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2021 Audi S3 Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: June 3, 2021

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Audi S3 with its cosmetic makeover and power-packed performance is set to win hearts. It is said to be based on Audi A3 but is only improved for better to be more performance focussed. The 2021 Audi S3 will also be featured in a Sportback body style. Expect this car to be available in early 2021 with a price tag of $43,995 for the Premium and $46,595 for the Premium Plus trim.

Offering you the best of sophistication, flooding you with modern tech, and promising you countless worth-it driving experiences, this sporty sedan competes with big badges like BMW 2 Series, Mercedes Benz CLA Class 250, and Infiniti Q50.

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Pros

Audi Quattro All-Wheel-Drive

Responsive Engine and performance

Fine built-quality

Cons

Cramped interior spacing

Less cargo storage

What's New?

The 2021 Audi S3 is the carry over version of the 2020 Audi S3.


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Features

vehicle bio

base price

$43000

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

all wheel drive

engine type

displacement

121 cu.in.

horsepower

288 hp @ 5400 rpm

torque

280 lb.-ft.. @ 1900 rpm

transmission

7-speed auto-shift Manual

chassis

brake rotors (f/r)

12.3/10.7 in.

dimensions

wheelbase

103.6 in.

length

175.8 in.

width

70.7 in.

height

54.8 in.

curb weight

3461 lbs.

capacity

cargo volume

1 cu ft.

payload capacity

1102 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

4.6 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

15.6 sec.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

corrosion warranty

12 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


Pictures & Videos

Videos
2021 Audi S3 Exterior video

Trims

Premium $43,000 onwards

288 hp @ 5400 rpm | 2 L | Inline 4 | Intercooled turbo premium unleaded

  • Audi Pre Sense Rear
  • Leather Upholstery
  • LED Headlights & Taillights
  • Panoramic Sunroof
  • S sport suspension

Premium Plus $45,600 onwards

288 hp @ 5400 rpm | 2 L | Inline 4 | Intercooled turbo premium unleaded

  • Audi parking system plus Parking Assist
  • Bang & Olufsen 3D Premium Sound System
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert
  • Wireless Charging Pad
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Colors and Styles

2021 Audi S3 in Ara Blue Crystal Effect color 2021 Audi S3 in Brilliant Black color 2021 Audi S3 in Daytona Gray Matte Effect color 2021 Audi S3 in Glacier White Metallic color
Ara Blue Crystal Effect

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Ratings

Pricing And Features

8.0

Engine And Performance

8.2

Fuel Economy

7.1

Interior

7.0

Exterior

8.6

Safety

9.3

Competition

9.6

8.4

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

8.4

Overall Rating


The 2021 Audi S3 is a compact and action-packed performance version of the standard Audi A3. The S3 comes in at $43,000 plus a destination charge of $995,  equipped with an efficient and responsive 2.0L Turbocharged Inline 4 Cylinder engine, that produces 288 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque. Do keep in mind that the 2021 iteration is a complete carryover from the 2020 model year.

The S3 is very fun to drive, sports saloon, and thanks to its standard Quattro setup, it is easy to handle even at high speeds. The 2021 Audi S3 is offered in two trims and is available with a single engine choice. The Audi S3 is a direct competitor to the likes of the 2021 Mercedes-Benz CLA Class, the 2021 Infiniti Q50, and the 2021 BMW 2 Series.

2021 Audi S3 Sedan Front View
2021 Audi S3 Sedan Rear View

8.0/10
Pricing and Features

8.2/10
Engine and Performance

7.1/10
Fuel Economy

7.0/10
Interior

8.6/10
Exterior

9.3/10
Safety

9.6/10
Competition


2021 Audi S3 Pricing and Features

8.0/10

"Audi won't be bringing the Sportback stateside, like the last generation. We'll only get the S3 sedan, and it'll come sometime in 2021." - Carbuzz

The 2021 Audi S3 will be available in two trims. The base trim is the Premium trim with an MSRP of $43,995 and the top-tier trim is the Premium Plus trim with an MSRP of $46,595. The car will be powered by a performance-tuned 2.0L turbo motor mated to 7-speed DCT. The vehicle comes in standard AWD configuration and comes equipped with the renowned Quattro All Wheel Drive tech across the trim range.

