The sporty design language of exterior carries over into the interior of the redesigned Audi Q3*. The wrap-around, a feature from the large Audi model series, is an elegant arc between the front doors below the windshield. The broad center console is asymmetrical and inclined toward the driver.
Comfortable: the seats
The standard front seats are height-adjustable. Audi will upgrade these upon request with power lumbar supports, seat heating and power adjustments. The sport seats (standard from sport line upwards and with the Audi exclusive design package) feature length and pitch-adjustable cushions.
Comfortably shaped and upholstered, the rear seats offer a pleasantly upright seating position. Their head restraints can be lowered far enough so as not to impair the view in the rearview mirror. The stepless door stops are very helpful when getting in or out. Practical storage is available at every seat and Audi also offers a special storage package.
Clear: steering wheel and displays
There are numerous steering wheels from which to choose depending on the trim line and design package – with three or four spokes, with different coverings and contrasting stitching, with multi-function buttons and with shift paddles. The largely, clearly marked dial instruments behind the steering wheel can be read quickly and safely. Located in the field between them is the optional driver information system (DIS) with white or color display (standard with sport and design). One of its functions is the efficiency program, which gives the driver tips for efficient driving; another is the rest recommendation function.
The premium character of the Audi Q3 is manifested in every detail of the interior. Typical examples are the 6.5 or 7.0-inch monitor (standard with MMI radio and above). It is recessed into the instrument panel. When you tap on its top edge, it glides upwards with a gentle, steady motion. A high-gloss black frame encircles the screen.
Even more polish: fine interior details
The update brought a number of new touches to the interior of the compact premium SUV. New chrome clasps now adorn areas such as the user interface for the MMI radio or navigation system. The sport line comes standard with decorative inlays in Micrometallic silver. The alternatives, some of which are included in the design lines and packages, range from aluminum Tangent silver or bronze to walnut, piano lacquer and matt brushed aluminum.
The center armrest, the door panels and seat covers are available in six colors – black (also in S line sport package), chestnut brown, stone gray, pistachio beige, chennai brown (also in Audi exclusive design package) and rotor gray (optional in S line sport package). The customer can choose upholstery in a number of fabrics and the leathers Milano, Fine Nappa and Pearl Nappa, the latter in combination with Alcantara or cloth. Another alternative is the partial leather package.
Variable: the luggage compartment
The Audi Q3 offers plenty of space in the luggage compartment because the shock absorbers, which are separate from the compact coil springs, are far to the outside in the body. Standard capacity is 460 liters (16.2 cu ft), and with the seatbacks folded down 1,365 liters (48.2 cu ft). The new extensible luggage compartment cover is as practical as it is convenient. Audi also offers a power tailgate as an option. If the customer ordered the convenience key, the tailgate has two buttons. One closes the tailgate while the other then locks the entire car.
The luggage compartment comes standard with four lashing points. Additional options, such as two hooks, a small supplemental storage compartment, a reversible luggage compartment floor, a reversible floor mat and a luggage compartment package, allow many items to be transported safely. Another option is the through-loading facility, which can be supplemented with ski/snowboard bag. The optional trailer hitch has a swiveling ball neck. The Audi Q3 has a maximum towing capacity of up to two metric tons, depending on the engine.
Individual and helpful: Audi Genuine Accessories
The Audi Genuine Accessories range includes carriers for bikes, skis, kayaks and other sports equipment, plus a folding passenger seat for transporting long items. A new product is the Q3 camping tent, which can be set up in minutes and fastened to the vehicle’s open tailgate. One person with nothing more than an air pump can set up the entire tent in just three minutes.
Another four minutes is all it takes to connect the tent to the Q3 via the open rear hatch. The vehicle interior/luggage compartment and the tent can be used simultaneously. This makes unpleasant activities such as loading and unloading during bad weather significantly more pleasant. The Q3 camping tent is also suitable for rough weather. Secured to the ground with eight camping pegs, it can withstand winds of up to 70 km/h (43.5 mph). The tent is modular, comprising the main tent, a mosquito-proof inner tent, tent floor, sun shade and a car-specific connection kit for the tailgate. All of the modules are separable. It will be available in late 2014 with prices starting at 1,390 euros.
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.