No one should have a problem getting comfortable behind the wheel of the Audi A3. The steering wheel has a wide range of adjustment, and the seat can be moved up and down, as well as fore and aft. The seatback angle is adjusted via a dial controller, too, so it’s possible to make small changes easily. It’s disappointing that electrically adjustable lumbar support is an option on every trim, though.
Sport and S line editions bring even more supportive seats with slightly chunkier side bolsters.
The A3’s dashboard looks sparse, but, in fact, it’s brilliantly simple to use, with all the major switches – such as those required to adjust the cabin temperature – clearly marked and easy to reach from the driver’s seat.
Audi A3 Hatchback visibility
There’s little to worry about if you’re looking ahead; slim front pillars and large windows mean that visibility is perfectly acceptable. However, thick rear pillars and a relatively slim rear window handicap the view to the rear.
Audi offers rear sensors, front and rear sensors, a reversing camera and even an assist system that will identify a suitable space alongside the vehicle and reverse the car into it. All of these upgrades cost extra on most trim levels, though, with only SE Technik and e-tron getting rear parking sensors as standard.
The headlights of the SE and Sport versions of the A3 have been upgraded to powerful xenon headlights. S line and S3 models get even brighter LED headlights instead.
There’s also a new cross traffic alert that will tell you if something is crossing your path as you reverse out of a driveway.
Audi A3 Hatchback infotainment
Audi’s Multi Media Interface (MMI) lets you control most of the A3’s major functions via a central control dial and a small collection of buttons situated between the front seats. The system’s display is a 7.0in unit mounted in the centre of the dashboard, which slides down into the fascia when you want it to.
Audi offers a Technology package that brings satellite navigation and MMI Touch. This turns the top of the dial into a touchpad that you can use to scrawl letters on when you’re selecting a destination. Going for Audi’s Technology Pack Advanced includes the Virtual Cockpit feature, a fully digital 12.3in instrument cluster that replaces the conventional driver's dials and via which all the car’s infotainment and other information can be viewed and controlled.
Other key items, including a DAB radio, USB socket and Bluetooth telephone connectivity, are standard across the range.
Audi A3 Hatchback build quality
The A3’s interior is the benchmark for how a family hatchback's should look and feel; the whole interior is built from the sort of high-grade materials you’d usually expect to find in an executive saloon. You’ll struggle to find harsh plastics anywhere, including low down, and the materials in your direct line of sight are a tactile treat, with lots of plush plastics and aluminium flourishes.
Everything feels wonderfully well screwed together, too, while the beautifully weighted switches and super-slim infotainment screen add to the impression that no expense has been spared.