The base trim Premium priced at $43,995 has a stylish Audi exterior with that grille, LED headlights and taillights, Audi Pre-sense, and Audi Advanced Key. It also has a roomy cabin and futuristic technology for infotainment and safety. The Premium Plus trim priced at $46,595 has all these features along with other exciting features. Bang and Olufsen Sound system with 14 speakers and a special interior storage package are major highlights.

Trim

Premium

Premium Plus

MSRP

$43,995

$46,595

Key Features

2.0Linter-cooled turbo inline-4

In addition to or replaces, Premium features with

 

S sport suspension

Band and Olufsen Sound system with 14 speakers

 

LED headlights and taillights

Interior storage package

 

Audi Pre-sense system

Parking System plus

 

Heated and supportive front seats

Wireless charging

 

Panoramic sunroof

 
 

Audi advanced key

 
 

Honeycomb pattern grille and quad exhaust outlets

 

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2021 Audi S3 Buying Advice

We suggest the Premium plus trim out of the two choices. It has cool upgrades from the base model like that B&O sound system and top-notch materials for the interiors. The price margin is justifiable with all the offerings.


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2021 Audi S3 Engine and Performance

8.2/10

"0-62 mph is achieved in 4.8 seconds." - Carbuzz

The 2021 Audi S3 will be powered by a 2.0L inter-cooled turbo Inline-4 engine working in tandem with a 7-speed Auto-shift manual transmission. These are carried forward from the predecessor model. This All-wheel-drive shall churn out a 288 hp power and 280 lb-ft torque. The distribution of torque between the front and rear axles is well managed by Quattro. S3 sports the same 2.0L turbo 4 motors as that of the A3 but it has been performance-tuned to churn high power and torque figures.

2021 Audi S3 Sedan Engine Bay

The 2021 Audi S3 has a very spirited 288hp engine and an S model adaptive suspension for that track-inspired performance. The Quattro all-wheel drive ensures better balance and traction control. With Audi drive select you can choose from several modes: Comfort, Auto, Dynamic and Individual. So you can switch from snug experiences to thrill experiences as and when your mood demands. Ride and handling are smooth and the engine makes no noise.

Models

2021 Audi S3

2021 Infiniti Q50

2021 BMW 2-series 230ixdrive

2021 Mercedes Benz CLA Class 250

MSRP

$43,995

$38,400

$38,295

$39,645

Engine

2.0L inter-cooled turbo Inline-4

3.0L Twin-turbocharged V-6

2.0L inter-cooled turbo Inline-4

2.0L inter-cooled turbo Inline-4

Drivetrain

AWD

RWD

AWD

AWD

Transmission

7-speed Auto-shift manual

7-speed shiftable automatic

8-speed Automatic

7-speed Auto-shift manual

Power(hp@RPM)

288hp @ 5400 rpm

300hp @ 6400rpm

248hp @ 5200rpm

221hp @ 5800rpm

Torque(lb-ft@RPM)

280lb-ft @ 1900 rpm

295lb-ft @ 1500rpm

258lb-ft @ 1450rpm

258lb-ft @1800rpm

0-60 MPH (Seconds)

4.6 secs

5 secs

5.2 secs

6.3 secs

Quarter-Mile (Seconds)

11.7 secs

13.8 secs

13.9 secs

14.8 secs

Top-Speed (MPH)

155 MPH

NA

130 MPH

130 MPH

60- 0 MPH (in feet)

107 ft

109 ft

N/A

N/A

So the 2021 Audi S3 does a better job than the BMW 2-series and Mercedes-Benz CLA Class 250 with practically the same engine. However, Infiniti Q50 Pure with its 3.0L twin-turbo V6 wins the race here with the best output figures. The 2021 Audi S3 takes only 4.6 seconds to reach 60 MPH from a standstill and will cover a quarter-mile in an impressive 11.7 seconds. S3 is the fastest car among the competitors’ thanks to its Quattro tech and efficient 7-Speed transmission. The Audi S3 feels very nimble and light on its feet, in a straight line.

