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Audi A3 / S3 / RS3 vs. Volkswagen Golf / GTI Reliability by Model Generation

Results are for year ending June 30, 2017. Only successfully completed repairs are currently included in the analysis. Routine maintenance, most wear items, recalls, and problems fixed with just a reflash or warning light reset are not included.
Year and Model % of Average Repair Frequency  
2015 - 2018 Audi A3 / S3 Reliability by Generation2015 - 2018 Audi A3 / S3
37.4285714286% Best 103% Worst
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2015 - 2017 Volkswagen Golf / GTI Reliability by Generation2015 - 2017 Volkswagen Golf / GTI
60.8571428571% Best 144% Worst
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2010 - 2014 Volkswagen Jetta / Golf / GTI Reliability by Generation2010 - 2014 Volkswagen Jetta / Golf / GTI
46% Best 118% Worst
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2006 - 2013 Audi A3 Reliability by Generation2006 - 2013 Audi A3
54% Best 132% Worst
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2007 - 2009 Volkswagen Jetta / Golf / GTI Reliability by Generation2007 - 2009 Volkswagen Jetta / Golf / GTI
62% Best 146% Worst
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2000 - 2006 Volkswagen Jetta / Golf / GTI Reliability by Generation2000 - 2006 Volkswagen Jetta / Golf / GTI
38.5714285714% Best 105% Worst
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What Our Members Are Saying about the Reliability And Durability of the Audi A3

Audi A3 Reliability And Durability: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2016 4dr Sedan turbocharged 292hp 2.0L I4
6-speed automated manual AWD
water pump failed at 15,500 miles, repaired at no cost under warranty. full 2016 Audi A3 review
2007 4dr Hatch turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4
6-speed automated manual FWD
I have hadzero major mechancal problems in 99000 miles. One repair: I had to replace a fan unit.Other than that it has beenbasic maintenance. Fantastic. full 2007 Audi A3 review
2007 4dr Hatch turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4
6-speed manual FWD
The car is build like a tank. full 2007 Audi A3 review
2006 4dr Hatch turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4
6-speed manual FWD
In 2006 the car was offered with 4 years free maintenance. full 2006 Audi A3 review
2006 4dr Hatch turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4
6-speed automated manual FWD
No problems full 2006 Audi A3 review
Audi A3 Reliability And Durability: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2016 4dr Sedan turbocharged 292hp 2.0L I4
6-speed automated manual AWD
water pump failure at 15,500 miles full 2016 Audi A3 review
2013 4dr Hatch turbocharged 140hp 2.0L I4 Diesel
6-speed automated manual FWD
Not so much. It's been in the shop for various reasons 35 days in the first year of ownership. So far both front axles have been replaced, several tires, various other suspension/steering bits, and a few rattles. One of the windows auto up/down feature broke then fixed itself. The same window will on occasion roll itself back down. full 2013 Audi A3 review
2008 4dr Hatch turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4
6-speed automated manual FWD
From what I read and hear from Audi owners, these are not cheap to maintain, and the maintenance is a little too frequent. full 2008 Audi A3 review
2007 4dr Hatch 250-horsepower 3.2L V6
6-speed automated manual AWD
There seems to be a steady parade of high dollar systematic issues with Audi vehicles. Every vehicle has maintenance issues, but this Audi has had design problems (sunshade, roof trim, ign coil, roof trim, HID bulbs). full 2007 Audi A3 review
2006 4dr Hatch turbocharged 105hp 1.9L I4 Diesel
5-speed manual FWD
Audi is not listed in car makers reliability top 10. They are known to have various problems, definitely not the choice to go for if reliability is your top priority. full 2006 Audi A3 review
2006 4dr Hatch turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4
6-speed manual FWD
Audi has a reputation for selling maintenance-intensive cars and having owned several VWs I was not looking to Audi for being the most trouble-free option. full 2006 Audi A3 review
 

What Our Members Are Saying about the Reliability And Durability of the Audi A3

Audi A3 Reliability And Durability: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2016 4dr Sedan turbocharged 292hp 2.0L I4
6-speed automated manual AWD
water pump failed at 15,500 miles, repaired at no cost under warranty. full 2016 Audi A3 review
2007 4dr Hatch turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4
6-speed automated manual FWD
I have hadzero major mechancal problems in 99000 miles. One repair: I had to replace a fan unit.Other than that it has beenbasic maintenance. Fantastic. full 2007 Audi A3 review
2007 4dr Hatch turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4
6-speed manual FWD
The car is build like a tank. full 2007 Audi A3 review
2006 4dr Hatch turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4
6-speed manual FWD
In 2006 the car was offered with 4 years free maintenance. full 2006 Audi A3 review
2006 4dr Hatch turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4
6-speed automated manual FWD
No problems full 2006 Audi A3 review
Audi A3 Reliability And Durability: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2016 4dr Sedan turbocharged 292hp 2.0L I4
6-speed automated manual AWD
water pump failure at 15,500 miles full 2016 Audi A3 review
2013 4dr Hatch turbocharged 140hp 2.0L I4 Diesel
6-speed automated manual FWD
Not so much. It's been in the shop for various reasons 35 days in the first year of ownership. So far both front axles have been replaced, several tires, various other suspension/steering bits, and a few rattles. One of the windows auto up/down feature broke then fixed itself. The same window will on occasion roll itself back down. full 2013 Audi A3 review
2008 4dr Hatch turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4
6-speed automated manual FWD
From what I read and hear from Audi owners, these are not cheap to maintain, and the maintenance is a little too frequent. full 2008 Audi A3 review
2007 4dr Hatch 250-horsepower 3.2L V6
6-speed automated manual AWD
There seems to be a steady parade of high dollar systematic issues with Audi vehicles. Every vehicle has maintenance issues, but this Audi has had design problems (sunshade, roof trim, ign coil, roof trim, HID bulbs). full 2007 Audi A3 review
2006 4dr Hatch turbocharged 105hp 1.9L I4 Diesel
5-speed manual FWD
Audi is not listed in car makers reliability top 10. They are known to have various problems, definitely not the choice to go for if reliability is your top priority. full 2006 Audi A3 review
2006 4dr Hatch turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4
6-speed manual FWD
Audi has a reputation for selling maintenance-intensive cars and having owned several VWs I was not looking to Audi for being the most trouble-free option. full 2006 Audi A3 review