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Old 08-13-2014, 03:45 PM   #1
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I presently own a 2012 TTS. We have a baby on his way so i'm planning to sell the TTS and go with a real four places car. The 2015 S3 is very interesting but before placing an order, I want to be sure there's enough place for the booster in the back and for all other things I need in the trunk (stroller, playard, etc.)

So my question is : A3/S3 owner with babies, this car is it big enough to bring all things you need or you need a bigger second car/SUV for your trip out of town?

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I own an A3 and the trunk is the smallest trunk I've ever seen in a 4 door sedan. Back seat is pretty tight too.....I dont recommend it...A4 at least! =p Wait for Q3? lol
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I would agree with the other comments. A4 has a good size back seat for getting kids in and out of without contorting yourself. I wouldnt recommend it on the A3 (of course, my kid is starting college next week, so I'm picking up my A3 next week + 1 day ;-) ).

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I would agree with the other comments. A4 has a good size back seat for getting kids in and out of without contorting yourself. I wouldnt recommend it on the A3 (of course, my kid is starting college next week, so I'm picking up my A3 next week + 1 day ;-) ).

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I don't own either an A3 or an A4, but have been checking out the various Audi models in advance of the lease on my A6 expiring.
The A3 has a tight back seat and a very small trunk (the A3 has 10 Cubic feet, the A4 12.4 and the A6 14.1, so, trunk room goes up 2.4 cf or 24% from A3 to A4 and only 1.7 cf or 13.7% from the A4 to the "big" A6).
To me the A4 is a better choice in terms of several factors besides space: 2.0T is standard on base and all A4's, but optional on A3; the A4 has the "big Audi" upper/lower control arm front suspension and longitudinal engine orientation, whereas the A3 has its Golf-roots strut front suspension and transverse engine; transmissions – the 8-speed Tiptronic on the A4 adds another gear and for family-type driving is probably smoother and less intrusive.
In terms of price: similarly equipped (more is standard on the A4, so fewer packages) Premium Plus A3 - $40,200 plus transportation; Premium Plus A4 - $42,600 plus transportation. The A4 is a 6% increase from the A3, but bear in mind most dealers are discounting the A4 more heavily, so the delta shrinks.
Additionally the A4 includes driver seat memory and Home Link, neither of which is available on A3 P+ models.
Congrats on the new boy!

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I don't own either an A3 or an A4, but have been checking out the various Audi models in advance of the lease on my A6 expiring.
The A3 has a tight back seat and a very small trunk (the A3 has 10 Cubic feet, the A4 12.4 and the A6 14.1, so, trunk room goes up 2.4 cf or 24% from A3 to A4 and only 1.7 cf or 13.7% from the A4 to the "big" A6).
To me the A4 is a better choice in terms of several factors besides space: 2.0T is standard on base and all A4's, but optional on A3; the A4 has the "big Audi" upper/lower control arm front suspension and longitudinal engine orientation, whereas the A3 has its Golf-roots strut front suspension and transverse engine; transmissions – the 8-speed Tiptronic on the A4 adds another gear and for family-type driving is probably smoother and less intrusive.
In terms of price: similarly equipped (more is standard on the A4, so fewer packages) Premium Plus A3 - $40,200 plus transportation; Premium Plus A4 - $42,600 plus transportation. The A4 is a 6% increase from the A3, but bear in mind most dealers are discounting the A4 more heavily, so the delta shrinks.
Additionally the A4 includes driver seat memory and Home Link, neither of which is available on A3 P+ models.
Congrats on the new boy!
Thanks for your comment but I want to stay with a S model, so there's a pretty big step in price between an S3 full equip (47,500 CAD$) vs an S4 full equip (59,700CAD$).

I understand the trunk is 10 cubic feet, I also went at the dealer to take a look at the car. I know it's a small car (but a lot bigger than my TTS). 10 cubic feet of trunk is it enough to bring a stroller and a playard with luggage?

