Audi’s Multi Media Interface (MMI) lets you operate most of the A3 Saloon’s major functions via a control dial and a small collection of buttons by the gearlever. It’s a pretty simple system, and some of the shortcut keys are raised, allowing you to find the one you want by touch.
The system’s display is a 7.0in unit mounted high up in the centre of the dashboard, which slides down into the fascia out of sight when you want it to.
Audi offers a variety of upgrades, including a Technology package that brings satellite navigation, a higher-resolution screen and MMI Touch, which turns the top of the MMI dial into a touchpad that you can use to scrawl characters when entering destinations into the sat-nav. Other key items, including a DAB radio, USB socket, Bluetooth and Audi Smartphone Interface – which lets you mirror and operate your phone’s apps via the cars screen - are standard across the range.
Upgraded sound systems are available as optional extras, including a Bang & Olufsen surround-sound set-up. You can also opt for a 12.3in digital display to replace the analogue instruments in front of the driver. This is configurable and can show sat-nav, music and other data.