2021 Audi S3 Sedan Accelerate 0-60 MPH in just 4.6 secs

Talking of braking, Audi has one of the best performances in the segment. The big brakes stop from 60mph to 0 in 107 ft thanks to its large 13.4 inches front brake rotors and the 12.2 inches rear brake rotors. The 2021 Audi S3 should have such braking abilities for its speed abilities and performance. The Infiniti Q50 also has a decent brake performance and it should, for a 3.0L V6 that's the least we could expect, 109 feet stop from 60-0mph.


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2021 Audi S3 Fuel Economy

7.1/10

"All-wheel drive means a big fuel economy hit on the 2020 Audi A3." - The Car Connection

The 2021 Audi S3 has a frugal and efficient engine that can also deliver performance when urged to do so. It is not as thirsty as other sporty sedans and delivers satisfactory MPG figures of 22 for the city, 29 for highway, and 25 combined. The 14.5-gallon fuel tank delivers a combined range of 362 miles.

Models

2021 Audi S3

2021 Infiniti Q50 3.0t Pure

2021 BMW 2-series 230ixdrive

2021 Mercedes Benz CLA Class 250

MPG (City)

22

20

21

25

MPG (Highway)

29

29

30

35

MPG (Combined)

25

23

24

29

Fuel Capacity (gallons)

14.5 gallons

20 gallons

13.7 gallons

13.5 gallons

Range(city/hwy/combined)

319/420/362 miles

380/540/440 miles

287/424/329 miles

310/445/365miles

From the above table data, one can observe that Mercedes offers the best fuel economy figures among the competition providing 33 MPG on the highway. Infiniti Q50 offers the largest fuel tank among the competition with 20 gallons of fuel capacity. S3 sits somewhere in the middle of the fuel economy section.


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2021 Audi S3 Interior

7.0/10

"Additionally, the leather seats are a nice surprise where most rivals drape synthetic hides." - The Car Connection

You get into the 2021 Audi S3 and you will be welcomed by a luxurious and sporty cabin with composure galore and premium leather seats, that's what one deserves for a price of $43,000. Front driver seats come with four-way power lumbar adjustment and an eight-way power adjustment. The headroom is a little less in the front because of the body shape but the legroom is good both at the front and back. This compact 4-door sedan can seat 5 passengers but those on the rear seats will not be as happy as the ones on the front.

2021 Audi S3 Sedan Front Seats

The ambient lighting and dual-zone automatic climate control set your mood right. It has got a tilt and telescopic steering wheel for that comfortable drive. On top of the dashboard rests the center screen whose user-friendly and all-urban infotainment system is a delight. There is even a panoramic sunroof on offer. However, as per the previous model year's offerings, it is known that Mercedes and Infiniti offer the roomiest interiors among the competition.

Models

2021 Audi S3

2021 Infiniti Q50 3.0t Pure

2021 BMW 2-series 230ixdrive

2021 Mercedes Benz CLA Class 250

Seating Capacity

5

5

4

5

Front Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

36.5/54.8/41.2

40.2/56.7/44.5

40.1/53.4/41.5

38.5/55.1/41.8

Rear Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

36.1/53/35.1

37.5/56.1/35.1

40.1/54.4/33

35.7/54/33.9

Cargo Capacity 10 NA NA NA

The 2021 Audi S3 sports a small trunk with a capacity of 10 cubic feet. BMW 2 Series offers the largest trunk among the competition. We however assure you it comes with door pockets, a storage bin at the center armrest, and other nooks and crannies for your small items. With an accessible and straightforward interface, the 2021 Audi S3’s infotainment system is gratifying. It bombs you with a plethora of features. The Premium Plus trim also features a 12.3-inch virtual cockpit display. The standard features include:

  • Apple CarPlay
  • Android Auto Integration
  • Bluetooth
  • Wi-fi Hotspot
  • A navigation system and voice controls
  • Premium 14-speaker Audio system by Bang & Olufsen 

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2021 Audi S3 Sedan Cockpit
2021 Audi S3 Sedan Cockpit
2021 Audi S3 Sedan Steering
2021 Audi S3 Sedan Steering
2021 Audi S3 Sedan Infotainment System
2021 Audi S3 Sedan Infotainment System
2021 Audi S3 Sedan Front Seats
2021 Audi S3 Sedan Front Seats
2021 Audi S3 Sedan Rear Seats
2021 Audi S3 Sedan Rear Seats

2021 Audi S3 Exterior

8.6/10

"As Audi adds the finishing touches to the all-new S3 sedan, the current generation of this premium subcompact sedan continues to be a compelling entry point into the Audi range. " - Carbuzz

In spite of being a carryover model from the previous iteration, the 2021 Audi S3 is yet again stunning its audience, even though there isn't much change to the exterior design. It seems like the previous design has done it again. Of the several highlights, the grille and the Quad round exhausts are the major.