It's my only concern before ordering! I don't want to sell my lovely TTS to buy another "no family" car !
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Thanks for your comment but I want to stay with a S model, so there's a pretty big step in price between an S3 full equip (47,500 CAD$) vs an S4 full equip (59,700CAD$).

I understand the trunk is 10 cubic feet, I also went at the dealer to take a look at the car. I know it's a small car (but a lot bigger than my TTS). 10 cubic feet of trunk is it enough to bring a stroller and a playard with luggage?

It's my only concern before ordering! I don't want to sell my lovely TTS to buy another "no family" car !
Sounds to me like too much for the trunk. I assumed you were in US, sorry. If they bring over an S3 hatch that might work better for you. Since the S4 has some stuff standard that might be optional or not available on the S3, make sure you do an apples to apples comparison. Also, just because the S4 offers adaptive suspension and sport differential it doesn't mean you have to have them - lol. You could save a few bucks on an S4 there.
In many ways you are about to enter a new and very enjoyable phase of life. It might be time to re-set priorities to make the most of the new reality. Good luck!
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Thanks all for your reply!
I'll reconsider my plan :/
Someone else have an experience to share regarding trunk space?
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Thanks all for your reply!
I'll reconsider my plan :/
Someone else have an experience to share regarding trunk space?
I say get an Allroad on lease and if it really sucks after a year or two you will be in a better position to understand what your needs are. You can stay with it and accept the lower performance for the function it offers or trade in for a new S4, SQ3 or whatever will be out there at that time that tickles your fancy. I suspect that once the bundle of joy arrives the first year you will be getting into a lot of stuff you don't deal with now and the choice of car moves down a peg or two on the priority list. The kid's Mom is going to make you drive more cautiously anyway when baby's onboard.
OK - I am done preaching, that is it!
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I love it when people who have never even driven an A3 nor really checked it out thoroughly feel like they can tell where this car is lacking. I have an A3 Prestige with Sport package and sport suspension that comes with all the body design parts that the S3 has and every option available on the car. Got it for 41K after discount. But I would still buy the S3 over the S4 based on a recent article in Car and Driver that said they don't understand why anyone would buy an aging S4 over an new S3 with better performance and newer technological advancements. A built in router and a navigation screen that makes use of Google Earth is hard to say no to just to get a car with 2 inches more legroom and less gas mileage. (Unless you really "need" that extra space.) I recently had visitors from Europe who had been traveling in the U.S. for 12 days previously. I was able to fit both their large hardsided luggage and a hard sided carry-on along with another extra bag into the trunk and still get all four of us into the car quite comfortably. (They own and Audi A5 (company car) and a hatchback A3) and felt like the U.S. spec A3 was quite a nice car and never felt uncomfortable or squeezed.) This is my third Audi. (previously owned a 1998 A4 Cabriolet and a 2001 A4 2.8LV6 Quattro). I'm glad to be back in the Audi family with a car that is more like the A4's I owned previously, rather than a larger, and heavier new A4 that it has become. The A3 has a more nimble lighter feel, and a heightened level of sportiness over the lastest A4's.

One important note is that the A3 trunk is only 10.5 cubic inches with the Quattro opition, otherwise it is almost the size of the A4 (2014) trunk. All quattros reduce the trunk space. But it has a nice split seat fold down option that still allows for a child seat in the back and extra room for storage with one of the two folding seat sides in the down position. So it is really dependent upon how many children you have and if you get the Quattro option. (for the guy who wants an S3 then the trunk space will be the Quattro sized trunk with no choice). But my point is that an A4 or Allroad, is a good bit more in price with the identical equipment of the A3 Prestige and on top of that neither the A4 nor the Allroad come with the newer MMI system and router. That is a big thing to give up to save some money now and then later wish you had the newest MMI system. If you have the money and can do a short lease on the car then that poster is correct, but there are many I believe who do not want to spend that extra money, especially if they end up with an MMI system that is already becoming outdated.

