There’s more than enough leg and shoulder room for a couple of adults up front, and if you steer clear of the optional sunroof, then even six-footers aren’t likely to complain about head room.
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, and a couple of cupholders beneath the ventilation controls.
The door pockets are each big enough for a large water bottle, too.
Audi A3 Hatchback rear space
The three-door Audi A3 is no better than a three-door VW Golf or a BMW 1 Series for rear-seat space. A couple of grown-ups can fit in there, but a third person is a tight fit.
The five-door A3 Sportback has a longer wheelbase (the distance between the front and rear wheels), and it’s better able to cope with back-seat passengers as a result. Even so, no A3 is able to carry three adults in the rear in total comfort; if you want that much rear-seat space consider a Skoda Octavia instead.
There are few storage areas in the rear, although the side pockets in both the A3 and A3 Sportback 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 cabin or boot space, for example – but they do offer a 60/40 split and they fold down easily via two handles next to the outer head restraints. They don’t lie totally flat, but the slope is a small one, so it shouldn’t cause too many problems.
Unlike some of its rivals, the A3 doesn’t offer a folding front passenger seatback that would allow you to load longer items. The front passenger seat does get height adjustment, however; it’s standard across the range.
Audi A3 Hatchback boot space
Boot capacity in the three-door A3 is a decent 365 litres (or 325 in the four-wheel-drive versions), while the five-door A3 Sportback's boot is a little larger at 380 litres (340 in the 4WD models and 280 litres in the e-tron). They both have enough room for a weekly shop, although check the boot for size if you’re planning on carrying a baby buggy.
The boot is also fitted with an adjustable floor that reduces the load lip and ensures there’s no step up to the rear seats when they’re folded down. The opening is a decent size and shape, too. A through-load hatch is an option, allowing you to accommodate lengthy items, such as skis, without folding down either of the outer rear seats.