2020 Audi A3 vs 2020 Audi S3 Comparison in Columbus, OH

A compact sports sedan from Audi tells the world that driving means a little bit more to you. You're not content to drive just anything. Even if you need a practical tool with an efficient motor for the daily commute, you still demand German engineering excellence, precision and performance. That's where the 2020 Audi A3 sedan comes in. With its compact size, affordable price and turbocharged engine, it gives you a nimble, dynamic drive when you want it -- all while getting up to 36 MPG. You can also step up to the 2020 Audi S3, derived from the Audi A3 and imbued with even more performance. We'll explain the differences between the 2020 Audi A3 and S3 below in three key areas.

2020 Audi A3 vs 2020 Audi S3 Exterior

Design Differences: 2020 Audi A3 vs 2020 Audi S3

The 2020 Audi A3 combines the compact footprint of a small sports sedan with the luxury and elegance of the Audi brand -- meanwhile, the 2020 Audi S3 is built on the same chassis and frame, and it adds an even more aggressive look. The 2020 Audi A3 comes standard with an understated sport line appearance package, but you can upgrade to the available S line® appearance package with lowered side skirts, sportier bumpers and S line® badging. On the 2020 Audi S3, the S line® appearance comes standard, plus some imposing accents like a trunk lid lip spoiler, a unique front grille and quad exhaust outlets.

In the interior, the 2020 Audi S3 is available with optional Nappa fine leather upholstery with diamond-pattern stitching and carbon fiber interior trim. You can't get these ultra-premium materials on the 2020 Audi A3.

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2020 Audi A3 vs 2020 Audi S3 Interior

Technology Differences: 2020 Audi A3 vs 2020 Audi S3

When it comes to the infotainment system, both these cars are basically identical. As standard equipment, you'll find a 7.0" touchscreen on both models, featuring Bluetooth®, Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™. Available upgrades on both the 2020 Audi A3 and S3 include the Audi Virtual Cockpit, an all-video, customizable gauge cluster with Google Maps integration, and a premium audio system by Bang & Olufsen® with 14 speakers and 705 watts.

2020 Audi A3 vs 2020 Audi S3 Features

Performance Differences: 2020 Audi A3 vs 2020 Audi S3

When you want an efficient yet exciting compact sedan for the daily drive, the 2020 Audi A3 offers plenty of performance. But, when you want a sport sedan that's at home on twisty two-lane roads and the local racetrack, step up to the 2020 Audi S3.

At the entry level, the 2020 Audi A3 comes standard with front-wheel drive and 184 horsepower -- or, upgrade to a model equipped with quattro® all-wheel drive and you'll also get a boost in power to 228 horses! Front-wheel drive Audi A3 models can zip from 0-60 MPH in 6.6 seconds while quattro®-equipped models can do the same in a mere 5.4 seconds.

Meanwhile, the 2020 Audi S3 ups the power even more for the more performance-oriented driver. 280 horsepower and a robust 288 lb-ft of torque will urge you from 0-60 MPH in just 4.6 seconds -- that's two full seconds quicker than the entry-level 2020 Audi A3. Additionally, for even sharper handling response and a more planted ride, the Audi S3 is available with Audi Magnetic Ride suspension. Suspension damper firmness is electronically adjusted on the fly to give you maximum comfort and control no matter what road conditions lie ahead. That's an option you can't get on the Audi A3.

Craving even more power? The 2020 Audi RS 3 features the same turbocharged five-cylinder engine as the legendary Audi TT sports car for truly track-ready performance. It's the most dynamic compact sedan on the road today.

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No matter which Audi sedan is a better fit for you and your family, standard Audi pre sense® with automatic emergency braking can help you avoid an accident. That means not only are the 2020 Audi sedans luxurious, thrilling and beautiful, they're also safe -- which, at the end of the day, is even more important.

Starting at $33,300 (MSRP), the 2020 Audi A3 is an outstanding value when you want a premium sedan that's a whole lot more fun to drive than ordinary cars from lesser brands. The 2020 Audi S3 can punch above its weight, competing with more expensive performance sedans while starting at just $43,000 (MSRP).

2020 Audi A32020 Audi S3
$33,300Starting MSRP*$43,000
184Standard Horsepower288
221Standard Torque280
Availablequattro® All-Wheel DriveStandard
Not AvailableMagnetic Ride SuspensionAvailable
6.6 Seconds0-60 MPH Time4.6 Seconds
36 MPGHighway Fuel Economy29 MPG
AvailableLED HeadlightsStandard
Not AvailableQuilted Nappa LeatherAvailable
Not AvailableAluminium Optic Pedal Caps & Exterior Mirror CoversAvailable

*Prices exclude $995 destination, taxes, title, other options and dealer charges. Dealer sets actual price.