Audi A3 Hatchback

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Space & practicality

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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 conceal 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 only carrying a couple of adults in the back, even six-footers should be reasonably happy with the amount of leg and head room available. If you need a car with much more rear seat space then the Skoda Octavia or Ford Focus are better options. The Octavia is certainly more comfortable for three adults in the back, the A3 compares more closely to the Mercedes A-Class in that respect, and is far better than the pokey BMW 1 Series.

There isn't much stowage space in the back for odds and ends, although the door pockets are big enough to hold a small drinks bottle.

Audi A3 Hatchback

Audi A3 hatchback seating flexibility

The A3’s rear seats aren’t especially innovative. They don’t move back and forth to set a balance between passenger and boot space, for instance, but the seatbacks do split 60/40 and fold down easily. For a relatively small premium, you can choose 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 Mercedes A-Class, so unsurprisingly, both can take up to six carry-on suitcases. While that’s pretty decent for the class, it's miles away from the class champion, which is the Skoda Octavia at eleven. It’s worth remembering that quattro four-wheel-drive models suffer a 40-litre reduction in boot space because of the extra oily bits underneath. 

An adjustable boot floor comes as standard, which can be raised to reduce the load lip at the boot's entrance. It also ensures there’s no step up to the rear seats when they’re folded down. The folded seats don’t lie totally flat but the slope is a small one, so it shouldn’t cause too many loading problems. The boot opening is a decent size and shape, too.

 

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