The Audi A3:
Comfort: The compact car that's big on comfort
The A3 gives an assured, comfortable and positive driving experience combined with great practicality: You will find there is ample space in the cabin and the boot for all your day-to-day requirements. You will notice how everything from how positive the switches and controls feel, to the comfort of the upholstery and carpets, states quality. And you can of course take advantage of a number of Audi A3 trim level and optional extras to complete your driving experience.
When you take a seat in the Audi A3, what strikes you is the feeling of spaciousness. True, it's a compact car on the outside so it's easy to park and efficient to drive. But major design consideration has been put into how everything fits together on the inside.
You will find the Audi A3 offers exceptional headroom, rear legroom and no compromise on boot space. So an Audi A3 has luxury appeal combined with excellent practicality.
The leather-trimmed multifunction steering wheel makes driving even more of a pleasure, and safer too. Numerous frequently used controls can be operated while your hands are still in a normal driving position. For example, you will be able to switch channel on the radio and change tracks on the CD player. With optional mobile phone preparation, you will experience true hands-free mobile operation, making and accepting calls without taking your hands off the steering wheel.
With S-tronic transmission the multifunction steering wheel is also available with paddles to change gear. So you can get a sporty, race-like feel in a compact hatchback.
Added comfort with climate control
Of course, manual air conditioning comes as standard on the Audi A3 Sportback. You can also specify 2 zone climate control as an option so you and your front passenger can select your own cabin temperature. Directional vents help keep the two temperatures independent for added comfort.
It's another luxury option which is standard with the Sport and S line trim levels.
The front center armrest is pleasingly finished to complement your car?s upholstery and you can also raise and lower it in steps to suit your driving position. If you have specified mobile phone preparation as an option, your mobile phone lives inside the armrest to keep it safe and out of the way while you receive and make calls using the optional multifunction steering wheel.
The Audi A3 features a 60:40 split rear folding seat as standard to complement its 19.5 cu-ft. trunk. With either one or both portions of the seat folded flat, you could carry an object flat, up to 1544mm in length, and still be able to close the trunk.
Five-door practicality with sublime drive-ability
The A3 is primarily an athletic and agile driver's car but it offers a level of practicality you just would not expect. And a selection of class-leading engines to satisfy every requirement from frugality to fantastically sporty performance are just some of the many things that make owning an Audi A3 such a great pleasure.
Naturally, Audi's famous quattro permanent all-wheel-drive is available on the 2.0TFSI and 2.0 TDI derivatives. What is more, a wealth of options allow you to tailor your Audi A3 Sportback to match everything from your driving style to your family life.
As you drive, you will find the Audi A3 to be typically Audi. It handles beautifully. The interior is refined and exceptionally well engineered. And from the outside, the styling is wonderfully executed.
With the optional Audi DVD-based navigation system, it is extremely hard to get lost. Simply enter a new destination in the center console or just say where you want to go using the Voice Control System.
Compared to a CD-ROM, the DVD-based navigation system can hold nine times as much information. The benefits: Maps load faster and there's more detail when you zoom in. You can also specify modifications to the route such as avoiding or using motorways, toll roads and ferries. And you can recall favorite and recent destinations which are stored in your address book.
The system can also adjust the route you?re taking dynamically based on the latest traffic situation. It receives RDS-TMC (Traffic Message Channel) automatically so it knows about hold-ups before you do and, if dynamic navigation is active, the system automatically reboots the route.
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The optional iPod preparation allows you to play iPod tunes, in play list order. You simply plug your iPod in and play through the in-car speakers. This also charges your iPod, depending on model.
From opera and orchestral to rock or RMB, the optional BOSE premium sound system is a wonder of audio technical achievement. The size, shape and placement of the speakers has been carefully optimized to match the internal dimensions of the cabin to deliver rich, full and clear sound as you travel.
A six-channel advanced amplifier delivers a massive 195 watts of power to eight high-performance speakers. One central speaker in the dashboard, two tweeters in the A pillars, two bass/mid-range speakers in the doors, two bass/mid-range speakers in the side sections of the rear seats and finally a powerful woofer with 9.7-liter bass reflex housing in the luggage compartment side panel.
With a BOSE sound system in your Audi A3, your listening pleasure need never be disturbed.
The high-performance brake system combines short braking distances, sensitive control and optimum cooling, for a consistently effective performance even after repeated applications. ABS anti-lock braking and EBD provide extra peace of mind if you need to stop suddenly.
In the event of a side impact, side airbags will activate, preventing occupant injury. The head-level airbag covers the entire front and rear side-window including the A-post area.
In the event of an accident, intelligent impact sensors ? including an innovative up-front-sensor ? will detect the severity and nature of the impact and trigger the appropriate occupant protection systems.
Audi's electronic stability program (ESP) is a combination of advanced technologies that helps keep the car under control in more extreme situations such as when you need to avoid an unexpected obstacle in the road. ESP is especially helpful in adverse weather conditions.
When you need to turn quickly and sharply, ESP identifies your intended direction and responds by applying the brakes to individual wheels.
The onboard technologies on Audi vehicles make them some of the safest in the world and especially when road conditions are less than perfect.
The Anti-lock braking system works by momentarily releasing and then applying the brakes when it detects a skid resulting in reduced stopping distances and the ability to turn under emergency braking.
Anti-slip regulation (or traction control) reduces power to any wheel that is in danger of spinning. Full power is returned when traction is re-established.
Electronic brake-force distribution works in conjunction with ABS to ensure an even maximum braking force between the front and rear wheels.
The electronic differential lock allows a smooth getaway on surfaces with mixed levels of grip.
Audi's electronic stability program uses the four technologies above. It identifies the intended direction and applies braking to individual wheels to help keep the car stable.
The revolutionary S-tronic transmission combines the responsiveness of a manual gearbox with the convenience of an automatic. Thanks to innovative dual-clutch technology, S-tronic can make a gear change in just 0.2 of a second, with no interruption to the power flow, allowing you to benefit as fully as possible from the engine's output at all times, resulting in better fuel efficiency and lower CO2 emissions.
Available as an option on selected models.