The interior of the A3 model series treats occupants with its generous amount of space throughout. On the rear bench seat, the Sportback actually offers a full 903 millimeters (35.55 inches) of leg room, therefore setting standards in the premium
compact class. Like the three-door A3, it has a long wheelbase of 2.58 meters (8.46 feet).
The fascinating atmosphere of sporty elegance is also typical of Audi. The basic characteristics of the exterior design are reflected in the interior – clear lines encompass generous surfaces, all elements are harmoniously coordinated. These high esthetic qualities are combined with ergonomically perfect styling. Fine materials and an uncompromisingly high-quality finish create an intensive experience of precision and quality.
The cockpit: With the look of a sports car
The high, wide center console dominates the cockpit; as in a sports car, it is joined to the transmission tunnel via two struts. A sporty dome arches over the instrument cluster. The four round air vents – refined with discreet chrome inserts, as is the light switch – call the TT Roadster to mind. The switches and the air conditioning controls on the center console are presented in a new, elegantly rounded design. An optional light package lends the interior further splendor.
The topic of ergonomics is always one of the primary concerns in Audi’s specifications catalog; it has been implemented to perfection in the A3 and A3 Sportback. Numerous storage compartments are available; a special package includes nets on the front seat backrests and on the tunnel, a stowage compartment beneath the driver’s seat and a net beneath the rear shelf. This package is fitted as standard in the Ambiente line, and is available as an option in the other equipment lines.
In the instrument cluster, red pointers move over redesigned, sporty, black dial faces. Located between the speedometer and the tachometer, two smaller gauges indicate the coolant temperature and the fuel tank capacity. The Ambition and Ambiente lines are equipped with the driver information system as standard. Its display provides important information in brilliant white lettering. Within this, the gear change display indicates the ideal gear as a recommendation for efficient driving. The logic implemented in the optional navigation system and the navigation system plus, which includes a DVD drive and a 6.5-inch color display, follows the intuitive operating logic of the MMI concept fitted in the large Audi model lines.
The steering wheel in the Audi A3 and A3 Sportback can be adjusted axially and vertically; the Ambition line is equipped with a three-spoke leather-covered sports steering wheel with discreet aluminum trim strips. Multifunction buttons are also available for the audio and navigation systems; when the S tronic transmission is fitted, these are joined by shift paddles (standard as of 140 hp). Audi also offers various three-spoke steering wheels for the Ambition line; as in a racing car, the rims of these are flattened at the bottom.
Precisely as desired: Seats
A wide range of options is also available for the seats. In the Attraction line, the driver’s seat can be adjusted vertically; this is joined by the passenger seat in the other two lines. In the Ambition, both front seats offer sporty styling, whilst a center armrest provides additional comfort in the Ambiente. An electric four-way lumbar support, heating for the front seats or also for the two outer rear seats plus electric seat adjustment (option for A3 Sportback) are available for particularly demanding customers.
The standard seats are covered with cloth. Depending on the line, these are available in different designs and colors, and are named Frequency, Dynamic and Meridian. Vienna leather is also available as an alternative. Audi offers a wide range of leather grades for the sports seats – Vienna leather, Fine Nappa leather and a combination of Alcantara and leather. The leather range encompasses a total of six colors, including the two new colors mineral gray and mustang brown.
Audi’s interior designers have perfectly coordinated the seat designs to the colors of the cockpit and the shades of the carpets and door linings. Depending on equipment line, new standard inlay variants named pearlescent, micrometallic and vavona wood are available. Aluminium Medial finish silver or Walnut brown inlays are also available as options.
The S line sports package lends the interior a particularly cool touch. The interior is designed in black, whilst the seams of the seat upholstery, the floor mats and the steering wheel are either silver or black. The covers are available in three versions – cloth/leather, Alcantara/leather or Vienna leather. The sports steering wheel, the door sill strips and the trim inserts – in aluminum or piano finish black – are specifically differentiated.
The products available from quattro GmbH’s Audi exclusive range – whose highlights include bicolor-look seat upholstery in three colors – offer even greater individuality. The optional extras available from Audi exclusive also include highlights such as optional paint finishes or a style package in black.
Practical quality: Large luggage compartment volume With a load-through width of one meter (3.28 feet) and a volume of 350 to 1,080 liters (12.36 to 38.14 cubic feet), the Audi A3 offers the largest luggage compartment in its class, with the A3 Sportback topping this at 370 to 1,100 liters (13.07 to 38.85 cubic feet). These values are a few liters lower in the variants with quattro drive due to the special rear axle.
A load-through aperture – with an armrest and cup holders or also with a ski bag – is optionally available. The rear seat backrests in all models can be split 1/3:2/3 as standard; they can be released and folded down effortlessly. The extended luggage compartment in the three-door version has a length of 1.52 meters (4.99 feet), that of the Sportback 1.54 meters (5.05 feet). Bag hooks and lashing points are fitted as standard; instead of the tire repair set, Audi supplies a compact spare tire free of charge if desired.
A luggage compartment package, which includes a versatile safety net and a 12 V socket, is optionally available for all versions of the A3 and the A3 Sportback; Audi also offers a reversible mat. A particularly clever feature is optionally available for the front-wheel drive versions – a reversible load floor. Depending on its position, it can be used either as a level floor or as a drip tray for damp objects; when removed from the luggage compartment, it can also be used as a
tray. Roof rails and a panoramic sunroof are also available for the Audi A3 Sportback leisure vehicle.