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BabyDrive Verdict


I had great fun testing the 2022 Audi A3 Sportback, this is a fun luxury hatch that I found carefree to drive when I used it as our family car! Let's find out how it gets on when I put it through our BabyDrive testing…

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My favourite thing about the Audi A3 Sportback is how ‘get in and go' it is to drive. It has an ease and carefree nature that most cars don't have, especially those that are practical for families!  I found it Audi A3 Sportback was all the car we needed for a family of four, and no more, which is really refreshing.

The media system in the A3 Sportback is fantastic and modern and very simple to use and navigate too which makes your experience as the driver more enjoyable and you can simply navigate to the relevant screens while driving.

It has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which is great for accessing your navigation, listening and navigation apps while driving.

The reversing camera has a nice clear image and visibility is very good in the A3 Sportback for parking and manoeuvring.

There are some good features within the camera settings so you can adjust the volume of the parking sensor beep and you can turn on and off the reversing collision avoidance alarm too.

Like the Audi S3 Sedan I tested earlier this year, the Audi A3 Sportback has the second-nicest ISOFix attachments in any car I have tested! They are in both the outer rear seats and have a plastic cover that rolls in around the back so you do not have to detach them. It is a small detail but it is seamless details like this that really set cars apart when directly comparing them.

2022 Audi A3 Sportback ISOFIX child seat anchorages in the second row
The A3 has the same lovely ISOFIX connectors as the Audi S3 sedan

I can fit two Infasecure child seats really nicely in the back of the Audi A3 Sportback. I installed the Infasecure Attain More rear-facing and the Infasecure Aspire More forward-facing. You could fit any two Infasecure child seats in the back of the Audi A3 Sportback.

2022 Audi A3 Sportback space between two child seats installed in the second row

There are top tether anchorages for all three rear seats. They are clearly labelled in the back of the rear seats and easily accessible through the boot.

2022 Audi A3 Sportback top tether child seat anchorages in the second row

For a small hatch, the Audi A3 Sportback has good interior space and legroom. For a family of four, there is a comfortable amount of room and we found a 186cm driver could fit in front of a forward-facing child seat. On the passenger side, a 180cm passenger could fit in front of a rear-facing child seat.

2022 Audi A3 Sportback space between two child seats installed in the second row

You can learn more about the child seats used in this review by following this link.

The interior of the Audi A3 Sportback is minimal and clutter-free, which adds to the fuss-free experience.

Things are minimal in the back too, however even though this is the '35' version of the A3, which is the most affordable model, I was surprised to find air-con vents in the back of the central console box. This is great for keeping rear passengers nice and comfortable during the journey. However, as you can see there are no map pockets in the back of the front seats as rear storage is kept to a minimum (higher spec A3 models do have net map pockets).

There are two cup holders in a fold-down armrest in the central seat back that hold reusable or disposable coffee cups.

The rear door bins will hold a refillable water bottle, so they are practical for the smaller members of the family too.

In the front, the storage is good with two cup holders in the central console and a slot between them for storing a phone.

In front of the stubby little gear selector is a phone tray and two USB-C sockets. The central console is small but it was the right size to hold my sunglasses as there is no glasses case in the ceiling.

A wallet and iPad fit in the glove box

The front door bins are larger than the rear ones and hold a refillable water bottle and have room for an iPad too.

Storage in the boot of the Audi A3 Sportback is good for a small hatch. I particularly like that you can lower the boot floor down around 10cm to allow you a much deeper boot…

2022 Audi A3 Sportback top tether child seat anchorages in the second row

…this is particularly helpful for families who need to carry a large pram in the boot.

2022 Audi A3 Sportback boot space for twin side by side stroller pram and shopping with two rows of seats in use

The boot of the Audi A3 Sportback will hold ten shopping bags, which is good for a small hatch and three less than the Audi S3 Sedan I tested previously that fits thirteen shopping bags.

2022 Audi A3 Sportback boot space for shopping with two rows of seats in use

It's also comparable to the Honda Civic Hatch, Mazda3, Hyundai i30 and VW Golf that all fit ten shopping bags in their boots also. The VW Polo fits seven, Nissan Leaf E+ fits nine, the Subaru Impreza fits eleven and the Kia Cerato GT fits twelve.

Or you could carry a small or medium size dog in the boot of the Audi A3 Sportback with the parcel shelf removed.

2022 Audi A3 Sportback boot space for dogs with two rows of seats in use

The Audi A3 Sportback makes a fantastic little family car. I love driving hatches as they tend to be more nimble and less bulky than SUVs and the Audi A3 Sportback is exactly that. It holds just the right amount for a runaround used by a family of two, three or four. Scooters and prams fit in the boot and everyone is happy in the cabin too!

The Audi A3 Sportback has been given a five-star ANCAP safety rating. Seven airbags come as standard, including dual frontal, side chest and side head-protecting airbags and a centre airbag which provides added protection to front seat occupants in side impact crashes.

 

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Tace Clifford
About Tace Clifford
Tace Clifford founded BabyDrive in 2017 after discovering a huge information gap in mainstream car reviews that left new parents and expanding families in the dark when it came to one of the biggest purchasing decisions of their lives.

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