The sporty and clear body lines of the exterior can also be found in the interior of the new A3. The interior impresses with the top-quality materials and workmanship customary at Audi, as well with exemplary ergonomics.
The driver takes his or her seat behind a newly designed three-spoke steering wheel, heated as an optional extra. Shift paddles and multifunction buttons are optionally available. For especially sporty drivers there is the option of a flat-bottomed sport steering wheel. For more comfort on longer journeys, the new Audi A3 driver’s seat comes with an optional massage function.
The instrument panel is slender and flat, and the center console with its lightweight appearance is turned towards the driver. A contrasting arc, the wrap-around, runs around the cockpit. A technical highlight of the standard equipment is the electrically extending 7-inch color display, only eleven millimeters (0.4 in) thick. The newly designed MMI operating terminal is placed on the console of the center tunnel.
The four large, round air vents with a jet design have been revised. The control unit for the air conditioning lies on a panel with a black piano finish. An optional USB port below the instrument panel makes connecting and charging mobile devices even easier. In the dark, all knobs and switches of the cockpit are backlit white.
Subdued colors like black or rock gray define the interior; alternatively, chestnut brown sets a stylish accent. On request, seat upholstery in different leather versions or in a leather/Alcantara variant are available. The A3 design selection offers additional color schemes with its own leather package and coordinated contrasting stitching.
The different versions of the decorative trims on the instrument panel and doors provide an even more individualistic interior.
The rear of the new Audi A3 can accommodate three people; the convenience entry is a standard feature. The luggage compartment has a base capacity of 365 liters (12.9 cu ft), which can be increased to 1,100 liters (38.8 cu ft) by folding down the rear seat backs with an optional split ratio of 40:20:40. Its loading floor can be used on two levels in the front-wheel drive versions. Audi optionally provides a reversible mat as well as a storage package for the interior and luggage compartment.
A swivelling trailer hitch electrically unlocked at the press of a button is optionally available for the complete new A3 model series.
The Audi A3 as a three-door model may tow up to 1,800 kilograms (3968.3 lb) (at an 8% gradient).
The equipment, data and prices specified in this document refer to the model range offered in Germany. Subject to change without notice; errors and omissions excepted.