Audi S3 Rental in Austin, TX | Turo
Audi S32016
2.0T Premium Plus quattro
13 trips
$ 89
per day
The car
Audi S3
2.0T Premium Plus quattro
13 trips
5 seats
4 doors
Gas (Premium)
26 MPG
This car's both luxurious and a pocket-rocket! It's also nearly new (purchased in May 2016), and still has its new car smell! Audi's "S" cars are similar to BMW's "M" cars -- they're intentionally sporty -- and these days they drive better as well. The car has a 292-hp twin-turbo engine under the hood, and goes 0-60 in 4.5 seconds. It also comes with a performance handling package with 19" rims, magnetic suspension and blacked-out trim.

Inside it's fully loaded, though I'll note that it doesn't have a navigation system. (I just use Google Maps on my phone when needed, and you can sync your own phone to the car via Bluetooth.) It does, however, have a HUGE moonroof, adjustable handling, and a dual-clutch automatic transmission with sport mode. The back seat is a *little* tight, but not terrible (and it can fit two car seats), and it has a surprisingly large trunk for a compact sedan (including folding rear seats if needed). Finally, though you probably won't need it in Austin, the car has Audi's legendary Quattro all-wheel-drive system.

If I'm either picking you up personally, or you're picking the car up personally from me -- note that I live barely five minutes outside of downtown Austin -- I'd be happy to show you the car's basic features and how to pair your phone to its Bluetooth system and whatnot. In case I'm unavailable, here are some of the basics. The car turns on solely via push-button starter, and the key fob must be in your pocket or otherwise nearby. To open the fuel door, simply press down on it to pop it ajar (with the car unlocked). Your gas mileage may vary, but I usually get around 22mpg in the city and nearly 30mpg on the highway driving roughly 70-75mph. If you need to consult it, the owner's manual is in the right door pocket. You can also charge phones and other devices via USB port -- located in the center console -- or via 12V cigarette lighter adapter. I have the latter in the vehicle, and it can charge up to three devices via USB cable. I also have a Lightning cable in it for charging iPhones. The car also has fully automatic climate control, with adjustable temperature for driver and passenger (along with heated seats, but again, this is Austin so you probably won't need them). Finally, the vehicle has automatic headlights that turn on at dusk, so you don't need to mess with that setting.

[PLEASE NOTE: I generally can't accommodate airport pickups, but if you need it I can set you up with a credit for a free ride to my place with one of Austin's new rideshare companies. As you may already know, we no longer have Uber or Lyft here, but the startups really aren't bad!]

A few basic rules:

1. NO SMOKING. (Either tobacco or, ahem, other stuff.) Yes, even with the windows or moonroof open.

2. NO PETS. Aside from the potential for ... accidental discharges, I am allergic to most cats and dogs. (Like, break-out-in-hives allergic. Seriously.)

3. NO TRACK RACING. I know it's tempting, particularly since Austin has America's only F1 track, but Turo strictly forbids any kind of racing (including overly hardcore driving out in the Hill Country), and renters are held liable for any necessary repairs/replacements for tires and brakes in particular, but also anything else clearly the result of racing.

4. PREMIUM FUEL ONLY (93 Octane). Someone already found out the hard way how my gal's engine reacts when fueled improperly. It ain't pretty, folks. And while gas in this neck of the woods is comparatively inexpensive, I would very much appreciate it if you return it with the same amount of gas it had when you picked it up.

