The assistance systems are further testimony to the special position the Audi Q3* occupies in the compact premium SUV segment. The secondary collision brake assist is standard. It prevents the car from rolling in an uncontrolled manner or causing a secondary collision following a crash.
The optional Audi side assist activates at speeds above 30 km/h (18.6 mph). Two radar sensors at the rear of the car observe what is going on behind it. If there is a vehicle in the blind spot or rapidly approaching from the rear, a yellow LED indicator in the outside mirror’s housing lights up. If the driver nevertheless activates the turn signal to change lanes, the indicator become brighter and flashes multiple times.
Audi active lane assist activates at approximately 65 km/h (40.4 mph). Its video camera detects the lane markings in front of the car. If the Audi Q3 approaches a detected line without the turn signal being activated, the system helps the driver to steer back into the lane by intervening gently in the steering. The driver uses the MMI to determine whether steering wheel vibration should also be used. If both Audi active lane assist and Audi side assist are on board, the latter warns of all vehicles considered to be critical as soon as the driver approaches a detected lane marking and threatens to leave the lane.
The camera-based traffic sign recognition system indicates speed limit signs – and now also no-passing signs – including digital signs and many supplemental signs. The driver sees them as graphics on the display of the DIS. If the Q3 is equipped with Audi active lane assist and MMI navigation plus, the traffic sign recognition system is included in the package.
Several systems are available to make parking easier in the Audi Q3; the top of the line is the park assist system with 360° display. When the car is driving at a moderate speed, its lateral ultrasonic sensors scan the environment and indicate suitable parallel and perpendicular parking spots. If the driver wants to park in one of them, he or she puts the car in reverse. The system then takes over the steering; the driver only has to accelerate, switch gears, brake and monitor the parking process.
Park assist will maneuver forward and backward multiple times, if necessary. The system provides similar assistance when leaving parallel parking spaces. Its sensors can also detect obstacles to the side of the car and present them on the MMI monitor. The park assist system with 360° display and parking system plus can be supplemented with a reversing camera.
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.