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Parkers overall rating: 3.5 out of 5 3.5

With plenty of airbags and a strong chassis structure, the A3 scores well for a car launched in the early nineties, receiving a four-star Euro NCAP rating. It also scored two stars (out of four) for pedestrian safety. Security isn't brilliant, especially on pre-98 cars, but more recent models come with remote central locking, an immobiliser and visible vehicle identification number as standard.

The A3 offers reasonable boot space, but if you want to carry luggage for four adults it probably won't all fit. There are plenty of cubby holes for bottles and drinks however and the split folding rear seats give a bit more practicality, but the boot opening is a little high and a can be awkward to access.

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Audi A3 (96-03).

  • ABS
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Remote locking
  • Side airbags
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
  • Traction control

Equipment by trim level

To view equipment options for a specific trim level, please select from the following list:

Equipment included on some trim levels
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • CD
  • Central locking
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Electric sunroof
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Headlight washers
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Metallic Paint
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Rear electric windows
  • Service indicator
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Sports seats
  • Steel wheels

Standard Trim equipment

Standard Trim standard equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Service indicator
Standard Trim optional equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Central locking
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Metallic Paint
  • Rear electric windows

S3 equipment

S3 standard equipment
  • Central locking
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Headlight washers
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Sports seats
S3 optional equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Partial leather seat trim

SE equipment

SE standard equipment
  • Climate control
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Leather seat trim
  • Service indicator
SE optional equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Central locking
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Metallic Paint
  • Rear electric windows
  • Steel wheels

Sport equipment

Sport standard equipment
  • Sports seats
Sport optional equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • CD
  • Central locking
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Electric sunroof
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Lumbar support
  • Metallic Paint
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Rear electric windows
  • Service indicator
  • Space saver spare wheel