2018 Audi S3 Model Review with Prices, Photos, & Specs

Key Features

  • Starting at $43,650 MSRP
  • 2.0 TFSI® turbocharged engine with 292 horsepower and 280 lb ft of torque along with standard quattro® all-wheel drive
  • Six-speed S tronic® dual-clutch automatic transmission
  • S model exterior appearance (Platinum Gray Singleframe® grille, Aluminum optic front/rear blades and exterior side mirror housings, body-colored extended side sills, and rear trunk lip spoiler)
  • S model quad exhaust outlets
  • Three-spoke multifunction flat-bottom sport steering wheel with paddle shifters (with S3 exclusive badging)
  • Standard twelve-way power front sport seats with S embossing
  • Available S model exclusive Black optics Dynamic package featuring 19-inch Audi Sport® 5-V-spoke design wheels and available performance tires

About the 2018 Audi A4

The Audi S3 exudes performance everywhere you look - from the Platinum Gray Singleframe® grille and 19-inch Audi Sport® 5-V-spoke design wheels to the 2.0 TFSI® turbocharged engine with 292 horsepower. Sharing its foundation with the popular Audi A3, the 2018 Audi S3 maximizes driving excitement with an additional 106 horsepower and 59 lb-ft of torque over a standard A3. Enlarged 13.4 inch front and 12.2 inch rear ventilated disc brakes with available S3 logo calipers help bring the Audi S3 confidently to a stop. Complementing the athletic exterior of the S3 is an interior that is unmistakably Audi. Sport-focused touches found inside the S3 include a flat-bottom race-inspired multifunction steering wheel with paddle shifters and an available S Sport Seat package with Fine Nappa leather with contrast diamond stitching.

Standard amenities offered on the 2018 Audi S3 include full LED headlights, Audi drive select, and Audi progressive steering. Advanced tech features include the Audi virtual cockpit, Audi smartphone interface including Apple CarPlay™ and Google™ Android Auto™, and Audi connect® PRIME and connect® PLUS online services. Drivers craving the ultimate performance from a compact luxury sedan are sure to be impressed by the Audi S3.

What the Critics Say

"The S3 can carve a corner with at least as much vigor as the CLA45. The steering's heavy weighting and variable ratio (the teeth on its rack are spaced differently across its span compared to the A3) works well on curved roads, and the dampers smooth out the impact of the 18- or 19-inch summer tires (all-season tires are optional). The magnetic dampers only help the formula, improving handling as well as ride quality." - The Car Connection

"What I love most about the S3 is how easy and accessible it is to drive - this isn't some mega-horsepower unwieldy monster that feels like it's going to kill you at any moment. You don't have to be an expert driver to get the most of this car and even if you're not tracking it on the weekends, the balanced handling and quick turn of speed are entirely rewarding." - Auto Guide

What's New for 2018

Following a complete refresh last year, the Audi S3 returns for 2018 sporting revised, angular exterior styling. The interior features an all-new layout configuration from the Audi virtual cockpit central display unit. Both the front and rear bumpers have been updated to give the S3 a more athletic stance. Updated LED headlights and taillights highlight the distinctive appearance of the S3. New 18-inch and 19-inch sport wheel designs add additional style.

Audi S3 Features

2018 Audi S3 Sport Styling

Audi Sport Styling

Exclusive styling enhancements found on the Audi S3 include a rear trunk lip spoiler, aluminum optic front/rear blades and side mirror housings, and body-colored extended side sills. Unique Audi Sport wheel designs are available in 18-inch and 19-inch sizes with performance tires. At the front, a Platinum Gray Singleframe® grille helps announce your arrival in S3. An optional Black optics Dynamic package provide a distinctive look with gloss black trim accents, upgraded wheels, and Audi magnetic ride suspension to tackle the corners.


A standard turbocharged 292-hp TFSI® engine found in the 2018 Audi S3 provides a blistering 0-60 acceleration time of just 4.7 seconds on its way to a top track speed of 155 MPH. An advanced six-speed S tronic® dual-clutch automatic transmission with steering wheel mounted paddle shifters gives S3 drivers complete command of the powerband. From snow-covered highways to high speed cornering, standard Standard quattro® all-wheel drive ensures ideal traction in any environment. Firm up the suspension of the S3 for superior handling or dial it back for greater comfort with the available Sport suspension with adjustable magnetic ride control. Upgraded ventilated front and rear disc brakes help keep the immense power of the S3 under control.

2018 Audi S3 TFSI Engine
2018 Audi S3 Interior

Driver-Centric Interior

Harmonizing the balance between driver and machine, the interior of the 2018 Audi S3 is a technologically advanced command center. For optimum comfort and support, an optional S sport seat package adds fine Nappa leather seating surfaces featuring S3 embossing and diamond stitching. A three-spoke flat-bottom multifunction sport steering wheel with paddle shifters provides dynamic feedback and control. One push of a button adjusts the optional Audi magnetic ride suspension for a driving experience tailored to your personal style. The 12.3-inch Audi virtual cockpit fully digital instrument cluster gives drivers easy access to important information.

Advanced Safety

Standard on every 2018 S3, Audi side assist with Rear cross traffic assist helps the driver be more aware of their surroundings. Using LED lighting, Audi side assist alerts the driver when a vehicle is in your blind spot, while rear cross traffic uses rear sensors to help scan the area behind the vehicle and sides. When reversing out of a parking space in the S3, a standard rear view camera helps provide additional visibility when backing up. On S3 Prestige models, Audi adaptive cruise control with stop & go automatically maintains a fixed distance from the vehicle in front, and brakes and accelerates to help maintain that distance. Audi active lane assist helps the driver stay in their lane with corrective steering and steering wheel vibrations as an alert of lane departure.

Audi S3 Advanced Safety Technology

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