Audi A3 hybrid practicality & boot space
As 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
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While the Audi A3 is a reasonably spacious car, it's fair to say that the target customer is not necessarily a family of four, with younger professionals and couples seen as more likely buyers. For that reason, it's not quite as practical as its VW Group stablemates the Volkswagen Golf GTE, SEAT Leon e-Hybrid and Skoda Octavia iV.
Audi A3 hybrid interior space, storage & comfort
This generation of A3 is slightly longer and wider than its predecessor, which means increased head and legroom for occupants inside. Four adult passengers can sit in complete comfort, but the rear middle seat is best used for shorter journeys only.
This is where choosing a plug-in rather than a purely petrol or diesel A3 makes a difference. While there's no change to passenger space, the boot capacity does shrink from 380 to 280 litres in order to accommodate the batteries.
That's a supermini-sized boot in what's supposed to be a family hatchback, so those in the habit of carrying a lot of luggage will be better off with the closely related Skoda Octavia iV, which can fit 450 litres. The A3's main non-VW Group rival, the Mercedes A-Class hybrid, has a 310-litre boot.
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
- 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 costsAs 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
- 4Engines, drive & performanceThe 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 & comfortAudi 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 VW Group stablemates
- 6Practicality & boot space - currently readingAs 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 & safetyThe A3 Sportback has good crash safety rating, however quite a high proportion of Audi owners report faults with their cars