Auto Express's comfort ratings are based on our Driver Power survey of over 30,000 car owners. Ratings are the average for all owners of this car who responded. Individual owners’ ratings and comments appear below.
58-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

I've privately owned Audi's previously but this is the worst new car I've ever owned. Everything, from the materials used producing distracting reflections in mirrors and glass to the access and seat positioning and construction making it difficult to change gear (the gearbox is already trashed), is extremely poorly done. And only Audi would think it a good idea to turn off your sidelights when turning on your daylight running lights (so no rear lights???) The level of equipment is extremely disappointing - I presumed the best and got the worst in it's class. PS: To prove I'm not comparing with higher specified marcs, my last car was a Skoda Superb - same company - but a brilliant product for less money.

Comfort: 1/5 Practicality: 4/5 Ride Quality: 3/5 Ease of driving: 1/5
57-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Do not like being ripped off for 'extra's' that should be standard on a qualilty car.Bluetooth should be on every car not an extra and SATNAV at £1900 but is dated and complicated when compared to other manufacturers.Will be looking at Jaguar XF - its made in this country ( more environmentally responsible to drive a car made in country of use) and even the 'base' model has all the gadgets I require without huge lists of options.

Comfort: 3/5 Practicality: 4/5 Ride Quality: 1/5 Ease of driving: 3/5
08-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Was a bit wary going from a 3 Series BMW to a smaller A3 but as most of my running is in town, this car ia a good all rounder and is a lot comfier suspension wise, also so far only visit to main dealer was for first service at 16,000 miles Only gripe is that a this is a 3 door hatch, it isn't very easy getting in and out of the back, compared to a Golf for example.

Comfort: 4/5 Practicality: 5/5 Ride Quality: 4/5 Ease of driving: 4/5
05-reg Diesel, Owner for 3 to 5 years

The A3 Sportback I have is comfortable, roomy and economical, it is solidly built and reliable. It has confidence inspiring handling and brakes

The steering is a bit numb and the standard equipment is miserly (no air con or even cd player!) - the engine is clattery at low speeds.

Overall it has been a good family car.

Comfort: 4/5 Practicality: 4/5 Ride Quality: 4/5 Ease of driving: 4/5
59-reg Petrol, Owner for Less than a year

I have returned to Audi and chosen a petrol engine (1.4tfsi petrol turbo supercharged) and delighted with my choice. Nearly 50mpg, low tax band and great performance. Bearing in mind this is from a 7speed paddle shift, impressive.
Audi delivers; understated style, practicality, performance and great customer service.

Comfort: 5/5 Practicality: 5/5 Ride Quality: 5/5 Ease of driving: 5/5
56-reg Diesel, Owner for 3 to 5 years

I have been very pleased with the A3. It is practical, enjoyable to drive, and economical, I have only had to change the two front tyres and a rear light bulb in 41000 miles. The 2.0TDI pulls very well. The ride/road noise could perhaps be better but would definately buy another.

Comfort: 5/5 Practicality: 4/5 Ride Quality: 4/5 Ease of driving: 5/5
2009-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

One failure only in this time which was a total collapse of the gearbox requiring replacement, which I am told is typical of audi. Given I drive it hard it is reasonably frugal. other costs are covered by the company.

Practicality: 4/5 Ride Quality: 5/5 Ease of driving: 4/5
07-reg Diesel, Owner for Less than a year

practical hatch and folding rear seats. Audi A3 170bhp s-line diesel engine is a beast even on demanding roads.I love'it...it sounds more brilliant diesel when you press your foot ...thank you AUDI !

Comfort: 5/5 Practicality: 5/5 Ride Quality: 4/5 Ease of driving: 5/5
58-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

very imprerssed all round though the handbrake design is somewhat odd
also the cigarette lighter socket needs moving as it is in the way when plugged in with sat nav/phone charger

Comfort: 3/5 Practicality: 3/5 Ride Quality: 3/5 Ease of driving: 4/5
55-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Lovely, lively, comfortable car. Excellent feel and overall quality is very satisfying. Not as well appointed as my previous A3 and not as enjoyable, but still very good.

Comfort: 5/5 Practicality: 4/5 Ride Quality: 5/5 Ease of driving: 5/5
57-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

The Audi S3 is a stunning hot hatch, athletic and very muscler body , superb acceleration, and an interior which no other car brand could match for that budget!

Comfort: 5/5 Practicality: 4/5 Ride Quality: 5/5 Ease of driving: 5/5
58-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

The A3 Sportback is ideal for those who don't want a fully fledged estate car. Practical, sporty and perfect with the 2.0 Diesel engine in 170bhp spec.

Comfort: 4/5 Practicality: 5/5 Ride Quality: 3/5 Ease of driving: 5/5
2005-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Starting - 80%rear wipe/wash - 40%. High co2/emissions groupusual high audi spare parts pricesrelatively high fuel costs for 2 litre diesel.

Practicality: 4/5 Ride Quality: 3/5 Ease of driving: 3/5
02-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Its a brilliant little car. Very enjoyable to drive. Feels Solid on the road and is very comfortable especially on long journeys.

