2020 Audi S3: Price, specs and release date

Matthew Mills
March 20, 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 testing
  • Will get a sportier new design
  • Will mirror new A3’s cabin
  • To feature more tech
  • 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine
  • Produces more than 300hp
  • On sale later in 2020
  • Will cost around £40,000
 
Audi has been spotted testing the upcoming S3 Sportback before it makes its debut later this year and goes on sale in late 2020.
 

2020 Audi S3 price and release date

The new Audi S3 is a hot hatchback alternative to the likes of the BMW M135i and Mercedes-AMG A35. Based on those other cars’ prices, you can expect the S3 to set you back around £40,000. The car will be revealed late next year and will be released shortly thereafter.

The new Audi A3 gets a much more aggressive look than its predecessor – expect the same from the new S3.

2020 Audi S3 styling

The latest spy pictures of the brand-new S3 reveal a bonnet that is longer and pointier than the outgoing model’s, while the front end also gets a stretched grille and LED headlights. The lower bumper has a pair of very large (and real!) air vents, befitting of the Audi S model’s performance status.

One of the brand-new spy photos snapped of the S3.

Around the side you’ll find what look like 19-inch alloy wheels, concealing brake discs and callipers bigger than the current S3’s. Finally, the rear end has four fat exhausts – another undeniable signature of an Audi S model.

The new Audi S3 will come with plenty of upgrades over the outgoing car.  

2020 Audi S3 specs

The S3 will be powered by a revised version of the 2.0-litre, petrol-powered engine fitted to the current model. That will get the car from 0-60mph in under five seconds and onto an electronically limited top speed of 155mph. As you might expect, the S3 will come with Quattro four-wheel drive as standard and will be available with an optional seven-speed, dual-clutch automatic gearbox. 

If that all sounds like a boringly familiar formula, don’t worry: there is a bright side. You can expect the new S3 to feel like a more agile car to drive than the current model. This is thanks to it being lighter, as well as receiving the latest generation of electric power steering, which will offer more responsiveness.

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

2019 Audi S3 infotainment

To bring it in line with the rest of the Audi range, the S3 will have the manufacturer’s 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, making it easier for you to avoid traffic jams and, also, find a parking space.

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