Audi A3 hybrid interior, dashboard & comfort
Audi continues to offer some of the best interiors in the business; this is one of the main reasons to choose the A3 TFSI e over its cheaper Volkswagen Group stablemates
Audi rarely puts a foot wrong when it comes to interior design and the A3 TFSI e is another example of how it gets things right in this area. There's an excellent 'virtual cockpit' display that shows all manner of information behind the steering wheel; Audi has avoided the temptation to put everything on screens and there are still nice physical controls for the heating and ventilation system. Quality is superb throughout.
Audi A3 hybrid dashboard
The A3's dashboard is full of angles, making it less conservative-looking than the previous model's, and there's also plenty of faux-aluminium trim. Whatever you might think of the design, there's no disputing the quality: everything feels well screwed-together, which bodes well for long-term durability.
Equipment, options & accessories
The A3 TFSI e plug-in hybrid is available in three trim levels: Sport, S line and S line Competition. The middle option is expected to make up the bulk of sales, as it has more desirable sporty styling and the difference in price over the Sport doesn't amount to much in the context of a monthly finance deal.
As the hybrid A3 skips the entry-level Technik trim of the purely petrol and diesel versions, it starts off already having a decent amount kit in Sport guise – which is only available with the less powerful 40 TFSI e engine. A set of 17-inch alloy wheels, leather upholstery, dual-zone climate control, LED headlights and a 10.1-inch touchscreen all feature.
S line (also only available with the 40 TFSI powertrain) adds 18-inch alloys, dynamic rear indicators, privacy glass, sports seats, LED interior lighting. S line Competition cars get their own design of 18-inch alloy, along with red-painted brake calipers and some black-painted exterior styling elements – as well as being offered only with the more powerful 45 TFSI e engine.
Infotainment, apps & sat nav
Audi's in-car infotainment systems are among the best of any car manufacturer and its 'virtual cockpit' digital dashboard is particularly well executed. Sat nav, smartphone connectivity, DAB radio and a six-speaker audio system are all standard equipment.
All versions of the latest A3 also get the 10.1-inch central infotainment screen as well as the 'virtual cockpit' behind the steering wheel; the latter measures 10.25 inches as standard, but a larger 14-inch version is available as an option on S line cars.
In This Review
- 1VerdictThe Audi A3 TFSI e boasts badge prestige, a beautiful interior and low company-car costs, but it's not the best value or most practical petrol-electric hatchback you can buy
- 2Range, MPG, CO2 & chargingThe A3 TFSI e compares well with its Mercedes A-Class rival in this regard, but you need to stick to 17-inch wheels if you want the best figures
- 3Running costs & insuranceAs with all plug-ins, the A3 TFSI e has the biggest impact on running costs for company-car users; the financial case for private buyers is less clear-cut
- 4Performance, engine & driveThe A3 TFSI e is both powerful and smooth to drive, but the ride quality leaves a little to be desired, especially on the larger alloy-wheel sizes
- 5Interior, dashboard & comfort - currently readingAudi continues to offer some of the best interiors in the business; this is one of the main reasons to choose the A3 TFSI e over its cheaper Volkswagen Group stablemates
- 6Boot space, seating & practicalityAs a five-door 'Sportback' hatchback, the A3 TFSI e is a pretty practical choice, but it does lose some boot space compared to the non-plug-in version
- 7Reliability & safety ratingThe A3 Sportback TFSI e has good crash-safety rating, however quite a high proportion of Audi owners report faults with their cars