5. NO EATING INSIDE THE VEHICLE. I mention this mainly because the Austin area has such an awesome cornucopia of to-go dining options, ranging from hundreds of different food trucks to the town of Lockhart, which is about as close as it gets to being Mecca for barbecue enthusiasts.
  • Automatic transmission
  • Audio input
  • All-wheel drive
  • Long-term car
  • Bluetooth
  • USB input
  • Toll pass
  • Heated seats
  • Sunroof
  • Leather seats
  • Magnetic suspension
  • Black Optic performance package
  • 19" performance wheels
  • Audi Drive Select
  • 6-speed dual-clutch automatic
Delivery details
I can deliver/pick up the car at the Austin airport with advance notice (preferably at least a week). The arrivals area is usually pretty crowded, so please plan on meeting me on the departures level; there's an up escalator adjacent to the baggage claim area if you've checked your luggage (or if not, just skip the escalators down and walk outside). I can also possibly deliver it to a specific address, but please contact me first to find out if I'm available to do so!
In a nutshell, I'd appreciate it if you treated my car like it's a traditional rental car: no smoking, pets or unnecessary abuse. Also, it requires premium gas, and I can tell when someone's filled it up with regular (as has unfortunately occurred a couple of times via Turo).
How can I determine how much gas to put in the car at the end of my trip?
The best barometer is simply using the "miles to empty" number on the trip computer. The car's default setting is to display it on the trip computer screen located between the speedometer and tachometer. It will typically show between 250 and 300 miles remaining in the tank at the time you pick it up. If you've been driving a mix of city and highway driving, you can assume gas mileage of roughly 25 miles per gallon. To illustrate by example, let's say the gauge is showing 300 miles to empty when you pick it up and 100 miles left when you go to fill it up. You should add eight gallons of gas (premium, of course!) using the following math: 300 - 100 divided by 25 mpg (or (300-100) / 25), which equals 8. And to double-check your math: 25 times 8 equals 200. Finally, if you're off by a few miles, don't worry about it! (That said, don't take "a few" too liberally: I mean 10 miles, not 100!)
How do I operate the __________?
In case I didn't explain it when you picked up the car: in the front-right door pocket you'll find a quick how-to guide about how to operate the car's main functions, along with its complete owners manual in case you need to know something not covered in the quickie guide.
How flexible are you with extra mileage / fuel / late returns?
Again, it's a matter of degrees. A few miles over or returning the vehicle 10 minutes late isn't a big deal. Going 30 miles over or returning it half-empty is another. I'm admittedly kinda strict with mileage because one of my earliest renters drove over 600 miles during a 48-hour rental, without informing me beforehand. I feel like that kind of thing is an abuse of the the basic principles behind Turo, given that travelers and hosts alike rate each other and the system operates to a significant degree on trust. Note: I would very much appreciate a heads-up if you're going to be returning the car more than 30 minutes late, since there may be someone renting the vehicle immediately after you.
I somehow ended up on a toll road that doesn't accept cash! Help!
No worries. :-) Most of the Austin area's newer toll road are set up that way. I try to remember to mention it when showing a traveler the vehicle's features, but if I forget, I have a TxTag sticker on the windshield near the rear-view mirror. It's basically the same thing as the E-Z Pass found on tollways on the East Coast (as well as the DFW-area TollTag and Houston-area EZ TAG). Feel free to use toll roads all you want; I can simply add your toll charges up at the end of your trip and put in a reimbursement request for them. (I can also give you an itemized list of individual toll charges if you need it for something like work purposes.)
Oh no! I got a parking ticket! What do I do?
Again, no worries: I'll pay it and request reimbursement from you through Turo. Just as a heads-up: Austin's metered parking is both confusing and differs from how most other cities do it. Nearly all street-parking spots in downtown Austin and near the UT campus are metered. The newer ones offer payment via credit card at a kiosk, and there should be at least one kiosk per block. (The handful of remaining older ones only take coins, alas.) The two MOST IMPORTANT things to remember: 1. Austin has "zoned" street parking. While you can park up to six hours in some areas, in others it might be as little as an hour. There should be a sign above the parking-sticker kiosk indicating the maximum number of hours you can park. 2. I realize this is kinda ridiculous, but metered parking is active in downtown Austin until midnight most nights of the week. At the same time, many parking kiosks only allow you to buy three hours' worth of parking. This, obviously, presents a problem if you arrive around 7pm and have plans to go out to dinner and then maybe grab drinks. Unfortunately your only options are going back to feed the meter, or simply parking in one of the paid lots found throughout downtown (which include surface parking as well as garage parking). 3. Finally, some spots allow parking during daytime hours, but become valet-parking zones around 5:30pm. DO NOT PARK THERE if there's ANY chance you won't be out of there by 5:30! The valet companies can AND LIKELY WILL have the car towed, which will likely require a $250-$300 charge to get the car out of the very-inconveniently located impound lot on the southern edge of town. I would strongly suggest checking and double-checking the parking rules on any given block whenever you park the car!
Car location
Austin, TX 78704
Austin-Bergstrom International Airport
Up to 5 miles
Free delivery for trips of 5 days or longer