Another S3 owner....
How’s this 6 year post got dug up?
The leather, steering wheel and dash, door inserts are all a light grey which was not standard colour hence why the airbag is a different colour
Must admit I only looked at the seats and it look like glaring sunshine that made the 'presumed' black seats look lighter....and in fact I thought they looked well worn. anyway, looking closely at the steering wheel I see what you mean - personally prefer the solid black leather.