2017 Audi S3 Sedan Test Drive Review

2017 Audi S3 Sedan Test Drive Review
- updated 2017 S3, includes additional interior tech and minor performance tweaks, that comparison still weighs on Audi’s smallest sports sedan, a more angular grille, standard LED headlights, and LED taillights with dynamic turn signals that illuminates, our test car with optional 19-inch aluminum wheels, while 18-inch remain standard, Pirelli P Zero summer tires in size 235/35R-19

- standard Quattro all-wheel-drive system, the electronic controls for which are now more integrated with the S3’s stability-control system, allowing the two to better manage the chassis’ behavior at the limit

- a greater rearward bias of torque distribution and revised front and rear differentials that can each manage up to 100 percent of the engine’s torque

- more capable than ever of maintaining massive speeds over slick, undulating pavement

- 1.0 second quicker than the Golf R’s, able to stop from 70 mph in an impressive 153 feet

- $2000 Black Optic Dynamic package (19-inch wheels, body-color exterior mirrors, and gloss-black exterior trim)

- the Audi S3 tracks well at highway speed and the weighting of the tiller can be firmed up nicely by toggling the Drive Select system to its most aggressive Dynamic setting, feedback from the electrically assisted steering remains muted

- Comfort, Auto, and Individual modes for fine-tuning the powertrain, suspension, steering, and exhaust system

- Europe spec 2017 S3 receives EA888 turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four, while the U.S. get no such fortification, 292 horses at 6200 rpm, 280 lb-ft of torque at 1900 rpm, 4.6-second zero to 60 mph, quarter-mile pass of 13.3 at 104 mph

- six-speed dual-clutch automatic is the sole transmission choice

- 3485 pounds, Mercedes-AMG CLA45 sedan is heavier still at more than 3600, the Golf R is about 80 pounds lighter with its automatic transmission and about 150 trimmer with the six-speed manual

- the MMI infotainment system, the biggest update for 2017 is the availability of the 12.3-inch Virtual Cockpit instrument display

- highly functional and minimalist interior design

- $43,850 to secure a 2017 S3, plus $10K in options which includes S sport seats with nappa leather cost $1450, and the Navarra Blue Metallic paint ($575) and red brake calipers ($400), the Black Optic bundle, the uplevel Prestige package (MMI navigation and Audi Connect services, adaptive cruise, the Virtual Cockpit, Bang & Olufsen audio, LED interior lighting, and automatic high-beams, as well as blind-spot, rear cross-traffic, and lane-keeping assistants) added $5500

- Golf R base six-speed manual cost $36,475 and a fully loaded version is less than $42K

- the Audi is a bit classier at the curbside with better tech in form of MMI and Virtual Cockpit

- Golf R more functional and available at better price

Starting Price $43,850
Vehicle Type 4 door sedan, front engine, all wheel drive
Engine turbocharged, intercooled DOHC 16-valve inline-4, direct fuel injection
Transmission 6-speed dual-clutch automatic, manual shifting mode
Horsepower 292 hp @ 6200 rpm
Torque 280 lb-ft @ 1900 rpm
Displacement 121 cu in, 1984 cc
Wheelbase 103.6 in
Length 175.8 in
Width 70.7 in
Height 54.8 in
Curb weight 3485 lb
Passenger volume 87 cu ft
Cargo volume 10 cu ft
0-60 mph 4.6 sec
0-100 mph 12.0 sec
Top speed 155 mph
Rolling start (5-60 mph) 5.8 sec
Top gear(30-50 mph) 3.0 sec
Top gear(50-70 mph) 3.5 sec
Braking (70-0 mph) 153 ft
Fuel economy (city/highway) 21/28 mpg
C/D observed 24 mpg
Pros composed, style, functional and minimalist cabin
Cons manual option missing, VW Golf R is better and cheaper