Audi is a master when it comes to interiors. The previous-generation A3's interior was arguably the first to make the whole minimalist vibe work properly. The latest A3 copies its larger siblings inside but does so at a lower price. A 10.1-inch touchscreen controls most important functions, but the climate control is mercifully separate, and the shortcut buttons for the various features are neatly stacked in a row next to the touchscreen interface. Because it's an Audi, the quality is exceptional. Audi has always been good at making even its base model feel a lot more expensive than it is. There's little discernible difference in tactile quality if you hop out of an A3 and into an A7, unless you start poking around the lower door cards. This inherent quality goes a long way toward justifying Audi's asking price.
The Audi A3 is a four-door vehicle, with seating for two up front, and maybe three in the back. We say 'maybe' because fitting five people in the A3 can be a struggle. Head and legroom in the front are fine at 36.8 and 41.2 inches, but the rear seat is less spacious. If you have tall occupants up front, you'll struggle to get any adults behind them. 35.2 inches of rear legroom feels pretty tight, but the headroom is acceptable at 36.6 inches. It's a tight squeeze, but it's worth noting the Audi has more room than its competitors. We'd also avoid having a third person in the rear middle seat for too long, however.
|Audi A3 Sedan Trims||Premium 40 TFSI||Premium Plus 40 TFSI||Premium 40 TFSI quattro||Premium Plus 40 TFSI quattro|
|Headroom Front Seat||36.8 in.||36.8 in.||36.8 in.||36.8 in.|
|Headroom Back Seat||36.6 in.||36.6 in.||36.6 in.||36.6 in.|
|Legroom Front Seat||41.2 in.||41.2 in.||41.2 in.||41.2 in.|
|Legroom Back Seat||35.2 in.||35.2 in.||35.2 in.||35.2 in.|
|Shoulder Room Front||54.8 in.||54.8 in.||54.8 in.||54.8 in.|
It doesn't matter which trim you go for, it will have a quality leather interior. The available colors on all trim levels are Black/Rock Gray, Parchment Beige/Steel Gray, and Santos Brown/Steel Gray. All seat colors are combined with black dashboard trim and black carpets.
These are only three options, but we love the fact that Audi doesn't charge you extra for upholstery that should be standard on a luxury car.
The A3 Sedan has a 10.9 cubic foot trunk, which doesn't sound like much but is generally sufficient in this application. Thankfully, the trunk is a massive square, and the loading height is just 15.4 inches. While the A3 is spacious enough for a young couple with two small kids, the rear seats may need to be folded down if you're going on a shopping spree.
Interior storage is ample. There's an excellent storage space for phones underneath the touchscreen, two cupholders, and center armrest storage for front passengers. Rear passengers get two cupholders housed in the middle seat seatback.
The standard features list also goes a long way toward justifying the price of the Audi A3 over a more humdrum sedan. Even the base Premium trim comes with eight-way power-adjustable front seats with four-way lumbar support and front seat heating. It also has tri-zone climate control, a panoramic sunroof, and leather seats. The standard driver assistance features include Audi pre-sense basic, which prepares the car if an accident is imminent. It also has pre sense front, providing an audible warning if the driver is close to danger. Lane departure warning is standard, as is cruise control and high-beam assist.
The Premium Plus trim adds adaptive cruise control, a memory function for the driver's seat, wireless charging, active lane assist, park assist, and Audi Advanced Key. The latter is a more advanced version of keyless entry, which lets you choose whether it unlocks all the doors or just the driver's door. This trim also gets interior LED lighting.
A 10.1-inch touchscreen infotainment system comes standard on all trims, and it's a good one. Audi's latest MMI is intuitive, responsive, and features wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard. A 10.25-inch digital gauge cluster is standard, but you can step up to a larger 12.3-inch Audi Virtual Cockpit by means of the optional Technology Package on the top model. It features three design layouts, a full-color map with Google Earth imagery, and other useful features. Navigation is an optional extra, bundled with the 15-speaker Bang & Olufsen 3D sound system, which can be specced on the Premium Plus.