3rd Generation (2013—2019) A3 Problems

This generations ranks 50th out of 54 Audi generations in reliability and is generally a good bet. Owners have the most complaints about the engine (24%), transmission (18%), and the electrical (12%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below, see them all on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Excessive Oil Consumption 3 complaints at an average of 2,673 miles in the 2015 Audi A3.
  2. Transmission Failure 1 complaints at an average of 74,565 miles in the 2013 Audi A3.
  3. Transmission Warning Light 2 complaints at an average of 414 miles in the 2015 Audi A3.

What A3 Year is Most Reliable?

Generations are a good baseline for prediciting reliability, but there will almost always be year-to-year differences. We've calculated a reliability score for each model year within this generation, but we've based that score on how the model year compares to all Audi model years.

Watch out for the 2015 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
2019 0 0 19 0.0
2018 1 3 102 1.06
2017 0 2 172 0.0
2016 5 2 259 3.15
2015 21 4 451 14.54
2014 1 0 76 0.12
2013 5 1 330 4.97

Watch out for these common problems

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