I It's been only a few years since the Audi Q3 came on the market in the US, but it's important to remember that Audi made the Q3 overseas for three years sold. Coming from the 2013 model year, the Q3 is actually one of the oldest vehicles in the Audi lineup. Now there's a new version for 2019.
The first thing that stands out on 2019 Audi Q3 is how aggressive the styling is. It might be too much for some people, but unlike the current Q3, you certainly will not call the new design anonymous or plain. The front part follows the Q8, with flared fenders giving the luxury compact car a muscular, sporty look. The rear gets its own styling. We would have preferred the visible exhaust tips and highlighted the grille a little less, but overall the design is a big improvement.
The Q3 has grown, giving passengers significantly more space in the cabin. Not only is it 3.8 inches longer than before, but its wheelbase has also been stretched 3.1 inches. It is also a little more than a half inch wider and a little less than a quarter inch lower. Together, the larger dimensions promise more leg, head and shoulder space. The back seat slides nearly 6 inches and gets a 40/20/40 split maximizing both cargo and passenger space as needed.
Audi has also completely redesigned the interior by using many of the same design elements that you will find in one of the vehicles it has introduced in the last few years. The star of the show is a giant 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster. Get off the base model, and the visually stunning Virtual Cockpit from Audi is also available as a 12.3-inch display. The center console uses an 8.8-inch touchscreen to control the infotainment system, but can be upgraded to a 10.1-inch display if you choose the top version.
The Q3 also gets its fair share of cutting-edge technology. The top-level infotainment option has a feature that Audi offers in natural language. Cloud connectivity says it will be less annoying than regular voice controls. There are also a number of connected services that promise traffic and parking information, enhanced search capabilities, Internet access and a Wi-Fi hotspot.
Only two USB ports are included, but one is a Type-C connector should make it faster to charge phones. As it is now the industry standard, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support is also available. Adaptive Cruise Assist is also available, bundling Adaptive Cruise Control with Traffic Jam Assistant and Lane Keeping Assist.
For the start, Audi wants to offer four engines in Europe, but neither the entry-level 1.5-liter gas engine nor the diesel option will likely make it to the US. Instead, we'll probably have a 2.0-liter turbo four that makes either 190 hp and 236 lb-ft of torque or 230 hp and 258 lb-ft. There is also a chance that we can both get. But although the Q3's 2.0-liter engines only come with four-wheel drive in Europe, we expect Audi to offer a front-wheel drive version here. Anyway, suppose that a seven-speed dual clutch will be the only transmission option.
The new Q3 will hit the market this November in Germany and other European countries, but it's unpredictable how long it will take in the US There are also no official prices, but you can expect closer to be announced on the sale date of Q3. Currently, prices start at just under $ 34,000, but do not be surprised if you have to pay more for an Audi Q3 2019.