Audi A3 hatchback (2012-2017): owner reviews

“The Audi A3 hatchback is renowned for its build quality and classy design that makes it feel like a small executive car”

Carbuyer Rating

4.0 out of 5

Owners Rating

4.3 out of 5

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Common Problems

  • Engine (4 cases)
  • Electrics (9 cases)
  • Other (10 cases)
  • Gearbox / clutch (1 case)
  • Electrics, Engine, Suspension (1 case)
  • Electrics, Other (1 case)
  • Engine, Gearbox / clutch (1 case)
  • Suspension (2 cases)

Review 1 of 100

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1.5-2 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year

2003

Avg annual mileage

More than 20,000

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

37
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1.5-2 litre, Diesel

Year

2009

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

50
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1.5-2 litre, Diesel

Year

2012

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

44
Tell us what you think about your car?
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Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

2-3 litre, Diesel, Manual

Avg annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

New
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

>3 litre, Petrol, Automatic

Year

2005

Avg annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

24
Tell us what you think about your car?
Only 1 minor issue and tat didn't cause a breakdown, just something to be fixed.
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1.5-2 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year

2003

Avg annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

23
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

2-3 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year

2004

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

50
Tell us what you think about your car?
It runs perfectly, no problems what so ever
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1.5-2 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year

2007

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

More than 5 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

24.5
Tell us what you think about your car?
Generally excellent. A couple of issues rectified by the dealer early on. Now one or two electrical gripes creeping in (at mileage of around 56K) - electric window switches faulty, coolant warning light fault etc
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1.5-2 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year

2005

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

More than 5 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

44.84
Tell us what you think about your car?
No major problems
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1.5-2 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year

2010

Avg annual mileage

More than 20,000

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

40
Tell us what you think about your car?
Despite completing 80000 miles in 2 years no reliability issues whatsoever
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1.5-2 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year

2009

Avg annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

60
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1.5-2 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year

1998

Avg annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

More than 5 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

45
Tell us what you think about your car?
Apart from a couple of sensors failing the only work that has been needed can be termed as service/wearing out of parts
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1.5-2 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year

2010

Avg annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

56
Tell us what you think about your car?
had no issues with the car so far
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1.5-2 litre, Diesel, Automatic

Year

2004

Avg annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

39
Tell us what you think about your car?
No problems experienced so far
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1.5-2 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year

2009

Avg annual mileage

15,000 – 19,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

55
Tell us what you think about your car?
Consistently outstanding handling of the basics, plus high quality handling that is easy to trust
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1.5-2 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year

2011

Avg annual mileage

15,000 – 19,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

48
Tell us what you think about your car?
Only problem was that the gear linkage became loose dealer had to re-adjust
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1.5-2 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year

2009

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

54
Tell us what you think about your car?
no issues apart from a door ratle fixed under warranty
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1.5-2 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year

2010

Avg annual mileage

15,000 – 19,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

42
Tell us what you think about your car?
Car has not missed a beat in 40k miles other than routine servicing.
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

2-3 litre, Petrol, Automatic

Year

2012

Avg annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

32
Tell us what you think about your car?
Haven't had any trouble yet
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1.5-2 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year

2012

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

55
Tell us what you think about your car?
New vehicle and no problems
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1.5-2 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year

2009

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

62
Tell us what you think about your car?
never had a problem
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1.5-2 litre, Petrol

Year

2005

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New
Tell us what you think about your car?
Not owned it long enough to be certain, but to date it has proved to be very reliable.
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

sport, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year

2009

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used
Tell us what you think about your car?
Excellent build quality with great fuel economy and good handling.
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

s-line, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year

2006

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

New
Tell us what you think about your car?
Top quality car with safety built in good residual value
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

Sport, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year

2002

Avg annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New
Tell us what you think about your car?
Great small hatch, very comfortable full leather spec, heated seats are brilliant. pulls really well in all gears, very torquey.
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

SE, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year

2010

Avg annual mileage

15,000 – 19,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used
Tell us what you think about your car?
The a3 is a great car, build quality, looks, the lot.
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

Sport, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year

2009

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used
Tell us what you think about your car?
Excellent car (third a3 i've owned) let down by unreliable alarm system when new. Eventually fixed under warranty after i threatened to follow the 'sale of goods' route. The problem led to a redesign of the alarm software on all new a3 and tt audis.
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

Sport, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year

2009

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used
Tell us what you think about your car?
The car is excellent, almost the best purchase i have ever made, the arrogance and rip off prices of the franchised dealer service department is the only poor experience i have had. Worrying they don't seem to know how the service regimes work for their own vehicles!!
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

TDie sport, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year

2009

Avg annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used
Tell us what you think about your car?
Very happy, does exactly what i expected it to do, just a shame it is not a little bigger as i struggle to pull my caravan comfortably. Also hatch back style boot is not as good as a proper 'estate' boot for access and loading.
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

S-line, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year

2006

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New
Tell us what you think about your car?
Econmical and great build quality but expensive to buy.
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

SE, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year

2007

Avg annual mileage

More than 20,000

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

Used
Tell us what you think about your car?
Excellent
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

