Here are the key things you need to know about the Audi Q3
Audi’s Q3 is seen as one of the core models in the firm’s range of SUVs. Essentially a more upright version of Audi’s popular A3, the Q3 brings that premium SUV experience on a smaller scale, making it an ideal choice for those drivers who want a little extra space but don’t want the hassle of driving a much larger vehicle.
As it’s such a key model, Audi really has thrown all manner of technology and equipment at the Q3, so let’s dive in and see what it’s got to offer.
There are plenty of trim levels to choose from
You’re well catered for when it comes to trim levels for the Q3, with no less than six individual specifications there to choose from. Even base-level ‘Technik’ cars receive LED headlights and 16-inch alloy wheels, as a full infotainment system with a 10-inch screen.
Tip-top Vorsprung cars get all of the bells and whistles you could want, including full Matrix LED headlights, 20-inch alloy wheels and adaptive suspension. Whichever spec you go for, however, you’re sure to find plenty of standard equipment.
Several engine choices are available
There are a wide variety of engines to choose from with the Q3. When it comes to petrol options, there are either 1.5- or 2.0-litre turbocharged variants, ranging in outputs from 148bhp in the 35 TFSI to 227bhp in the 45 TFSI. All use a seven-speed automatic gearbox.
When it comes to diesel, there’s just a single 2.0-litre turbocharged option, but it ranges in power from 148bhp right the way up to 197bhp. Again, there’s just a seven-speed automatic gearbox to opt for.
The interior is packed with technology
On a similar thread to the rest of the Audi range, the interior of the Q3 is a high-tech place to be. The cabin is dominated by a large infotainment screen and it’s here where you’ll access all major media functions, while Apple CarPlay allows you to quickly and easily link your phone to the car’s system.
You also get Audi’s excellent Virtual Cockpit system, which replaces the traditional dials ahead of the driver for a large screen. It’s configurable too, allowing you to display different readouts and information.
It’s a practical option
Thanks to a moveable rear bench, the Q3 offers a flexible storage area. For instance, move that bench to its most forward position and there’s 675 litres of space on offer. However, if those sitting in the back want a little more legroom, then the bench can be moved back, reducing the boot area to a still-respectable 530 litres.
Elsewhere in the cabin, there are plenty of storage areas for loose items, as well as deep door pockets. They should help to keep the interior of the Q3 as clutter-free as possible.
If you want to make your Q3 as personal as possible, then there’s the option to do so. As well as a wide and varied list of optional extras, there’s the ability to add finishing touches such as carbon fibre wing mirror caps to really help your car stand out from the crowd.
There are a wide variety of exterior colours to choose from, though if you really want a Q3 that’ll distinguish itself from the rest, you can choose from one of Audi’s exclusive paint finishes - though they do come with a £2,400 price tag.