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QUALITY | 8 out of 10
interior is handsome and comfortable for average-size adults
assembled from tasteful, high-quality materials
truly is a 'premium' compact
Kelley Blue Book
Reviews read by TheCarConnection.com enjoyed the luxury touches and exceptional comfort of the Audi 2008 A3.
According to Car and Driver, the 2008 Audi A3 "benefits from incredible build quality." Kelley Blue Book agrees, calling the interior "decidedly upscale" with "aluminum-surrounded round front air vents" being "among several touches that echo the stylish Audi TT."
Edmunds touts the easy-to-use comfort, with "straightforward buttons and controls" and an "excellent steering wheel" that "fits the driver's hands perfectly" among the most notable features.
ConsumerGuide claims front seats are "all-day comfortable" and "headroom and legroom are plentiful." Cars.com adds that the "excellent seats deliver good support and their bottoms are fairly long," but points out that "some drivers might find their right knee resting against the center console."
In the backseat, ForbesAuto warns that "larger occupants could feel cramped." In regard to the A3 Audi seats themselves, ConsumerGuide mentions that "the cushion is nicely padded but not long enough for good thigh support."
Noise was not a major concern for those reviewing the 2008 Audi A3. ConsumerGuide did notice "some coarse-surface tire thrum on base models," but "wind rush is low at highway speeds," and "both engines sound classy while accelerating."
The interior makes good use of space, with Car and Driver calling the A3 Audi "roomy." Still, Kelley Blue Book reminds drivers it is a hatchback, meaning "some folks might be disappointed by the size of the rear cargo area."
In extensive drives of the A3 Audi in Europe and the United States, TheCarConnection.com’s editors felt its standard leather buckets lack the side support needed in such a car and can also cause backaches on longer journeys. Rear seat accommodation is acceptable for a car of this size, allowing you to squeeze a pair of adults in there--provided the front seat passengers don't mind scooting forward an inch or two. The trunk is very large.
The Audi reputation is represented well here, with the 2008 Audi A3 offering plenty of refinement.