Parkers overall rating: 3.9 out of 5 3.9
  • Boot capacity matches its rivals
  • Good amounts of headroom and legroom front and rear
  • Middle rear seat space could be better

This is a roomy car, and we could get comfortable in both rows of seats. The boot is a fair size for a hatchback of this ilk and you can order an electric bootlid on some models, letting you waggle your foot under the bumper to operate the tailgate. Handy if you’ve got your arms full of shopping or babies. It's disappointing to see that Audi hasn't bothered to line the compartment left by the lack of a spare wheel, though - it could be a highly useful underfloor storage space, but anything left down there will rattle about like nobody's business on bare metal.

Throughout the rest of the cabin, storage space is adequate, with all doors being capable of carrying medium-sized drinks bottles. There’s a well-sized glovebox and a small storage area under the central front armrest. Cupholders between the front seats double-up as additional storage and there’s plenty of space in the centre console for a smartphone.

Unlike the Mercedes-Benz A-Class and its space-saving column shifter, the A3 uses a sort of toggle switch for gear selection on automatic models. This doesn't really free up any room in the centre console, which is a shame.

The front seats are comfortable, offering plenty of adjustment in all directions, including extendable squab for better under-leg support. Front seat headroom is good, while sculpted backs on the front seats help rear legroom, and there’s now a little more rear elbow room and shoulder room than in the previous A3. Foot space for the middle seat rear passenger is limited, as is the norm in this sector.

Boot capacity measures in at 380 litres, matching the BMW 1 Series and bettering the Mercedes-Benz A-Class by 10 litres. Official figures are only one thing, though, and we found the A3's boot narrower and less useful than either of those two cars.

A low load lip helps and, in addition to bag hooks on either side, there’s also a 12-volt power socket. With the rear seats folded, the capacity grows to 1,200 litres, so once you avoid bookcases, the occasional trip to Ikea should be fine. Base models get 60:40 split folding rear seats, while all others get a 40:20:40 setup. 

S3 makes do with smaller boot

Be aware that choosing this faster, top-of-the-range S3 version does introduce some compromises. The Quattro all-wheel drive system robs the S’s boot of some space to the tune of 65 litres. While the mainstream A3 offers a double-height loadbay with a second compartment under the boot floor, the S3 Sportback sacrifices this area for the additional hardware required to drive the rear wheels in slippery conditions.

How safe is the Audi A3 Sportback?

  • Expect it to be a Euro NCAP winner
  • Assistance systems work well without being overly nannying
  • Voice control standard on all models for less distraction

The Audi A3 hasn’t yet been tested by Euro NCAP, but with the eighth-generation Volkswagen Golf achieving a five-star score recently, the A3 should do well given how much commonality there is between the two models. Two rear ISOFIX points include neat covers that don’t need to be removed (and then lost), and the front passenger seat also has fixing points.

As a minimum, all A3 models will have the company’s pre-sense front collision warning system, along with automatic braking with cyclist and pedestrian detection. The lane departure warning works well, giving a subtle nudge to the steering wheel if you start to drift off the centre of the lane.

Both it and cruise control come as standard across the line-up. Adaptive cruise control and Cruise Assist are optionally available and are part of the Driver Assistance Pack that also adds a camera-based road sign recognition and parking assist system.

Basic equipment

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

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Heated mirrors
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Sat Nav
  • 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
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric sunroof
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Sports seats

Standard Trim equipment

Standard Trim standard equipment
  • Cruise control
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Leather seat trim
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Sports seats
Standard Trim optional equipment
None available

Edition 1 equipment

Edition 1 standard equipment
  • Cruise control
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated seats
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Sports seats
Edition 1 optional equipment
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Leather seat trim

S line equipment

S line standard equipment
  • Cruise control
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Leather seat trim
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Sports seats
S line optional equipment
  • Heated seats

S3 equipment

S3 standard equipment
  • Cruise control
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Leather seat trim
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Sports seats
S3 optional equipment
None available

Sport equipment

Sport standard equipment
  • Cruise control
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Leather seat trim
  • Parking sensors
Sport optional equipment
  • Heated seats
  • Partial leather seat trim

Technik equipment

Technik standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Parking sensors
Technik optional equipment
  • Heated seats

Vorsprung equipment

Vorsprung standard equipment
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric sunroof
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Sports seats
Vorsprung optional equipment
  • Isofix child seat anchor points