2020 Audi S3: price, specs and release date

Jess Shanahan
July 31, 2020

After six long years, the Audi S3 is getting an overhaul. Here’s everything you need to know about this upcoming Mercedes-AMG A35 alternative.

  • New Audi S3 spotted
  • Sporty new design
  • Interior mirrors new A3’s cabin
  • New infotainment tech
  • 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine
  • Will produce around 330hp
  • On sale at the end of 2020
  • Costs from around £40,000
The upcoming Audi S3 Sportback has been spotted testing, ahead of making its debut later this year and going on sale in late 2020.
Saloon versions of the new S3 are among the first to be spotted without camouflage.

2020 Audi S3 design

There’s no camouflage gear on this all-new generation of the Audi S3 so we can get a good look at its handsome design. In profile, it looks similar to the standard A3 saloon, but move around the car and the differentiation between the standard A3 and the new S3 becomes clear.

The new S3 looks subtly more aggressive than the standard A3. 

Compared with the outgoing model, the bonnet is longer and pointier and the front end also gets LED headlights, just like the new A3. The lower bumper has a pair of very large (and real) air vents, befitting the Audi S model’s performance status.

Quad exhausts leave you in no doubt this is a hot S version. 

At the rear, you’ll find similar quad exhaust tips to the previous S3 and the same angular brake lights with stripe-like innards as the latest A3 saloon.

The new Audi A3’s cabin looks far more modern than the old car’s – as will the S3’s.

2020 Audi S3 interior

The interior is just as you’d expect from Audi with high-end materials and a luxurious feel throughout. There aren’t many changes from the A3 to the S3 here but you will get sports seats to support you as you throw the S3 around twisty roads.

You’ll also find a central touchscreen and driver’s display as standard along with physical buttons for the climate control.

The new S3 is expected to come with a 333hp 2.0-litre turbocharged engine.

2020 Audi S3 engines

Audi is sticking with a similar engine format for its new S3, meaning it’ll come with a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine, just like in the outgoing model.

As with the previous S3, the new car with be auto-only. No manuals here…

Audi is expected to introduce a mild-hybrid system, however, that’ll help boost fuel economy as well as providing a little more power – as much as 330hp is on the cards. The new S3 will come with quattro all-wheel drive and a twin-clutch automatic gearbox as standard.

2020 Audi S3 driving

The Audi S3 has supposedly been tuned to be more agile than the old car. It’ll still be a more mature hot hatch than the likes of a lairy Honda Civic Type R, though, and its no-nonsense quattro all-wheel-drive system should have no problem mustering up impressive levels of grip on damp British backroads.

The new S3 will get the same infotainment tech as the A3, shown above. 

2020 Audi S3 infotainment and tech

To bring it in-line with the rest of the Audi range, the S3 will have the manufacturer’s latest MMI infotainment set-up. This will incorporate a large touchscreen, operating in tandem with a digital display that replaces the conventional instrument binnacle.

Voice and touch controls will replace the rotary-dial-controlled systems found in older Audis. Swarm technology is part of the MMI system as standard, too, which lets cars communicate with each other to help you avoid traffic jams or find a parking space.

Expect to hand over around £40,000 for the new S3 when it goes on sale. 

2020 Audi S3 price and release date

You can expect the new Audi S3 to cost from £40,000. The official reveal of the 2020 Audi S3 is due to come later this year, but if you’re interested in this all-new model, you’ll have to wait until the end of the year to get your hands on one.

If you can’t wait for this new car to go on sale, read our in-depth Audi S3 review