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

"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)

"Very small enginer"

CAROL H., HI (2015 Audi A3)

"Turbo lag is bad"

SAMIR P., PA (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)


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)


Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"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)


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

What Owners Say

"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)


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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