Comfort: 5/5 Practicality: 4/5 Ride Quality: 5/5 Ease of driving: 5/5
07-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Comfortable, economical car with residuals that make it very cost effective to run overall. Best car I've owned.

Comfort: 5/5 Practicality: 4/5 Ride Quality: 4/5 Ease of driving: 5/5
53-reg Diesel, Owner for 3 to 5 years

It's great, very versatile, efficient, quick (without being scary) and looks good. Let down by the hard ride.

Comfort: 4/5 Practicality: 4/5 Ride Quality: 2/5 Ease of driving: 4/5
57-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Very restless ride and parts that drop off on their own. Overpriced at retail and expensive accessories.

Comfort: 5/5 Practicality: 4/5 Ride Quality: 2/5 Ease of driving: 5/5
2009-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

No probelms at all in 3 years. Not bad, did not seem like I was forever filling the car up at the pump.

Practicality: 3/5 Ride Quality: 4/5 Ease of driving: 5/5
09-reg Diesel, Owner for Less than a year

A very good package - performance, comfort and ecomomy with an excellent quality interior

Comfort: 5/5 Practicality: 5/5 Ride Quality: 4/5 Ease of driving: 5/5
59-reg Diesel, Owner for Less than a year

I am very pleased with the car, it is stylish yet very practical and economical to run.

Comfort: 4/5 Practicality: 5/5 Ride Quality: 5/5 Ease of driving: 5/5
56-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Not the best of styling but good engine 170bhp, very practical ,quality build & finish

Comfort: 4/5 Practicality: 5/5 Ride Quality: 5/5 Ease of driving: 5/5
59-reg Diesel, Owner for Less than a year

being a cabrio its great when the sun is out.
very economical but not very practical

Comfort: 4/5 Practicality: 2/5 Ride Quality: 2/5 Ease of driving: 4/5
55-reg Diesel, Owner for Less than a year

Stylish, practical, economical and a doddle to drive. A car owners dream!

Comfort: 4/5 Practicality: 4/5 Ride Quality: 4/5 Ease of driving: 4/5
S-reg Petrol, Owner for More than 5 years

Best car I have ever owned and I would only replace it with another Audi

Comfort: 5/5 Practicality: 3/5 Ride Quality: 5/5 Ease of driving: 5/5
54-reg Diesel, Owner for 3 to 5 years

Stylish, practical, economic. Does what it says on the tin....

Comfort: 4/5 Practicality: 4/5 Ride Quality: 4/5 Ease of driving: 4/5
59-reg Diesel, Owner for Less than a year

its lovely, smooth, quick and eyecatching, ticks all the boxes

Comfort: 5/5 Practicality: 4/5 Ride Quality: 4/5 Ease of driving: 5/5
S-reg Diesel, Owner for More than 5 years

Love it, even if it's past its best and occasionally plays up

Comfort: 4/5 Practicality: 3/5 Ride Quality: 4/5 Ease of driving: 4/5
53-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

build quality is very good , suspension /ride very hard ,

Comfort: 2/5 Practicality: 5/5 Ride Quality: 2/5 Ease of driving: 4/5
56-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

practical - a little sensible, but a very very good car

Comfort: 4/5 Practicality: 4/5 Ride Quality: 3/5 Ease of driving: 4/5
55-reg Petrol, Owner for 3 to 5 years

Excellent mix of decent practicality and performance.

Comfort: 5/5 Practicality: 4/5 Ride Quality: 4/5 Ease of driving: 5/5
2007-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Excelkent. Very happy so far. Never let me down.

Practicality: 5/5 Ride Quality: 5/5 Ease of driving: 5/5
09-reg Diesel, Owner for Less than a year

Solid and reliable. A practical everyday car.

Comfort: 5/5 Practicality: 5/5 Ride Quality: 5/5 Ease of driving: 5/5
58-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Best car a an average 22 year old can own

Comfort: 5/5 Practicality: 5/5 Ride Quality: 5/5 Ease of driving: 5/5
08-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

quick stlish and practical enough for me.

Comfort: 5/5 Practicality: 3/5 Ride Quality: 4/5 Ease of driving: 5/5
58-reg Diesel, Owner for Less than a year

Practical comfortable and excellent MPG

Comfort: 4/5 Practicality: 4/5 Ride Quality: 4/5 Ease of driving: 4/5
07-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Excellent all round - ride a bit hard

Comfort: 4/5 Practicality: 5/5 Ride Quality: 4/5 Ease of driving: 4/5
2007-reg Diesel, Owner for 3 to 5 years

Great car. N/a.

Practicality: 4/5 Ride Quality: 3/5 Ease of driving: 4/5
2005-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

No complaints

Practicality: 4/5 Ride Quality: 2/5 Ease of driving: 4/5
55-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

brilliant.

Comfort: 5/5 Practicality: 4/5 Ride Quality: 5/5 Ease of driving: 5/5
2011-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

No issues

Practicality: 4/5 Ride Quality: 3/5 Ease of driving: 4/5