2021 Audi S3 Sedan Front Angle View

This year the spy shots reveal that the honeycomb pattern is larger and so are the wheels and the brakes. There is an add-on decklid spoiler too. The LED headlights have been revamped and the overall finishing touches are just apt for the redesigned version. It was expected to show up in some camouflage design but it surprised us with elegant solid body colors that look classy like the Riviera Blue.

Models

2021 Audi S3

2021 Infiniti Q50 3.0t Pure

2021 BMW 2-series 230ixdrive

2021 Mercedes Benz CLA Class 250

Curb Weight (lb)

3461

3842

3578

3362

Length (inches)

175.8

189.6

174.7

184.6

Width (inches)

77.2

71.8

69.8

72

Height (inches)

54.8

57.2

55.8

56.7

Ground Clearance (inches)

NA

5

NA

NA

Wheelbase (inches)

103.6

112.2

105.9

107.4

Talking in figures, Audi S3 is lightweight and sleek with just 3461lbs and has a wheelbase of 103.6 inches. The body is well-proportioned for better body movements. Infiniti Q50 is the longest and tallest vehicle among the competition which explains why it has roomy interiors and a large trunk.


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2021 Audi S3 Sedan Front View
2021 Audi S3 Sedan Front View
2021 Audi S3 Sedan Rear View
2021 Audi S3 Sedan Rear View
2021 Audi S3 Sedan Front Angle View
2021 Audi S3 Sedan Front Angle View
2021 Audi S3 Sedan Front Angle View
2021 Audi S3 Sedan Front Angle View
2021 Audi S3 Sedan Side View
2021 Audi S3 Sedan Side View
2021 Audi S3 Sedan Wheel
2021 Audi S3 Sedan Wheel

2021 Audi S3 Safety

9.3/10

"Don’t look for the most advanced hands-off driving features, because you won’t find them. " - The Car Connection

The 2020 Audi S3 has a 5-star rating from the NHTSA and that is enough assurance that the 2021 model is going to a safe box on wheels. Also, the IIHS has tested A3 and tagged it as a top safety pick in the year 2019.

The Audi S3 has always been said to be based on A3 and that gives us another check. Safety features of the car include

  • Automated emergency braking
  • Front and Rear camera
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Adaptive cruise control

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2021 Audi S3 Competition

9.6/10

2021 Audi S3 Vs Infiniti Q50 Pure

If we stack the 2021 Audi S3 against Infiniti Q50 Pure, we'll see that latter offers more output and performance with its 3.0L V6 engine at a lesser price. On the other hand, Audi is not a bad performer either and has that luxury and advanced tech flavor for justifying the sticker price. So it's your call if you want to settle for a frugal choice or spend some extra bucks on class.

2021 Infiniti Q50 3.0t Pure

2021 Audi S3 Vs BMW 2-series 230ixdrive

Talking of the 2021 Audi S3 against BMW 2-series 230ixdrive, BMW is more inclined towards opulence and Audi is more inclined towards sporty feels. Both have their own fan base and loyal customers. Both are powered by a similar 2.0L inter-cooled inline-4 but BMW offers less output. Also, Audi is the fastest. BMW is available at a lesser price and is more spacious. So again you take that test drive and decide what is that the enthusiast in you wants more.

2021 BMW 2-series 230i x drive

2021 Audi S3 Vs Mercedes Benz CLA Class 250

Mercedes is synonymous with luxury and is said to be the driver's car. But its output and acceleration stand nowhere as compared to that of the 2021 Audi S3. At the same time, it is less thirsty and more spacious as compared to Audi. The 2021 Mercedes-Benz CLA 250 is less pricey than the sporty baby. But we here go with Audi S3 because it justifies the price with class and performance.

