Luxury Tech Features. The 2023 Audi A3 and S3 are the smallest and most affordable models in the German automaker’s lineup, but no one would get that impression from the sedans’ list of tech features. The A3 is a little tech powerhouse, featuring tech features that would put some larger and much more expensive vehicles to shame.

Every A3 comes with a 10.1-inch touchscreen and a 10.3-inch digital instrument cluster that have crisp graphics and simple controls. Other standard features include wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth, and satellite radio. Audi offers its excellent and highly configurable Virtual Cockpit system that includes a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster as optional.

While the A3’s list of tech features would impress anyone, the sedan also comes with niceties that include leather upholstery, tri-zone automatic climate control, a panoramic sunroof, LED headlights, and 17-inch wheels as standard. The A3’s starting price tag of $35,995 (with destination) may be high for the subcompact class, but Audi makes sure that you get your money’s worth.

Fun In A Small Package. Both the A3 and S3 offer lithe, playful handling. Consumers seeking extra performance will naturally gravitate toward the S3, though there’s plenty to like with the base A3.

Audi offers the A3 with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with a 48-volt mild-hybrid system. The engine produces 201 horsepower and routes it to the front wheels as standard with all-wheel drive being available as an option. The base engine delivers perky performance, while the A3’s handling is playful. We doubt most people will take their A3 to a windy road, which is a shame because it’s enjoyable to toss around. The A3 also gets impressive fuel economy with a combined rating of 32 mpg.

The more powerful S3 is equipped with a tuned version of the engine without the mild-hybrid system for 306 hp. The S3 also comes with a snappy seven-speed automatic transmission and AWD, making it feel quick in a straight line and grippy around corners. The issue with the S3 is that the engine has a fair amount of turbo lag off the line and the heavy steering lacks feedback.

2022 Audi A3 Interior

Confidently Audi Styling. Audi may not have the same standout design elements as BMW or the knee-buckling design as Mercedes-Benz, but the A3 has a sharp, confident design. The angular headlights, sharp lines on the front fascia, and wide grille give the A3 a confident look. At the back, the A3 features triangular taillights, dual exhaust outlets, a modest spoiler, and clean lines.

The A3 lacks the same wow factor as the BMW 2-Series, the high-end look as the Mercedes-Benz CLA, or the overly sporty stance as the Acura Integra. But the small sedan manages to balance the line between being sporty and upscale.

Small Size, Small Interior. With a body that measures 177 inches long, there’s not a lot of space for the A3 to work with. While the A3 has comfortable seats and a premium cabin, the rear seats aren’t exactly spacious, as they offer 35.2 inches of legroom and 36.6 inches of headroom. The A3 is roomier than most of its competitors, but that’s not saying much, as it’s still not that comfortable in the back.

Cargo space in the A3 is also in short supply, as the sedan only has 10.9 cubic feet of cargo space. That’s not as big as other subcompact cars in the segment. The rear seats fold flat to open up the space a little more, but Costco runs may prove to be a little difficult.

Final Thoughts. The Audi A3 and S3 are sporty, tech-forward, stylish, and peppy sedans that act as a great entry point into the luxury brand’s cars. The sedans may not have the standout qualities of some rivals, but they are well-rounded options that are enjoyable to drive, efficient, and fairly comfortable.

The Mercedes-Benz CLA has a stylish fastback design, a generous list of standard features, a high-end interior, and optional high-performance engines. The BMW 2-Series is available in multiple body styles, has enjoyable handling, has a radical design, and is available with punchy engines.

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