The compact Audi A3 was part of a wave of small luxury-branded models for buyers who have one eye on their budget and the other on gas prices. Derived from the Volkswagen Golf, the A3 might lack the posh, roomy environment and long list of features found in true luxury cars, but it's a solid, agile and sophisticated sedan that's enjoyable to drive.
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Overall Owner Satisfaction

Consumer Reports’ Annual Owner Satisfaction Survey can improve the chances of finding a compatible car match. How? Our survey data reveals whether, all things considered, owners would buy the same car again. The answer to that question is what determines our owner-satisfaction rating, which is a powerful piece of intel because it predicts how well a particular model will satisfy other owners.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Owner Satisfaction with:

Driving Experience

Includes acceleration and handling

What Owners Say

"Fantastic handling, and turbo lag only present in 1st gear. Anything in 2nd or higher is instantaneous."

Stephen M., TX (2015 Audi A3)

"Sport mode redlines ever ever shift so it's useful for passing or merging. Best combination of explosive acceleration cornering and fuel efficiency (with top down) I could find"

Justin B., CT (2015 Audi A3)

"The car is very peppy, accelerates well, handles beautifully, and is an excellent car. It is perfect for driving in the city and parking in small spaces, but also an excellent highway vehicle and comfortable for long trips"

Anonymous, DC (2015 Audi A3)

"Excellent acceleration and handling for a small car - very fun to drive"

Colin T., CA (2015 Audi A3)

"great acceleration and handling"

Anonymous, TX (2015 Audi A3)

"Never feels like it's out of power or out of the right rev range, fast"

Anonymous, CA (2015 Audi A3)

"Excellent acceleration from any speed. Great steering controls. Tight control of car."

Anonymous, HI (2015 Audi A3)

"Good handling and very good acceleration for the money."

Anonymous, AB (2015 Audi A3)

"Very zippy ! Great quartro handling !"

Richard F., FL (2015 Audi A3)

"smooth acceleration, great cornering, nice ride."

Anonymous, CA (2015 Audi A3)

"There is a slight hesitation when changing from reverse to drive. About a second before accelerator kicks in."

Anonymous, ME (2015 Audi A3)

"Excellent control, damping and adequate performance -- acceleration, handling, etc"

Richard K., NY (2015 Audi A3)

"The handling and acceleration are superb. The car always feels under control and acceleration is truly awesome"

Dan T., MA (2015 Audi A3)

"Very good acceleration and handling. Stays firmly planted with little body roll in aggressive cornering. Responds quickly to driver inputs EXCEPT for turbo lag from standing start."

Anonymous, OH (2015 Audi A3)

"A rocket on suction cups"

Anonymous, ON (2015 Audi A3)

"Great handling and good acceleration"

Anonymous, AZ (2015 Audi A3)

"Acceleration & handling are excellent. I love the light signals for cars" in the blind spot.". Best car ever."

Anonymous, AZ (2015 Audi A3)

"Love the acceleration. The power is there instantly when you need it, such as on Interstate highway on-ramps and in tight spots. The car hugs the road nicely on backroads."

Anonymous, OH (2015 Audi A3)

"The A3 is a joy to drive. It accelerates smoothly and assertively, corners well, responds reliably and predictably to steering movements, and brakes effectively. Happy to drive it anywhere, anytime!"

Anonymous, AB (2015 Audi A3)

"Good pep and great handling in all weather including heavy rain"

D H., PA (2015 Audi A3)

"Very quick acceleration. The dual clutch transmission is always in the correct gear and down shifts really quick as needed. If you prefer to shift yourself the transmission responds immediately with no hesitation. Car hugs the roads amazingly yet the ride is very comfortable."

Luke G., CT (2015 Audi A3)

"There is a few seconds of hesitation before the vehicle responds, and then acceleration is not always smooth."

Anonymous, MA (2015 Audi A3)

"it has little to no turbo lag and drives very smoothly and stable for what is perceived to be a small car"

Bryce C., MN (2015 Audi A3)

"Very responsive steering. Quick, fast acceleration."

Michael S., MO (2015 Audi A3)

"It has excellent cornering and, with 4 wheel drive, it sticks well on slippery surfaces."

Anonymous, MA (2015 Audi A3)

"Does everything i ask of it and carries loads of stuff."

Anonymous, IA (2015 Audi A3)

"A sports car that is disguised as a 4 door sedan."

