Audi A3 Sportback hatchback (2013-2020) - Practicality & boot space

Fitted with one of the powerful but frugal diesel engines and four-wheel drive, the roomy and practical Audi A3 Sportback makes a great tow car

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The Audi A3 Sportback's wheelbase has increased by 58mm, making it 35mm longer than the three-door A3 hatchback between the front and rear wheels. This means it’s one of the roomiest cars in its class. It’s one of the most durable, too, with an interior that’ll stand up to family wear and tear like few others. Add plenty of storage space plus the two extra doors and the A3 Sportback makes a convincing case as an upscale family car.

Audi A3 Sportback interior space & storage

In the front, the A3 Sportback is a perfectly roomy car. Behind, there’s more space than before, but in truth it’s only suitable for two adult passengers – three will be a bit of a squeeze. Wide-opening rear doors mean a child seat can be installed easily. However, the Sportback sits quite low, so you have to bend down awkwardly to lean in, while only the two outer seats have ISOFIX child-seat fixings. Storage space includes a decent-sized glovebox, a cubbyhole under the front armrest and deep door bins.

Boot space

The Sportback’s extra length brings additional load capacity. With the rear seats upright, boot space is 380 litres – 30 litres more than in the old model. With the seats folded flat to make a level floor, that space grows to 1,220 litres. That’s about on par with the BMW 1 Series and Volkswagen Golf. However, the Skoda Octavia beats them all with a seats-up capacity of 610 litres and seats-down room of 1,740 litres.

Meanwhile, the Sportback’s space is reduced in the quattro four-wheel drive and in the e-tron hybrid model. In the latter, the battery pack reduces boot space by 100 litres to 280.

A low, clear boot ledge means loads can be inserted easily. Handily, there’s a false boot floor to hide valuables under, too. You also get a slim space-saver spare wheel.

Towing

Fitted with one of the powerful yet frugal diesel engines and four-wheel drive, the roomy and practical Sportback makes a great tow car. In fact, the 2.0-litre TDI quattro can pull a braked trailer weighing as much as 1,800kg – easily more than a family caravan. Even the humble 1.6-litre TDI can tow 1,300kg. The petrol versions' limits range from 1,500kg to 1,800kg.

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