3 out of 5

Car Details

Model

se, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year

1999

Avg annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New
Tell us what you think about your car?
Great car but thirsty, body work in a1 condition
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

tdi, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year

2003

Avg annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

special ed, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year

2007

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New
Tell us what you think about your car?
My car is black, dark, spohisticated and classy like its owner. I love it!!!!!
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

S-line, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year

2008

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New
Tell us what you think about your car?
Nice car but ride comfort compromised by s-line hard suspension and low profile tyres.
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

Sport, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year

2009

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

Black Edition, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Diesel, Automatic

Year

2009

Avg annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New
Tell us what you think about your car?
Good looking, practical and enjoyable to drive
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

1.8 T SPORT, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year

2000

Avg annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New
Tell us what you think about your car?
Awesome performance for such a small engine,. Decent economy and great handling. Being debadged from the factory also make it a great street sleeper. It's no m3 but i love it!
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

s3, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year

2009

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New
Tell us what you think about your car?
Brilliant. cracking performance and handling. fantastic grip, quattro with snow tyres ploughed through 12 inched of snow. expensive but you get what you pay for
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Diesel, Paddleshift gears

Year

2007

Avg annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

Black edition, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year

2009

Avg annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

S-Line, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year

2008

Avg annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used
Tell us what you think about your car?
Very good all rounder, looks upmarket and is well put together with a quality feel. Drives well and has enough power for passing without problem.
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

sport, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Petrol, Manual

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

TDi SE, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year

2008

Avg annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used
Tell us what you think about your car?
Economical
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

sport, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year

2005

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

More than 5 years

Bought Car

Used
Tell us what you think about your car?
Love it to bits
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

s line, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year

2008

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New
Tell us what you think about your car?
A bit over rated, maybe i have been slightly unfortunate with the faults with my a3.
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

Sport, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year

2009

Avg annual mileage

More than 20,000

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

S-line Black Edition, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year

2010

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

3 out of 5

Car Details

Model

Sport, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Diesel, Paddleshift gears

Year

2005

Avg annual mileage

15,000 – 19,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

Used
Tell us what you think about your car?
Very good, but audi need to sort out the dsg gearbox failure just after the 3 year warranty has run out and the intermittent turbo failure whilst driving.
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

Black Edition, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year

2010

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used
Tell us what you think about your car?
Exceeds all expectations
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

SE, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year

2005

Avg annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New
Tell us what you think about your car?
High quality, practical yet small, very relaxing to drive.
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

Sport, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year

2006

Avg annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

Used
Tell us what you think about your car?
Good to drive, fuel efficient, well made reliable
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

SE, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year

2008

Avg annual mileage

15,000 – 19,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New
Tell us what you think about your car?
Not the most exciting car in the world to drive, but it's built to the highest standards and is reliable and economical
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

TDI, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year

2008

Avg annual mileage

15,000 – 19,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

Quattro Sport DSG, Above 3.0-litre, Petrol, Paddleshift gears

Year

2005

Avg annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New
Tell us what you think about your car?
It's a great car and always puts a smile on my face. It's just a shame the petrol consumption doesn't put a smail on my face.
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

se, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year

2004

Avg annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

New
Tell us what you think about your car?
Surprisdingly efficient yet good performance
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

Sport, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Petrol, Automatic

Year

2009

Avg annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used
Tell us what you think about your car?
Reliable, stylish, delivers what it says on the box
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

standard, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year

2002

Avg annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

More than 5 years

Bought Car

Used
Tell us what you think about your car?
Very reliable, few problems considering how long i have had the car. Servicing costs could be cheaper at dealers.
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

sport, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year

2009

Avg annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used
Tell us what you think about your car?
Does most things well
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

SE, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year

2006

Avg annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

Used
Tell us what you think about your car?
Ultra reliable, good performance and economy. Brilliant on long distances. The best car i have ever owned.
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

S-line, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year

2007

Avg annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New
Tell us what you think about your car?
It's very good and it serves it's purpose
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

sline, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year

2007

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New
Tell us what you think about your car?
Great except performs very poorl in the snow - so impractical to use it in bad wweather
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

Tdi, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year

2006

Avg annual mileage

More than 20,000

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

New
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

SE, 1.0-litre to 1.5-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year

2008

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used
Tell us what you think about your car?
Exactly what one would expect of a premium german brand, well built, comfortable, economical.
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

Fastback, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year

2005

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New
Tell us what you think about your car?
Best car ever owned, so far. Good balance between performance when needed and outstanding fuel economy in a practical package. I will buy another in due course.
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

Sport, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year

2010

Avg annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Bought Car

Used
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

4 out of 5

Car Details

Model

S-line, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year

2006

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

Se Sport, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year

2008

Avg annual mileage

More than 20,000

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used
Tell us what you think about your car?
Excellent. Good fun to drive hard but still gives 40+ mpg. Would not know it was a disel if you didn't look at rev counter
Would you recommend the car to a friend?

5 out of 5

Car Details

Model

Standard, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year

2008

Avg annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used
Tell us what you think about your car?
My car is the "green" 1.9tdie and has surpassed my expectations. 70 mpg is easily obtained and with a £30 tax disc and audi build quality i am still smiling !
Would you recommend the car to a friend?