Used Audi A3 Hatchback (2012 - 2018) Comfort

Review by Parkers on
Last Updated: 28 Jul 2015
4.5
The Audi A3 hatchback is one of the smarter looking medium family hatchbacks and it attracts well-heeled buyers or company car drivers that don't want to draw too much attention to themselves. Most people will buy an A3 based mainly on the badge and, as a medium hatchback with excellent engines and sensible running costs (thanks to its strong residual values), it certainly ticks plenty of boxes.

5 out of 5

Comfort

Extending the wheelbase by 23mm has made a difference when it comes to leg-room for rear passengers. The A3 feels much bigger than the previous generation and the interior is brighter thanks to the chrome inserts making the cabin a lot more pleasant. Audi A3 comfort levels are excellent.

The ride is good too: it's supple over all surfaces and particularly smooth when cruising on motorways. The front seats are well bolstered and the side supports are of a decent size giving good support when cornering enthusiastically. Road, wind and tyre noise are minimal because the cabin has been well insulated.

4 out of 5

Practicality

Audi has kept the A3 virtually identical to the previous generation in terms of length but it has a longer wheelbase (increase of 23mm) giving passengers more legroom in the rear of the car.

Boot space has increased by 15 litres over the previous generation to 365 litres when you have the seats in place. Fold the split-folding rear seats flat and the load space increases to 1,100 litres which is 5 litres more than its main rival, the BMW 1 Series. The BMW’s loadspace is 100 litres larger when the rear seats are folded down, however.

There are plenty of cubbies to hide loose change from view while the door pockets are of a good size as is the glove box. All-round visibility is good but it may be an idea to opt for parking sensors for added peace of mind when reversing. The handbrake has been replaced by a parking brake freeing up space in the central console.

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4 out of 5

Behind the wheel

The cabin is driver-focused and is well laid out. The switchgear feels solid and well made while the plastics on the dash are soft to touch. The chrome inserts brighten the cabin too.

If you have electric front seats then it’s easy to get a good driving position, but if you only have manual front seats then sliding the chair into the correct position can be a bit of a faff.