Small footprint, big experience: 2022 Audi Q3 review

In a world of boring, compact luxury crossovers, the Audi Q3 manages to stand out in all the right ways.

Audi will be happy to sell you a compact crossover Q3 in grey, black, white and silver, Or whatever boring color isn’t this bright Pulse Orange or Turbo Blue. But you don’t have to buy one. Having the Q3 in a boring color misses the view of the car — and you miss out on its smart design and some of the best interior amenities. Because Q3 is big and bold — at least, if you let it.

The Audi Q3, like the BMW X1 and Mercedes-Benz GLA, came and stole the lunch of the compact sports sedan. Buyers wanted the same level of style as the sedans, but when it came to straightforward handling versus more space, they chose space in droves. Add four-wheel drive and a bit of extra ground clearance, and you’ve got a big seller.

2022 Audi Q3 Review

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Two motors, only one choice

Audi offers two different turbocharged four-cylinder versions, one announced as the 40 TFSI, and the other as the 45 TFSI. However, there is nothing in the car that tells you which is which. Both are 2 liters in displacement but between them is a huge difference in power. The 40 badge only means 187 horsepower, and while that’s hard to call powerful, it’s certainly not a lot for this class.

Choose the 45 engine, offered in both Premium and Premium Plus models, and you’ll get 228 horsepower with 251 pound-feet of torque. The power cuts a few seconds of running from 0 to 60 mph, so naturally, it’s the ones we tested.

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The fuel economy of the more powerful engine is estimated at 20 city and 28 highway. I saw 27 combined, which is a good number for the class, especially since it’s perfectly happy with regular gas. The 40 TFSI isn’t rated much better at 22/30, so if you’re opting for the smaller engine to save on fuel, you might not want to bother.

This is a smooth quad bowl, but it’s not quiet. From idle to redline, the engine makes itself audible. The noise isn’t annoying, but it’s not particularly polished or enjoyable as we’d expect from an Audi.

Fast power, slow automatic

At the very least, the motor is responsive, and immediately works with what your right foot requires with great passing power. Audi pairs this engine with an eight-speed automatic.

The transmission makes the Q3 feel more slack than it should, given the power. When the engine is ready, the gearbox is slow to engage gears when decelerating, or to give you a step from a stop or slow return.

Press the gas and after a long delay, it explodes forward. Or get away from each stop as slowly as you can and save your neck, but disturb the traffic.

Using either the S Sport transmission mode or the Dynamic driving mode does not improve responsiveness; It just keeps the box in a lower gear.

Of course, since it’s Audi, Quattro all-wheel drive system is the norm. Like every Audi, the system does the magic of AWD behind the scenes, and you’ll probably never even notice it’s there.

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Sharp turn in joy

Audi calls the suspension “comfortable yet graceful.” For us, that typically means German slick, as long as the pavement is slick as well. The Q3 features sharp reflexes with fast turns and powerful steering assistance regardless of the driving setting.

Above the bumps in the road, the Q3 is still sharp. The suspension maintains good body control without buoyancy or swaying. But if the bumps get bigger, the ride becomes more severe. The body feels solid, and there aren’t any choppy noises, but we’d like more cushion.

Road noise is intrusive, even at lower highway speeds, but at least there isn’t much wind noise on the highway. Probably because it is clogged with tire noise.

Use a sharp turn on Q3 to throw it into a corner and the suspension asks you to reconsider quickly. Routing and design write checks the cash structure can’t cash, so if you’re planning to shred a back road the way you want to in A3 or A4? Stop planning.

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Small changes for 2022

Feature changes for 2022 included updated infotainment software. Audi offered side assistance with rear cross-traffic alerts and a standard parking system package, too.

Mini Bentley rear design

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Look at Q3 from the rear view three quarters and there are a lot of Bentley Bentayga In the lines under the D-pillar glass. It’s a handsome shape that works well with the Audi’s single-frame grille — especially the blackout version of the nose that you get with the Black Optic package.

