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Parkers overall rating: 4.2 out of 5 4.2
  • Five stars awarded in 2012
  • Plenty of safety kit available as an option
  • Standard Isofix and airbags

Tested in 2012, Euro NCAP awarded the A3 a full five stars for its safety rating. That was before the tests became more stringent, but the A3 is still a very safe and solid hatchback.

The Audi A3 Sportback is loaded with plenty of safety kit. You get driver, passenger, side body, head and knee airbags while all models also have an alarm/immobiliser, remote central locking, childlocks for the rear doors and front seatbelt pretensioners.

There are also three Isofix points for child seats, and there’s a wide range of extras available as part of the Driver Assistance Pack, adding; adaptive cruise control, traffic-jam assist, active lane assist, blindspot monitoring, high-beam assist, autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian detection, traffic sign recognition and front and rear parking sensors. 

  • Generous passenger room with practical body
  • Boot is well shaped and large enough for most
  • Good extra storage areas throughout

Inside, the A3’s fairly upright body (compared with the BMW 1 Series and Mercedes A-Class) affords it generous headroom both in the front and in the back, plus it’s very easy to get in and out of.

In the front there’s a wide range of adjustment for both driver and passenger, with plenty of legroom for even the tallest of occupants, while those in the rear shouldn’t feel too cramped either.

 

The A3 is a well-proportioned car that doesn’t feel big and bulky on the road. That means it can blend being a practical small family car with being an urban runaround without being cumbersome.

It’s easy to judge the extremities of the vehicle thanks to good manoeuvrability and visibility, and is easy to nip around small towns and tight car parks.

With the seats in place the Audi A3 Sportback has a loadspace of 380 litres – 10 litres larger than the previous generation. With the rear seats folded the boot space in the Sportback expands to 1,220 litres. The A3 Sportback trumps its main rivals in the space race making it one of the most practical cars in the sector.

There are plenty of cubbies to keep loose change hidden from prying eyes when parked, while the door pockets and glove box are of a good size. All-round visibility is good but it may be an idea to opt for parking sensors for added peace of mind when reversing.

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Audi A3 Sportback.

  • ABS
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Rear electric windows
  • 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
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Air conditioning
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • DVD
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Electric sunroof
  • Front fog lights
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Sports seats

Standard Trim equipment

Standard Trim standard equipment
  • Cruise control
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats
Standard Trim optional equipment
  • CD
  • Heated mirrors

Audi Sport Edition equipment

Audi Sport Edition standard equipment
  • CD
  • Cruise control
  • Electric sunroof
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats
Audi Sport Edition optional equipment
None available

Black Edition equipment

Black Edition standard equipment
  • CD
  • Cruise control
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats
Black Edition optional equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Cloth seat trim
  • DVD
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Electric sunroof
  • Front fog lights
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Roof rails
  • Space saver spare wheel

E-Tron equipment

E-Tron standard equipment
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Heated mirrors
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats
E-Tron optional equipment
  • CD
  • Cruise control
  • DVD
  • Front fog lights
  • Headlight washers

S Line equipment

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

S3 equipment

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

S3 Black Edition equipment

S3 Black Edition standard equipment
  • CD
  • Cruise control
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats
S3 Black Edition optional equipment
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • DVD
  • Heated mirrors
  • Space saver spare wheel

SE equipment

SE standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Heated mirrors
SE optional equipment
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
  • Space saver spare wheel

SE Technik equipment

SE Technik standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
SE Technik optional equipment
  • DVD
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Space saver spare wheel

Sport equipment

Sport standard equipment
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Sports seats
Sport optional equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • DVD
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Leather seat trim
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
  • Space saver spare wheel

Euro NCAP Rating – 5 stars

The Audi A3 Sportback 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%
Pedestrian: 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.