CYNTHIA J., MA (2015 Audi A3)

"Fast and on suction cups"

Anonymous, ON (2015 Audi A3)

"best handling and driving of any car I have owned except my Porsche 911"

JOHN D., IN (2015 Audi A3)

"CVT is sub-optimal."

CHRISTOPHER A., MA (2015 Audi A3)

"No problems"

Anonymous, CA (2015 Audi A3)

"Turbo lag is bad"

SAMIR P., PA (2015 Audi A3)

"Very small enginer"

CAROL H., HI (2015 Audi A3)

"GREAT acceleration!!! Handling is very good, maybe not as good as a BMW 3 series, but very good none-the-less."

ROBERT M., DE (2015 Audi A3)

"Doesn't have the pick-up I'd like from a dead stop."

LORRAINE Z., DE (2015 Audi A3)

"Zippy"

Anonymous, CT (2015 Audi A3)

"This car handles (corners, braking) as well as anything in its class, better than other cars of similar size costing far greater prices (BMWs, especially)."

STEPHEN M., TX (2015 Audi A3)

"This car is very comfortable on long trips. We bought it in Dec, 2015, and have driven to visit our adult children 10 hours away twice. We arrive tired but not as tired as we expected. We have also taken two trips of 6 hours each. We are very pleased with how this car handles and how easy it is to drive."

Anonymous, CA (2015 Audi A3)

"Quartro, 2.0 liter performance is excepruo"

Anonymous, DC (2015 Audi A3)

"Very poor visibility Rear seat headrests take up about half of rear window view"

Anonymous, CT (2015 Audi A3)

"acceleration, MPG very good, handles very well."

HAROLD M., NH (2015 Audi A3)

"excellent performance as well as nice interior almost like a luxury car."

Bud H., WA (2015 Audi A3)

"A3 is a nimble car with excellent handling, power (2.0T), acceleration. A dream to drive."

Pall R., GA (2015 Audi A3)

"Acceleration is great, handling is terrific. Transmission is distracting and quirky."

Greg L., NJ (2015 Audi A3)

Comfort

Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"the comfort is good for this size of vehicle ride is stiff cabin is very noisy at highway speeds"

Anonymous, ON (2015 Audi A3)

"seats and comfort are perfect! Would prefer a quieter ride."

Anonymous, AZ (2015 Audi A3)

"As my Audi ages it creaks an rattles more and more, especially the convertible top."

Paul K., RI (2015 Audi A3)

"Seats are comfortable & ride is quite good, but the vehicle allow quite a bit of road noise to intrude primarily at highway speeds."

Gary B., AB (2015 Audi A3)

"Mag ride shocks make this a great ride..."

Anonymous, CA (2015 Audi A3)

"Comfortable seats and ride especially at highway speeds is comfortable with positive feedback"

Justin B., CT (2015 Audi A3)

"Great handling ! Fast little car!"

Richard F., FL (2015 Audi A3)

"Very comfortable on highway trips. Quiet. Sporty ride but controlled well."

Anonymous, MI (2015 Audi A3)

"The car is very comfortable. The seats can be adjusted every which way necessary. The ride is very smooth."

Anonymous, OH (2015 Audi A3)

"Handling and good seats."

Anonymous, AZ (2015 Audi A3)

"The ride and handling are well-controlled, damping harsh surfaces while providing necessary feedback."

Richard K., NY (2015 Audi A3)

"Very quiet inside even on the highway. Seats are very comfortable especially with 4 way adjustable lumbar support. Ride is sporty yet not too rough."

Luke G., CT (2015 Audi A3)

"Size"

Anonymous, CO (2015 Audi A3)

"Very supportive seats and considering summer performance tires and being a small car, the comfort on some long road trips was excellent"

Anonymous, ON (2015 Audi A3)

"Seats are comfortable, but road noise is a bit high. Not surprising for a convertible"

D H., PA (2015 Audi A3)

"While the ride is still good, at 30K miles it is noticeably looser than when new"

Colin T., CA (2015 Audi A3)

"Long trips are long."

CHRISTOPHER A., MA (2015 Audi A3)

"Even for tall drivers, the A3 is immensely comfortable. Seats have ample padding, adjustable lumbar, fully adjustable. Dual climate control is top notch. Quiet ride; minimal road noise. Easy to drive; hugs the road; remarkable handling with very little roll in curves, yet absorbs poor road conditions for smooth ride."

DAVID G., TN (2015 Audi A3)

"Seats and noise level are good but could be better. I am quite satisfied with climate control, ride, etc."

