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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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.

Overall Reliability
Most Common Trouble Spots
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The 2015 Audi A3 has been recalled 5 times by NHTSA. View Recalls
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Engine Minor
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Engine Cooling
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Transmission Major
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Transmission Minor
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Drive System
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Fuel System
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Electric System
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Climate System
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Suspension
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Brakes
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Exhaust
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Paint/Trim
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Body Integrity
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Body Hardware
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Power Equipment
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In-car Electronics
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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 500,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2018 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.

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)

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

Interior lights

“The temperature reading does not fully illuminate”

Anonymous, NY (2015 Audi A3 Unsure Unsure)

“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 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)
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)

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

“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)

“It does not understand my commans, nor, my spouses commands”

Anonymous, PA (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

Fuel pump

“It had to be replaced in essentially a brand new car”

Anonymous, NY (2015 Audi A3 Unsure Unsure)
Emission control devices (includes EGR)

“Recall for False emission reporting”

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

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)

Climate System

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

What Owners Say

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)
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

Wind noise

“wind or road noise seems excessive”

Harold P., AB (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 Minor

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

What Owners Say

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)

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)

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

Paint/Trim

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

Drive System

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

Engine Cooling

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

Brakes

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

Transmission Minor

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

Engine Major

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

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This score shows whether the model had more or fewer problems overall than the average model of that year, calculated from the total number of problems reported by subscribers in all 17 trouble spots.
Recalls
PROVIDED BY
AIR BAGS: OCCUPANT CLASSIFICATION SYSTEM - OCS (FRONT PASSENGER)
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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