2007 Audi A3 Interior
This interior review was written when the 2007 Audi A3 was new.
Reviewers are divided about the 2007 Audi A3's cockpit. Motor Trend describes it as "high-quality materials combined with superb fit and finish." About.com, on the other hand, says, "the black plastic on the A3's dashboard is shinier, harder, and chintzier-looking than that fitted to pricier Audis."
Consensus, however, is clear about the versatile cargo space. MSN writes, "The A3 actually could be described as a utilitarian crossover vehicle because of its hatchback and generous cargo area, especially with the split rear seatback folded forward."
"The cockpit is what we've come to expect from Audi," says Motor Trend. Many reviewers like the brushed metal details. Others, however, note that the A3 has more plastic around the dash than do other models. Cars.com describes the interior simply as "down-to-business."
Forbes says, "The interior is handsome and comfortable for average-size adults," but also notes, "Larger occupants could feel cramped." The disagrees: "A tall and lanky pilot friend of mine was considering an A4 recently when he spotted the A3 parked in my yard. He loved it, but thought it might be too small. But he found that the front seat accommodated his 6-foot-4-inch frame. He sat in the back seat and reached the same conclusion."
The front seats are positioned low in relation to the console. As for the back seats, About.com calls them "nothing if not honest; rather than fit a small cushion to make it look bigger, they've given the seat proper thigh support." The reviewer notes, however, that "if either front seat is moved all the way back, even a shortie like me won't fit back there." MSN agrees: "There's decent room for four six-footers, but legroom becomes tight behind a six-foot driver who moves his seat more than halfway back. The right passenger doesn't have a problem, although neither rear passenger has a surplus of room."
"Audi didn't cut corners on interior appointments or electronics," says U.S. News reviewer Rick Newman. "Controls have a solid feel of quality, better than usual in this price range." notes, however, "The more demanding buyer might gripe about the lack of power-operated seats in a $30,000 car." Standard features on the 2.0T include dual-zone climate control, power windows, keyless entry, and 17-inch alloy wheels.
A premium package includes leather seats, a power seat for the driver, an illumination package, and more. A new S line package adds such options as sports seats, a trip computer, and aluminum interior trim. The 3.2 comes standard with almost all of those features.
The A3's cockpit is controlled by Audi's multimedia interface (MMI). TechnoRide explains the technology: "The MMI has hard-coded buttons you use to select functions, which you can then further modify with the controller knob. MMI has just enough hard-wired (single function) buttons to complement the controller without cluttering the dash."
The A3's navigation system, like the rest of the A3's interior features, is controlled by the MMI. TechnoRide says, "Among cockpit controllers, including those from Acura, BMW, Infiniti, and Mercedes-Benz, Audi's MMI (multimedia interface) is the best, hands down." , however, finds, "The navigation interface makes choosing destinations tedious."
Stereo and Entertainment
The 2.0T comes standard with a 10-speaker audio system. An audio package adds a Bose sound system with AutoPilot noise compensation and Sirius satellite radio, both of which are standard on the 3.2.complains, "Audi's cabin electronics have quickly become dated, with no MP3 CD compatibility and an SD card reader that makes selecting music difficult."
An optional Cold Weather Package adds heated front seats, a ski sack, heated windshield washer nozzles, and heated exterior mirrors. MSN says that the package "probably doesn't seem like a 'must-have' option in the spring, but will be appreciated in northern winters." The Technology Package comprises a number of features that are available on other Audi models: a light and rain sensor with auto-dimming mirror, Bluetooth phone preparation with voice control, self-leveling Xenon headlights, and adaptive front lighting.
As a five-door hatchback, the A3 has a versatile interior with split rear seats that can be folded down, increasing the luggage space to 19.5 cubic ft. Forbes contends, "The rear cargo area fits a surprising amount of gear." U.S. News reviewer Rick Newman says that the backseat configuration allows riders to "fold down the back seat and squeeze in a bicycle or surfboard or the makings of a home improvement project."