The new Q3 is the premium Audi SUV in compact form. It is sporty, efficient and versatile – an urban vehicle that is equally at home on or off the road.
Design and body
The design underscores the sporty character of the Audi Q3; the low roof line and the low-angled D pillars emphasize its dynamic style. Supplementing the design and sport trim lines are four packages with which customers can customize the exterior of their vehicles.
The redesigned headlights now come with standard xenon plus technology. The optional LED headlights are particularly bright and energy-efficient. Audi offers them in combination with the dynamic turn signals integrated into the likewise redesigned LED taillights.
The base version of the SUV has a curb weight (without driver) of just 1,385 kg (3,053.4 lb). The hood and tailgate are both made of aluminum. As is typical on Q models from Audi, the tailgate, which wraps around the pillars, integrates the undivided tail lights.
Inside, the Audi Q3 offers plenty of room, with high-quality workmanship and a clean ergonomic design that reinforce its premium status. The luggage compartment has a base capacity of 460 liters (16.2 cu ft), which can be increased to 1,365 liters (48.2 cu ft) by folding down the rear seat backs. Standard equipment includes an extending luggage compartment cover. Audi also offers an optional power tailgate.
The engine lineup includes four TFSI and two TDI units producing between 110 kW (150 hp) and 162 kW (220 hp) of power. All of the engines are as powerful as they are efficient. As a 2.0 TDI ultra, the Q3 has a combined fuel consumption of merely 4.2 liters per 100 km (56.0 US mpg) with emissions at 109 g CO2 pro km (175.4 g/mi).
The chassis of the redesigned Audi Q3 combines safe and agile handling. Its comprehensive fine-tuning has enhanced comfort even more. The Audi drive select system lets drivers modify key technology modules, including the optional active dampers, to suit their personal preferences. Hill descent assist is available as an option.
Equipment and trim
Audi can install a panoramic glass sunroof or LED interior light package as an option. The range of driver assistance systems is diverse: Park assist autonomously steers the car into a parking space; Audi side assist uses radar to make changing lanes easier, and Audi active lane assist helps to keep the car in the driving lane. The top infotainment system is MMI navigation plus – which is a navigation system with a hard drive. The module Audi connect including car phone connects the Q3 to the Internet.