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.
Alerts
There are 5 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Reliability

Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how used vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system.

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The 2015 Audi A3 has been recalled 5 times by NHTSA. View Recalls
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Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey for about 329,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2020 vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system. NA indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.

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Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2015 Audi A3 owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Body control module

"The electrical system on the car went haywire last summer -- every warning light imaginable came on and I couldn't get the car to start. Earlier that day I had driven 90 miles on a work trip and stopped for gas on the way. I had to try a couple of times with the push button start to get the engine to turn over. Then I was afraid to turn off the car. I finally made it back home. When I tried to restart the car that evening, every warning light came on and there was no response to the push button"

Anonymous, VA (2015 Audi A3 1.8T 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"rear brake light intermitten"

William M., VA (2015 Audi A3 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"passenger side tail light stopped working. There was a technical bulletin on it and while it took a while to get it fixed, it was covered by Audi."

Anonymous, WA (2015 Audi A3 1.8T 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Half of the rear tail light assembly went bad twice"

Steve C., NE (2015 Audi A3 S3 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"blinker wasn't working - was covered under warrantee - needed a new trunk cable"

Anonymous, PA (2015 Audi A3)
Headlights

"both headlights stopped working and had to be replaced. t he headlights went out within 8 weeks of each other."

Anonymous, WA (2015 Audi A3 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Interior lights

"The temperature reading does not fully illuminate"

Anonymous, NY (2015 Audi A3)
Keyless entry

"Keyless fob intermittently not recognized by car"

Anonymous, MO (2015 Audi A3 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Touch handle to unlock door does not work when it is wet out. All other times it is ok"

Anonymous, NJ (2015 Audi A3 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Warning lights

"seat warning"

William M., VA (2015 Audi A3 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"I am having a problem with the battery draining. When this happened recently, I received a brake system warning light and car wouldn't start"

Anonymous, NY (2015 Audi A3 S3)

"Seat belt warning light and alarm active even when seat belt is in use"

Anonymous, MO (2015 Audi A3 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

"Check engine light came on. Took the dealer two attempts to fix. There was some kind of emissions control device with a broken sensor. The replacement part wasn't working correctly either and that's why the dealer needed two tries."

Colin T., CA (2015 Audi A3 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"This vehicle was part of the Diesel recall for increased emissions, we only needed to perform the repairs to comply with regulations. MPGs reduced by ~2-5"

Anonymous, (2015 Audi A3 2.0 TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"Recall for False emission reporting"

Anonymous, AZ (2015 Audi A3 2.0 TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)
Fuel pump

"It had to be replaced in essentially a brand new car"

Anonymous, NY (2015 Audi A3)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"Warning light keeps coming on periodically, even after reset."

Anonymous, WI (2015 Audi A3 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Check engine light came on. Sensor needed replacing - replaced under warranty as a courtesy as the warranty had expired 2 weeks before."

Jonathan E., IN (2015 Audi A3 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Other/unsure

"At time of receiving the car, there were problems in getting the electronics (phone, navigation, etc) to perform correctly. After several weeks, it became clear to the dealer and Audi that there was a defective chip that needed to be replaced. It w"

Anonymous, IN (2015 Audi A3 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The MMI parts have been replaced entirely once, and had three complete software flashe. It still freezes and lethargic at start up. Audi has been TERRIBLE to deal with - until I threatened lemon buyback, I had little action. I hate Audi!"

Anonymous, DC (2015 Audi A3 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"mmi never trained in process and original car dealer refused after 6 mos to give me any help exceptto go on line. I'm not happy with being forced to only use at&t for this line I never use because don't know how to use this service. service. The on"

Anonymous, FL (2015 Audi A3 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Problems with audiconnect that could not be resolved after many attempts without taking car in. Car kept several days before figuring out the hardware was faulty. Upon return my satellite radio connection was lost requiring another return to dealer t"

Morris G., OK (2015 Audi A3 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Traffic always defaults for a Philadelphia even though I live in Boston. Audi refuses to address"

Richard W., MA (2015 Audi A3 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"I’ve had TWO front passenger seat sensors fail, causing the airbag warning light to come on. Both were covered up warranty, enough though I’m past the cutoff mileage."

Stephen M., TX (2015 Audi A3 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"Screen would not display Google maps and would not update (& I had paid for Google map access). Adding insult to injury, it kept telling me that multiple times! Chip in the system had failed"

Red G., NJ (2015 Audi A3 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"voice commands do not work correctly. GPS know too sensitive and ofter provides incorrect address. cannot use GPS installed in vehicle"

Anonymous, PA (2015 Audi A3 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Speakers

"Static noises over speakers with convertible top down or windows open at speed."

