Audi: To most, the name conjures up all sorts of positive perceptions: agility, power, comfort, luxury, style, and prestige. Those attributes apply up and down the product range, from the biggest SUVs and super sedans to the smallest members of the family, such as the A3. And as true Audi cognoscenti know, when the A prefix is replaced by an S, or an RS, the pace picks up. It’s true of the lordly A7 and S7 sedans. And it’s true of the compact S3, the primary focus of this report, although we include 2017 updates to the A3 as well. Other A3 models—Cabriolet, Sportback, eTron—carry over.