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Audi A3 (2012-2020) – interior and tech

Audi’s posh Golf is a massive sales hit and it’s not difficult to see why, though rivals drive better

Evo rating
Price
£28,620 to £53,150
  • Beautifully designed, impeccably built and competitively priced premium hatch
  • All just a bit too grown up and sensible, needs a more playful side

Unquestionably one of the biggest draws of the Audi A3 is its interior. Even the entry-level models have an interior that’s exceptionally upmarket, bettering anything in its class, and many classes above it. Tactile materials, neat metal or gloss black detailing and the indulgent, obviously considered design of all the elements make for a cohesive whole. It’s difficult not to smile when you twist the air vents to open them, the A3’s cabin intelligent as much as it is contemporary and beautiful.

It's become even more appealing since the most recent update, as Virtual Cockpit is now available in some A3s. Just like the TT in which it debuted, this replaces conventional instruments with a high-tech TFT screen that displays both car data and useful info from the navigation system or infotainment setup. In terms of feel-good factor it immediately lifts the A3 above anything else currently available in the class.

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The seats offer fine comfort and plentiful adjustability, while the operation of the entertainment and information is all neatly integrated into Audi’s intuitive MMI controller. Space in the back, and access on this three-door, is a touch tight, though the boot’s class competitive on space - though doesn’t offer a completely flat loadspace with the seatbacks down. 

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