William H., KY (2015 Audi A3 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Voice control commands

"It does not understand my commans, nor, my spouses commands"

Anonymous, PA (2015 Audi A3 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

What Owners Say

Antifreeze leaks

"Strong smell of antifreeze. A few weeks after repairing at the dealer, the smell returned."

Christopher M., IL (2015 Audi A3 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Seemed unusual to have both radiator and water pump develop a leak at same time at less than 40000 miles and mechanic said it was manufacturing defect."

Anonymous, CA (2015 Audi A3 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Water pump

"Was told at 55K service that water pump needed replacing, out of warranty. After showing proof (digital copies of previous service reports) that I had mentioned small amount of leaking at 35K & 45K service AND that their own technician had noted having to add coolant at 25K & 45K services, Audi dealership changed their mind and replaced as under warranty."

Stephen M., TX (2015 Audi A3 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Water pump developed a leak requiring replacement of the pump, thermostat and coolant."

William, TX (2015 Audi A3 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

A/C compressor

"Would not cool when car was hot. Musty smell"

Anonymous, CA (2015 Audi A3 1.8T 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Electrical failure

"The so called lane keeping assist does not vibrate and correct steering reliably. It is an expensive worthless option!"

Anonymous, DC (2015 Audi A3 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Evaporator

"water built up causing moldy smell every time the A/c turned on."

Anonymous, CA (2015 Audi A3 1.8T 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Refrigerant leaks

"I responded to the indicator light for coolant engine issue. It took several trips back to the dealer to find the leak. At first they just kept topping off the coolant, but within days the level would drop. After multiple trips back, they must have done more extensive tests to find the leak, as it finally got fixed, but it was a nuisance"

Anonymous, NJ (2015 Audi A3 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

"Leaking thermostat housing is a known issue on 2015 S3 model. I have been waiting 3 months for replacement part to come in. It doesn't leak bad, car is drivable but you can smell coolant outside the car and coming in through cabin air intake vents."

Will O., TX (2015 Audi A3 S3 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The water pump developed a leak that then impacted the radiator, requiring that both be replaced."

Anonymous, CA (2015 Audi A3 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Wind noise

"wind or road noise seems excessive"

Harold P., AB (2015 Audi A3 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Gear selector or linkage

"An electronic component in the shifter mechanism failed, causing a cascading reaction that resulted in not being able to select any gear."

Stephen M., TX (2015 Audi A3 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Transmission computer

"Dealer had to reprogram the transmission computer"

S C., NE (2015 Audi A3 S3 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The transmission was going to higher RPM's before upshifting when it was very hot outside (over 100 degrees in Tucson, AZ). I could overcome this by using the paddle shifting in manual mode. I had my 45000 mile service, told the representative of the problem. They had a service bulletin addressing this and reprogrammed my computer. I had no more problems with the transmission and was very satisfied with the service and fix which was done under warranty. Kudos to the Tucson Audi dealership."

Anonymous, MI (2015 Audi A3 1.8T 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"Chrome strip above driver's door shifted toward the rear of the car and caused chrome strip over left rear door to be come partially detached for second time. It blew off on the highway."

Anonymous, MA (2015 Audi A3 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Loose lower molding - warped away from main body. Eventually replaced and repainted under warranty."

Jonathan E., IN (2015 Audi A3 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Driver side rear door chrome window trim came loose"

Mark A., CA (2015 Audi A3 S3)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Bushings

"Noise from front end. Became more pronounced. Changed out several components"

Anonymous, IN (2015 Audi A3 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Wheel bearings

"one wheel had a ball bearing go out requiring repair."

Anonymous, WA (2015 Audi A3 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Since purchased, I've replaced two wheel bearings on this car. The car continued to run, but this created significant noise and caused uneven wear on the tires. One was replaced under warranty, but I do not expect to replace two bearings before 100k miles."

Anonymous, VA (2015 Audi A3 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Glass defects

"Entire windshield washer system had to be replaced. Front windshield had to be replaced"

Slane J., FL (2015 Audi A3 2.0T 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Locks and latches

"My hood latch needed replacing; door open warning light wouldn't shut off"

Anonymous, VA (2015 Audi A3 1.8T 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Differential

"There was a noise (slight vibration) in the rear end around 50 mph. Audi replaced the rear differential under my CPO extended warranty"

Mark R., NJ (2015 Audi A3 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Driveshaft or axle

"Under strong acceleration from a start, driveshaft pounds, like axle tramp. dealer is trying to diagnose the problem."

Marcus J., ON (2015 Audi A3 S3)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Engine computer

"Oxygen sensor failed & had to be replaced - an easy fix except that the dealer did not have the part so I had to come a 2nd time."

