Audi S3 Sportback interior
The Audi S3 Sportback has a generally upmarket interior that certainly looks the part. Only some cheaper-feeling plastic lower down bring a black mark against it.
R8 supercar notwithstanding, the Audi S3 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, although they do start to feel a bit cheap lower down in the cabin, but no worse than you find in a 1 Series or A-Class. It all feels pretty solid and well put together though.
It also has lovely front sports seats trimmed in Nappa leather, while the rear seats are also trimmed in Nappa. Other S-specific highlights include S kickplates by the doors, an S steering wheel (which isn’t flat-bottomed), and a red surround for the engine start/stop button.
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The S3 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.
The built-in sat-nav lets you write in destinations using your finger, although 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 12-inch digital driver’s display as standard, and this can be configured with special S3 dials. There’s even a lap-timer. 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.
In the latest Audis, you had to control the climate through the infotainment’s touchscreen but thankfully the S3 features physical buttons.