The S3 Sportback sports a strengthened 2.0 TFSI engine with 228 kW, and shares the same exterior design language with the other members of the S3 family. This includes the S-specific twin-pipe exhaust system, which provides both sets of oval exhaust pipes with impressive width. A distinctive roof-edge spoiler ensures greater contact with the road surface. LED headlights are standard on all versions; but the red brake callipers on the 18-inch ventilated brake disks are optional.
The diverse range of new driver assistance systems sets the bar high. For example, the optional Audi active lane assist, which helps the driver to stay on track above 65 km/h. The front camera recognises markings on the road. As soon as the vehicle approaches a marking without indicating, the system gently intervenes in the electro-mechanical power steering and steers back. The optional Congestion Assistant supports the driver in slow-moving traffic at less than 65 km/h, and maintains sufficient distance from the vehicle in front. The Congestion Assistant also takes over the steering if necessary.