2021 Mercedes Benz CLA Class 250

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2021 Audi S3 Final Verdict

The recipe for the 2021 Audi S3 is quite simple. Peppy performance, killing looks, and classy feels. It gracefully combines the benefits of a Sedan car with the assurance of its luxury badge. Not to forget the sportiness. It is good under the hood and not at all rowdy on the road. It offers you an engaging drive and is loaded with tech both for your entertainment and your safety, all within a price tag of $43,000. 

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2021 Audi S3 FAQs

How much hp does the 2021 Audi S3 generate?

The 2021 Audi S3 generates a maximum output of 288 hp

How much does the 2021 Audi S3 cost?

The 2021 Audi S3 is available at a base MSRP of $43,000, further has a destination charge and taxes of $995.

What is the gas mileage offering of the 2021 Audi S3?

The 2021 Audi S3 offers a gas mileage of 22 mpg in a city, 29 mpg on the highway, and a combined 25 mpg.

How is the warranty offering of the 2021 Audi S3?

The warranty offering of the 2021 Audi S3 includes:

  • Limited Warranty: 4 years or 50,000 miles whichever occurs first
  • Powertrain warranty: 4 years or 50,000 miles whichever occurs first
  • 24-hour roadside assistance: 4 years and unlimited miles

What is the curb weight of the 2021 Audi S3?

The 2021 Audi S3 has a Curb weight of 3461 lbs.

2021 Audi S3 Consumer Reviews and Ratings

9.0

based on 2 ratings


9.5/10 Features
9.0/10 Interiors
8.5/10 Design
8.5/10 Safety
9.0/10 Reliability
9.5/10 Deal Value

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2021 Audi S3 Overall Reviews


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Chuck S. Blas

2020 Audi S3

Premium Plus quattro 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl 7AM)

10

User Overall Rating

Posted On: February 9, 2021

Audi's smoothest ride ever

Pros - Parking sensors, throttle response, cargo space

Cons - Requires premium fuel

Smooth is the first word that popped up in my mind when I drove my friend's S3. Although it comes with decent power and all other bells and whistles but I still think its smooth ride quality and easy going nature makes it the best choice in this price range. Good cargo space at back with a dedicated 12v outlet. Also has parking sensors at front and back on top of the rear view camera Cushy leather seats and good for taller people like me. I'm 6.1 and have no complaints about the head or legroom no matter where I sit. I can even take a nap in it if I ever needed to Sits low to the ground and comes with a little sporty appearance because of the aerodynamic. Nothing new in terms of fit and finish as Audi's are known for this 5 stars on window sticker for safety and I can actually relate to it after driving this car Came with Audi free maintenance for just $799. So a little more peace of mind there. Not planning to trade it anytime soon if resale value is what you mean to ask I think it was a deal worth grabbing with both hands. Since it requires premium fuel and the mileage is also not best in class, the overall value shrinks a little Although I knew what I wanted, I still find Chris's help extremely helpful. He helped us with just about everything without pushing us into sales

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Features
10/10
Interior
10/10
Design
10/10
Safety
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Deal Value
10/10
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James T. Dillard

2020 Audi S3

Premium quattro 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl 7AM)

8

User Overall Rating

Posted On: February 9, 2021

Not as premium as conventional Audi but still fast

Pros - Steering, led lights, acceleration

Cons - Center screen placement, jaded audi design, plastic touch points

S3 is undoubtedly fast and always up for fun. Nimble and agile with lots of get up and go. Could have used a little more bucked up design I don't like the center screen placement on top of the dash. An Audi that has lost its premium touch on the inside because of the plastic touch points and the center screen placement. Everything else is workable Looks like every other Audi and doesn't have anything out of the box to offer if I don't count the front chrome grille Audi's pre sense driving dynamics comes standard Just the regular maintenance and oil changes so far Great value for driving especially for monthly payments of $564. At least the deal was good and the people were friendly. They let me test drive it to make sure I knew what I was buyin

9/10
Features
8/10
Interior
7/10
Design
7/10
Safety
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Deal Value
10/10
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User Overall Rating

Audi's smoothest ride ever

Smooth is the first word that popped up in my mind when I drove my friend's S3.

by Chuck S. Blas

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User Overall Rating

Not as premium as conventional Audi but still fast

S3 is undoubtedly fast and always up for fun. Nimble and agile with lots of get up and go.

by James T. Dillard

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