There will be no complaints about the interior of the current Audi A3. It’s just as well built as any other Audi, providing high levels of fit and finish and, unlike the previous generation, a stylish and ergonomic layout.
However, to achieve a truly premium atmosphere it’s best to go for one of the higher-end models. For example, S line spec gets brushed aluminium trim pieces, part-leather seats, interior mood lighting and illuminated S-logo sills that raise the A3’s game to better models costing twice as much.
Audi’s brilliant Virtual Cockpit is available in the A3 for the first time
All models come with a seven-inch screen and sat-nav as standard. It’s operated via a scroll knob between the front seats, which makes it easy to use safely on the move – without the need to blindly stab at touchscreen.
One option we would recommend, is Audi’s £450 Virtual Cockpit that replaces the conventional instrument binnacle with a multi-function digital display, which in one mode forms a huge sat-nav screen. It looks very high tech and makes following the sat-nav’s directions extremely easy. It’s one feature that makes the A3 feel like a cut above rivals.