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Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

Audi A3 safety levels are high and all models are packed with electronic safety gadgets to go with the strong body. Standard equipment includes front seatbelt pretensioners, as well as driver, passenger, side body, head and knee airbags while all models also have an alarm/immobiliser and remote central locking with deadlocks. As a result, the A3 was awarded a four-star Euro NCAP rating, which although not class-leading, is still very good.

There’s a good amount of space for passengers and luggage. The A3's minimum boot capacity of 350 litres is fairly average for a family hatchback, though this does extend to around 1,100 (when you fold down the split-folding seats) plus the roomy rear seats make lengthy journeys a little more tolerable. Parking isn’t too difficult, but low-speed manoeuvres are aided by its tidy turning circle and optional parking sensors.

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Audi A3 Hatchback (03-12).

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • 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
  • Air conditioning
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Headlight washers
  • Leather seat trim
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Service indicator
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Sports seats

Standard Trim equipment

Standard Trim standard equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
Standard Trim optional equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Service indicator
  • Space saver spare wheel

Black Edition equipment

Black Edition standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • Front fog lights
  • Headlight washers
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Sports seats
Black Edition optional equipment
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Climate control
  • Leather seat trim
  • Service indicator

S Line equipment

S Line standard equipment
  • CD
  • Front fog lights
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Sports seats
S Line optional equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Climate control
  • Leather seat trim
  • Service indicator

S line special edition equipment

S line special edition standard equipment
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Front fog lights
  • Leather seat trim
  • Service indicator
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Sports seats
S line special edition optional equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Climate control
  • Partial leather seat trim

SE equipment

SE standard equipment
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Space saver spare wheel
SE optional equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Climate control
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Service indicator

Special Edition equipment

Special Edition standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Service indicator
  • Space saver spare wheel
Special Edition optional equipment
  • Audio remote

Sport equipment

Sport standard equipment
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Front fog lights
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Sports seats
Sport optional equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Climate control
  • Service indicator

Technik equipment

Technik standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Space saver spare wheel
Technik optional equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Service indicator

Technik SE equipment

Technik SE standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Front fog lights
  • Space saver spare wheel
Technik SE optional equipment
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Climate control
  • Cruise control
  • Service indicator

Euro NCAP Rating

The Audi A3 Hatchback (03-12) was tested by Euro NCAP in and received the following safety ratings:

  • Adult Occupant - 4 stars
  • Child Occupant - 3 stars
  • Vulnerable road users - 1 stars

Euro NCAP provides motoring consumers with a realistic and independent assessment of the safety performance of some of the most popular cars sold in Europe. The safety ratings are determined from a series of vehicle tests, designed and carried out by Euro NCAP. These tests represent, in a simplified way, important real life accident scenarios that could result in injured or killed car occupants or other road users.