2017 Audi S3

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2017 Audi S3 Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Stepping into Audi’s line up introduces you to the A3 first with rich experience of ownership and simple to drive. It's compact than the Audi A4 and can be called a far sharper in design and lines than its immediate elder sister. A short wheelbase and compact dimensions made it already a dynamic vehicle to drive. But S3 makes the equations even sportier with almost a 300 horse mill and with already a good dynamic ability. This one is a cracker of a car and we should say a deal.

The prices start at $43,000 and go up to around $48,000 mark and with extra packages, the prices can tip higher. It is available in two trim options. Both have the same inline-4 producing 292 horses and a 280 pound-foot of torque. This is mated to a 7-speed double clutch transmission that powers the legendary Quattro system by Audi.

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Pros

Torque well spread

Good comfy interiors

Steering is pointy

Cons

Short on cargo space

Compromised leg room

No manual transmission on offer

What's New?

S sport package amongst other tweaks in feature availability


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Styles

 2017 Audi S3 in Ara Blue Crystal Effect color  2017 Audi S3 in Brilliant Black color  2017 Audi S3 in Daytona Gray Pearl Effect color  2017 Audi S3 in Florett Silver Metallic color  2017 Audi S3 in Glacier White Metallic color  2017 Audi S3 in Mythos Black Metallic color  2017 Audi S3 in Nano Gray Metallic color  2017 Audi S3 in Navarra Blue Metallic color
Ara Blue Crystal Effect

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Ratings

Engine

9.5

Interior

9.1

Exterior

9.5

9.2

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2017 Audi S3 2.0 TFSI Premium Plus quattro

2.0 TFSI Premium Plus quattro

power
292 hp @ 5400 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
24 mpg

$42,900


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
2.0 TFSI Premium Plus quattro 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6AM) Starting at $42,900 MSRP (21 mpg/24 mpg/28 mpg) 292 hp @ 5400 rpm2I4premium unleaded (required)
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6-speed automated manual all wheel drive N/A

 2017 Audi S3 2.0 TFSI Prestige quattro

2.0 TFSI Prestige quattro

power
292 hp @ 5400 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
24 mpg

$48,400


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
2.0 TFSI Prestige quattro 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6AM) Starting at $48,400 MSRP (21 mpg/24 mpg/28 mpg) 292 hp @ 5400 rpm2I4premium unleaded (required)
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6-speed automated manual all wheel drive N/A

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Expert Review


CARHP Editorial September 26, 2018

9.2

Overall Rating


S3 does go a little less on space not at all like its elder sister, the A4. Being based on the previously hatchback platform of A3, yes it does go a lot compact especially on the rear seats. Audi S3 goes well against the CLA 45, the M240i xdrive and we have also included the red and fiery Golf R here which is again a rather good performance machine.


 

9.5/10
Engine

 
 

9.1/10
Interior

 

9.5/10
Exterior

 
 
 
 

2017 Audi S3 Features

Audi has ample customization options plus a Prestige option which comes at $48,400 and Premium Plus at $42,900.The Technology package and Bang & Olufsen sound system are available as options on Premium Plus models. The 2017 Audi S3 is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 292 hp and 280 pound-feet of torque. All-wheel drive and a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission (called S tronic) are standard.

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 subscription2

Audi pre sense front

 

Audi adaptive cruise control with stop & go

S model-specific front/rear fasciae and side sills

 

Audi pre sense front

 

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Premium is the trim to go for. It is specced well have most of the equipment you need and the powertrain and transmission remain the same.

2017 Audi S3 Prestige For Sale

2017 Audi S3 Engine

9.5/10

If you can live with its tiny rear seat, the 2017 Audi S3 is an absolute hoot to drive. Car Connection

Engine and Transmission

The 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.

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.

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

8-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 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 utilized 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 Audi S3 doesn't have the speediest motor off the bat, yet once it begins to assemble revs, it runs quicker than you'd expect from a four-barrel. The 7-speed double grasp automatic transmission is smooth and fast, further encouraging S3's pickup.

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

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 Audi isn't a long ways 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 grasp transmission, consequently, it achieves the 60mph imprint in 5.2 seconds.

Handling and Steering

The 2017 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.

S3's sticky tires keep the vehicle stuck to the street. There is basically no body-move on account of its firm suspension. Its agile taking care of and solid grasp 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.

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.

2017 Audi S3 Fuel Economy

The 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 keeps running on 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/hwy. The BMW is the most effective on the expressway yet coordinates S3 and Golf R in a joined economy.

2017 Audi S3 Interior

9.1/10

Audi's idea of a hot compact softened just a bit and with a higher level of interior finish and comfort than the category norm. It's a quick car you can live with. Car and Driver

The Audi S3 pursues 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 knitted calfskin situates in dark or shake dim. The S3 has the same amount of capacity as you'd expect from this class. Underneath the armrest, you have a tolerable stockpiling zone with a USB.

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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 Audi S3 utilizes standard calfskin seats which 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 3 organize warmed yet with no ventilation. The front seats have firm pads, yet they are wide and ample. The back seats give preferred space over the CLA or the Golf R.

Interior Features

  • Here is a rundown of the champion highlights in the 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:
  • speaker Bang and Olufsen sound framework
  • Virtual Cockpit
  • Manually flexible front game seats with knitted cowhide upholstery

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.

2017 Audi S3 Specs 

The 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.

Cargo Capacity

Nobody expects excessively payload stockpiling from a sports sedan, and the 2017 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.

 

2017 Audi S3 Exterior

9.5/10

For 2017, the S3's front fascia is a little more chiseled than before, but it'll take a seasoned Audi pro to spot the differences. Car and Driver

The Audi S3 Exterior 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 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.

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The back is similarly as modern and athletic as the front. To complement the look, there is an 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.

 

2017 Audi S3 Safety

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

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

  • Front and back braking sensors
  • Rearview camera
  • Blind-spot checking
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Front passenger occupant detection for airbags
  • Power central locking system with safety unlock feature if airbags deploy
  • Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) with Electronic Brake-pressure Distribution (EBD) and brake assist
  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC) with secondary collision brake assist and traction control (ASR)

 

2017 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.

 

2017 Audi S3 Final Verdict

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 with respect to price. 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.