LOVE this car! I'm a 57 year old female who loves to drive. I always drove "The Family Car" the sedan, mini van, SUV, full size van, then the truck. I loved all of those vehicles, but NOW that I am a happy single woman, my auto technician son helped me pick a "bucket list" performance car. I got a pretty blue Audi A3, my dream car is a Mustang, but I wanted something with better gas mileage than the Mustang gets. The Audi has been fantastic! Fun, economical, pretty, Turbo, sport mode and manual shift make it a really fun ride off the beaten path on winedy hilly mountain roads. The moon roof is awesome, sound system great! My only complaint is getting in and out, it's low to the ground, but very roomy and so comfortable one you are in. I'm pretty flexible and fit, but sometimes when I have the handbag, work stuff, or misc things to carry, it's not as easy to get in and out of as a larger more "boring' sedan type vehicle. LOVE my Audi!
All enjoyment you might get from the fuel efficiency or the interior comfort are completely overshadowed by the poor reliability.
My 2007 Audi A3 (automatic, 2WD, cold weather package) has never disappointed me. It's a blast to drive. As a former Volkswagen GTI Turbo owner, I was looking for something understated but responsive. I find the Audi A3 very pleasant to look at, and fun to drive. The steering and brakes are smooth, but allow quick decision-making. Acceleration is powerful, allowing for ease with merging, passing, and thrill-seeking. At times the car feels like it almost leaps off the ground. Front and rear seats are comfortable. The quality of the leather seats is high, and seat warmers do the trick on cold mornings. My only complaints are 1) temperature controls, 2) seat belt alarms, 3) dash display 4) moon roof, and 5) performance in snow. The heating and cooling are determined by setting a temperature control, as opposed to directly turning on heat or cooling. The override options are somewhat confusing. I still can't figure out how to use the front and center air vents. An annoying dinging noise is heard repeatedly whenever the power is on and seatbelts are not latched. This is annoying all the time, but especially when sitting in a parking lot wanting free body movement. The dash displays, while very high-tech (allowing visualization of miles traveled, time since departure, miles to next gas fill-up, current MPG, average MPG for current trip, etc.) are a distracting shade of red. The double moon roof (with only a screen and the glass for closing) enhances a feeling of openness, but can easily cause excess heat in warmer weather Lastly, my 2WD model does not do well in snowy conditions, especially when traveling up hills. Overall, I love my Audi A3. It's very sporty and feels like a luxury car. I don't see many of them on the road, but I think it's just because people don't know the secrets of this car. I give it both thumbs up.