Bought it used with 33K miles and have put another 12K since then. Love the ride, handling, very fun car on my painful 1 hour commute to work every day. Since it's more sporty suspension is a bit stiff so not the couch comfort but that's how German cars are. It does lack some options you would think should be in an Audi; auto dimming mirrors, memory seats, passenger power seats but doesn't bother me personally. Slight turbo lag in taking off but you can shift to manual mode and it picks up right away. Can't beat the mileage, 36 daily -41 highway.
HID lights with LED, gas mileage, versatility of a hatch but performance of a small sporty car
I was so excited to buy this car. It looks great, gets above average gas mileage and I thought it was going to be dependable...I was absolutely incorrect and it has cost me a significant amount of money! The warranty expired at 50k, which is when the major system began to fail. First it was the motor in the seat...not a huge deal, but it was expensive. Next the A/C compressor failed, an issue that Audi is aware of and has issued a service advisory about, but without a warranty, one that I had to pay for. Finally the Turbo charger failed. At this rate it will have all new parts before it hits 60k. This car is crap and Audi should be ashamed that they built it.
Its a nice looking car. The TDI Premium comes with a basic version of just about everything. Cruise control, power everything, nice wheels and all glass roof.
The tire cover in the back will crack in half if you put any weight back there. Its a 4 door, but can hardly hold more than 3 average sized people, if you get someone to lay sideways in the back. The TDI premium plus does not come with any interior lights...just 2 massive headlamps in the front, a rear light in the back and one in the glove-box.
I have owned for 2 years and put 55K miles on my A3 TDI.
Bought car for performance and great MPG - commute is 100 miles per day.
With 500 miles left on warranty Mechatronics unit went - first time had issues was 25K miles and dealer did software update. (it's roughly$3,200 repair if out of warranty).
At 54K miles EGR valve clogged with ash - ($800 repair & AUDI offered no help)
I called AudiUSA and got nowhere.
DO NOT BUY this car for MPG savings, you'll give it all back in repairs. Overall nice car but, I also own 2 Toyotas and I'm spoiled by the fact that they don't break...I had always heard that Audi/VW reliability issues were a problem, definitely some buyer's remorse on A3
Handling and performance, 37 MPG average is great
Car should have 100K mile warranty, AC unit doesn't cool car very well, lights should be auto on-off
So far, I am very satisfied with my new Audi A3 Diesel. The performance is really exceptional. It accelerates smoothly and corners very well. I am very happy with the build quality.
The diesel engine delivers exceptional power and the fuel economy is outstanding! The blue tooth mobile phone connection was extremely easy to set up. Exterior and interior styling and finishing is excellent.
At the same time, I bought my wife the Audi Q5 and the Navigation system is slightly different. Also, the iPod connection should have been located in a more convenient spot (perhaps between the two front seats), and sometimes it cannot find the iPod. It just says "Unsupported Device". I also think the front passenger seat should have power adjustments.
I recently bought an A3 TDI and have enjoyed the first 2k miles.
35 mpg with fairly aggressive mixed city/hwy driving.
I like not having to baby it to get good mileage.
The car is very stable and composed at highway speeds and in the daily S. Florida rainstorms.
If you test drive it, look for two things.
1) Diesel motor tick.
It has such a
quiet cabin that you may not hear it in a test drive.
You'll hear it in your driveway though.
Make sure it is not an issue for you. 2) Its truly an automated manual transmission it "catches" when coming to a slow stop, just like a manual does.
Those not used to manuals may not like the feel.
I love it though and am very happy with the purchase.
Favorites: Dual sunroof, Nicer leather seats, lower roofline, sportier stance, additional warranty and Audi customer experience helped convince me over the mechanically similar Golf TDI. S-tronic transmission with sport mode, speed weighted steering, Bluetooth integration and great gas mileage are also favorites (shared with Golf TDI)
Really agree with other reviewer on the need for basic creature comforts in a luxury car.
Salesperson said that its because the car is made for the European audience.
Biggest improvement would be memory seats for the driver and standard power seat for passenger.
Also, integrated garage door opener and standard autodimming mirror.