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Audi A3 / S3 Specs at TrueDelta: Powertrains and tires by trim level (2016)

How powerful is the engine? How much room is in the back seat? Get the 2016 Audi A3 / S3 specs.

2016 Audi A3 / S3 Specs - Exterior and Interior Dimensions

Body 4dr Hatch 2dr Convertible 4dr Sedan
Wheelbase 103.5 in 102.2 in 103.8 in
Length 169.8 in 175.4 in 175.4 in
Width 70.3 in 70.2 in 70.7 in
Height 56.1 in 55.5 in 55.7 in
Curb Weight 3616 lb. 3396 lb. 3175 lb.
Fuel Capacity 10.6 gal. 13.2 gal. 13.2 gal.
Headroom, Row 1 36.9 in 37.4 in 36.5 in
Shoulder Room, Row 1 54.8 in 54.8 in 54.8 in
Legroom, Row 1 41.2 in 41.2 in 41.2 in
Headroom, Row 2 37.5 in 36.3 in 36.1 in
Shoulder Room, Row 2 52.9 in 45.7 in 53.0 in
Legroom, Row 2 35.4 in 31.9 in 35.1 in
Total Legroom 76.6 in (over 2 rows) 73.1 in (over 2 rows) 76.3 in (over 2 rows)
Cargo Volume, Minimum 9.9 ft3 7.1 ft3 12.3 ft3
Cargo Volume, Maximum 39.5 ft3 9.9 ft3 12.3 ft3

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TrueDelta Reviews the Seat Room and Comfort of the 2016 Audi A3 / S3

2016 Audi A3 / S3 Seat Room and Comfort: Cons
YearComment
Same goes for rear seat room. The Audi S3's rear seat can be a tight fit for adults, especially if those in the front seats are tall. But at least most adults will fit. My adult-sized children rode in the back seat from Detroit to Nashville and back without complaining about the amount of space. (It helped that none of us are tall; I'm 5-9.) The back seat in the CLA provides far less room for heads and legs. Mercedes markets it as a coupe for a reason. see full Audi A3 / S3 review
 

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2016 Audi A3 / S3 Seat Room and Comfort: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2016 4dr Sedan turbocharged 292hp 2.0L I4
6-speed automated manual AWD
very tight see full Audi A3 / S3 review
 

2016 Audi A3 / S3 4-door Hatch Specs - Powertrains and Tire Sizes

Trim A3 e-tron
Standard Engineturbocharged
1.4L I4 Plug-in Hybrid
DOHC-4v
150 hp@5000
184 lb-ft@1600
Standard Transmission6-speed automated manual
Standard DrivetrainFWD
Standard Tires205/55YR16 tires
Optional Tires225/45HR17 tires
 225/40HR18 tires

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2016 Audi A3 / S3 2-door Convertible Specs - Powertrains and Tire Sizes

Trim A3 1.8 TFSI A3 2.0 TFSI
Standard Engineturbocharged
1.8L I4
DOHC-4v
170 hp@4500
199 lb-ft@1600
turbocharged
2.0L I4
DOHC-4v
220 hp@4500
258 lb-ft@1600
Standard Transmission6-speed automated manual6-speed automated manual
Standard DrivetrainFWDAWD
Standard Tires225/45HR17 tires225/45HR17 tires
Optional Tires225/40HR18 tires225/40HR18 tires
 235/35YR19 tires235/35YR19 tires

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2016 Audi A3 / S3 4-door Sedan Specs - Powertrains and Tire Sizes

Trim A3 1.8 TFSI A3 2.0 TFSI S3
Standard Engineturbocharged
1.8L I4
DOHC-4v
170 hp@4500
199 lb-ft@1600
turbocharged
2.0L I4
DOHC-4v
220 hp@4500
258 lb-ft@1600
turbocharged
2.0L I4
DOHC-4v
292 hp@5400
280 lb-ft@1900
Standard Transmission6-speed automated manual6-speed automated manual6-speed automated manual
Standard DrivetrainFWDAWDAWD
Standard Tires225/45HR17 tires225/45HR17 tires225/40YR18 tires
Optional Tires225/40HR18 tires225/40HR18 tires225/40HR18 tires
 235/35YR19 tires235/35YR19 tires235/35YR19 tires

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TrueDelta Reviews the Powertrain of the 2016 Audi A3 / S3

2016 Audi A3 / S3 Powertrain: Pros
YearComment
2016 Judging from their specs, the 292-horsepower Audi S3 shouldn't accelerate nearly as quickly as the 375-horsepower (up 20 from the 2014-2015) Mercedes-AMG CLA45. But it does. In magazine testing the Audi lags only a few tenths behind. With a hard launch it can jump to 60 mph in just 4.4 seconds. This said, the Mercedes feels stronger. The Audi accelerates so smoothly, with so little in the way of sensation, that it's far too easy to overshoot your intended speed. Its turbocharged 2.0-liter four has so much midrange grunt that on two-lane highways I felt no need to downshift below fourth for curves. And this said, you will encounter lag in the S3, especially at low speeds. The 220-horsepower engine used in the Audi A3 and VW GTI feels more responsive in typical daily driving. To get another 72 horsepower from 2.0 liters, the S3's engine must employ a larger, heavier turbo, and larger, heavier turbos take more time to spool up. At which point the more powerful engine does rocket away. The S3 has a dual-mode exhaust with a sport mode that might be entirely synthetic--engine noises are played through a speaker. It sounded synthetic to me. I didn't care for the sound and turned it off. The AMG engine sounds more authentically raw when wound out, in a good way. Both cars are offered only with dual-clutch automated manual transmission (DCT). The S3's has six gears, while the CLA's has seven. Transmissions of this type (DSG in VW/Audi parlance) can shift more quickly than other transmission types. When accelerating quickly, the Audi engine braps with each shift, and the AMG engine downright barks. When creeping along at parking lot speeds they (and especially that in the Mercedes) can feel less smooth than a conventional automatic, as they lack torque converters. They're also less engaging than a conventional, three-pedal manual. If you really want one of the latter with the S3's engine and chassis, check out the Volkswagen Golf R. see full Audi A3 / S3 review
 

What Our Members Are Saying about the Powertrain of the 2016 Audi A3 / S3

2016 Audi A3 / S3 Powertrain: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2016 4dr Sedan turbocharged 292hp 2.0L I4
6-speed automated manual AWD
superfast with amazing handling and super quick dual clutch stronic transmission. much like in the 911. see full Audi A3 / S3 review
 

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2016 Audi A3 / S3 MSRP and Invoice Prices

Body Trim Base Price Invoice Destination
4dr Hatch A3 e-tron 37,900 35,248 925
2dr Convertible A3 1.8 TFSI 36,600 34,038 925
2dr Convertible A3 2.0 TFSI 39,600 36,828 925
4dr Sedan A3 1.8 TFSI 30,900 28,738 925
4dr Sedan A3 2.0 TFSI 34,200 31,806 925
4dr Sedan S3 42,500 39,527 925

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