Audi A3 Sportback review - Practicality, comfort and boot space
The Sportback has the biggest boot of any A3 with the rear seats folded, plus the most passenger space
Look closely and the stylish interior benefits from plenty of useful storage space, including a large glovebox and deep door bins. And as it has five doors instead of three, the A3 Sportback is much easier to live with if you’ve got a young family – loading a child seat into the back is less hassle.
At 4,310mm long and with a 2,636mm wheelbase, the Sportback is the most spacious A3 of them all. It’s a mere 4mm higher than the three-door, too. The extra metal and doors mean it’s 30kg heavier, while the Sportback can tow anything from 1,500kg up to 1,800kg of braked trailer, depending on specification.
Leg room, head room & passenger space
There’s 1,021mm of headroom in the front and 955mm in the back, making the Sportback the most airy A3. You get more than 1.4 metres of elbow room whether you’re sitting in the front or rear, while shoulder room stands at 1,392mm in the front and 1,344mm in the back, so the car should comfortably accommodate four tall adults, while five adults should be able to squeeze in easily, too.
The A3 Sportback offers 380 litres of boot space; that’s 50 litres more than in the standard three-door. Fold the rear seats flat, and it has a maximum load capacity of 1,220 litres. This is more than a five-door BMW 1 Series in both configurations, and also leaves the Mercedes A-Class and Volvo V40 trailing.
The quattro drivetrain eats into space slightly; it reduces the capacities by 40 litres on the A3 and S3 Sportbacks. But the RS3 and e-tron really lose out; both offer 100 litres less boot space as a result of their sporty chassis and battery pack respectively. That leaves these models with 280 litres when the seats are in place and 1,120 litres once they’re folded.
In this review
- 1VerdictThe A3 Sportback is one of the best cars Audi makes, with decent practicality, a sharp drive and good looks
- 2Engines, performance and driveThe Audi A3 Sportback shares its lightweight MQB chassis with other VW Group products. This means it’s decent to drive
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running CostsThe Audi A3 Sportback won't break the bank to run; even the S3 and RS3 models claim commendable fuel economy
- 4Interior, design and technologyLatest exterior styling isn't as pert as the A3 hatchback's, but the Sportback has a superb, spacious cabin
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot space - currently readingThe Sportback has the biggest boot of any A3 with the rear seats folded, plus the most passenger space
- 6Reliability and SafetyA five-star Euro NCAP crash test rating and excellent Driver Power showing make the A3 Sportback an attractive proposition