The new 2019 Audi Q3, only the second generation of the model line, has been significantly improved over the car it replaced. They are not only better, but more spacious, practical and comfortable on the inside. According to Audi, she is more self-confident. whatever its meaning.
We talked a little bit about his appearance yesterday and he is much better than his predecessor. Up front, its new Q8-inspired face looks luxurious and dynamic, rather than the bland face of the first generation model. So this new car gets similar headlights (which now offer Matrix LED lighting) and an octagonal grille similar to the Audi Q8 flagship, which is how the step-down design is done right.
Down the side, you get a new shoulder line, which runs the length of the car and swells above each wheel arch, giving the new Audi Q3 a more powerful and dynamic appearance. So instead of looking like a hatchback on stilts, as the previous generation car did, the new Q3 feels like a properly sporty SUV. It also looks more expensive, with a crisper stamped body work and a more visually interesting design.
The new Q3 also has black contrasting wheel arches and side skirts, which, according to Audi, give it a more off-road look. While this is somewhat true, hopefully there will be an option for body coloring, as black braces can look a bit cheap.
But for us, the real story lies within. We knew the new Audi Q3 would look good, as every new Audi SUV looks good. But the interior is a far cry from its predecessor and, as with the new Audi A1, it represents the ultimate in luxury and technology you can get in an SUV in this segment. The Audi Q3 competes with cars like the BMW X1 and Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class and this interior crushes both.
With a stylish new design, featuring a modern-looking design, some interesting decorative touches like the Alcantara and massive MMI touch screen, the Audi Q3 is truly one of the best in its class. The only other car that can rival the Q3 in terms of interior design in this segment is the Volvo XC40. It would be interesting to test both cars again. We also like that the HVAC controls are physical buttons and dials, rather than integrated into another touchscreen. It’s more effective this way. It all leans towards the driver, by the way, like a throwback to old German cars, making the cabin appear more driver-oriented. We love it.
Of course, the Audi Q3 got the latest digital instrument panel of the brand Virtual Cockpit, which looks as great as ever. It’s the same new unit you’ll find on the top shelf of the Audi Q8 and that means it’s the best in the business. Of course, the new Q3 comes with the latest Audi connected technology, which means it gets LTE connectivity as standard, as well as a WiFi hotspot.
Inside the Q3, you’ll find a surprisingly practical charging area, despite the car’s relatively small size. Depending on the position of the rear seats and backrests, the luggage compartment capacity varies between 530 and 1,525 liters (18.7-53.9 cubic feet). The loading floor can also be adjusted to three different levels, allowing for more combinations of load capacity and ease of loading. Also, the parcel rack can be stored under the loading floor, so if you need to take something out, you don’t have to find something to do with it.
As an enthusiast, though, you’ll want to know how you’re going to drive. Well, the new 2019 Audi Q3 is built based on the brand’s commonly used MQB architecture, which supports cars like the Audi A3, S3, and even the TT and TT RS. So it proved to be a dynamic structure platform.
At launch, four engines will be available, three petrol and one diesel, with output ranging from 150 hp to 230 hp. Expect only one engine for the US market, though, likely the same 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine found in the newly updated Audi A3. This little quad pot puts out 220 horsepower and would be more than enough for a Q3. All engines will be mated to either a six-speed manual gearbox or a seven-speed dual-clutch but don’t expect a manual in the West Atlantic. Customers will also have a choice between front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive.
The Audi Q3 will go on sale next November in Europe. There is no word on its official release in North America but we expect it to be sometime in 2019.