Inside, there’s no doubting the new A3 is among the better examples in the sub Rs 35-40 lakh price bracket. The interior remains thoroughly premium, with lovely black textures, lush leather and good quality materials. The design and layout is a little dull though when compared to the CLA which has a rather lively looking dual-tone cabin.
Upfront, the seats are superbly accommodating while the headroom and legroom is great, too. Space at the rear, however, is just about average for the class. An averaged size adult will find enough space with a bench that is well layered and has good contours. The only other grumble with the rear seating are the relatively small windows which may lessen the sense of airiness for some. Speaking of which, the A3 still fares better than the Mercedes CLA which has huge front seats and even smaller rear windows, making the rear half of the cabin quite confined.
Both petrol and diesel variants come with the same set of equipment. In this top-spec variant, passenger entertainment comes in the form of a nice sounding audio system and a 7-inch retractable screen for the MMI infotainment system. You also get climate control, powered front seats, front and rear parking sensors and a panoramic sunroof. Interestingly, the 2017 A3 also comes with a wireless charging box for your smartphone.