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Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

The A3 is packed with electronic safety gadgets and has a strong body so it's no surprise it was awarded a four-star Euro NCAP rating. Audi A3 safety is good, but not class-leading (the Golf, with which it shares many components gets five stars), however all models have an alarm/immobiliser and remote central locking with deadlocks.

Thanks to the increased length rear passengers benefit from a slightly more legroom, but while the Sportback's boot boasts a 20-litre advantage over the three-door car, there's nothing particularly clever in terms of practicality. The rear seats feature a 60/40-split fold, but you can't tumble the base to get a flat load area. On the plus side there's decent storage up front including useful door pockets and a good-sized glovebox.

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Audi A3 Sportback (04-13).

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • 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
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Side airbags
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • 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
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Headlight washers
  • Leather seat trim
  • Metallic Paint
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Service indicator
  • Sports seats

Standard Trim equipment

Standard Trim standard equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
Standard Trim optional equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Service indicator

Black Edition equipment

Black Edition standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • Front fog lights
  • Headlight washers
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Sports seats
Black Edition optional equipment
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Climate control
  • Leather seat trim
  • Service indicator

S Line equipment

S Line standard equipment
  • CD
  • Front fog lights
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Sports seats
S Line optional equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Climate control
  • Leather seat trim
  • Service indicator

S Line Exclusive Edition equipment

S Line Exclusive Edition standard equipment
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Climate control
  • Front fog lights
  • Leather seat trim
  • Service indicator
  • Sports seats
S Line Exclusive Edition optional equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Metallic Paint
  • Partial leather seat trim

S line special edition equipment

S line special edition standard equipment
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Climate control
  • Front fog lights
  • Leather seat trim
  • Service indicator
  • Sports seats
S line special edition optional equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Partial leather seat trim

SE equipment

SE standard equipment
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
SE optional equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Climate control
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Service indicator

Special Edition equipment

Special Edition standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Service indicator
Special Edition optional equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Climate control

Sport equipment

Sport standard equipment
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Front fog lights
  • Sports seats
Sport optional equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Climate control
  • Service indicator

Technik equipment

Technik standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
Technik optional equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Service indicator

Technik SE equipment

Technik SE standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Front fog lights
Technik SE optional equipment
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Climate control
  • Cruise control
  • Service indicator

Euro NCAP Rating

The Audi A3 Sportback (04-13) was tested by Euro NCAP in and received the following safety ratings:

  • Adult Occupant - 4 stars
  • Child Occupant - 3 stars
  • Vulnerable road users - 1 stars

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.