Auto Express's performance 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.
09-reg Petrol, Owner for Less than a year

The Audi A3 Sportback with 1.4 TFSI engine and DSG gearbox gives an excellent blend of style, practicality , handling and performance with a relatively low depreciation rate. It's size is a perfect compromise between being small enough for parking in multi-storey car parks etc and agility in handling yet large enough to provide passenger comfort over long journeys. A great everyday car that puts a smile on my face when I use it for commuting and pleasure.

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
2008-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

No major problems. have had to replace 1 rear light bulb. the electric windows occasionally stick and need the one-touch feature reseting, I think this is due extra resistance when the window is icy or the rubber has heated in the sun. The running costs are very good for a car with so much performance potential. it could be improved with a slightly higher 6th gear giving better fuel economy when cruising on the motorway.

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
06-reg Diesel, Owner for 3 to 5 years

Delighted with all aspects of the car. Excellent performance, build quality, the styling is sophisticated and has not aged. I have been driving for 35 years and it's the first car I have owned that I have not wanted to change within a couple of years of ownership!

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
52-reg Diesel, Owner for More than 5 years

A good car, eats up miles with ease with good performance and economy, the conservative styling still looks good despite being 14 years old. A bit cramped for 4 but overall it has coped with everything I expected the car to acheive.

Performance: 4/5 Braking: 4/5 Handling: 4/5
2006-reg Diesel, Owner for more than 5 years

Replacement turbo after 54,000 miles was annoying. other than that, no issues to report. Main dealer prices can be off-putting, but willingness to negotiate on servicing/maintenance costs helps.

Performance: 3/5 Braking: 3/5 Handling: 3/5
04-reg Diesel, Owner for More than 5 years

Very well built, quiet, economical, excellent DSG gearbox makes it very relaxing to drive and is great fun to use in manual mode when you feel like a more sporty drive.

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 4/5 Handling: 3/5
2009-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Had no issues so far. Appart from usable items tyres brake pads on front but were before we really drove so could have been previous as I am not heavy on breaks etc.

Performance: 4/5 Braking: 4/5 Handling: 5/5
58-reg Diesel, Owner for Less than a year

Good small quality car. Suspension on S Line version too firm but to be expected as other models available.

Don't like engine cut-out when braking and ESP

Performance: 4/5 Braking: 4/5 Handling: 4/5
08-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

My car is a 1.4 Turbo and I am very impressed with the performance and economy it achieves. After nearly 2 years ownership I have no negative comments.

Performance: 4/5 Braking: 4/5 Handling: 5/5
2003-reg Petrol, Owner for 3 to 5 years

No problems except for expected consumable items such as bulbs, battery, tyres etc. Not the best mpg, but to be expected for a performance car.

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 3/5 Handling: 4/5
2007-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Thirsty but normal for a performance car, expensive to ensure and maintain, but again not unexpected.

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
56-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Overall a great car, but the engine can be noisy and sometimes the brakes don't inspire confidence.

Performance: 4/5 Braking: 3/5 Handling: 3/5
2006-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Audi spares prices tend to be quite high but they have reduced servicing costs for older vehicles.

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
58-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Has more than lived up to my expectations so far. Overall, it's the best car I've ever owned.

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
2012-reg Diesel, Owner for less than a year

No issues so far. Quattro system is much heavier on fuel than fwd version we owned previously.

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
S-reg Petrol, Owner for More than 5 years

Considering its age it remains a very pleasant car to drive with good economy & performance

Performance: 4/5 Braking: 4/5 Handling: 4/5
09-reg Diesel, Owner for Less than a year

An all rounder - good performance, ecomony, boot size, able to carry 5 adults comfortably.

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
2005-reg Petrol, Owner for more than 5 years

Some minor niggles at 82,000 miles - cv joint elec. fan, rear wiper motor. that's all

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
02-reg Diesel, Owner for More than 5 years

Rock solid reliable car that doesn't get treated very well but NEVER fails to perform

Performance: 4/5 Braking: 3/5 Handling: 3/5
58-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

you pay more you get more the quality you get with Audi i think justifies the price

Performance: 3/5 Braking: 3/5 Handling: 4/5
2010-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

. I am happy with the fact that my car has only had one service in two years.

Performance: 4/5 Braking: 3/5 Handling: 3/5
57-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Awesome performance, understated Q car, excellent value and build quality,

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
2008-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

For the performance of the car, the running costs are very reasonable.

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
06-reg Diesel, Owner for Less than a year

The absolute best you can get for this price bracket

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
55-reg Diesel, Owner for 3 to 5 years

practicality coupled with above avergae performance.

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
57-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Almost exactly what I expected when I bought it.

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
09-reg Petrol, Owner for Less than a year

It's stunning and a delight to drive

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
09-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Meets expectations, nothing further

Performance: 3/5 Braking: 4/5 Handling: 3/5
W-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

A top car I would buy another.

Performance: 3/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
56-reg Diesel, Owner for Less than a year

The best car I have owned

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 4/5 Handling: 5/5
58-reg Diesel, Owner for Less than a year

A joy to drive

Performance: 4/5 Braking: 4/5 Handling: 3/5
56-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Perfect

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5