2022 Audi A3 vs. S3: Which One Is Right For You?

The 2022 Audi A3 and the 2022 Audi S3 are two highly sought-after vehicles in the market today. If you’re shopping for a luxury sedan but you may not know which one fits your needs, both the A3 and S3 deliver similar performances and come with very distinct features. We’ve listed these out so you can decide which one is the right one for you.

  2022 Audi A3 2022 Audi S3
MSRP (Starting) $38,900 $47,900
Fuel Consumption (Combined) 7.6 L/100 km 8.8 L/100 km
Gearbox 7 speed s tronic 7 speed s tronic
Engine 2.0 L Turbo I-4 2.0 L Turbo I-4
Horsepower 201 hp 306 hp
Torque 221 lb-ft 295 lb-ft
0-100 km/h 6.7 seconds 4.8 seconds


Powertrain and Performance

The A3 and S3 are both equipped with a 2.0L Turbo I-4 engine. The S3 has a higher horsepower at 306 hp compared to the 201 hp of the A3. The S3 also has a faster acceleration time, able to go from 0-100 km/h in only 4.8 seconds. The A3 however, is much better in fuel consumption sitting at 7.6 L/100km for combined city and highway driving. Both sedans come with a superior handling package and drive-adjustable dynamics.

S3 Exterior2022 Audi S3 exterior: Image from audi.ca


Interior and Exterior

The Audi A3 is manufactured with premium finishes and materials both inside and out for that classic Audi appearance. The prominent quattro blisters make the A3 unique in its design. The Audi S3 on the other hand features a sportier look with front sport seats, standard 18” wheels, and an optional upgrade to Fine Nappe leather seats. Both sedans are built with a driver-centric design in mind. Available Matrix-design LED headlines can be added on as well as the Black Optics package for a super sleek, all-black design.

A3 Interior2022 Audi A3 interior: Image from audi.ca


Technology and Connectivity

The A3 and S3 are both packed with the latest Audi technology, so you aren’t compromising anything whichever one you pick. Both vehicles come with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay as well as Driver Assistance which include pre-sense front scans, park assistance, and available Audi adaptive cruise assist with traffic jam assist. Both come with an optional head-up display as well for seamless driving and quick reference to your vehicle’s performance. The S3 has additional sport specific drive modes you can choose from to suit your driving needs.

The Audi A3 and S3 are both top-notch vehicles that deliver their own unique elements to the table. Do you love the classic design of the A3? Or are you into the sportier features of the S3? You can schedule to test drive any of the two at OpenRoad Audi Boundary and see which is the best one for you.

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Posted by Lia Ortiz

Lia Ortiz has been in the automotive industry for 5 years. Starting out as a public relations and events coordinator for Honda Philippines, she then moved to Vancouver and has worked as a Digital Marketing Strategist for OpenRoad Auto Group. She specializes in SEO, SEM, and Social Media Advertising (with a little bit of writing on the side).