Bought new, love this car. Had a VW Jetta 1.8 T, loved that also but this is much better. Great all season vehicle snow/rain no problem all season. Perelli P6 stick like glue and wear like iron. Just changed at 45K. Plenty of room for golf clubs and pull cart in rear without folding down rear seats. Vehicle has been very reliable. Handles like it's on rails. Would definitely consider buying another next year!!!
Open glass roof. Mileage 27 to 28 mpg mix of hwy and street. Reliability.
The reliability has been terrible. Back in shop over and over again in the past six months. The warranty and the extended warranty has been useless. Always pondering what will break next. Not fun when you are driving a seven year old around.
Fun to drive when it works.
Auomatic window controls are pealing, fog light covers break easily, suspension rough.
The 2.0 liter turbo jerks a lot and gas mileage is average. Rides great on the highway but too "loose" in the city. I have had several problems with my car and am just glad it is under warranty (though a new battery is not covered). My battery completely died after two years. The clip for the sunshade on the Open Sky system broke (as is common) and was replaced by a non-matching black clip (interior is grey). At 21,500 miles, my manual transmission broke where 1st gear and reverse did not work. My car is currently in the shop (over one week now) and Audi is going to replace the transmission since they are afraid the problem could spread to the other gears if they rebuild it.
Good torque at low rpm
A/C could be better, transmission, smoother engine, better sunshade protection on Open Sky system, better dealer network (Santa Monica is terrible)
I traded in my 2003 530i for a certified pre-owned A3 with 36,275 miles on it. I couldn't be happier. It is a phenomenal vehicle, and all for under 30k. It all starts with the engine. The 2.0T is a great powerplant, and I love the short throws on my 6 speed manual transmission. The low end torque really gets the car going. The steering is very responsive and the ride is very stable. It is such a blast to drive. It is a coin flip between this A3 and a 323i as the best driving cars I have ever owned. The quality of the interior build is much better than the BMWs I have just come out of (a 323i then 530i). The fuel economy is not bad (25mpg for me) for such a fun car to drive
The A3 is a cross between the TT and A4 Avant. The 2-liter turbo scoots, car handles well and the wagon design is practical. Interior design is a beauty, with brushed aluminum trim included with the premium group. And you don't see A3s coming and going all the time on the roads. It's almost a well-kept secret.
Practical body style, great performance, luxury features. The monster sun-roof is a neat option; Bose system sounds wonderful. Didn't think I'd like them, but rain-sensing wipers work quite well.
Just some picky stuff - rearward vision isn't great (headrests should be re- designed). Auto-dimming rear-view mirror does not dim bright lights very much (wish I could swap for a conventional mirror). Center console can be in the way of leg.