Parkers overall rating: 4.5 out of 5 4.5

Audi has kept the A3 virtually identical to the previous generation in terms of length but it has a longer wheelbase (increase of 23mm) giving passengers more legroom in the rear of the car.

There are plenty of cubbies to hide loose change from view while the door pockets are of a good size as is the glove box. All-round visibility is good but it may be an idea to opt for parking sensors for added peace of mind when reversing. The handbrake has been replaced by a parking brake freeing up space in the central console.

Will my luggage fit?

Boot space has increased by 15 litres over the previous generation to 365 litres when you have the seats in place. Fold the split-folding rear seats flat and the load space increases to 1,100 litres which is 5 litres more than its main rival, the BMW 1 Series. The BMW’s loadspace is 100 litres larger when the rear seats are folded down, however.

Safety

Expect the Audi A3 to receive five stars when tested by Euro NCAP even though the previous generation only received four stars. Standard Audi A3 safety kit on the Audi A3 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.

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Audi A3 Hatchback (12-18).

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • 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
  • Service indicator
  • 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
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • DVD
  • Front fog lights
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Sat Nav
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Sports seats

Black Edition equipment

Black Edition standard equipment
  • Cruise control
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Sat Nav
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Sports seats
Black Edition optional equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
  • DVD
  • Front fog lights
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Parking sensors

S Line equipment

S Line standard equipment
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Sports seats
S Line optional equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • DVD
  • Front fog lights
  • Headlight washers
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav

S3 equipment

S3 standard equipment
  • Cruise control
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Sat Nav
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Sports seats
S3 optional equipment
  • DVD

S3 Black Edition equipment

S3 Black Edition standard equipment
  • Cruise control
  • DVD
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Sat Nav
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Sports seats
S3 Black Edition optional equipment
None available

SE equipment

SE standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Cloth seat trim
SE optional equipment
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Parking sensors
  • Space saver spare wheel

SE Technik equipment

SE Technik standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
  • Space saver spare wheel
SE Technik optional equipment
  • Front fog lights

Sport equipment

Sport standard equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Sports seats
Sport optional equipment
  • Cruise control
  • DVD
  • Front fog lights
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav

Euro NCAP Rating – 5 stars

The Audi A3 Hatchback (12-18) was tested by Euro NCAP in 2012 and was awarded a 5 star overall rating. This overall rating is calculated from the following individual ratings:

5 star rating
Test 2012
Individual safety ratings
Adult Occupant: 95%
Child Occupant: 87%
Vulnerable Road Users: 74%
Safety Assist: 86%

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.