Those who have been camping long enough know that the best way to accomplish such a trip is often with the help of a roof box or roof rack.
If you are driving a car as upscale and fashionable as an Audi A4, you are going to want a roof box that’s just as sleek and stylish as your vehicle.
At the same time, you’ll also need to make sure that you have a roof box that is up to the task of hauling around whatever you’re bringing wherever you want to go.
That may be a tall order, but the Audi A3 roof box options included in this guide are up to the task.
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|Thule 613 Pulse Cargo Box Alpine||11 cu ft||L: 88.5"" W: 25.5" H: 12.5"||30 lbs||Passenger side|
|INNO BRA1210BK Shadow 16 Low Profile Cargo Box||11 to 13 cubic ft (depending on the model)||L: 78.7" W: 31.9" H: 13.4"||42 lbs||Both sides|
|Yakima – SkyBox (4 Sizes)||12, 16, 18, and 21 cu ft||12 cu ft L: 92" H: 29" W: 17.5" 16 cu ft L: 81" H: 36" W: 15" 18 cu ft L: 92" H: 36" W: 16" 21 cu ft L: 93" H: 37" W: 20"||47 to 75 lbs (depending on size)||Both sides|
1. Thule 613 Pulse Cargo Box Alpine
This is a good, slender option for those looking to buy a roof box without having to put a monster unit on top of their car or SUV.
The Pulse series by Thule comes in three different size variations, allowing you to choose the size that best suits your needs as well as the size of your vehicle.
This particular model is a slimmer version of some of their other offerings, fit for the A3 Audi models. It’s also a great choice for those looking to free up space on top of their vehicle by opting for a slimmed-down roof box.
As for the unit itself, it boasts a good, strong design with a textured surface and hardy exterior. Though this unit is on the smaller side, this is still a roof box that can take some punishment.
The roof box doesn’t take too long to load or unpack, making it one of the fastest and easiest roof boxes in this guide to using. You should be able to install the unit in about five to ten minutes, with typical packing and unpacking times likewise being pretty speedy.
The fast-grip quick-mount system allows you to secure things in place in a timely fashion. The lid opens on the passenger side, facilitating loading and unloading. Its central locking system helps keep everything secured in place.
All in all, this is a good slimmed-down Audi A3 roof box for those who have a slim budget or a slender car.
- Volume: 11 cubic ft
- Size: 88.5″ x 25.5″ x 12.5″
- Weight: 30 lbs
2. INNO BRA1210BK Shadow 16 Low Profile Cargo Box
There are a couple of variations of this model, with slimmer options boasting 11 cubic meters of volume and storage space and larger ones offering 13 cubic meters.
Whether or not those extra two cubic meters make a world of difference to you will likely depend on what your skiing, snowboarding, or camping routine is like, and how much gear you need to take with you.
This unit is highly aerodynamic in its design, boasting a sleek sloped design and a matte finish. Its safety lock system ensures that you’ll be able to snap it into place, lock things up, and rest assured that the contents of your roof box are being protected by one of the best units in its size range.
Adding to that sense of security is the fact that the underside of the roof box features special “memory mount systems” which make it easier to mount your box to the top of the same Audi A3 vehicle time after time.
- Volume: 11 to 13 cubic ft (depending on the model)
- Size: 78.7″ x 31.9″ x 13.4″
- Weight: 42 lbs
3. Yakima – SkyBox (4 Sizes)
As noted above, there are four different sizes for the SkyBox model from Yakima, not to mention a 5th “Lo” size as well.
The four main sizes run the gamut from 12 cubic feet to a whopping 21 cubic feet, offering you quite a bit in the way of flexibility in terms of size choices.
Looking to go on a quick trip with just a few boards and skis along for the ride? The 12 cubic feet model might be just the slimmed down option you’re looking for. Looking to haul your entire family’s sizeable collection of snowboards down to the slopes and still have a ton of space left over? The 21 cubic feet option has you covered.
In addition to the fantastic range offered by the four main sizes, this design from Yakima also comes with a wide range of design features, including quick release mounting hardware and the ability to fit just about any Audi A3 rack out there.
The tapered lid itself is sleekly constructed and nicely textured, with internal lid stiffeners for extra durability. The unit opens and closes easily, and locks into place with a SuperLatch security system and included SKS locks.
Whether you are looking for a slim budget option or an option big enough to carry the whole family’s gear to the slopes, these choices for an Audi A3 roof box offer a wide range of possibilities.
- Volume: 12, 16, 18, and 21 cubic ft
- Size: 92″ x 29″ x 17.5″ (12 cubic ft), 81″x 36″ x 15″ (16 cubic ft), 92″ x 36″ x 16″ (18 cubic feet), 93″ x 37″ x 20″ (21 cubic ft)
- Weight: 47 to 75 lbs (depending on size)