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Photos of the Audi A3 / S3

Audi A3 / S3 Photos: Audi A3 front view

Familiar face, but with distinctive headlight graphics and "double wing" lower fascia.

Audi A3 / S3 Photos: Audi A3 front quarter high

Five-spoke wheels are 17s, ten-spoke wheels are 18s.

Audi A3 / S3 Photos: Audi A3 front quarter view

You might think you've seen this car before. But more complex side surfacing than other Audis.

Audi A3 / S3 Photos: Audi A3 side view

Appears a bit toy-like when viewed from the side. Small sedans have challenging proportions.

Audi A3 / S3 Photos: Mercedes-Benz CLA side view

Mercedes took greater risks with the exterior of the competing CLA250.

Audi A3 / S3 Photos: Audi A3 side view gray with 17s

Less toy-like with gray paint and smaller, five-spoke wheels.

Audi A3 / S3 Photos: Audi A3 rear quarter slight angle

View the new A3 at even a slight rearward angle, and that front overhang magically disappears.

Audi A3 / S3 Photos: Audi A3 rear quarter

Strongly beveled character lines trace a wedge through "flowing and sensual" body sides.

Audi A3 / S3 Photos: Audi A3 1.8T rear angle

A3 1.8Ts get single dual-tipped exhaust rather than dual single-tipped exhaust.

Audi A3 / S3 Photos: Audi A3 interior

Refreshingly back-to-basics, or overly spartan? Leather and a large sunroof are standard.

Audi A3 / S3 Photos: Audi A3 instrument panel full width

Instrument panel upper gives when pressed with a fingertip, but looks like hard plastic.

Audi A3 / S3 Photos: Audi A3 instrument panel

Controls mostly easy to use, but base A3's tiny HVAC graphics are hard to read while driving.

Audi A3 / S3 Photos: Audi A3 Navigation Plus

Google Earth. Unlike in BMW and Mercedes, display that appears retractable actually is retractable.

Audi A3 / S3 Photos: Audi A3 driver seat

Overly firm and flat driver seat provides zero lateral support in curves. Sport buckets optional.

Audi A3 / S3 Photos: Audi A3 rear seat

Just enough room for me. If you're tall, maybe not enough room for you.

Audi A3 / S3 Photos: Audi A3 trunk

Trunk of the FWD A3 (pictured) about average for a compact sedan. AWD robs a couple of cubes

Audi A3 / S3 Photos: Audi A3 1.8-liter engine

The 170-hp 1.8-liter (in photo) and 220-hp 2.0-liter are part of a smooth new engine family.

Audi A3 / S3 Photos: Audi A3 1.8-liter engine uncovered

Smooth, fairly quiet, and either quick (pictured 1.8) or quicker (2.0). Good but not best mpg.