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Photos of the Audi A3 / S3

Audi A3 / S3 Photos: Audi S3 front

Looks much like other Audis of the front. This is the 2016. Tweaked for 2017.

Audi A3 / S3 Photos: Audi S3 front angle curves

Highly capable in curves.

Audi A3 / S3 Photos: Audi S3 front quarter

Though unrelated mechanically, the S3 looks much like larger Audi sedans, just smaller.

Audi A3 / S3 Photos: Mercedes-AMG CLA45 front quarter

The dramatic CLA, marketed as a coupe, resembles the much larger CLS rather than a Mercedes sedan.

Audi A3 / S3 Photos: Volkswagen Golf R front quarter

The Golf R shares a powertrain and chassis with the S3, but is a hatchback and costs less.

Audi A3 / S3 Photos: Audi S3 side

The S3's relatively short length is most evident from the side. They disguised it well.

Audi A3 / S3 Photos: Audi S3 rear quarter

Most elegant from the rear quarter. S3 has four exhaust tips, two per side and one per cylinder.

Audi A3 / S3 Photos: Mercedes-AMG CLA45 rear quarter

Drooping rear end. Some people like it. I don't. More obviously a high-performance model.

Audi A3 / S3 Photos: Audi S3 interior

To some people, the A3's spare interior seems cheap. The more expensive S3 has the same interior.

Audi A3 / S3 Photos: Mercedes-AMG CLA45 interior

The AMG CLA45's interior employs cheaper materials, but is more aggressively sporty.

Audi A3 / S3 Photos: Volkswagen Golf R interior

Does the S3's interior look much more upscale than the Golf R's?

Audi A3 / S3 Photos: Audi S3 instrument panel full

Cleanly styled to a fault. Round air vents as in the sporty TT.

Audi A3 / S3 Photos: Audi S3 instrument panel

This is the 2016. The 2017 has reconfigurable LCD instruments.

Audi A3 / S3 Photos: Audi TT instrument panel

Audi's reconfigurable instruments.

Audi A3 / S3 Photos: Audi S3 sport front seats

The $1850 sport seats look great and provide excellent support, but delete power adjustments.

Audi A3 / S3 Photos: Audi S3 back seat

Adults will fit much better back here than in the CLA.

Audi A3 / S3 Photos: Audi S3 trunk

Small trunk, but usually enough.

Audi A3 / S3 Photos: Volkswagen Golf R engine

I neglected to photograph the S3's engine. Here's the same engine in a Golf R. Powerful, but laggy