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2020 Audi A3 Interior Review

Scorecard

Interior: 6.9

The 2020 Audi A3’s cabin features a clean, minimalist design. Even the infotainment display drops into the dash when the system is not in use. Materials quality is first-rate. Up front, you’ll enjoy especially roomy and comfortable seats. The back seats have decent room for most adults of average height, but trunk space is small compared to rivals.

  • "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. Leather seats, heated front seats, and an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat with four-way power lumbar adjustment come standard. Nappa leather upholstery is available.

The front seats are exceptionally comfortable, and both rows of seats have an appropriate amount of room for average-sized adults.

For securing child safety seats, the A3 has two complete sets of LATCH connectors for the rear outboard seats. There’s also a tether-only connection for the rear middle seat. The tether anchors are easy to locate, but the lower anchors can be hard to maneuver around.

  • "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, which doesn't emulate the coupe-like look currently in fashion." -- 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 this Audi include a panoramic sunroof, keyless entry, push-button start, and dual-zone automatic climate control. Also standard is the MMI infotainment system with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, a 7-inch screen, a 10-speaker audio system, satellite radio, HD Radio, two USB ports, and Bluetooth.

Available features include wireless device charging, a 14-speaker Bang & Olufsen audio system, navigation, and an upgraded MMI infotainment system with MMI touch, which can recognize handwriting. Also available is Audi's Virtual Cockpit, which replaces the traditional instrument cluster with a 12.3-inch digital screen that displays navigation, media info, and the driver's gauges.

The infotainment system features a retractable screen with crisp graphics, and the controls are ideally positioned for easy access from the front seats. The Virtual Cockpit displays much of the same information as the MMI screen, so you may find yourself using it more than the standard display. You can control the system with a central knob located between the front seats, and the available MMI touch features a touchpad that can recognize handwriting.

Standard active safety features include Audi Pre Sense Front, which includes forward collision warning and brake assist, and Audi Pre Sense Basic, which prepares the vehicle for an imminent collision by closing the windows and sunroof, activating the hazard warning lights, and tightening seat belts. A rearview camera is also standard.

Available driver assistance features include adaptive cruise control, parallel park assist, and Audi Side Assist, a package that includes rear cross traffic alert and blind spot monitoring.

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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 has a 12.3-cubic-foot trunk, which is small for the luxury small car class. All-wheel-drive models have only 10 cubic feet of space. A split-folding rear seat is standard.

  • 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." -- Autotrader (2019)
  • "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)
  • "[The trunk] 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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