Elegant, refined, clear: the interior of the Audi A3 Sedan mirrors the styling of the exterior. A long, continuous curve spans the windshield from door to door. Known as a wrap-around, this feature also appears in Audi's large model lines. A sleek instrument panel, taut at the front, oozes roominess.
Both front seats in the A3 Sedan provide excellent support thanks to precise settings and ergonomic contours. An optional center armrest – standard in the Ambition equipment line – is adjustable. Upon request, Audi will include electric lumbar supports, electric controls and sports seats. In fact, sports seats are standard in the Ambition equipment line. S sports seats with integrated head restraints, removable cushions and S line embossing are optionally available. Depending on the steering wheel in question, it is fitted with three or four spokes, a flat-bottomed rim, multifunction pushbuttons and S tronic shift paddles.
It is easy to read both large round gauges at a glance. Between them is the 3.5-inch screen of the driver information system (DIS). It displays important information, while the DIS’s efficiency program advises the driver on fuel-efficient driving. The DIS also issues rest-recommendation alerts. A color DIS screen is standard in the Ambition and Ambiente equipment lines; a monochrome version is available for the Attraction package.
As in all Audi vehicles, ergonomics in the A3 Sedan are clear and intuitive. Starting with the MMI radio package, the MMI operating system with an electrically telescoping monitor is standard; it measures either 5.8 or 7.0 inches diagonally, depending on the version. The MMI control panel has been placed atop the center console for a clear and tidy layout. An electromechanical parking brake, operated by a button, has replaced the handbrake lever.
One of many interior highlights are three-dimensional decorative inlays. Options include two aluminum versions, a 3D-design “Black” and a 3D-design “Optic” (standard with the Ambiente line). The control unit for the optional deluxe climate-control system is mounted on a panel in Piano-finish black. The instrument cluster fascia is also black. Upon request, many of the controls feature an aluminum-look finish.
Audi aesthetics: The air vents
Bearing a classic jet design, four large round air vents are a feature typical of compact Audi models. Their air flow is adjusted by pulling on the central axis, which adjusts the air flow from broadly dispersed and draft-free to a focused stream. Turning the rings generates a fine, precisely-defined click.
Upon request, an LED interior lighting package (standard with the Ambiente line) will spruce up the interior even more with additional highlights. Small LEDs serve as reading lights and provide illumination in the make-up mirrors, doors, footwells and near the cupholders. Dome lights subtly illuminate the center console.
The A3 Sedan’s interior colors match a given equipment package. With the A3 Attraction line, the interior is bathed in black or titanium gray; the interior of the sporty Ambition line is either all black or black with contrasting silver, blue or yellow elements. Pashmina beige and chestnut brown are available for the luxurious Ambiente trim line. An Ambition option, the two-tone Audi design selection lasso brown exudes exclusivity.
Striking differences extend to interior materials, as well. Cloth seats are standard in the Attraction and Ambition lines; Ambiente comes standard with a mix of cloth and synthetic leather. The seats can alternatively be covered in Milano leather in black, pashmina beige, titanium gray, chestnut brown – or a combination of Pearl Nappa and Alcantara leather that is either black or gray (for sports seats). The sports seats covered in Milano leather feature Velvet leather in the shoulder area. With a rugged and slightly coarse surface, Velvet leather is reminiscent of suede.
The A3 Sedan Ambition can optionally be ordered with the S line sport package, which bathes the interior and even the headlining entirely in black. A variety of materials is available for seat upholstery, including exquisite Fine Nappa leather. The (optional S) sports seats’ backs bear embossed S line logos. Silver seams accentuate the look and silver color-contrasting stitching outlines the floor mats. Decorative inlays are made of brushed aluminum. A special sport steering wheel – with a flat-bottomed rim, upon request – and a shift knob covered with perforated leather round out the sporty package.
The Audi A3 Sedan offers plenty of room for five people. Thanks to the long wheelbase, entry is easy and there is enough legroom – even in the rear. The L-shaped head restraints hardly affect rear visibility at all in their retracted positions.
The trunk offers a base capacity of 425 liters (15.01 cubic ft), which can be increased to 880 liters (31.08 cubic ft) by folding down the split rear seat backs. The luggage compartment is level and the trunk lid offers a wide berth for loading and unloading items. Audi can optionally supply a load-through hatch, a ski/snowboard bag and a reversible mat. The A3 Sedan can be rendered exceptionally practical by means of the optional cargo-storage set. This optional equipment package comprises a second electrical outlet, a multi-use fastener, a cargo net, bag hooks, storage nets on the backrests of the front seats and for the front passenger as well as a side shelf with adjustable net.
Uncompromising: Quality and lightweight excellence in the interior
Elegant, easy to operate and luxuriously finished: The air vents in the Audi
A3 Sedan reflect Audi's uncompromising commitment to excellence. Each air vent consists of more than 30 individual components – each of them manufactured and mounted precisely within hundredths of a millimeter.
Decorative inlays in a 3D-design “Optic” likewise boast extensive expertise. At the heart of such an inlay is a roof-like mount made of plastic. During the first step, this mount is wrapped in a transparent polycarbonate film. But first, a pattern consisting of tiny triangles is printed on the mount by means of the screen-printing method. The pattern is applied three times to the rear side and twice to the front side. This creates a graphic of remarkable three-dimensionality.
Via back injection molding, securing points are then affixed to the rear of the substrate. Liquid polycarbonate is then re-applied to the front. Just five millimeters thick, this coating enhances the 3D appearance of the printed graphic while imparting an extraordinary glass-like appearance. The final step entails sealing the inlay with a UV varnish to permanently prevent yellowing and protect it against scratches.
Precise to hundredths of a millimeter: Precision in the interior
Audi devotes its complete attention to even the tiniest detail. The chromed ornamental ring on the shift knob, for instance, is fitted within hundredths of a millimeter. The window panes first shift forward into a guideway before traveling upward to create a perfect seal at the junction of the roof and the window channel.
Premium quality is a fundamental commitment at Audi. The B-pillar covers in the A3 Sedan’s interior are covered with fabric and fitted with coat hooks. The window frames are completely covered. Fabric coverings and leather trim never become creased; all seams are precise and flawless. This is true even in tricky areas of the steering wheel, where there is little space between spokes and the rim.
Audi does not cut any corners even in those places rarely seen by customers. The carpeting in the trunk is not needled felt, but cut velour instead. Once the hood has been raised, a pneumatic spring keeps it stationary. The handful of welds visible in vehicle-body areas such as sill trims, the engine compartment or the trunk reflect the very highest in welding precision.
Ultra-premium quality and ultra-lightweight excellence do not constitute a paradox at Audi. Indeed, Audi engineers trimmed every superfluous gram from the interior of the Audi A3 Sedan. The seats, for instance, are very lightweight. Intelligent placement of control units significantly reduced the amount of wiring needed. The air-conditioning system and the blower motor have also been optimized to weigh less. The front-passenger airbag housing is made of plastic, and the bracket of the MMI monitor is magnesium.
The equipment and data specified in this document refer to the model range offered in Germany. Subject to change without notice; errors and omissions excepted.