Put your foot down, and it's a blast
The S3 remains the sports king of Audi's small-car lineup, and its turbocharged four-cylinder engine makes a powerful statement; 292hp, to be exact, which means if you floor it right... now, it'll be going 60mph by the time you finish this sentence, or roughly four and a half seconds down the road. For those who want to save the forest instead of blasting through it at full throttle, might I instead suggest the all-electric A3 e-tron.
Base price for the S3 starts at $42,900, but should you opt for the Prestige package with the optional glove-like sport front seats and Daytona gray paint, you'll land in the car's sweet spot. The damage: $51,375 (or so).