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Audi S3 2022 Review: The Compact Car With Outstanding Performance

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The car market frequently leans towards bulky crossovers rather than the more engaging sedans and hatchbacks. However, if you’re not one to conform and crave a thrilling driving experience, the 2022 Audi S3 could be the perfect fit for you. The 2022 S3 has undergone a complete makeover with a sleek new appearance and enhanced driving dynamics.

The Audi S3 stands as the most affordable S model available. It boasts a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine generating 306 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. This represents a substantial increase of 105 hp and 74 lb-ft compared to the A3. Equipped with an impressive seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, the S3 ensures swift gear shifts, preserving the excitement of the engine. Additionally, the S3 features Quattro all-wheel drive as standard.

Despite its compact size, the S3 evokes a nostalgic feel of classic German cars. Its sleek and aggressive design surpasses its main competitors, the BMW M235i Gran Coupe and Mercedes-AMG CLA35. While the S3 is based on VW’s MQB platform, which leans towards front-wheel drive, Audi has managed to craft a compact sports sedan with minimal overhangs.

The S3 accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.5 seconds with a top speed of 155 mph. Despite its turbocharged engine and all-wheel drive, the S3 remains relatively fuel-efficient, achieving a rating of 23 mpg city, 32 mpg highway, and 27 mpg combined. On the road, the punchy engine of the S3 is always eager for more, albeit with a slight turbo lag. The engine operates smoothly and delivering a nice exhaust note in Dynamic drive mode. There’s even a firewall-mounted speaker that amplifies the engine’s sound. When it’s time to halt the excitement, the S3’s 14.1-inch front rotors and vented rear discs excel in braking performance.

Beyond the engine, the S3 offers responsive and well-weighted steering. At low speeds, the steering feels light, enhancing maneuverability. Opting for the S Sport Package provides adjustable dampers that adapt their stiffness based on the selected drive mode. Despite the sportiest setting, the suspension remains comfortable. The S3 also sits 0.6 inches lower than the A3, offering a sportier driving experience. Navigating through twisty mountain roads showcases the S3’s true capabilities.

2022 Audi S3

The interior of the S3 stands out with its sporty design but contains some hard plastic elements. The standard 10.3-inch digital gauge display can be upgraded to a 12.3-inch unit with the optional tech package, which also includes traffic sign recognition and a premium Bang & Olufsen sound system. The 10.1-inch touchscreen at the center is user-friendly with modern graphics. Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto further enhance the tech features.

The driving position in the S3 is excellent, and the front sport seats with diamond stitching offer ample support during spirited drives. However, the rear seats may feel cramped with limited legroom for taller passengers.
2022 Audi S3 Review

The starting price for the 2022 Audi S3 is $46,895, while the fully equipped Prestige trim level surpasses $55,000.

In summary, the 2022 S3 encapsulates the essence of a small sport sedan with its striking design and exhilarating performance. It’s a remarkable high-performance subcompact luxury sedan that beckons to be driven vigorously, yet it’s equally capable of delivering a relaxed driving experience when needed.

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