Audi A3 review

Category: Family car

Section: Interior

Audi A3 2021 RHD dashboard
  • Audi A3 2021 front cornering
  • Audi A3 2021 rear tracking
  • Audi A3 2021 RHD dashboard
  • Audi A3 2021 rear seats
  • Audi A3 2021 infotainment
  • Audi A3 2021 right panning
  • Audi A3 2021 steering wheel detail
  • Audi A3 2021 front seats
  • Audi A3 2021 left side, boot open
  • Audi A3 2021 boot open
  • Audi A3 2021 front cornering
  • Audi A3 2021 rear tracking
  • Audi A3 2021 RHD dashboard
  • Audi A3 2021 rear seats
  • Audi A3 2021 infotainment
  • Audi A3 2021 right panning
  • Audi A3 2021 steering wheel detail
  • Audi A3 2021 front seats
  • Audi A3 2021 left side, boot open
  • Audi A3 2021 boot open
Available fuel types:diesel, petrol, hybrid
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RRP £24,250What Car? Target Price from£23,082

Interior

The interior layout, fit and finish

Driving position and dashboard

The A3 provides a great driving position, with a standard front armrest and loads of steering wheel and seat adjustment. The only quibble is that, unless you go for the range-topping Vorsprung trim, four-way powered lumbar adjustment is an option. We'd recommend adding it because it can really make a difference on long journeys and it's not drastically expensive.

All of the controls and screens you use frequently are clear and within easy reach, helped by the central section of the dashboard that's angled towards the driver. Unlike a Volkswagen Golf, the A3 has simple physical switches to operate the climate controls, which helps greatly with ease of use.

Audi A3 2021 RHD dashboard

Sat nav and infotainment

There’s a large, 10.1in-touchscreen infotainment system, but this is more distracting to use on the move than the setups in the BMW 1 Series and Mercedes A-Class.

That’s because there are no physical controls. Instead of being able to keep most of your attention on the road while you scroll down a list and make selections using the rotary controller in the 1 Series (or the touchpad in the A-Class), in the A3 you have to look directly at the touchscreen to find and hit the icon you need. 

On the plus side, the screen is sharp with good graphics and the menus respond quickly. It's also packed with features, including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration plus in-built navigation. The standard stereo has six speakers but the Vorsprung trim adds a 15-speaker, 680-watt Bang & Olufsen surround-sound stereo and wireless phone charging.