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QUALITY | 8 out of 10
truly is a 'premium' compact
Kelley Blue Book
benefits from incredible build quality
Car and Driver
The 2010 Audi A3 doesn’t let down Audi’s reputation for excellence; the A3 has an attractive, premium-feel interior and levels of refinement that are better than most other small cars. However, there are a few issues to note.
Several reviewers rave about the materials and trim in the Audi A3. The A3 is “decidedly upscale,” according to Kelley Blue Book, which also notes the "aluminum-surrounded round front air vents" being "among several touches that echo the stylish Audi TT." Car and Driver says the 2009 Audi A3 "benefits from incredible build quality."
Comments about controls and displays are almost unanimously positive. 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.
Cars.com contends 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." ConsumerGuide claims front seats are "all-day comfortable" and "headroom and legroom are plentiful," yet the reviewers also mention that "the cushion is nicely padded but not long enough for good thigh support." TheCarConnection.com warns that some drivers might not find enough back or side support in the front seat for long trips, and backseat space can be tight for adult occupants if the front seats are near the back of their travel.
Kelley Blue Book reminds drivers that the A3 is a compact, and "some folks might be disappointed by the size of the rear cargo area." The interior makes good use of space, however, with Car and Driver calling the A3 Audi "roomy."
Wind and road noise in the 2010 Audi A3 might not be up to the standards of luxury-car shoppers. ConsumerGuide notices "some coarse-surface tire thrum on base models," but "wind rush is low at highway speeds," and "both engines sound classy while accelerating."
The 2010 Audi A3 has excellent interior appointments and is a big step up in refinement from budget hatches, though it’s not quite up to luxury-car standards.