- 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.