2016 Audi S3

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Audi S3 highlights

Customer rating


  • Upscale interior
  • Discreet appearance
  • Upgraded equipment for 2016


  • Small rear trunk
  • Rear legroom is tight
  • MMI® system can be fiddly to use

Mileage (EPA estimate)

23 city, 31 highway, 26 combined

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Feature-rich performance version of Audi’s compact luxury sedan

Audi’s “S” badge is reserved for the sportiest versions of its models and the 2016 Audi S3 is the performance version of the A3 compact luxury sedan. Its 2.0L engine packs a big punch and with the quattro® all-wheel drive system fitted as standard, the S3 is a highly enjoyable drive.

All Audi S3 years

What is new for the 2016 Audi S3?

  • S3 trims have been upgraded with Automated Cruise Control and Lane Departure Warning as standard equipment this year.
  • Rear Sunshade and Rear Spoiler features are now available as options on select trims.
  • The Premium Plus trim now comes with Parking Sensors, Rear View Camera, and Bluetooth Technology as standard equipment.

5 reasons to buy the 2016 Audi S3

1. Exhilarating power 

The S3 is the smallest model to wear the Audi “S” badge, but it doesn’t lack power. Lift the hood and you’ll find a turbocharged 292-hp four-cylinder engine with strong performance. Zero to 60 takes a claimed 4.7 seconds and the 2016 Audi S3 has a top track speed of 155 mph. Big figures for a compact car. Whether you’re dropping the kids off at school, stopping by the store, or visiting relatives, the 280 lb-ft of torque provides plenty of get-up-and-go in any driving situation. 

2. AWD confidence 

The 2016 Audi S3 has the quattro® all-wheel drive system for improved AWD traction. A sports suspension system lowers the car to give you a more dynamic driving experience, and the available 19” Performance package includes Audi’s magnetic ride system that precisely controls the car’s dampers electromagnetically to match the current road conditions. Choose a comfortable option for your passengers or a sportier setting for those solo drives. 

3. Discreet appearance 

If you don’t like drawing attention to yourself, the 2016 Audi S3 possesses a strong but subtle style. Marked out by its aggressively styled front fascia, aluminum-optic side mirrors, four exhaust pipes, rear diffuser, trunk lid spoiler, and 18-inch alloy wheels, the S3 has a low-key look. For a tougher appearance, the S3 Black Optic Performance Package features gloss black exterior trim, body-colored side mirrors, and 19-inch V-spoke alloy wheels. Available for the first time on 2016 S3 models, it will differentiate your S3 a little more. 

4. Upscale interior 

Step inside the 2016 Audi S3 and you’re greeted by an upscale cabin with lots of standard features. Simply styled, but with some stand-out and playful design such as the eye-catching circular air vents, the S3’s cabin feels sporty and looks great. Decorative brushed aluminum dashboard and door inlays and leather faces on the sports seats lend a premium ambience, and the powered retractable MMI® (Multi Media Interface) screen creates a little theater as it rises and disappears from the dashtop. 

5. Lots of features 

Already packed with the features, lots more have been added to give the 2016 Audi S3 even more appeal. New for 2016, every Audi S3 comes with a rearview camera and front and rear parking sensors. Highlights of the entry Premium Plus include dual-zone automatic climate control and a 10-speaker sound system with a CD player, SD card slot, HD radio, and Bluetooth® streaming audio connectivity. Top-line Prestige trim includes an MMI® touchscreen system and the Advanced Technology package that adds driver-assist features. 

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Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings

Above Average

RepairPal gave the Audi S3 an overall reliability rating of 3 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Above Average. This rating ranks Audi S3 14th out of 25 among Luxury Compact Cars.

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Audi S3 features and specs

Prestige 4WD/AWD 4D Sedan

Standard Features

  • 4WD/AWD
  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alloy Wheels
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Automated Cruise Control
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Bang & Olufsen Audio
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • CD Audio
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Leather Seats
  • Navigation System
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Panoramic Sunroof
  • Parking Sensors
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Seat(s)
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Defroster
  • Rear View Camera
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Side Airbags
  • Smart Key
  • Traction Control
  • Turbo Charged Engine
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • Rear Spoiler
  • Rear Sunshade

Drive Wheels

All Wheel Drive (4WD/AWD)

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Engine type

Turbo Gas

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Leg room

F 41.2"/R 35.1"

Head room

F 39.6"/R 36.4"

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