2020 Audi A3 vs 2020 Audi S3
2020 Audi A3 2020 Audi S3


2.0L Turbo I-4 2.0L Turbo I-4


184 288

  MPG (City/Highway)

27/36 * 22/29 *

2020 Audi A3 vs 2020 Audi S3

Serving San Diego, CA

Audi is the brand that San Diego drivers focus on when they are ready to take home a well-equipped sedan that balances luxury with power. The 2020 Audi A3 has been a top pick for San Diego drivers for more than two decades, and the introduction of the S3 followed this popular model’s release shortly after the debut of the A3. Both of these sedans share strong familial traits, but they also have standout features that could influence your purchase plans. At Audi San Diego, we want you to take home a new sedan that lives up to your high standards, and we are available to guide you through your model comparison.


As is the case with all Audi models, the A3 and S3 are designed to deliver excitement behind the wheel. The base engine for the 2020 Audi A3 is a 2.0-liter, TFSI 4-cylinder gas engine that produces 184 horsepower. You can also step up to an S Line variant that delivers 228 horsepower. It features Quattro all-wheel drive, front MacPherson struts, a 4-link rear suspension, and more. The S3 sedan, on the other hand, comes with a turbocharged 2.0-liter, TFSI 4-cylinder engine that generates 288 horsepower. It is mated with equipment like magnetic fluid shock absorbers, a sport suspension, Quattro all-wheel drive, and four driving modes.


When you visit Audi San Diego, you can appreciate the sophisticated design that both of these vehicles show off. Their profile and dramatic personality lines along the sides are similar, but they have notable differences. The Audi A3 for 2020 has a signature Singleframe grille that makes a bold impression as it encompasses most of the front end. It is accented by gorgeous LED headlights and active air vents. It also boasts power side mirrors, a power sunroof, available 19-inch features, and other equipment. The S3 also has a Singleframe grille design, but this grille features a double-optic bar design. You may even notice that the LED headlights have a sharper definition. Other notable differences include the quad exhaust outlets and painted calipers on the S3.


In addition to the differentiation between these two models in their performance capabilities and appearance, you may notice similarities throughout the cabin. They both have assistive safety tech like adaptive cruise control, active lane change assist, parking steer assistance, pre-sense technology, rear cross-traffic assistance, and side assist. Other shared features include an auto climate control system, a smartphone interface, a Bang & Olufsen sound system, wireless Internet, MMI Touch, Navigation Plus, a 12.3-inch color screen for the instrumentation gauges and more.

Our Audi San Diego team is thrilled about all that these two vehicles deliver, and we are eager to help you finalize your comparison. We remain committed to the goal of getting you into the right new sedan for you. Contact us today to explore the A3 and the S3 in detail.

* EPA estimates. Your mileage and emissions will vary and depend on several factors, including your driving habits and vehicle condition. See www.fueleconomy.gov for details.