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Power boost and torque splitter upgrade for Audi’s hot hatchback and saloon pair

Pricing and specification details have been revealed for the new Audi A3 and Audi S3, which both gain a wide-reaching overhaul for 2024 in saloon and Sportback guises.

The A3 Sportback costs from £32,035, while the more practical saloon is slightly more expensive at £32,600. Both variants are available to order now. 

The more potent S3 opens for order on 15 May and comes in at £46,925 and £47,490 for the Sportback and saloon respectively. 

As standard, the A3 comes with LED headlights, electric sports seats, a 10.1in touchscreen infotainment system, wireless phone charging and voice control. 

Other equipment, such as Audi’s digital cockpit, front and rear parking sensors, heated seats and three-zone climate control are also included as standard for the first time on the A3 model range. 

Mid-range S-Line models gain larger 18in wheels plus ambient lighting, a flat-bottomed sports steering wheel, S-line styling cues and sports suspension. 

Black Edition cars get 19in wheels, fabric interior trim, plus a black exterior styling pack, and the doors will project the Audi logo onto the tarmac below when opening the door. 

The revamped A3 will initially go on sale with a choice of two powertrains: the 35 TFSI 1.5-litre mild-hybrid petrol and the 35 TDI 2.0-litre diesel. Both units offer an unchanged 148bhp.

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A revamped plug-in hybrid is among the other engine options that will be launched later this year.

The Audi A3 follows its Volkswagen Golf and Skoda Octavia platformmates in receiving a wide-reaching refresh for 2024, with a modernised interior, trick new lights and a more powerful S3 among the headlines.

The focus of a relatively subtle exterior makeover has been to make the car look more dynamic. There is a revamped, wider hexagonal grille at the front, with the Audi rings now protruding from the top rather than being integrated into the middle. 

The front also features new side air intakes and a reshaped spoiler, designed to make the car appear lower. 

At the back, there is a new bumper and diffuser unit, which is inspired by that on the legendary RS2 Avant, says Audi.

The daytime running lights now feature four different ‘signatures’ that users can switch between to individualise their car’s appearance.

Each signature has its own distinctive graphic when the car is locked or unlocked. Inside, there has been a focus on adding extra standard kit and digital technology.

All trim levels now feature Audi’s Virtual Cockpit digital instrument display and a three-spoke steering wheel. The redesigned centre console now includes an armrest as standard and a smaller gear selector for the automatic ’box.

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The design of the air vents has also been revamped. In addition, Audi has revised the standard interior lighting, including backlit doors and contour lights in the centre console and cupholders.

There is a new optional stereo system too, with a Sonos unit replacing the B&O system previously featured.

The revamped A3 also features a new version of Audi’s infotainment system, running on the 10.1in central display.

The Audi S3 has received a major upgrade and a boost in power for 2024, with the German car maker pricing the potent model against the likes of the Honda Civic Type R. 

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Open for order on 15 May the new, hatch-bodied S3 Sportback will be priced at £46,925, while the Saloon commands a slightly higher list price at £47,490. 

Among the S3’s upgrades include an increase in performance to 329bhp, and the addition of a torque splitter system, which has been taken from the latest Audi RS3 mega-hatch.

Both the four-door saloon and five-door hatchback versions of the performance model also receive several minor styling changes, in line with the recent facelift of the regular A3.

As standard, the S3 is equipped with all the features on the A3 Black Edition, including tri-zone climate control, a 10.1in touschreen, voice control and a digital cockpit. It also benefits from S sports suspenion, Quattro all-wheel drive, progressive steering and a head-up display. 

The steering wheel and seats on the S3 are upholstered in Nappa leather, and a black styling pack adds sportier touches to the window surrounds, door mirrors, air inlets and Audi badge on the front of the car.  

At the top of the range sits the S Vorsprung, which receives adaptive dampers, a 360-degree camera, a panoramic sunroof, electric tailgate, carbon fibre inlays and Audi’s powerful maxtrix LED headlights. 

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The revisions are intended to boost the performance and handling of the S3, which we tested last year in prototype form, to help it keep pace with the BMW M135i and Mercedes-AMG A35.

The S3 retains the Volkswagen Group’s EA888 turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine, but its peak power has been boosted by 25bhp and its peak torque raised from 295lb ft to 310lb ft.

Additionally, the seven-speed automatic gearbox now has a more heavily compressed clutch plate, which enables it to handle higher torque loads from rest and is said to halve shift times under full load. That all results in a 0-62mph time of 4.7sec, trimmed by 0.1sec. Top speed remains 155mph.

Audi has also retuned the turbo. During part-throttle acceleration, it will preload to constant revs, which reduces lag when it’s called upon. 

The main mechanical change, however, is the addition of the RS3’s torque splitter, which allows for fully variable torque distribution between the rear wheels.

Audi has also added a new Dynamic Plus driving mode, which uses the torque splitter to send as much power as possible to the rear axle and then to the rear wheel on the outside of a corner, making the car more prone to oversteer.

Other changes include larger brakes, tweaks to the progressive steering system and new suspension wishbones with stiffer pivot bearings that allow for more negative wheel camber.

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Audi’s S suspension, which lowers the body by 15mm compared with the regular A3, is standard on the S3. As standard, the S3 sits on 18in wheels, although two new 19in options are available, as are grippy Falken sport tyres.

The styling changes are relatively minor, including a revamped front grille and new side air intakes at the front, along with a revamped front spoiler. The reworked lights include 24-pixel daytime running lights with four selectable ‘signatures’.

There’s also a new rear bumper design specific to S models and four round exhaust pipes, which are optionally available with a titanium silencer.

Inside, there’s a new shifter design, reshaped air vents, standard ambient lighting and a new backlit laser-cut fabric panel in the front doors.

James Attwood

James Attwood, digital editor
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James is Autocar's acting magazine editor. Having served in that role since June 2023, he is in charge of the day-to-day running of the world's oldest car magazine, and regularly interviews some of the biggest names in the industry to secure news and features, such as his world exclusive look into production of Volkswagen currywurst. Really.

Before first joining Autocar in 2017, James spent more than a decade in motorsport journalist, working on Autosport,, F1 Racing and Motorsport News, covering everything from club rallying to top-level international events. He also spent 18 months running Move Electric, Haymarket's e-mobility title, where he developed knowledge of the e-bike and e-scooter markets. 

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Deputy 9 April 2024

Peter. Peter. Peter. Once you've had it, you can't go back. I'm assuming you're sat in your iunheated house wearing 7 layers and take cold showers? It's 2024.  If I'm spending a lot of money on a fancy Audi I expect the extras as at least an option. 

HiPo 289 9 April 2024

A petrol hot-hatch in 2024?  It's an antique.  Like buying a horse and trap after the Model T arrived.  Or a Nokia brick phone after the iPhone launched.  Exhaust pipes, turbos, gearboxes, mechanical braking, fuel and combustion - this is all yesterday's tech.  If German car companies keep holding onto the past, they will go extinct.

Dozza 9 April 2024

Electric cars are not the future. 

Deputy 9 April 2024

I was going to buy the previous one as a great Yorkshire B road car.  But Audi UK decided not to offer heated steering wheels, lovely in a Yorkshire winter.  So I got the Cupra Formentor instead.

Any chance of getting all the options this time Audi UK?

Peter Cavellini 9 April 2024
Deputy wrote:

I was going to buy the previous one as a great Yorkshire B road car.  But Audi UK decided not to offer heated steering wheels, lovely in a Yorkshire winter.  So I got the Cupra Formentor instead.

Any chance of getting all the options this time Audi UK?

No heated steering wheel?, wear gloves then!