It is always a matter of opinion and personal needs, but I would just recommend anyone to actually check out the car and not listen to owners of previous larger Audi's in making thier decision.

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Why not grab a stroller and anything else you think you are going to need. Take it to the dealer and see if it fits.
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I love it when people who have never even driven an A3 nor really checked it out thoroughly feel like they can tell where this car is lacking....... not listen to owners of previous larger Audi's in making thier decision.
I cannot disagree with most anything you say here. I stuck my New Yorker's nose into this issue solely because the OP was asking about trunk space and I had just spent considerable time at my dealer checking out the trunk in terms of the A3’s suitability for a possible next car for me and for my daughter's family as well. FWI - The trunk is big enough for me. I currently have a big A6 (yeah, but with the same puny 2.0 that the A3 offers), but I am thinking of going to an A3, a TT, a new Miata or a Subaru WRX when my lease is up on the A6 (lovely car). I am not a proponent of big cars. I got this one while I was working and at times had to lug 3-4 adults around as part of the job.
I read the reviews and am excited about the A3, but still personally feel that for utility (something people with new babies have got to consider) the A4 size (Allroad included) might make sense.
Even the A3’s “state of the art” tech features might well be dated before the tyke hits his 3rd or 4th birthday, so a decision based solely on how current the new car’s technology is may not matter in the timeline of a car’s lifespan. Who knows, the next (B9) A4 might make the tech on the current A3/S3 look dated - just saying. I am 72 and have a different take on technology than a lot of the younger posters here. I can assure you, however, that I have a good grasp on how an emerging family can alter a guy’s plans and perceived needs on things like cars. Anyway I do wish the OP the absolute best in his car decision and family life.
Normally I would not be posting here at all, but as mentioned I am considering an A3/S3 as a future Audi for me. Take care.
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Why not grab a stroller and anything else you think you are going to need. Take it to the dealer and see if it fits.
I was just scrolling down to say the same thing.

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Hi all!

I presently own a 2012 TTS. We have a baby on his way so i'm planning to sell the TTS and go with a real four places car. The 2015 S3 is very interesting but before placing an order, I want to be sure there's enough place for the booster in the back and for all other things I need in the trunk (stroller, playard, etc.)

So my question is : A3/S3 owner with babies, this car is it big enough to bring all things you need or you need a bigger second car/SUV for your trip out of town?

Thanks!
Your best bet is to take the car seat to the dealer and test it out. The rear facing infant seat takes up a lot of room. You may be able to fit it in the rear center position, so it is not up against the back of the front seat. The real challenge will be when you have to switch to a rear-facing convertible car seat--that is much bigger than the infant seat.

And--if you are carting around a stroller and diaper bag, your trunk will not leave a lot of room for much else.

If this is your primary car, it will be cramped--no doubt.
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Thanks for your comment but I want to stay with a S model, so there's a pretty big step in price between an S3 full equip (47,500 CAD$) vs an S4 full equip (59,700CAD$).

I understand the trunk is 10 cubic feet, I also went at the dealer to take a look at the car. I know it's a small car (but a lot bigger than my TTS). 10 cubic feet of trunk is it enough to bring a stroller and a playard with luggage?

It's my only concern before ordering! I don't want to sell my lovely TTS to buy another "no family" car !
A stoller + playpen + luggage for 3? Good luck...
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Thanks all for your help!
I have an appointment next week. I'll try to fit both in the car. I hope I'll not have to cancel my S3 order and go with a Q5 :/

I'm sure the length and width is fine.. my big concern is the heigth of the A3/S3 trunk. Someone know the heigth of the trunk or can take the measure to give me a little hope while I wait for my fitting test?:P
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The height of the trunk from the floor to the trunk lid edge is what is compromised the most in all Quattro A3's. I had a very large and especially tall square box to take to Fedex for return, and I had to put it in the backseat. But that is the only item I have tried to put in the trunk that would not fit.