Anonymous, VT (2015 Audi A3 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Engine knock or ping

"High revs caused by improper oil stick replacement by owner after checking oil"

Anonymous, VA (2015 Audi A3 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Master cylinder

"Brakes were failing. Car could not be safely driven. Took 2 tries at the dealer to get it fixed. Covered under warranty."

Abbie L., PA (2015 Audi A3 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"At roughly 11K miles, vehicle started shifting hard into 3rd gear, whether in automatic or triptronic mode and quickly became worse and worse. Eventually it wouldn't engage 3rd at all. Took it to dealer, whop said the transmission could be repaired"

Stephen M., TX (2015 Audi A3 2.0T 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

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Recalls
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AIR BAGS:SENSOR:OCCUPANT CLASSIFICATION
Jun 19 2019
A deactivated passenger air bag increases the risk of injury during a crash.
Summary:
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (Audi) is recalling certain 2015-2016 Audi S3 Sedan, 2015-2019 A3 Sedan and A3 Cabriolet, 2016-2018 A3 e-tron, and 2017-2019 RS3 vehicles. An improper electrical contact may cause the Passenger Occupant Detection System (PODS) to falsely detect a malfunction and deactivate the passenger air bag.
What should you do:
Audi will notify owners, and dealers will replace the connector and reroute the cable, free of charge. The recall began September 12, 2019. Owners may contact Volkswagen customer service at 1-800-253-2834. Audi's number for this recall is 69Z4.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 19V474000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 138896
EQUIPMENT:OTHER:LABELS
Apr 26 2017
In the event of a vehicle safety recall, an incorrect production date may prevent owners from determining if the recall affects them, increasing their risk of injury or a crash.
Summary:
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (Volkswagen) is recalling certain 2015 Audi A3 1.8T FWD S tronic and 2.0T Quattro S tronic vehicles. The safety certification label has an incorrect vehicle production date. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of 49 CFR Part 567, "Certification."
What should you do:
Audi will notify owners, and dealers will install an overlay label containing the correct vehicle production date, free of charge. The recall June 23, 2017. Owners may contact Audi customer service at 1-800-253-2834. Volkswagen's number for this recall is 51F5.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 17V280000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 2091
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING:EXHAUST SYSTEM:EMISSION CONTROL
Sep 07 2016
As fuel accumulates in the EVAP system, it may leak out through the charcoal canister filter element. A fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source increases the risk of a fire.
Summary:
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (Volkswagen) is recalling certain model year 2015-2016 Volkswagen Golf, Golf SportWagen, GTI, Audi A3 sedan and A3 Cabriolet vehicles. Due to a problem with the suction pump inside the fuel tank, fuel may flow into the evaporative emissions (EVAP) system.
What should you do:
Volkswagen will notify owners, and dealers will replace the suction pump, free of charge. The recall began November 2016. Volkswagen owners may contact Volkswagen customer service at 1-800-893-5298, Audi owners may contact Audi customer service at 1-800-253-2834. Volkswagen's numbers for this recall are 20Y6 and 20Y5.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 16V647000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 110042
AIR BAGS:SIDE/WINDOW
Dec 08 2015
Improper side air bag deployment may increase the risk of injury in the event of a crash.
Summary:
Volkswagen Group of America, LLC (Volkswagen) is recalling certain model year 2015 Audi A3 Cabriolet vehicles manufactured June 5, 2014, to April 1, 2015. The affected vehicles have a driver or front passenger seat whose cover may be incorrectly stitched, preventing the side air bag from properly deploying in the event of a crash.
What should you do:
Volkswagen will notify owners, and dealers will replace the driver's and/or front passenger's seatback cover, free of charge. Owners were mailed interim notices on February 4, 2016. The recall began on February 29, 2016 . Owners may contact Audi customer service at 1-800-253-2834. Volkswagen's number for this recall is 74C9.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 15V824000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 904
FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE:DELIVERY:FUEL PUMP
Apr 17 2015
If the fuel pump fails, the vehicle will not start, or if the engine is running, it will stop and the vehicle will stall, increasing the risk of a crash.
Summary:
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (Volkswagen) is recalling certain model year 2015 Volkswagen Golf, and GTI manufactured on February 17, 2014, to May 22, 2014, and Audi A3 manufactured on February 16, 2013, to April 23, 2014. Improper nickel plating of components within the fuel pump may result in the fuel pump failing.
What should you do:
Volkswagen will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the vehicles and replace any affected fuel pumps, free of charge. The recall began on June 16, 2015. Owners may contact Volkswagen at 1-800-893-5298 or Audi at 1-800-253-2834.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 15V229000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 6205
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