2020 Audi A3 vs. 2020 Audi S3

At first glance, the 2020 Audi A3 and S3 may seem similar, but they actually cater to different types of drivers. Overall, the 2020 Audi A3 is a great everyday vehicle while the Audi S3 is a sportier version of the A3. If you're stuck between these sedans, allow Audi Hoffman Estates to assist. In the following paragraphs, we've provided more information on the similarities and differences between the Audi A3 and S3 to help you during the research process.

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2020 Audi A3 vs. S3Performance Specs & Engine

In terms of performance, you'll be blown away by both the 2020 Audi A3 and S3. However, you'll want to choose carefully. The A3 offers two engines to choose from, while the S3 offers a sporty, energetic engine. To further heighten your driving experience, the Audi S3 is also available with the S Sport package, which includes red brake calipers and Audi magnetic ride.

Below, you'll find the engine options and performance spec available on the 2020 Audi A3 and S3.


40 TFSI® 2.0L

45 TFSI® 2.0L

TFSI® 2.0L

Model Availability





184 HP

228 HP

288 HP


221 lb.-ft.

258 lb.-ft.

280 lb.-ft.


Seven-speed S tronic® dual-clutch automatic

Seven-speed S tronic® dual-clutch automatic

Seven-speed S tronic® dual-clutch automatic

Drive System



quattro® all-wheel drive

0-60 MPH

6.6 sec.

5.4 sec.

4.6 sec.

Top Track Speed

130 MPH

130 MPH

155 MPH

2020 Audi A3 vs. S3Interior & Exterior Design

2020 Audi A3 and S3 drivers will find many interior and exterior similarities between the two models. For instance, a panoramic sunroof, ambient LED interior lighting, and heated front seats are standard on both vehicles. As far as exterior features are concerned, the Audi A3 and S3 both have heated windshield washer nozzles, and power-adjustable heated side mirrors.

So, what are the differences? A couple of key elements to point out on the Audi A3 are the Xenon plus headlights with LED daytime running lights and aluminum Mistral interior inlays. The Audi S3 has illuminated brushed aluminum inlays, sport front seats with thigh support, and a Platinum Gray Singleframe® grille.

2020 Audi A3 vs. S3Safety & Technology Features

When it comes to safety and technology, the 2020 Audi A3 and S3 share many of the same features. Driver assistance features you'll find on both models include Audi drive select, parking system plus, and high-beam assist. Technology features the A3 and S3 share include a 7-in. MMI® center infotainment display, 14-speaker Bang & Olufsen® sound system, and Bluetooth® technology.

Other features you can expect on the 2020 Audi A3 and S3 include:

  • HD Radio­™ technology,
  • SiriusXM® Satellite Radio
  • Color driver information system
  • Audi pre sense® basic and front
  • Camera distance sensor
  • Cruise control with coast, resume, and accelerate features
2020 Audi A3 interior

2020 Audi A3 vs. S3Size & Cargo Space

In terms of interior space and exterior measurements, the 2020 Audi A3 and S3 aren't that different. Both vehicles have seating for up to five passengers. Wheelbase measurements are 103.8 inches for the A3 and 103.6 inches for the S3. When it comes to cargo space, you can expect 12.3 cubic feet in the A3 and 10 cubic feet in the S3. Rear seat passengers are given 35.1 inches of legroom in both models.

2020 Audi A3 vs. S32020 Audi A3 and S3 for Sale near Schaumburg, IL

Have you chosen the 2020 Audi A3 or S3? You can browse the new vehicle inventory at Audi Hoffman Estates to see which models we have in stock. We also welcome you to search current incentives to heighten your car-buying experience. Please contact our team by calling (888) 698-1441 should you have any questions.

2018 Audi A3 vs. S3 near Highland Park, IL

The 2018 Audi A3 is available in three trim packages: the Premium, Premium Plus, and Prestige. The more luxurious and performance-oriented 2018 Audi S3 cuts out the Premium, and jumps straight ahead to the Premium Plus and Prestige trim packages. If you are ready to purchase a small luxury sedan, but aren't sure which of these two cars is the right Audi for you, check out our comparison below or call (888) 698-1441 to speak to a product expert at Audi Hoffman Estates.

2018 Audi A3 vs. S3: Performance Differences

The Audi A3 is powered by a 2.0L TFSI® four-cylinder engine with 186 HP and rated at 35 MPG highway. Front-wheel drive comes standard, but quattro® all-wheel drive is also available. The Audi A3 with quattro® is faster and more powerful, achieving 220 HP and 0-60 MPH in 5.8 seconds. It tops out at 130 MPH.

The 2018 Audi S3 has the same size engine as the A3 ­- a 2.0L TFSI® four-cylinder. However, the S3 is a performance vehicle: It's been specially engineered for more power and speed. It gets 292 HP, and sprints from 0-60 MPH in just 4.6 seconds. The famed quattro® all-wheel drive system is standard on all S3 models, alongside a sport suspension with magnetic damping. Its top track speed is 155 MPH.

An Audi S3 parked in front of the sunset

2018 Audi A3 vs. S3: Interior & Exterior

The 2018 Audi A3 wears an Audi Singleframe® grille, has dual exhaust outlets, available full LED headlights, and in upper trims, is available with the S line® appearance package. This includes S line® fender badges, unique front and rear bumpers, and body colored side sills.

The 2018 Audi S3 has an exclusive Platinum Gray Singleframe® grille, quad exhaust outlets, standard full LED headlights, and S model specific front and rear fasciae with aluminum-optic front and rear blades.

Both models come standard with heated leather seats, but the S3s have sport bolsters and contrasting stitching with S embossing. Both models also come standard with a panoramic sunroof.

The interior of the 2018 Audi A3 and S3

2018 Audi A3 vs. S3: Technology Differences

The 2018 Audi A3 and S3 are available with many of the same advanced entertainment features. A 12.3-in. fully digital instrument panel called the Audi virtual cockpit is available in either model. The standard sound system in the A3 is a nine-speaker Audi system, while the S3 gets 10 speakers. Both models are available with a premium 14-speaker Bang & Olufsen® sound system. Additionally, both are available with MMI® Navigation plus with voice control, MMI® touch with handwriting recognition technology, and Apple CarPlay™/Android Auto™. The S3 gets Audi active lane assist unlike the A3. Both get Audi pre sense® front and Audi side assist with rear cross traffic assist safety systems. 

Test Drive a 2018 Audi A3 or S3 at Audi Hoffman Estates

Do you know yet whether you'd prefer the new A3 or S3 in your driveway? Come take a test drive at Audi Hoffman Estates. Getting behind the wheel is the best way to know for sure. It's easy to make an appointment. Just fill out the short form on our website, and we'll have the new Audi model of your choice ready and waiting for your arrival.

 A 2018 Audi A3 in the shadows

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