Audi A3 Sportback hatchback (2013-2020) - Interior & comfort

Thanks to the Audi A3 Sportback’s widely adjustable seat and steering wheel, it’s easy to find the perfect driving position

Carbuyer Rating

3.5 out of 5

Interior & comfort Rating

3.5 out of 5

Inside is where the Audi A3 Sportback really justifies its premium price. Materials are of the highest quality and feel anchored to the car for life, the styling is tasteful and restrained, the dashboard is well ordered and the range of standard equipment impresses. Audi’s optional ‘Virtual Cockpit’ – which replaces the traditional dashboard dials with a high-resolution 12.3-inch TFT screen – is an expensive but excellent addition.

Even the basic 1.0-litre TFSI SE Technik model has a seven-inch colour screen, sat nav and parking sensors. In fact, across all engines, SE Technik trim offers the most tempting blend of specification and value for money.

Audi A3 Sportback dashboard

The A3 Sportback’s dashboard is handsome and well organised. Higher-spec models get additional flashes of aluminium detailing, but if it’s radical design you’re looking for, you’re better off elsewhere.

The dash is dominated by the seven-inch colour infotainment screen, with an intuitive control wheel and a small selection of buttons that are raised to make them easier to find in the dark. Thanks to every-which-way adjustment of the seat and steering wheel, it’s easy to find the perfect driving position. The steering-wheel-mounted controls are top-quality, but voice control of key functions is also included as standard.

Equipment

There are four trim levels: SE Technik (which comes with sat nav and parking aids), Sport, and S line and Black Edition. Standard equipment is good: it includes air-conditioning, automatic windscreen wipers and xenon headlights, cruise control, an infotainment screen, Bluetooth phone connectivity and alloy wheels. The SE Technik gets 16-inch alloys, which provide a smoother, more refined ride than the 17 and 18-inch wheels fitted to the Sport and S line respectively.

Indeed, such is the SE Technik's generous and intelligent specification that the leather trim, aluminium detailing, dual-zone air conditioning and firmer sports seats of the Sport and S line models seem unnecessary.

Options

Red-painted brakes, 19-inch alloy wheels and Audi Magnetic Ride (which offers adjustable suspension settings) are among the Sportback’s more indulgent extras. In addition, it’s possible to order LED headlights, as well as a comfort package that includes Audi’s parking assistance system. Choose your options wisely, though, because subsequent buyers won’t value them nearly as much, resulting in higher depreciation.

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  • Name
    30 TFSI 116 SE Technik 5dr
  • Gearbox type
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  • Price
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  • Name
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  • Gearbox type
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  • Price
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  • Name
    40 TFSI Quattro S Line 5dr S Tronic
  • Gearbox type
    Semi-auto
  • Price
    £32,055

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