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in 2010 Upscale Small Cars

Avg. Price Paid: $15,645 - $19,174
Original MSRP: $27,270 - $30,850
MPG: 21 City / 30 Hwy
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2010 Audi A3 Interior

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The 2010 A3 upholds Audi's reputation for quality fit and finish. The only downsides are a cramped rear row and confusing controls when you opt for the navigation system.

  • "The 2010 A3's cabin is typical for most Audis, which is to say understated in design with high-quality materials and craftsmanship. There are a bit more hard plastic pieces compared to other Audi models, but they are well-textured to blend in seamlessly." -- Edmunds
  • "Up front, the A3 gets a slightly more upscale if austere interior treatment than its VW-badged siblings. The predominantly black interior comes off as almost spartan, apart from the aluminum trim rings around the vents and the latch for the glove box." -- Autoblog
  • "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. At least the A3 has plenty of cargo space and can swallow 20 cubic feet of junk with the rear seats up and a healthy 55 with the seats folded." -- Car and Driver

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Seating

Although the 2010 Audi A3 seats five, reviewers say space is lacking in the rear row, which is a common complaint in this class. Leather seating is standard, and heated front seats are available with the Cold Weather Package. For more rear-seat space, consider the Volkswagen GTI, which boasts a similarly sporty driving experience and offers a rear seat that is better received by reviewers.

  • "Getting into the vehicle is a snap -- even for people with the girth of ... er ... my Uncle Barney. Once in it's very comfortable to sit in the seat and drive for hours." -- Chicago Sun-Times
  • "Since the A3 is meant as a sportier alternative to the Jetta, its seats have more aggressive side bolsters and are covered in a mix of leather and Alcantara that do an admirable job of keeping the driver placed directly in line with the wheel, gauges and pedals when lateral acceleration forces build up.” -- Autoblog
  • “Rear seats are also comfortable, but taller passengers may run out of legroom and headroom -- especially if the car has the optional sunroof." -- Edmunds
  • "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." -- MSN

Interior Features

Reviewers say the A3 is loaded with high-quality features. Standard features on the base model include dual-zone automatic climate control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, leather seats, a 10-speaker audio system and satellite radio. The Premium Plus model adds an eight-way power driver’s seat and Bluetooth, among other features. Dark brown walnut wood inlays are a new option for 2010.

Audi’s DVD-based Navigation Plus system is optional. However, adding it means you get Audi’s MMI control interface, which many reviewers say is confusing and has a steep learning curve.

  • "Like costlier Audis, A3s impress with clear gauges and handy switchgear, though their complex dual-zone climate controls require familiarization.” -- Consumer Guide
  • "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
  • "The cabin is well assembled and Audi definitely has given the A3 all the accouterments one might expect on a larger premium car." -- Road and Track

Cargo

The 2010 Audi A3 provides 19.5 cubic feet of total cargo capacity with all seats in use and 39.0 cubic feet with the rear seats folded down. These figures are good for its class. 

If you need more cargo room than a hatchback can provide, the Volkswagen Jetta SportWagon may be just what you're been looking for. It boasts an upscale interior, a fuel-efficient diesel engine and more cargo space than some small SUVs.The SportWagen provides 32.8 cubic feet of space behind the back seats and 66.9 cubic feet with the rear seats folded down.

  • "A3 has less space than a small station wagon but is far more versatile than a compact sedan. The hatch door lacks opening glass but lifts high for access to a usefully roomy, flat-floor cargo bay. Rear seatbacks fold easily to extend the load area but don't lay completely flat. Cabin has good small-item storage." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Luggage space is ample for large suitcases and golf bags, with a maximum capacity of almost 20 cubic feet." -- Edmunds