What's Wrong with the Audi A3?

A3 owners have made 56 complaints to CarComplaints.com. We've listed the three most active below. Most are about the engine (25%), followed by the transmission (21%) and the electrical (8%).

Want more information about these problems? Clicking on the link will bring you over to CarComplaints.com for additional details. While you're there, add your own complaints about the A3.

Comparing A3 Generations

Watch out for the 3rd generation's (2013–2018) 3.82 PainRank™, which is the worst of 2 generations. Looking for a year-to-year comparison? We've got that too.

Generation Model Years Reliability Complaints PainRank (?)
3rd Gen A3 2013–2018
32 3.82
2nd Gen A3 2006–2012
19 0.79

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    The Worst A3 Years

    This bar chart shows the seven years with the highest complaint volume. Clicking on the year will take you to their problem pages on CarComplaints.com.

    But wait, there's more ... outside of the top seven, there's the 2002 (2), 2014 (1), 1999 (1), 1998 (1), 2011 (1), 1997 (1), 2007 (1), 2008 (0), 2012 (0), 2005 (0), 2003 (0), 2001 (0), 2000 (0), 2017 (0), and 2018 (0).