The new Audi Q3 looks much sportier than its predecessor, thanks to the striking Singleframe in octagon design, which is divided up by vertical bars, along with the large air inlets. They characterise the masculine front-end with its intensive play of light and shadow.
Taut lines, three-dimensionally styled elements – the interior continues the design of the exterior and echoes in many ways the brand’s full-size SUV models. The architecture harmonises perfectly with the new operating concept, whose central element is the MMI touch display with its high-gloss black glass-look surround.
Compared with its predecessor, the new Audi Q3 has grown in virtually all dimensions. It is 4485mm long, 1856mm wide and 1585mm high. Its wheelbase, which has been stretched by 77mm, is spacious, yet at the same time, extremely versatile: The rear seats can be moved fore/aft by 150mm.
The operating and display concept of the SUV has been overhauled from the ground up – Audi has done away with the analog instruments. Even the standard specification includes a digital instrument cluster with a 10.25-inch screen, which the driver operates using the multi-function steering wheel. With the top-of-the-line equipment MMI navigation plus, the displays appear in the Audi virtual cockpit, which offers many additional functions.
The top-of-the-line infotainment system in the Audi Q3 offers the same technical functions as in the higher segments. Its data transfer module supports the LTE Advanced standard with integrated Wi-Fi hotspot for the passengers’ mobile devices. The navigation system recognizes the driver’s preferences based on previous journeys, allowing it to generate suitable route suggestions.
The adaptive cruise assist is a highlight of the assist systems. It incorporates the functions of adaptive speed assist, traffic jam assist and active lane assist. In this way, it assists the driver with longitudinal and lateral control – substantially enhancing comfort on long journeys.
As part of the sales launch, Audi is delivering the new Q3 with four engine versions – three gasoline and one diesel unit, in combination with front-drive or quattro four-wheel-drive. Their power outputs range from 150hp to 230hp. All engines are 4-cylinder direct injection units with turbocharging. They are powerful, refined and efficient, with a fast-shifting 7-speed S tronic dual-clutch transmission used to transmit the power.