2022 Audi S3
2022 Audi A3
2022 Audi S3

2022 Audi S3 sedan

Pros: Lively handling; upscale interior feel; strong power in S3

Cons: Tight passenger and cargo space; fiddly toggle shifter; no manual transmission available

CG Says: After skipping the 2021 model year, Audi’s entry-level car is redesigned on a slightly larger platform for 2022, gaining angular new styling, updated engines, a dynamic new interior layout, and several new technology features. Like the previous-generation A3, the new version will be offered in A3, S3, and RS3 models, which differ markedly in their performance, features, and prices. The base A3 is powered by a 201-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder with a 48-volt mild-hybrid system. The sporty S3 version has a non-hybrid 306-horsepower 2.0-liter 4-cylinder. Later in the model year, the high-performance RS3 will return to the line, with a 401-horsepower 2.5-liter 5-cylinder. All engines pair with a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. The A3 is available with front-wheel drive or Audi’s Quattro all-wheel drive. The S3 and RS3 come standard with all-wheel drive.

A 10.3-inch digital instrument panel is standard, and a 12.3-inch Digital Cockpit display with added features is available. A 10.1-inch touchscreen controls infotainment features, which include Apple CarPlay/Android Auto connectivity and WiFi hotspot capability. Climate controls and other secondary functions are selected by physical switchgear. Lane-departure warning and forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking and pedestrian detection are standard. A blind-spot monitor, lane-keep assist, 360-degree surround-view monitor, and adaptive cruise control with lane centering are available. The Audi A3 has earned a devoted following among car enthusiasts for its handy compact size, pleasing road manners, and understated upscale vibe. This latest version carries on that tradition well, while adding a welcome bit of added interior space, richer cabin furnishings, and more technology features. For those who want some extra spice in that mix, the S3 does a great job of turning up the heat, with power that elevates the already capable A3 into the realm of true performance cars.

The Facts
Class Premium Compact Car
Body Style(s) 4-door sedan
Passenger Count 5
Drive Wheels front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive
Manufacturer Audi
Nation of Manufacture Germany, Hungary
Base Prices 40 TFSI Premium: $34,945
40 TFSI Premium Plus: $38,245
40 TFSI Prestige: $42,245
40 TFSI Quattro Premium: $36,945
40 TFSI Quattro Premium Plus: $40,245
40 TFSI Quattro Prestige: $44,245
S3 Premium: $45,945
S3 Premium Plus: $48,745
S3 Prestige: $52,545

Base Engine
turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder/electric (A3)
Horsepower
201
Std. Transmission
7-speed automated manual
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
28-29
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
36-38

Optional Engine
turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder (S3)
Horsepower
306
Std. Transmission
7-speed automated-manual
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
23
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
32

Optional Engine
turbocharged 2.5-liter 5-cylinder (RS 3)
Horsepower
401
Std. Transmission
7-speed automated manual
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
NA
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
NA

2022 Audi A3
2022 Audi A3 sedan
2022 Audi S3
2022 Audi S3 sedan
2022 Audi RS3
2022 Audi RS3 sedan
Road Tests and Additional Info
NHTSA Ratings
Overall - NA
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(5 is the highest rating)

Front Crash - NA
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Side Crash - NA
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Rollover - NA
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