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Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

A3 buyers are treated to a high quality cabin and plenty of space. The driver's seat and steering wheel offer a good range of adjustment, while the materials in the cabin look and feel refined. Audi interiors are often used as benchmarks for quality by other manufacturers and the A3 feels just as well put together as a £40,000 Audi A6. Facelifted models (from late 2008) have an improved cabin with softer touch materials, new black dials with red needles and upgraded switches.

Although the interior is roomy enough, the rear compartment may feel a little claustrophobic, particularly with a dark coloured interior. Audi A3 comfort levels are excellent: up front however there's plenty of passenger space and the chairs offer decent support. Air conditioning is optional on entry-level models but all cars built from September 2008 come with it as standard, along electric front windows.

The older diesels are a little noisier than those found in the BMW 1-Series, but the newer common rail TDI engines are far smoother.