2003 Audi A3 Sport 2.0 FSI from UK and Ireland


Sporty, quality car, spoilt by some minor niggling problems and design faults


1) Intermittent problem of hesitant gearchange from auto box which leads to a jerky ride - not solved by Audi.

2) Whistling noise becomes audible at speeds above 40 mph - Audi adjusted the positioning of the plenum chamber cover, wiper arms and bonnet catch, but noise still present.

General Comments:


1) Attractive styling

2) Smart, elegant interior (if a little dark)

3) Excellent safety features

4) Handling superb (but at a price - very harsh ride... see below!)

5) Brisk acceleration

6) Good build quality, very solid feel.


1) Bad reflection of dashboard in front windscreen and side windows

2) Very firm ride - takes a lot of getting used to

3) Poor heat distribution to the footwells - in winter, driver's left leg gets very hot and right leg remains cool

4) Pedal positions not great and take some getting used to.

5) Don't believe Audi's claim that the FSI engine is more economical - I rarely get over 30mpg.

6) My experience of Audi's after-sales customer care isn't great - failure to call back, not able to offer a suitable courtesy car whilst work carried out.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th February, 2006

2003 Audi A3 1.8 from Australia and New Zealand


Nothing so far. In excellent condition.

General Comments:

This car is probably underpowered for any serious boy racer antics. That aside, it's quick enough off the lights, and will challenge a WRX... if only briefly.

Has a lot of pick-up (esp. from 80km/h onwards), good handling, excellent stereo, very comfortable interior, solid build, great headlights, excellent switchgear, brilliant European build, and amazingly, even though I backed into a stump last night, the rear bumper has - and I know that sounds like boolsheet, but it's honestly not - almost fully repaired itself! Of course, there's still a few scratches on the paint, but otherwise the crater that was there has evened itself out! What more can you ask for than a self-healing car?? ;)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 15th November, 2004

2003 Audi A3 2.0 FSI from UK and Ireland


Not the drivers car it claims to be, but a touch of class none the less


Have had no problems so far.

General Comments:

The things I don't like about this car?

The steering is a bit vague - this can probably be attributed to too much power going through the front wheels.

The gear box could be sharper and who ever decided it was a good idea to put reverse next to first in a six speed gear box is an idiot!

Apart from the latter I can't really fault the car. The looks have been significantly improved over the old shape A3. It's not a fast car, but it is quick and provides more than enough acceleration for easy motorway overtaking. The interior, like most Audi's is excellent - simple, but elegant and well put together. The car has good space for 4 adults a fifth might be a bit of a squeeze. The boot is also large for a car of this size.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 17th September, 2004

17th Sep 2004, 15:11

I had one for three months, very cramped, vague handling at high speed, don't do it!!!

3rd May 2005, 19:20

A comment about the gearbox... you have to push down on the shifter and then way over from first... you seem to be the idiot.

3rd May 2006, 06:03

I don't have one, but I'd rather have reverse over by first than by 6th. Better to miss first and hit reverse (because you're probably stopped) than to miss 6th and hit reverse (ouch!)

2003 Audi A3 Sport 2.0 FSI (petrol) from UK and Ireland


A maintenance nightmare


Emission Control System has failed 3 times in 4 months.

Clutch Cylinder failed at 6000 miles.

Car has consumed 5 litres of oil in just over 6000 miles from new.

Drivers seat squeaks when riding on slightly uneven roads.

General Comments:

The Model we bought had an upgraded CD/stereo made by Sony and Speaker system designed by BOSE - undoubtedly the highlight of the car (not made by Audi!).

When it's not having faults fixed, the car is very quick, handles the road well and has a great sporty 6 speed gearbox.

Unfortunately our car is currently being held by Audi whilst we await the decision of a refund/replacement. Audi cannot currently resolve the oil and emission problems and have admitted this to me.

I am prepared to accept that things can go wrong with cars, even new ones. What defines the quality of a brand of car is how well the company handles the situation when things do go wrong. I'm afraid to say that Audi have handled our case appallingly. If you buy this car and have problems with it (like I have) you will be passed between: the dealership you bought the car from; the dealership that has the car for repair; Audi Roadside Assistance, Audi Customer Care and in our case, the finance company (Audi finance). Each of these parties will play you off each other with expertise; you will find that no-one will take responsibility for your problems and you will struggle to get anything resolved. It took me 13 phone calls one day just to arrange insurance for my partner on the Ford Focus we were supplied as a replacement car.

In summary - it's a nice car (if a little unreliable) but please be prepared for very substandard after sales support should anything go wrong with the vehicle.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 9th February, 2004

18th Apr 2004, 04:47

Oh no!! That's terrible. I've just recently made an order of the vehicle and is due in May/June time. Why don't they ever make sites like this incorporated with the big car reviews. I wish I found this out a month before the order. There's is nothing, but lies lies lies in the car brochure then... Well I will certainly post updates on this site when I do get the car. I feel like a right mug!! My previous car was Japanese (Honda) and for the past 7 years since having the car new... NOT ONE COMPLAINT! At least the Japanese test their cars before unleashing it to the public! Unlike the western world.