Generous and variable: the space concept
The new Audi Q3, which is based on the Volkswagen Group’s modular transverse matrix, has grown in virtually all dimensions and is positioned in the upper compact SUV segment. At 4,484 millimeters (14.7 ft), it is 96 millimeters (3.8 in) longer than its predecessor. In terms of width, it has grown by 18 millimeters (0.7 in) to 1,849 millimeters (6.1 ft) (with 17- and 18-inch wheels), but at 1,585 millimeters (5.2 ft) without a roof antenna, it is 5 millimeters (0.2 in) shorter than the first-generation Q3. In combination with its wheelbase – extended by 77 millimeters (3.0 in) to 2,680 millimeters (8.8 ft) – the new compact SUV is much more spacious than before. It beats its direct competitors in terms of shoulder room in the front and rear as well as knee room in the front.
In typical SUV fashion, the Audi Q3 is easy to get into, with good all-round visibility, and yet offers a sporty seating position. The steering wheel is steeply angled accordingly. Its front seats – with the option of electric adjustment and heating – come from the next-highest vehicle class and are especially comfortable. In terms of the steering wheels, the range follows the equipment lines. Whether round or flat-bottomed, whether with normal multifunction keys or large ones, whether with paddles or with a heatable rim – there is also a wide range of choice here.
One highlight is the standard-fit highly variable division of space: The rear seats can be moved fore/aft by 150 millimeters (5.9 in) (see illustration). Their backrests, split in the ratio 40:20:40, can be tilted in seven stages. As an option, there is an adjustable front center armrest with a storage compartment. The one for the rear passengers incorporates two cup holders as standard. Further comfort extras are the dual-zone deluxe automatic air-conditioning, auxiliary heating and two-piece panoramic glass sunroof.
Capacity of up to 1,525 liters (53.9 cu ft): the luggage compartment
The luggage compartment has also benefited substantially from the growth of the new Q3 – it is the largest in the premium compact segment. Depending on the position of the rear seats and backrests, its capacity totals 530 or 675 liters (18.7 or 23.8 cu ft) With the backrests folded down the figure rises to 1,525 liters (53.9 cu ft) The loading floor can be adjusted in up to three levels; the low loading sill of 748 millimeters (29.4 in) makes it easier to stow heavy luggage. If the parcel shelf is not needed, it can be stowed under the loading floor. The electric tailgate provides effortless access to the luggage compartment. In conjunction with the convenience key, the driver can also open and close it with a kicking motion.
The optional storage and luggage-compartment package ensures a tidy interior and a comfortable journey. Besides nets on the backs of the front seats and a storage compartment under the front passenger seat, it includes a luggage compartment net as well as LED spotlights in the tailgate to provide illumination whatever the vehicle is carrying.
Composed: Rigidity, safety and aeroacoustics
In the bodywork of the Audi Q3, a network of hot-formed steel sections forms the backbone of the passenger cell. They combine low weight with extreme strength. Consequently, they form the basis for the high rigidity of the body – for the vehicle’s precise handling, outstanding production quality and impressive crash safety. These parts account for 26 percent of the weight of the body. Extensive sound insulation and sophisticated aeroacoustics ensure that the interior of the compact SUV is very quiet. The windshield is made of acoustic glass as standard. As an option, there is dark privacy glazing for the rear.
*Fuel consumption and CO2 emission figures given in ranges depend on the tires/wheels used.
All terms marked in the text are explained in detail in the technology lexicon at www.audi-mediacenter.com/en/technology-lexicon.
The equipment, data and prices specified in this document refer to the model range offered in Germany. Subject to change without notice; errors and omissions excepted.