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2019 Audi S3

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Pros

  • Powerful turbocharged four-cylinder engine
  • Upscale interior that looks and feels expensive
  • Precise handling makes it a joy to drive on twisty roads

Cons

  • Small trunk can’t hold much more than a suitcase or two
  • Small, cramped back seat

Mileage (EPA estimate)

22 city, 29 highway, 25 combined

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The 2019 Audi S3 blends performance and luxury in a small package with a big bite

Nearing the end of its first generation run, the 2019 Audi S3 carried over with no changes from the year before. That’s typical of cars due for a generational update, but short of structural changes, there wasn’t much tinkering left to do on the S3. As a rowdier version of the A3, the S3 checks all the boxes for a fun, fast, and comfortable entry-level luxury sedan. Upgrades from the A3 include a more powerful engine, a sport-tuned suspension, and larger brakes for delightful handling and forceful stopping power. Even fuel economy is respectable, an EPA-estimated 25 mpg combined. Fuel economy figures are based on EPA estimates for when vehicle sold as new. Fuel economy may vary for reasons like driving conditions and vehicle history. Unless specified, figures are for vehicles equipped with an automatic transmission. See fueleconomy.gov.

But the S3 doesn’t coddle like the A3. The ride is firm, even stiff, but rarely objectionable. The back seat and trunk are cramped and tiny. Competitors like the Mercedes-Benz AMG CLA 35 and BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe debuted in 2020 with more room and slightly more power, while a second Benz, the AMG A 35, has an even smaller trunk and back seat, yet is a formidable challenger.

All Audi S3 years

What is new for the 2019 Audi S3?

  • S3 trims have been upgraded with Rear Spoiler, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto as standard equipment this year.
  • The Prestige trim now comes with Cruise Control as standard equipment.
  • The Premium Plus trim now comes with Automated Cruise Control as standard equipment.

2019 Audi S3 trims

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Prestige:

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5 reasons to buy the 2019 Audi S3

What We Like

Performance: The S3’s turbocharged engine packs a wallop of low-end and midrange power, making for eager and effortless acceleration. High-performance tires and standard all-wheel drive keep the S3 stuck to the road in tight turns and fast corners, while the stiff suspension makes body roll nonexistent. Enthusiast drivers may find the S3’s steering a bit artificial, but most casual drivers will love its responsiveness. This is an easy car to drive fast.

Comfort: The S3’s front seats are roomy and wide, with firmer cushions and a more sculpted sport shape than the A3 buckets. Similarly, the S3’s suspension is firmer thanks to more aggressive tuning. However, that additional handling doesn’t mean a bumpy ride; instead the S3 is civil and composed. Models with the available adaptive suspension let you choose from Comfort, Auto, and Dynamic modes, useful for different surfaces and conditions. We’d encourage buyers to stick with 18-inch wheels; the 19-inch versions included in the optional Black Optic package only stiffen the ride.

Interior: The S3 might be a high-performance, entry-level sedan, but its interior suggests otherwise. Supple leather, contrast stitching, textured panels, and aluminum accents feel lifted from a larger, more expensive car, while knobs and switches operate with weighted action that reinforces the feeling of a sturdy, well-built car. Clear views out the windows make for confident hustling or threading through tight traffic, and the thick-rimmed steering wheel enhances the joy of driving. A pop-up infotainment dash display with crisp graphics makes it easy to view maps, media, or phone information.

What Needs Improvement

Roominess: Like the A3 it’s based on, the S3 is short, which means there isn't much room inside. The rear seats are supportive but have very upright seatbacks, and there’s not a lot of legroom or headroom. The S3’s size and all-wheel-drive hardware — the bulk of it under the back of the car — also limit its cargo space. The trunk measures a meager 10 cubic feet.

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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

Premium Plus 4WD/AWD 4D Sedan

Standard Features

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

Drive Wheels

All Wheel Drive (4WD/AWD)

Engine size

2.0L

Horsepower

288

Torque (ft-lbs)

280

Engine type

Turbo Gas

Fuel capacity

14.5

Wheelbase

103.6"

Overall length

175.8"

Width

70.7"

Height

54.8"

Leg room

F 41.2"/R 35.1"

Head room

F 36.5"/R 36.1"

Front tires

P225/40YR18

Rear tires

P225/40YR18

Seating capacity

5

Transmission

Automatic

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