As far as strollers, or luggage, it seems to be fine. ( I have had to put my 91 year old mother's wheelchair in the trunk, and it fit in with plenty of room for other items)
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...FYI the '15 A3 sedan trunk is TINY - my golf bag barely fits in diagonally, not leaving room for much else...
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I cannot disagree with most anything you say here. I stuck my New Yorker's nose into this issue solely because the OP was asking about trunk space and I had just spent considerable time at my dealer checking out the trunk in terms of the A3’s suitability for a possible next car for me and for my daughter's family as well. FWI - The trunk is big enough for me. I currently have a big A6 (yeah, but with the same puny 2.0 that the A3 offers), but I am thinking of going to an A3, a TT, a new Miata or a Subaru WRX when my lease is up on the A6 (lovely car). I am not a proponent of big cars. I got this one while I was working and at times had to lug 3-4 adults around as part of the job.
I read the reviews and am excited about the A3, but still personally feel that for utility (something people with new babies have got to consider) the A4 size (Allroad included) might make sense.
Even the A3’s “state of the art” tech features might well be dated before the tyke hits his 3rd or 4th birthday, so a decision based solely on how current the new car’s technology is may not matter in the timeline of a car’s lifespan. Who knows, the next (B9) A4 might make the tech on the current A3/S3 look dated - just saying. I am 72 and have a different take on technology than a lot of the younger posters here. I can assure you, however, that I have a good grasp on how an emerging family can alter a guy’s plans and perceived needs on things like cars. Anyway I do wish the OP the absolute best in his car decision and family life.
Normally I would not be posting here at all, but as mentioned I am considering an A3/S3 as a future Audi for me. Take care.
You make some good points about tech and your view is refreshing.

I am trying to decide whether to go base Premium Plus on a S3.... or Prestige.
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The A3 is a small car, interior-wise. I sat in the back seat when I had the chance a few weeks ago in the dealer's showroom. It's really small, I barely fit.

I said to myself, "man, this is like a Corolla..."


Here's the comparo data from Edmund's on interior space. 1st value listed is a 2015 Toyota Corolla, 2nd value (below) is the 2015 Audi A3:

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Front head room                                
                          38.3 in.                                        
                          36.5 in.                                        
 
 
 
 
                                Front hip room                                
                          53.0 in.                                        
                          N/A                                        
 
 
 
 
                                Front leg room                                
                          42.3 in.                                        
                          41.2 in.                                        
 
 
 
 
                                Front shoulder room                                
                          54.8 in.                                        
                          54.8 in.                                        
 
 
 
 
                                Rear hip Room                                
                          43.9 in.                                        
                          N/A                                        
 
 
 
                                Rear head room                                
                          37.1 in.                                        
                          36.1 in.                                        
 
 
 
 
                                Rear leg room                                
                          41.4 in.                                        
                          35.1 in.                                        
 
 
 
                                Rear shoulder room                                
                          54.8 in.                                        
                          53.0 in.                                        
 
 
 
 
                                Width                                
                          69.9 in.                                        
                          N/A                                        
 
 
 
 
                                Height                                
                          57.3 in.                                        
                          55.7 in.                                        
 
 
 
                                Length                                
                          182.6 in.                                        
                          175.4 in.                                        
 
 
 
                                Wheel base                                
                          106.3 in.                                        
                          103.8 in.                                        
 
 
 
                                Cargo capacity, all seats in place                                
                          13.0 cu.ft.                                        
                          10.0 cu.ft.                                        
 
 
 
 
                                EPA interior volume                                
                          110.5 cu.ft.                                        
                          N/A                                        
 
 
 
                                Curb weight                                
                          2800 lbs.                                        
                          3175 lbs.                                        
 
 
 
 
                                Front track                                
                          N/A                                        
                          61.2 in.                                        
 
 
 
 
                                Rear track                                
                          N/A                                        
                          60.1 in.                                        
 
 
 
                                Drag Coefficient                                
                          N/A                                        
                          0.30 Cd
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