2017 Audi Q3 Walk Around

The Q3 has a tidy shape that will last a while, with a stance that’s more muscular than the A3 Sportback while not as settled as the bigger Q5, although it is two inches lower than the Q5. It looks and feels squatty and wide.

The low grille is braced by narrow headlamps and large air intakes. The sculpting at the sides climbs to a coupe-like roofline and back to a wraparound tailgate and LED taillamps that create a neat look from behind.


The Q3 seats five as long as the three passengers in the back seat are small; if they’re adults, two is more like it. The knee and head room in the rear is sparse. A panoramic sunroof is standard, which is nice but lowers the ceiling. Visibility isn’t great, with thick pillars and a small rear window.

Like the A3 sedan, the cabin is tasteful and detailed, if limited in its choices of trim and color. The dash is a broad stretch of soft black plastic trimmed by thin metallic rings. The gauges are big and clear, and on some models with infotainment, a 7.0-inch screen folds out from the dash. On others, it doesn’t stow away, with the MMI knob fixed on the center console. The screen offers a bright high-resolution display, especially vivid with the Google Earth maps.

The driving position is excellent, but the optional sport seats aren’t an option, they’re a must for their bolstering. The center console doesn’t crowd the driver’s right knee, as it does in many compacts.

Cargo space is good, with 16.7 cubic feet behind the rear seat, about the size of a big trunk. And with the rear seatbacks flipped, there’s a 48.2 cubic feet, way healthy for a compact.

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