Audi A1 vs Audi A3: practicality
These desirable hatchbacks both have plenty of strengths, but which is right for you: the cheaper Audi A1 or the larger Audi A3?...
Space and practicality
Front space, rear space, seating flexibility, boot
Unsurprisingly, given its larger dimensions, the Audi A3 offers rear seat passengers more room to stretch their legs. Plus, its extra width makes it more comfortable when you’ve got three people in the rear. However, a couple of six-footers can still fit in the back of the Audi A1 without feeling overly cramped.
Similarly, while the A3’s boot is bigger than the A1’s, the difference isn’t huge; we managed to fit five carry-on suitcases in both cars, although the A3 does have more room leftover for smaller items or soft bags.
The A3’s boot also has a larger opening, which makes it easier to load bulky items. However, both cars have a height adjustable boot floor that lets you reduce the load lip at the boot's entrance and ensures there’s no step up to the rear seats when they’re folded down.
The A1’s rear seats fold in a 60/40 split, whereas the A3 has a more versatile 40/20/40 arrangement that lets you carry long, thin items between two rear passengers – potentially useful after a trip to Ikea.
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