2015 Audi A3: Get the Driver Assistance Package for the Rearview Camera
January 30, 2015
Our 2015 Audi A3 has a fair amount of equipment on it. We've got the bigger 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, the mid-grade Premium Plus trim level, the MMI interface with navigation, and a Sport package.
One feature conspicuously missing, however, is a rearview camera.
I mention this mostly because rear visibility isn't all that great on the A3. Its rear window is small, and your view rearward gets further blocked by the chunky rear restraints and thick rear roof pillars. Pretty much every time I put our A3 in reverse to back out of a parking space I think to myself that I would like a rearview camera to help out. Given that our A3 is also a luxury-branded car, I suppose I also have a higher expectation for features than I would on a budget-oriented car.
Anyway, a rearview camera is available on the A3. You've just got to get the right option package. If you're looking at the A3 sedan, you first have to choose among the Premium, Premium Plus or Prestige trim levels. To get the rearview camera on the Premium or Premium Plus (like our car), it also needs to come with the $1,400 Driver Assistance package. That package also includes front and rear parking sensors and blind-spot monitoring. The contents of Driver Assistance come standard with the top-level Prestige trim level.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 5,032 miles