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 headroom, either.
The simple dashboard design doesn’t have a huge number of cubbyholes, but there are storage areas ahead of the gearstick 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 Saloon rear space
Two adults will be comfortable enough in the rear, with decent head-, leg- and shoulder-room. They won’t necessarily welcome a third occupant, though, because the cabin 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 C-Class become evident – but it’s not a horrendous compromise.
There are few storage areas in the rear, although the door pockets are big enough to hold a small drinks bottle.
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 also 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 of these figures are a little way off what you can expect in a BMW 3 Series or a Mercedes C-Class. However, there’s still more than enough room for the weekly shopping, or for 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 that four-wheel-drive A3 Saloons take a 35-litre hit on boot space.
A through-load hatch is available as a cost option, which allows you to accommodate lengthy items such as skis without folding down either of the outer rear seats.