Audi A3 Saloon interior
The A3 Saloon’s interior looks great and the very best tech Audi has to offer, but if you look hard enough though, some of the materials feel a bit cheap.
Apart from the R8 supercar, the new Audi A3 Saloon has the sportiest interior of any Audi to date. It has a wraparound cockpit feel to it, accentuated by the air vents that look they are taken from the Lamborghini Urus.
Most of the interior is made from high-quality materials, though they do start to feel a bit cheap lower down in the cabin, but no worse than you find in a BMW 2 Series or Mercedes CLA. It all feels pretty solid and well put together though.
S Line cars are the nicest inside, getting lovely front sports seats with integrated headrests and Alcantara centres with a diamond quilting effect.
Audi's designers do say they have taken inspiration from Lamborghini, and I think that is a good thing. Great interior.
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The A3 gets Audi’s latest infotainment system – it’s even more advanced than the one you get in the Q8 premium large SUV.
You get a 10-inch touchscreen as standard that has crisp graphics and easy-to-use menus. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are also standard.
Upgrade to the build-in sat-nav and you can write in destinations using your finger, though that might be a bit tricky for right-handers in right-hand drive cars. It can also recognise voice commands, however. The sat-nav system also has Parkopedia that can direct you to parking spaces – even roadside parking.
Instead of traditional dials, you get a 10-inch digital drivers display as standard, and you can upgrade to a 12-inch screen. It’s just a shame that you can’t share the map on your smartphone with that screen as it will only show Audi’s own map.
The volume control is a touch-sensitive button that you scroll clockwise and anti-clockwise to change the volume. It’s placed in front of the gear lever, which is hard to get to on manual cars. Still, you can adjust the volume with the button on the steering wheel, so it’s not a great problem.
In the latest Audis, you had to control the climate through the infotainment’s touchscreen but physical buttons have been brought back for the A3.