Audi A3 hatchback front space
There’s more than enough leg and shoulder room for a couple of tall adults up front and, as long as you steer clear of the optional sunroof, even those well over six feet tall aren’t likely to complain about head room, either.
The simple dashboard design doesn’t include a huge number of cubbyholes, but there are storage areas ahead of the gearlever and under the central armrest, plus a couple of cupholders beneath the air-con controls.
The door pockets on either side are big enough for a large water bottle, too.
Audi A3 hatchback rear space
As long as you’re carrying only a couple of adults in the back, even six-footers should be reasonably happy with the amount of leg and head room on offer. The A3 is less able when it comes to three adults, but it's not dissimilar to the Mercedes A-Class and far better than the pokey BMW 1 Series. That said, cheaper rivals, such as the Skoda Octavia and Ford Focus, boast more generous width and even greater leg room.
There isn't much stowage space in the back, although the door pockets are big enough to hold a small drinks bottle.
Audi A3 hatchback seating flexibility
The A3’s rear seats aren’t especially innovative. They don’t move back and forth to prioritise passenger or boot space, for instance, although the seatbacks do split 60/40 and fold down easily. For a relatively small premium, you can have more flexible 40/20/20 split-folding rear seats.
Unlike some of its rivals (the Octavia being one), the A3 isn't available with a folding front passenger seat that would allow you to carry really long items, such as ladders. The front passenger seat does get height adjustment as standard, but adjustable lumbar support costs extra.
Audi A3 hatchback boot space
At 380 litres, the Audi A3’s boot has almost exactly the same amount of space as the Volkswagen Golf’s. While that’s easily enough for a big food shop, you can fit far more in the boot of a Skoda Octavia.
It’s also worth remembering that quattro four-wheel-drive models get a 40-litre reduction in boot space because of the extra oily bits underneath. The e-tron gets an even pokier 280 litres due to all the batteries under the boot floor.
An adjustable boot floor comes as standard and reduces the load lip at the entrance and ensures there’s no step up to the rear seats when they’re folded down. They don’t lie totally flat, but the slope is a small one, so it shouldn’t cause too many problems. The boot opening is a decent size and shape, too.