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

"The handling is so responsive that I'm convinced it helped me to avoid an accident when another vehicle crossed the center line and veered into my lane."

Anonymous, IN (2016 Audi A3)

"Excellent performance and handling. One of the quickest cars I have had"

KEN R., CA (2016 Audi A3)

"The all wheel drive tracks and corners very positive. The acceleration is excellent for a turbo 4. It runs like a V8 but gets good gas mileage."

Anonymous, NV (2016 Audi A3)

"Acceleration and handling so good that you forget it's a plug in hybrid electric vehicle."

CATHY M., NC (2016 Audi A3)

"This small car with a turbo is great fun to drive. It corners well and the ride is sporty without being rough."

Ray W., UT (2016 Audi A3)

"The side-view mirrors are TINY, they took a very long time to get used to and still do not inspire confidence. Would not have gotten this car if I had paid more attention to that feature during the test drive."

James K., CT (2016 Audi A3)


Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"Seats in the car as delivered were not as comfortable as the ones we test drove."

Anonymous, VA (2016 Audi A3)

"Seats are very uncomfortable"

MICHAEL R., FL (2016 Audi A3)

"seats are low. Climate control is excellent"

MONTE S., CA (2016 Audi A3)

"Downgraded from an A6 to the A3 and the compromises are noticeable: less plush, less conveniences (driver seat memory, electrically adjustable passenger seat.)"

James K., CT (2016 Audi A3)

"Not much cabin noise and the front seats are comfy. The driving cockpit is engaging and well laid out."

Ray W., UT (2016 Audi A3)


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

What Owners Say

"Quality and workmanship exterior and interior. Extremely tight handling vehicle that provides you with a lot of confidence behind the wheel. It certainly is different quality car than the Lexus and Infinity."

Anonymous, BC (2016 Audi A3)

"Great car, but I paid more than I wanted for it; but cheaper alternatives just weren't good enough to choose over the A3."

KENNETH I., NC (2016 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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