Without the orange color, this is one of the few models in the segment that really looks luxurious. With that said, the Q3 is absolutely stunning.

We mentioned the charging space at the top because it’s a big part of why this part is there. While the A3 sedan has just 10.9 cubic feet of boot space, the Q3 delivers 23.7 cubic feet with higher seating. A number close to the average Crossover competitors.

smart storage cubes

Fold the rear and your 48 flat cargo area will nearly double. The cargo area is flat with easy access and good payload height. Small cages in the corners give you a place to put small pieces and pop to keep them from rolling.

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Q3 is loaded with those smart storage places. There is a well next to every back seat and pockets in the front door big enough for you to check out nalgene bottle Until the next hard braking.

The door near the driver’s left knee is a great place to put your wallet or parking card. The passenger longed for a place on his door armrest to put his phone until he discovered a clever slot between the two drink holder points that was nearly convenient to keep within easy reach.

Audi knows how to build a premium cabin. Q3’s is well designed and classy enough. An easily accessible headlight switch is located on the left, while the 8.8-inch screen is in the usual place and sufficiently oriented towards the driver.

Virtual cockpit highlights advanced technology cabin

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Virtual Cockpit is the company’s digital display that allows you to place a full-screen navigation map on the dashboard as standard. The highly customizable screen looks great and is responsive, letting you zoom in and out quickly.

If the 10.25-inch version isn’t enough, the Technology Package gives you a larger 12.3-inch digital cluster and a larger 10.1-inch center touchscreen. The technical package also includes traffic sign recognition, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Audi’s MMI Navigation Plus system gives you Google satellite imagery of your map instead of just boring maps. It has live traffic updates too.

Audi’s physical controls to adjust the HVAC system are appreciated, along with the volume knob and a real toggle switch to operate the parking cameras.

What wasn’t appreciated was Audi’s choice to hide the volume knob above the gearshift and far right of the center stack. It would be out of the reach of many drivers, but Audi likely expects the driver to use the steering wheel control and make this one for the passenger.

The only comforting decision that is odd in the cabin is Audi’s lack of a sync button to lock the dual climate control temperatures to the same setting. We’ll save you a trip to the owner’s manual or the transition to a frustrated competitor: Hold the auto button to re-sync and lock the sides.

Big convenience in a small space

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Audi’s eight-way electrically adjustable seats have large side bolsters, but are wide enough to fit large passengers without squeezing. The seats have extendable thigh supports as well, which is a great feature to help give tall and short passengers more comfort.

What we’re missing are the ventilated seats, which, frankly, surprise us in this segment. a Kia Sportage Submit them, but isn’t this a $47,495 Audi download?

Both the front and rear seats have amazing space, especially for the class. This is a small space car for 4 adults.

Our tester has an orange suede dash and door trim to match the exterior paint. It’s also available in beige, but the option appears to be part of our Canadian-spec test vehicle and not something American buyers would be able to choose. That’s a shame because it plays such a big part in making this little crossover feel special.

To make up for that, Audi USA lets you choose from over a dozen special Audi Exclusive paint colors. Sure it’s a $5900 option, and you’ll have to wait for it to be built, but 2022 industry stock levels mean you’ll probably be waiting anyway. So why not?

Driver assistance features include forward collision warnings with emergency braking, blind spot monitoring with rear cross traffic warnings, and front and rear parking sensors. The Premium Plus adds a top-down surround view camera as well as adaptive cruise and route guidance.

Small footprint but great experience

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Audi has done a great job making the Q3 stylish. The key is in this part, it looks and feels special. It feels premium, like a luxury car, an almost intangible amount that comes from small details like the body surface and how the cabin is put together. This is a sentiment missing from some of the major competitors.

We’d like it if the cornering experience matched the stiffness of a straight-line ride and the promise of crisp steering, but this is still a fun car to drive and a great highway cruiser. An attractive and competitively priced model, we expect it to continue to crush sales of the A3 and A4 sedans as the brand’s second-to-sale model.

Our advice? Skip 40 low power motor and Choose a fun color. you will not regret it.

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