Audi A3 Saloon review

Category: Executive car

Section: Interior

Audi A3 Saloon 2020 dashboard
  • Audi A3 Saloon 2020 front cornering
  • Audi A3 Saloon 2020 rear cornering
  • Audi A3 Saloon 2020 dashboard
  • Audi A3 Saloon 2020 rear seats
  • Audi A3 Saloon 2020 touchscreen
  • Audi A3 Saloon 2020 side action
  • Audi A3 Saloon 2020 front static
  • Audi A3 Saloon 2020 alloy wheel
  • Audi A3 Saloon 2020 front seats
  • Audi A3 Saloon 2020 boots
  • Audi A3 Saloon 2020 front cornering
  • Audi A3 Saloon 2020 rear cornering
  • Audi A3 Saloon 2020 dashboard
  • Audi A3 Saloon 2020 rear seats
  • Audi A3 Saloon 2020 touchscreen
  • Audi A3 Saloon 2020 side action
  • Audi A3 Saloon 2020 front static
  • Audi A3 Saloon 2020 alloy wheel
  • Audi A3 Saloon 2020 front seats
  • Audi A3 Saloon 2020 boots
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In this section:
  • Driving position and dashboard
  • Visibility, parking sensors and cameras
  • Sat nav and infotainment
  • Quality

Interior

The interior layout, fit and finish

Driving position and dashboard

The A3 Saloon provides a fundamentally good driving position, although four-way powered lumbar adjustment is only an option on the Sport and S line trims. We'd recommend adding this, because it can really make a difference on long journeys.

All of the controls and screens you use frequently are within clear sight or easy reach, helped by the centre area of the dashboard being angled towards the driver. This includes simple physical switches to operate the climate controls. 

That’s because there are no physical controls. So, instead of being able to keep most of your attention on the road while you scroll down a list and make selections using the mouse pad in the A Class (or the even better rotary controller in the 3 Series), 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. The optional Bang & Olufsen surround-sound stereo, which comes as part of the Comfort and Sound Pack, adds more power and extra speakers, while another option to consider is wireless phone charging.

Quality