The compact Audi A3, with prices starting in the low $30,000s, is the latest in 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

"Very good handling. Tremendous acceleration"

Anonymous, MA (2018 Audi A3)

"Great acceleration. Handling almost as good as my old BMW. Braking Assist feature makes for very touchy braking. Tapping the brakes too quickly signal a panic stop. It was very scary the first time."

Anonymous, CA (2018 Audi A3)

"Excellent acceleration and handling."

Casey Q., CA (2018 Audi A3)

"Hesitation on acceleration."

Anonymous, FL (2018 Audi A3)

"poor bumpy ride, does not take poor roads well."

Anonymous, PA (2018 Audi A3)

"Handling terrific; primary driver gets excellent visual contribution."

Anonymous, FL (2018 Audi A3)

"fast acceleration, good cornering and good braking"

P C., ON (2018 Audi A3)

"Really ... "all of the above" -- acceleration, agility, road holding, speed, tracking -- and multi variable - e.g., sedate in the city and a tiger on the the highways (using Audi's adjustable behaviour -- e.g., sport, relaxed, personal)"

David J., ON (2018 Audi A3)

"Fast enough to have the driver think twice before laying into it. Sharp handling. A great dual clutch transmission with lightening fast paddle shifters. Oversized brakes all around. It’s an “upscale land bound German rocket ship‿. This is the S3 version."

Anonymous, PA (2018 Audi A3)

Comfort

Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"Good: quiet ride, smooth ride, comfy seats. Bad: the gas pedal is seated much deeper than brake pedal, causing hip and knee problems in this 5' 2" driver."

Casey Q., CA (2018 Audi A3)

"Well built. High quality. We received the quality and comfort we were looking for."

Mark D., WA (2018 Audi A3)

"Optional sport seats are comfortable. Almost as comfortable as my old BMW, but less supportive. Leather upholstery does not breathe, so I had to buy seat covers."

Anonymous, CA (2018 Audi A3)

Value

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

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