2015 Audi A3: Driver Space
March 2, 2015
For a small car, I'm surprised by how much space is allocated for the driver. I know I'm short-legged, but I checked with some of our taller editors and they agree.
I particularly like how the pedal area is scooped out. Front leg room is listed at 41.2 inches, which isn't the most in this class (although it is more than the Mercedes CLA). But it's the way the space is used that works so well.
The space underneath the dash is carved out to give enough knee room. As a shorty I have to sit really close to the steering wheel in most cars, and sometimes my knees will bump against the bottom of the dash. But not in the A3. Cameron, who is probably a full foot taller than me, says that he has enough leg room, and the seat lowers enough for him to not bump his head on the ceiling.
Overall, the A3's cabin is superior in design. The materials are refined. It's loaded with standard features. Even the air vents are superior to other cars. It's nice to find a small car that cares about the interior, instead of economizing. I loved the A4 wagon when we had it in our fleet. And I enjoy driving this A3 sedan too. It doesn't feel as small as it is. Shame we can't get the A3 wagon.
Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor