The latest Audi Q3 takes some big steps in the right direction. It has more road presence, a benchmark interior, the power it has cried out for, and from a dynamic perspective, sorted handling thanks to the stiffer chassis, slick steering and adaptive suspension — insert smile here!

The biggest changes to the Q3 are found inside where the cabin takes its design cues from its full-size siblings, The dash is uncluttered and split in two levels with the upper level housing the air vents with the lower level incorporating the infotainment system that’s surrounded by an octagonal chrome frame that mimics the front grille design.

The Q3 now comes stacked full of technology with Audi’s Virtual Cockpit becoming standard with the base model utilizing a 10.25-inch screen with the upper level trims benefiting from a 12.3-inch screen both neatly packaged behind the steering wheel.

The display can be configured in several different ways to the drivers liking.

Mounted centrally is Audi’s 10.1-inch MMI touch screen display, which is a vast improvement from the old model. Gone are the buttons and knobs with all actions now being controlled by the swipe of a finger or from the steering wheel mounted controls.

The interior dimensions have been greatly increased from the last model with the seating luggage and compartment benefiting from the longer wheelbase.

Audi has achieved what it set out to do with the Q3.

The styling seems to flow nicely down the other Q models making it easily recognizable as a Luxury SUV.

The designers were adamant that the new Q3 could easily hold a family of four with all their belongings for a long road trip this they have achieved without compromising on styling, power or handling.

Expect it to launch before the end of the year, costing from around £29,000.

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