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2013 Audi A3 Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2013 Audi A3 was new.


Interior: 7.9

Most automotive reviewers say the 2013 Audi A3’s conservative cabin design is attractive and that the materials are high-quality. The A3 has more cargo space than many of its classmates, but reviewers complain about its cramped second-row seats, which don’t offer enough head- and legroom for adults, though this is a common complaint for the class.

  • "As with other Audi interiors, the A3's cabin adopts an understated and classy design language. Materials are generally high quality, with metallic trim for the air vents and knobs lending a decidedly upscale feel. You'll find more hard plastic elements here than in other Audi models, though they blend in pretty seamlessly and hardly suggest an entry-level compromise." -- Edmunds
  • "Again, like its more expensive siblings, the A3's cabin is handsomely assembled from tasteful, high-quality materials." -- Consumer Guide (2012)


The 2013 A3 seats five, and test drivers say one of its biggest drawbacks is its cramped rear seats, though small back seats are common in this class. However, reviewers report that the front seats are comfortable and offer good head- and legroom. One reviewer mentions that the roof line limits rear visibility.

Leather seats are standard, and eight-way power-adjustable front seats with four-way power lumbar adjustment and heated front seats are optional.

  • "Limited rear-seat room for taller passengers." -- Edmunds
  • "Headroom and legroom are plentiful. The seats are all-day comfortable. The available sport buckets have slightly larger side bolsters for excellent support in turns. Oddly, even the power seats include some manual adjustments. The roof line slightly impedes driver vision aft and to the right rear." -- Consumer Guide (2012)
  • "The A3 is a full five-seater, although it's not very capacious inside. Rear-seat passengers have enough head- and legroom, but the middle rider is going to be pretty unhappy with his or her shoulder room on a long journey." -- Car and Driver (2009)

Interior Features

Standard on the 2013 A3 are dual-zone automatic climate control, a 10-speaker stereo, satellite radio and an auxiliary audio jack. Bluetooth, a 10-speaker Bose stereo, navigation and a six-disc CD changer are optional. The A3 is also available with safety features such as rear parking sensors.

The automotive press says that the navigation system is confusing. The system uses a knob to access menus and enter information, and they note that it incorporates some of the audio controls, which makes the system harder to use. Reviewers say that the climate controls are a little complicated as well.

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  • "The navigation system will likely be a popular option, but operating it presents some minor challenges. The screen is large and clear, but is not touch-sensitive. Instead you'll have to use Audi's MMI dial controller, which wouldn't be a big deal if it were located in the center console. Instead you'll have to reach out and fumble with its place on the dash." -- Edmunds
  • "While MMI has a superior graphical interface to the original BMW iDrive system, some of the controls remain counter-intuitive. For example, moving down the menus requires turning the control knob counter-clockwise. Even after all the Audis we've driven, this still seems odd." -- Autoblog (2010)
  • "Like costlier Audis, A3s impress with clear gauges, though their complex dual-zone climate controls require familiarization. A single dashboard control knob governs most navigation functions on models so equipped. The navigation system is difficult to program and absorbs many audio controls, complicating what would otherwise be simple adjustments." -- Consumer Guide (2012)


The Audi A3 has 19.5 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats in use, and that number expands to 39 cubic feet with the rear seats folded. As a hatchback, the A3 has more cargo space than the sedans in the class.

  • "A3 has less space than a small station wagon but is far more versatile than a compact sedan. The hatch door lifts high for access to a usefully roomy, flat-floor cargo bay. The rear seat backs fold easily to extend the load area but don't lay completely flat. The cabin has good small-item storage." -- Consumer Guide (2012)

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