In reviews for the Audi A3, above average handling is a high point. Most reviews also like the Audi's exterior design and roomy interior. Safety features and control set-up are other positive aspects. Several reviews say the Audi is just a fun, sporty compact wagon.
The main downfall of the A3 is the price, which increases quickly when options are added. Some reviews say rear-seat legroom is tight, while others say large drivers might not be that comfortable either. A couple of reviews also found the clutch to be a little jerky, but most say the Audi A3 absorbs bumps pretty well. One downside is that the Audi requires premium fuel. The Audi A3 is based on the same platform as the VW Beetle and Jetta, which have both had reliability problems. EPA fuel economy estimate: 21 to 25 mpg/city, 27 to 32 mpg/highway, depending on engine