Audi A3 vs Audi S3 Cuyahoga falls

An entry-level luxury sedan like the 2018 A3 is an excellent way to own and experience the best of our new Audi lineup without paying out the nose. With a reputation for being uncompromising, the A3 doesn't just represent one model, but an entire family that also includes the potent 2018 S3.

If it's come down to these two models on your short list, you might be wondering which to choose. For many, the loaded A3 will offer the kind of power, handling, and luxury that will satisfy most drivers. But for those who prefer an emphasis on handling, the S3's additional power and performance chops may make the decision more difficult.

Need help deciding? Here's a break-down of what these vehicles offer.


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2018 Audi A3 Highlights
Most luxury automakers have an entry-level option these days, but the A3 does it with value and substance, and no hint of cost-cutting. Standard leather, available quattro all-wheel drive, and an exhilarating and confident driving experience are sure to impress both veteran premium shoppers and new-comers alike.

  • Exceptional Standard Features. The 2018 A3's base "Premium" trim comes with features you won't find on competing sedans, like Xenon plus headlights with LED daytime running lamps, a rear-view camera, leather upholstery, heated seats, and the pre sense front safety package. 
  • Plenty of Power. Choose a FWD model, and you'll get a potent turbocharged inline-four with 186 hp and 221 lb-ft of torque. Yet if you opt for a model with quattro all-wheel drive, you'll be treated to the same engine with 220 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. As an added bonus, both variants get over 30 mpg highway.
  • Intelligent Options. The A3 can be further outfitted with numerous packages and options. Sport suspension will enhance the ride, while the brand's Virtual Cockpit infotainment interface is an option on Premium Plus models, and standard on the Prestige. Other highlights include a Sport package with a three-spoke steering wheel, Drive Select, and sport seats, and a superb Bang & Olufsen sound system.
  • A Luxurious Interior. Understated as it may be, the A3's standard leather upholstery and handsome inlays put it a few steps ahead of competitors. You'll find plenty of space for front seat passengers, and acceptable rear seat accommodations. Controls are easy to use, and the cabin is quiet and serene. The star, of course, is Virtual Cockpit in equipped models, but every A3 offers a pop-up infotainment screen on the center stack.
  • Exciting to Drive. A fast-shifting seven-speed dual-clutch automatic is standard in the A3, enabling quick shifts. From there, it's all about command. Quattro all-wheel drive hugs the road, and the suspension strikes an excellent balance between comfort and sporting firmness.

2018 Audi S3 Highlights
As the S badge might indicate, there's a lot more power in store on the S3. But speed isn't the sole differentiator. If you emphasize dynamic handling and sporty flavors, then you'll be more than satisfied with what the S3 has to offer.

  • Rocket-like Power.  The engine is the beating heart of any S badged model, and the S3 is no exception. While it houses a turbocharged inline-four, this version puts out 292 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque, and is good for a 4.6-second sprint to sixty.
  • Sport Hardware Galore. Every S3 comes with Audi's progressive steering system and S model sport suspension, which dials up the handling and steering characteristics. But you can dial it up as needed with the optional Black Optics package and S Sport Packages, which add unique wheels, and Audi magnetic ride.
  • Standard Value. Full LED headlights and daytime running lights, Audi side assist with rear cross traffic alert, smartphone integration, leather, S-line appearance packages, and a panoramic sunroof are all standard on the S3.
  • Unique Interior Appointments. Although the same size as the A3, the S3's cabin comes with some exciting additions. An S-line flat bottom steering wheel is one, while metal pedal caps and accent stitching are other noticeable examples. Opt in for the S Sport seat package, and you get Nappa leather seats with S embossing and diamond stitching.
  • High-Test Handling. The S3's power is just one facet of its handling character. With sport suspension and magnetic ride options, the S3 becomes even lighter on its feet, and offers more cornering command. Yet in every model, you'll get to enjoy the legendary traction of the standard quattro AWD.


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