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Audi A3 Saloon review

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Audi A3 Saloon
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11 Jun 2015 22:00 | Last updated: 21 Aug 2018 16:17

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Space & practicality

How it copes with people and clutter

Audi A3 saloon front space

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, even six-footers aren’t likely to complain about head room.

The simple dashboard design doesn’t have a huge number of cubbyholes, but there are storage areas in front of the gearstick and under the central armrest, as well as a couple of cupholders beneath the ventilation controls. The door pockets are each big enough for a large water bottle.

Audi A3 saloon rear space

Two adults will be comfortable enough in the back, with decent head, leg and shoulder room. They won’t necessarily welcome a third occupant, though, because the interior is fairly narrow for three adults. In this area, more than any other, the A3 Saloon’s smaller dimensions compared with standard executive saloons such as the BMW 3 Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class become evident – but it’s not a horrendous compromise.

There are few storage areas in the rear, but at least the door pockets are big enough to hold a small drinks bottle.

Audi A3 Saloon

Audi A3 saloon seating flexibility

The A3 Saloon’s rear seats aren’t especially innovative – but then, few saloons offer many tricks in this area. The good news is that the 60/40-split rear seats fold down almost completely flat, opening up a useful load space for bigger items.

Every version comes with a height-adjustable front passenger seat, although you can’t get a folding seatback that would allow you to load particularly long items.

Audi A3 saloon boot space

The A3 Saloon’s boot capacity is 425 litres with the rear seats in place and 880 litres with them folded down; both figures are a little way off what you can expect in a 3 Series or C-Class. However, there’s still more than enough room for the weekly shop or a couple’s luggage to sit alongside a compact baby buggy.

It’s worth noting that accommodating the oily bits of the quattro system means four-wheel-drive A3 Saloons take a 35-litre hit on boot space.

A through-load hatch is available as a cost option. This allows you to accommodate lengthy items such as skis without folding down either of the outer rear seats.

 

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