The latest Audi Q3 has taken some big steps in the right direction: It has more of a road presence, a benchmark interior, the engine power it was crying out for, and from a dynamic perspective, the handling is much better 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 and the lower level incorporating the infotainment system, 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 utilising 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 also 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. Also gone are the unnecessary 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 – their designers were adamant that the new Q3 could easily hold a family of four with all their belongings for a long road trip – something they have achieved without compromising on styling, power or handling. Well done, to Audi! We’re really liking this one.