Audi interiors were once a byword for a kind of technical simplicity; they looked the way they did because buttons and controls were ergonomically, sensibly placed and made from high quality, hard wearing materials. The most oft used comment was usually that the Audi interior looked classy but plain when measured against competitors.
Today the best word to use about the S3’s interior is, well, busy. There is an abundance of different shapes – including once again the hexagon – and a proliferation of surfaces at slightly different heights. The result looks somewhat disjointed, not helped by Audi’s pursuit of touchscreens and voice activation which leaves large areas devoid of any obvious function. Even the gear lever, now a small oblong resembling a zippo lighter looks lonely in the centre console.
The seats however are a refreshing change, offered in a technical looking grey leather rather than all-purpose black and finished in a diamond stitch pattern which adds a luxury touch.