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MSRP: $29,900 - $38,600
Invoice: $27,808 - $35,898
MPG: 23 City / 33 Hwy
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Audi A3 Interior

Automotive journalists are impressed with the all-new 2015 Audi A3’s simple and elegant interior design, and some write that not many rivals can match the A3’s first-rate materials. Reviewers also appreciate the A3’s easy-to-use infotainment system, but they note that the A3’s rear seat is quite small, even compared to other small cars. The A3 also has a small trunk for the class.

  • "Unlike the CLA's somewhat disappointing cabin, the A3's zero-gap panel fits and excellent materials give its streamlined interior a true luxury brand ambience, even when modestly equipped. Nicely grained surfaces and the requisite soft-touch surfaces grace the dash and doors." -- Car and Driver
  • "Though some may prefer flashier cabins adorned in swaths of wood or metal, the ultra-modern A3 is beautiful in its simplicity." -- Edmunds
  • "As with other Audis, the interior excels in style and craftsmanship, roomy, refined, and straightforward in its design and layout." -- MSN Autos
  • "Nothing in the class matches its cabin materials, and nothing offers the breadth of character the A3 has." -- Road and Track

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Seating

The 2015 Audi A3 seats five and comes standard with leather upholstery and a 12-way, power-adjustable driver’s seat. Available features include a 12-way, power-adjustable passenger’s seat and heated front seats. Reviewers say the A3’s front seats are spacious and comfortable. Some add that they offer enough lateral support during cornering, but others wish they had more bolstering. Test drivers write that while the A3’s rear seat is larger than the Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class’, head- and legroom are still in short supply.

  • "Given the A3 sedan's small size it's not surprising that the cabin feels cozy, especially if you plan to squeeze three people into the tight rear seats. For maximum A3 enjoyment, we recommend sitting in the much roomier front seats." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "A well-bolstered and power-adjustable driver's seat, along with a manually set passenger front seat, furnished good support during our day with the A3." -- Left Lane News
  • "Space is likely to be an issue with the A3. The front seat is mounted a bit high and lacks lateral support, but a more significant issue is the backseat. Though more spacious than the rear seat of a Mercedes CLA-Class, headroom and legroom are limited." -- Edmunds
  • "Once seated, adults and children will find legroom that is seriously compromised. Those over six feet will find headroom an issue, too (your author's head pressed firmly against the padded ceiling). The second row's only salvation is that the large windows and standard glass roof allow a lot of light into the cabin so it doesn't feel claustrophobic. As a full-time family-of-four vehicle, there are much better sedans." -- Autoblog

Interior Features

Standard features in the 2015 Audi A3 include a panoramic sunroof, a 10-speaker audio system, HD Radio, satellite radio, Bluetooth, automatic windshield wipers and headlights and Audi’s MMI infotainment system, which includes a retractable display. Available features include adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, proximity key, push-button start, iPod integration, a 14-speaker Bang & Olufsen audio system and Audi Connect, which uses a 4G cellular connection to provide a WiFi hot spot and Google Maps navigation data. Audi’s available MMI Navigation Plus is also available, and includes voice control and a touchpad input that allows you to write out your destination using your fingertip.

Automotive experts note that the A3’s dashboard is straightforward because most important functions are controlled through the MMI system. Most reviewers think the retractable MMI screen is sleek, and some say that simple, console-mounted controls make MMI one of the most user-friendly infotainment systems on the market.

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  • "A pinkie-thin display screen rises from the dash to brighten the minimalist scheme. It is brimming with features from Audi's latest, blazing-fast MMI system, including a drawing pad, 3D animations, and -- via an AT&T-based Audi Connect system -- the industry's first 4G LTE cellular connection." -- Automobile Magazine (with available MMI Navigation Plus)
  • "The latest version of MMI, with its aluminum switches, buttons and dials, is visually clean, and it has intuitive software with controls that are easy to operate by touch. Your author currently considers it the best user interface in the industry." -- Autoblog
  • "Most of the key functions are operated through a pop-up color screen, which makes for an elegantly simple dashboard." -- Edmunds
  • "As small needn't equate to basic, the A3 includes many of the same luxury items as Audi's more expensive models, including an ultra-thin and retractable MMI display and options like MMI Touch, which lets users input navigation destinations and control other functions via ‘handwriting’ on a touch pad." -- Left Lane News

Cargo

The base 2015 Audi A3 has a 12.3-cubic-foot trunk, which isn’t very large for the class. Trunk space is 10 cubic feet in all-wheel drive models. The A3 comes standard with split-folding rear seatbacks. Some critics are disappointed with the A3’s trunk space, but others point out that while the 10-cubic-foot trunk looks small, it can actually accommodate enough luggage for four people.

  • "Unfortunately, there are side effects to the shrinkage, namely a cramped backseat and a tiny trunk. They are without question the 2015 Audi A3's biggest drawbacks." -- Edmunds
  • "Two wheelie bags pretty much fill the Quattro's shallow space, though the rear seats fold to accommodate more." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "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
Review Last Updated: 7/10/14

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