2017 Audi S3: The Best In Its Class With Greater Power, Comfort and Performance

Mar 14, 2017 08:42 AM EDT | Gerone Trish

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The 2017 Audi S3 has minor yet powerful refreshes which are considerably making the new model as the best in its class. The new S3 comes with better standard inclusions, interior upgrades, and more powerful specs. The new sedan from Audi can compete with the level of Subaru WRX Premium and Mercedes-Benz CLA250 Sport.

The current S3 is getting a facelift. Although the 2017 Audi S3 shares the Volkswagen Group's MQB platform together with Skoda Octavia, VW Golf, and the upcoming Kodiaq, the new S3 boasts of its more powerful engine, adaptive suspension and its all-wheel drive.

Car enthusiasts will love the 2017 Audi S3 for its excellent interiors. It sports the (optional) S sport classy Nappa leather seats accentuated with stitched in diamond pattern plus linings on the shoulder.

Passengers can also enjoy the super comfortable front seats integrated with hugging bolsters. The driver's manually adjustable seat allows for a low hip point that can tilt and reach the steering wheel.

Speaking of the steering wheel, the new sedan's steering wheel has a tight black leather covering which provides a very comfortable feel. It also comes with paddle shifters, a flat bottom shape and multi-function buttons.

With regard to the cockpit, there is an optional dash display measuring 12.3 inches behind the steering wheel. The display is ergonomically placed for easy viewing while driving. There is also the Audi's infotainment system which supports Apple CarPlay and can be navigated via touchscreen input.

In terms of space, the 2017 Audi S3 possesses unbelievable space. There is enough space for the driver's necessities like wallet, smartphone, book, water or coffee.

Passengers will have ample legroom and headroom in the front seats of the new sedan. However, the backspace is just suited for children and short-distance trips as there is not much legroom, as it is just similar to that of the hatchback.

On the road, the 2017 Audi S3 is like a sports car with powerful specs. The new sedan runs with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine that can deliver 213kW and 380Nm of torque. It can also accelerate from 0-100km/h from 5.0 seconds to 4.8 seconds.

Driving the new sedan gives a light feel when steering. The small dimension of the new S3 enables it to easily glide through traffic around town, PracticalMotoring has noted.

As the new model has greatly improved its specs, the price tag consequently has hiked as well. The 2017 Audi S3 is coming out with a $1,100 price tag, but it seems but just fair enough.

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