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2019 Audi A3 Interior Review

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Interior: 7.0

The 2019 Audi A3 has a minimalist yet stylish interior design that's replete with premium materials. That said, some class rivals look and feel even more opulent inside. The front seats are roomy and supportive, though the rear seats are a bit cramped. There are plenty of standard and available features, though the trunk is on the small side.

  • "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 (2018)
  • "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 (2018)
  • "… 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)

Seating

The A3 seats five in sedan models and four in cabriolet models. Leather upholstery and heated, power-adjustable front seats come standard. Nappa leather upholstery is available. This sedan's front seats provide roomier seating that’s more spacious than you probably expect from a small car. The rear seats aren't as spacious, but they offer about as much space as most competitors do.

The A3 features two full sets of LATCH car-seat connectors. The tether anchors are a breeze to find and use. The lower anchors are difficult to maneuver around, but beyond that, they don't present any issues.

  • "Although its interior comes across as somewhat small, the A3 sedan feels well-proportioned and has sufficient rear room to encourage prolonged drives with four passengers, largely thanks to the car's more conventional C-pillar." -- Autotrader
  • "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 (2018)
  • "Not surprisingly, rear-seat accommodations are pretty tight, especially for three passengers." -- Kelley Blue Book (2018)

Interior Features

Standard features in the A3 include a panoramic sunroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, and the MMI infotainment system with a 7-inch display screen, a nine-speaker audio system, satellite radio, HD Radio, two USB ports, Bluetooth, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay. Cabriolet (convertible) models come with a power-folding soft top that you can lower at speeds of up to 31 mph.

Available features include push-button start, wireless phone charging, and an upgraded MMI system with MMI touch (which can recognize handwriting), a 10-speaker audio system or a 14-speaker Bang & Olufsen audio system, and navigation. Also available is Audi's Virtual Cockpit, which is a 12.3-inch digital screen that displays navigation and media info along with the driver's gauges. It takes the place of the entire traditional instrument cluster.

Standard active safety features include a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, Audi Pre Sense Front (forward collision warning and brake assist), and Audi Pre Sense Basic, which is a system that prepares the car for an impact by closing the windows and sunroof, activating the hazard warning lights, and tightening seat belts. Available driver assistance features include adaptive cruise control, parallel park assist, rear cross traffic alert, and Audi side assist, which helps with changing lanes.

The A3 comes with a lengthy list of standard features, but the star of the show is the MMI infotainment system. Its screen has crystal-clear graphics. You use a central knob located between the seats to control the system, and the available MMI touch system can even recognize your handwriting thanks to a touchpad atop the control knob. Audi's Virtual Cockpit earns praise, though some find it a little distracting.

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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 (2018)
  • "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)

Cargo

The base A3 sedan has a 12.3-cubic-foot trunk (10 cubic feet in all-wheel-drive models), which is smaller than the average compact sedan trunk. The convertible model has a 9.9-cubic-foot trunk with the top up, which drops to 7.1 cubic feet with the top down. A split-folding rear seat comes standard, giving you a little flexibility if you need to haul large items.

  • The sedan's trunk space measures 12.3 cu ft., although the AWD hardware knocks that down to 10 cu ft. That's still easily enough for a couple of golf bags. The cabriolet offers 9.9 cu ft. with the roof up or 7.1 cu ft. when it's folded away." -- Autotrader
  • "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)
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