models, with the exception of the dark optic bundle where they are, well, dark.

The back is similarly as modern and athletic as the front. To complement the look, there is and a la mode and classy lip spoiler. The most attractive component in the back are the full LED tail lights with dynamic turn signals. Down beneath you will discover the quad debilitates housed in a unique game diffuser.

Exterior Features

A portion of the outside highlights include:

  • LED headlights and taillights
  • Heated and auto-darkening side mirrors
  • Standard 18 inch 5-arm dynamic wheels
  • Optional 19-inch composite wheels
  • Red brake calipers with S Sport bundle.
  • Summer or all-season tires.

2019 Audi S3 Safety

9.3/10

IIHS and NHTSA haven't put the 2019 Audi S3 yet regards it as a sportier rendition of the A3.

A portion of the standard safety highlights in the 2019 Audi S3 include:

  • Front and back braking sensors
  • Rearview camera
  • Blind-spot checking
  • Rear cross-traffic alert

2019 Audi S3 Competition

BMW M240ixdrive vs Audi S3

On the off chance that we just remember execution, there is no denying that the BMW M240i shoots past Audi S3 effectively. It is quicker and a superior entertainer. The M240i has BMW's straight-six motor and a non-golf based design, these elements are sufficient to influence a devotee to relocate to BMW.

Be that as it may, the devotees don't make most of the market. That is the redeeming quality for the Audi. The S3 gives predominant cowhide, more tech, and an increasingly agreeable ride to compensate for its absence of intensity. These components make the S3 an increasingly regular vehicle that is progressively fit to the present purchaser who expects much more than his/her vehicle than simply control.

Mercedes-Benz AMG CLA45 vs Audi S3

These German adversaries Mercedes and Audi have for bound to happen up with incredible vehicles meant to eclipse the other. In spite of the fact that their methodology towards a reduced powerhouse is extraordinary, while Mercedes ran full scale with power and lavishness, Audi pointed themselves at an exercise in careful control of intensity with solace and common sense.

There is about a $7,000 contrast in the cost of S3 and AMG CLA45, conceded there is additionally an 83hp distinction! Mercedes additionally put a butterfly valve in the fumes, so obviously they didn't let the measure of CLA45 be a factor while choosing the yield. Be that as it may, a minimal vehicle can't be all vroom-vroom. As great as Mercedes' lodge seems to be, Audi's is only a smidgen better. S3's transmission is additionally smoother and calmer. So in the event that you need crude power, go for Mercedes. In any case, in the event that you would prefer not to spend those additional thousands over a minimized vehicle, and furthermore need an unobtrusive and regular vehicle, Audi appears to be a superior purchase.

Volkswagen Golf R vs Audi S3

Volkswagen utilizes indistinguishable motor in Golf R from they do in their little girl organization's S3, so power and yield savvy they are indistinguishable. Be that as it may, looks would dependably support a sumptuous car over a hatchback. The S3 appears to be boundlessly better than Golf R as far as outside and inside quality. Not that the Golf R doesn't awe with looks and material, it's simply that Audi is by all accounts a kind of a specialist in style and solace division.

There is just about a $10,000 value distinction between the two. Albeit both utilize a great deal of the equivalent mechanical bits, the Audi is an increasingly upscale brand, so it is anything but a major astonishment that it would be pricier than a Volkswagen. Both these autos are VW's translation of a lively minimal vehicle. Go for the VW in the event that you would prefer not to part with that additional $10,000 in your record, or on the off chance that you routinely need a substantial payload hold. Be that as it may, on the off chance that you are happy to pay additional for power alongside style and extravagance, Audi is the one you need.

2019 Audi S3 Final Verdict

The Audi S3 is the sportier form of Audi's most economical car, yet not the slightest bit does it give anything short of a genuine Audi experience. It is classy and handles splendidly. It may not give as much power as the kindred German maker's AMG CLA45 or BMW M240i, yet it has numerous points of interest over them.

Not exclusively is the 2019 Audi S3 significantly less expensive than the ground-breaking rivals, however, it additionally gives careful consideration to giving an increasingly fun and connecting with involvement to the tenant than simply sheer invigoration of speed. S3's standard tech and wellbeing highlights, alongside its heavenly ride quality, keep Audi in the race with those power machines.

To finish up, speed can't be the main criteria to remember while picking your next vehicle. In the event that you are prepared to trade off a little with motor power and clamor for solace, tech, and ride quality, at that point Audi S3 is a reasonable decision. Something else, in the event that you need more power and quickness from the motor and wouldn't fret putting in a couple of additional thousands, the Mercedes-Benz CLA45 and BMW M240i are both extraordinary choices.

What is the cost of ownership of Audi S3?

If you are planning to get an Audi S3 as your next sedan then keep in mind the cost of ownership which falls just under $20,000 for the first year and drops down to $12,000 for next year.

How much warranty do you get in Audi S3?

Audi provides a standard warranty of 4 yrs/50000 miles which includes a basic warranty of drivetrain and engine. This package also includes 1 yr/ 10000 miles of free maintenance.

Should you get an S3 over a regular A3?

If you are looking out for a family sedan that can give you occasional thrills on flooring the pedal then S3 is the best bet. The regular model of Audi A3 is a lot cheaper but won't be able to deliver to your performance cravings overtime.