Anonymous, MA (2015 Audi A3)

"Level of noise while driving is unsatisfactory"

Anonymous, CA (2015 Audi A3)

"Climate control seats are all excellent. Road noise is more than we expected"

Anonymous, MA (2015 Audi A3)

"Seats are next to impossible to adjust. I got the basic model without electrics seats"

D H., PA (2015 Audi A3)

"The seats should have "auto recall" for at least 2 drivers but they don't. The seat controls are manual, not electric, but they should be electric. Most importantly, one has to manually lock the doors when the car is in 'park" - once in 'park' the doors unlocl :("

DEBRA K., CA (2015 Audi A3)

"Sports suspension causes the ride to be harder than I would prefer. It was part of a package including sports seats which I like."

ROGER M., CA (2015 Audi A3)

"Seats are not power seats and can only be adjusted by a series of levers -- can't seem to get the angle just right."

ELAINE G., PA (2015 Audi A3)

"rear seating area is a bit tight. Not suitable for larger adults"

GARY B., AB (2015 Audi A3)

"needs better seats to match performance (and this has performance package with upgraded seats but need better bolaters)."

Anonymous, IL (2015 Audi A3)

"My last car had a high level of road noise. Quieter ride was a priority for me. My Audi A3 provides a quiet ride and provides a high level of comfort in all the listed areas."

STEPHEN H., TX (2015 Audi A3)

"Seats are too flat. Steering wheel is great, suspension is great, engine is very powerful. Transmission is not smooth, especially at start or slower uphill roads. I would not get the six speed DSG transmission again."

Greg L., NJ (2015 Audi A3)

"Super comfortable and very supported for driving any distance."

Steve L., MA (2015 Audi A3)

"though convertible, VERY quiet when top is up, seats are a bit narrow, would be better to sell this car without a back seat since it's virtually inaccessible when two adults in the front (unless you're very short adults)"

Anonymous, IA (2015 Audi A3)

Value

Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?

What Owners Say

"Audi's like buying different sizes of sausage; same high quality but in different size and MUCH cheaper in small version. Much better that rated by CR when bought in the quattro/larger engine/better transmission form."

David W., IL (2015 Audi A3)

"Perfect combination of drive experience and sport handling at a reasonable price"

Anonymous, NC (2015 Audi A3)

"To get the equivalent power and alll wheel drive in other brands cost more money."

Anonymous, AB (2015 Audi A3)

"Compared to others, a good value"

Anonymous, DC (2015 Audi A3)

"Price as a used vehicle was very competitive. Car is fun and agile. Perfect for a couple or small family. Very reliable so far."

Anonymous, FL (2015 Audi A3)

"Audi REQUIRES that the vehicle be brought to the dealer to clear a dash notification "INSPECTION REQUIRED" -and they will not do that unless you purchase a maintenance and inspection service. This is a direct violation of Federal Law as outlined on the FTC website."

CHRISTOPHER M., IL (2015 Audi A3)

"Pricey but interior vents are plastic and don't look like a luxury vehicle, but you still pay a price"

Anonymous, NY (2015 Audi A3)

"Quality materials and design exceeding that of more expensive brands. Fuel economy is better than most hybrids. Despite parent company VW woes over diesel engine emission, this engine far exceeds the life expectancy of unleaded engine equivalents."

DAVID G., TN (2015 Audi A3)

Styling

How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

"Accretion, fun car to drive. 0 to60 in less than 4 seconds!"

PALL R., GA (2015 Audi A3)

"perfect size; attractive looking;"

JOHN D., IN (2015 Audi A3)

"Not made for a short driver - cars never consider the 5'1" female driver - not comfortable seat despite the variety of seat controls and configurations"

Anonymous, CT (2015 Audi A3)

"looks good like a true Audi."

Anonymous, FL (2015 Audi A3)

"The car is trim, beautiful, draws attention from others. It is tasteful and preforms as it promised."

Anonymous, NC (2015 Audi A3)

"No privacy glass available."

JIM D., CA (2015 Audi A3)

"Super nice look style"

Anonymous, FL (2015 Audi A3)

Would you buy this car again?

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Percentage of owners who would definitely purchase that same vehicle again. Owner-satisfaction Ratings are determined by the percentage of those who answered "definitely yes" to the question asked by the Consumer Reports Annual Auto Survey "Considering all factors (price, performance, reliability, comfort, enjoyment, etc.), would you get this car if you had to do it all over again?". If we don’t have sufficient data, a similar model might be used to form the owner-satisfaction score.
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