Parkers overall rating: 4.5 out of 5 4.5

The cabin is driver-focused and is well laid out. The switchgear feels solid and well made while the plastics on the dash are soft to touch. The chrome inserts brighten the cabin too.

If you have electric front seats then it’s easy to get a good driving position, but if you only have manual front seats then sliding the chair into the correct position can be a bit of a faff.

Extending the wheelbase by 23mm has made a difference when it comes to leg-room for rear passengers. The A3 feels much bigger than the previous generation and the interior is brighter thanks to the chrome inserts making the cabin a lot more pleasant. Audi A3 comfort levels are excellent.

Comfort

The ride is good too: it's supple over all surfaces and particularly smooth when cruising on motorways. The front seats are well bolstered and the side supports are of a decent size giving good support when cornering enthusiastically. Road, wind and tyre noise are minimal because the cabin has been well insulated.