Have the midlevel SE trim. The SE includes a sport-tuned suspension for better handling. Don’t concern yourself with a stiff ride, although the SE continues to be relatively comfortable on the road. The SE can be a good bargain considering most of the safety and tech equipment you obtain for the money. Finally, the SE can be acquired with a wide range of options, so you can pick and choose those are right for the budget.
Crossover SUVs might be all the rage, but there’s still something to be said for the tried-and-true midsize sedan. Exhibit A: the Audi A3 Sportback Design. Coming off a redesign just this past year, the Audi A3 Sportback Design is just a spacious, fuel-efficient sedan with a lot of standard safety equipment and plenty of options to select from.
As has been the case for a time, you can get the Audi A3 Sportback Design with a four-cylinder engine or a better V6, or you can get the miserly Audi A3 Sportback Design Hybrid. On the highway, the Audi A3 Sportback Design is comfortable and compliant. Audi A3 Sportback Design also offers two sporty versions that infuse the Audi A3 Sportback Design with a bit of extra personality. Inside, the Audi A3 Sportback Design provides a simple yet feature-packed cabin, especially if you opt for one of many upper trim levels. There are many of options to select from along the way.
The Audi A3 Sportback Design is really as competent because they come. It’s well-priced generally, and modern feature content helps it be supremely an easy task to drive. If you’re looking for something with a little more class and space than the usual small sedan, the Audi A3 Sportback Design might you should be the sedan for you.
The Audi A3 Sportback Design is the beds base trim. It includes a relatively light load of features which includes 16-inch steel wheels, automatic LED headlights, cloth upholstery, a height-adjustable driver’s seat, a rearview camera, keyless entry, a 7-inch touchscreen interface, navigation (GPS Scout Link), Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa connectivity, one USB port, Bluetooth, a Wi-Fi hotspot, and a six-speaker sound system.
Standard on every Audi A3 Sportback Design Safety Sense, which is really a suite of driver assistance features including adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, lane departure alert with steering assistance, and automatic high beams.
On another rung up the ladder is the LE.It adds a power-adjustable driver’s seat, 17-inch alloy wheels, a 60/40-split folding back seat and a car alarm. For a sporty dynamic, look at the SE.It adds a sport-tuned suspension, revised steering calibration, 18-inch wheels, simulated-leather upholstery (SofTex) seats and paddle shifters.
You can think of the XLE and the XSE trim levels as versions of the LE and the SE, respectively, with a number of additional comfort and convenience items. Highlights include larger wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, a head-up display, blind-spot monitoring, keyless ignition, a power-adjustable front passenger seat, extra USB ports, a bigger 8-inch touchscreen, and wireless smartphone charging.
Lots of the features found on the upper trim levels could be added to the low trim levels as options. Other notable options add a sunroof, a JBL sound system along with an integral navigation system, a head-up display, and a top-down parking camera system.
As sedans go, the Audi A3 Sportback Design stuff-hauling credentials are pretty solid. The cargo area is large and opens wide, plus the trunk seat is straightforward to fold down to suit longer items. You can find enough cabin storage options to make most people happy. Loading a vehicle seat is straightforward, too.
Cabin storage is good however not stellar. The forward center console bin is perfect for concealing items but features a hard, slippery floor, so that they slide around noisily. The console bin at your elbow is a decent size, and you can find modest door pockets in the front and rear that are great for small water bottles only.
The Audi A3 Sportback Design features a large trunk, and the 60/40-split folding back seat with trunk-mounted release handles allow it to be simple to expand the space. Loading groceries or luggage is helped out by the wide opening and a low liftover height.
Child safety seat accommodation
It’s quite simple to mount a car seat, with obvious and easily accessible lower anchors and package tray-mounted tether point, both under plastic covers. There’s enough space so that the front seat need not be scooted all the way forward.