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2018 Audi A3 Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2018 Audi A3 was new.


Interior: 8.2

The 2018 A3 continues Audi’s tradition of top-quality interiors, though this cabin isn't quite at the same level as its more expensive stablemates. Still, build quality and materials are top-notch. As well-designed as the standard technology is, the upgraded infotainment system and virtual cockpit are even better. This user-friendly technology, along with spacious, cossetting seats, makes the front seats a pleasant place to be. Things aren't as rosy in the back; the A3 comes up short in rear legroom and trunk space.

  • "Like all Audis, the A3 sports an austere interior design, and that's a good thing. Tasteful aluminum accents, excellent materials quality and a generous features list make this car feel anything but entry-level." -- Edmunds
  • "Audi has set a high bar with its interiors, with high-style design and immaculate fit and finish. Yet while the 2018 A3 scores well on materials and assembly, it's a little on the bland side compared with other Audi vehicles. That said, it is cleanly designed and suitably sporty, with simple audio and climate controls." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "… the A3/S3 cabin remains proof that a small car doesn't have to be a chintzy car. The materials and construction are superb, and you'll never get tired of the reassuring 'clicks' that go along with every turn of a knob or ultra-cool air vent. The minimalist design itself is refreshingly different from that of the A4, although there are those who think it can look too simple, especially when the center screen is tucked away." -- Autoblog (2017)


The A3 comes with leather upholstery and has seating for five in all body styles but the convertible, which only seats four. The comfortable and spacious front seats come with heat and 12-way power adjustments. The rear seats are a bit cramped, though you get more room in the back of the A3 than you do in some similarly sized rivals. Nappa leather upholstery with diamond stitching and sport front seats are also available.

For child safety seats, there are two sets of lower anchors and up to three tether anchors mounted in the back seat. The clearly marked hardware takes little effort to find and use, though it can be somewhat tricky to move around the lower anchors.

  • "This is the kind of front-seat comfort we've come to expect from larger and more expensive sedans. Furthermore, the A3 manages this without sacrificing performance. The rear seats are cramped, but no more than those of other cars in this class." -- Edmunds
  • "Not surprisingly, rear-seat accommodations are pretty tight, especially for three passengers." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Despite a compact interior, the A3 feels well-proportioned and has sufficient rear space to encourage longer drives with four occupants, largely thanks to a conventional C-pillar that deliberately avoids the coupe-wannabe look that's the current trend." -- Autotrader (2016)

Interior Features

The A3 comes with the MMI infotainment interface, featuring crisp graphics displayed on a 7-inch display with an intuitive menu layout. The system responds quickly to requests, and you can operate it using a touch pad or a controller knob that’s mounted between the seats. It includes a 10-speaker audio system, two USB ports, HD Radio, satellite radio, and Bluetooth. Dual-zone automatic climate control, a panoramic sunroof, a rearview camera, Audi Pre Sense Front (front collision warning and brake assist), Audi Pre Sense Basic (a system that prepares the car for an impact by rolling up the windows and sunroof, activating the hazard warning lights, and tightening seat belts), and rain-sensing wipers and headlights are also standard.

The A3's long list of standard features is admirable, but test drivers are even more impressed by the upgraded options, including an enhanced infotainment system that features navigation, handwriting recognition, voice commands, and smartphone integration via Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Audi's virtual cockpit – a 12.3-inch screen that displays navigation and media info along with the driver's gauges – is available in the A3. This system earns much praise, though some find it a little distracting. Other available features include a 14-speaker Bang & Olufsen audio system, a proximity key, push-button and remote start, adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go capabilities, front and rear parking sensors, lane keep assist, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert.

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  • "The controls are placed exactly where you'd expect them, especially the MMI controller with handwriting recognition. The central screen rises from the dash for easy viewing, with sharp graphics and intuitive menus." -- Edmunds
  • "The rest of the interior is a tech-savvy minimalist haven, with a thin, tablet-like screen that thankfully retracts into the dashboard when not in use (take note, Mercedes). I found myself stowing that screen more often than not along the drive to maintain the clean surface of the dashboard uninterrupted – and because Virtual Cockpit rendered the standard screen redundant." -- New York Daily News (2017)
  • "The S3's simple cabin layout remains with the retractable center infotainment screen, standard Bluetooth and an updated Audi smartphone interface that's now capable of running both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Design, build quality and materials remain a step above what's found in the Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class, its chief rival." -- CNET (2017)


The base A3 sedan has a 12.3-cubic-foot trunk, which is smaller than the average compact sedan trunk. It shrinks to 10 cubic feet when you add all-wheel drive. The convertible model has a 9.9-cubic-foot trunk. Things improve with the A3 Sportback e-tron, which has a 13.6-cubic-foot cargo area.

  • "Cargo space is also limited. The sedan has a puny 10-cubic-foot trunk when equipped with all-wheel drive …, and it manages to hold a golf bag or a couple pieces of luggage but not much else. The rear seats do fold down flat to help with loading of longer items, though." -- Edmunds (2017)
  • "It appeared small, so out of curiosity, we grabbed some luggage to find out just how much it would hold. Surprisingly, the A3 swallowed one 20-inch roller, two 22-inch rollers and one 24-inch roller – luggage for four, and there was still a bit of room left for two small soft bags." -- Autoblog (2015)
  • "Two wheelie bags pretty much fill the Quattro's shallow space, though the rear seats fold to accommodate more." -- Automobile Magazine (2015)

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