2018 Audi Q3 Walk Around

The Q3 has a tidy shape that’s not dated, a subtle wedge that’s subtly rounded at the edges. Its stance that’s more muscular than the same-sized A3 Sportback, and two inches lower, if less broad-shouldered, than the Q5. The Q3 looks purposeful.

Narrow headlamps fly like wings from the top corners of the huge grille, but the real beauty is in the black mesh intakes, four of them, off the lower corners of the grille.

The sculpting at the sides climbs to a hatchback roofline that aspires to coupe, and wraps down to a smooth liftgate with LED taillamps that look neat from behind.


Technically it seats five but the third passenger in rear won’t like it, as there’s not much knee or head room back there. A panoramic sunroof is standard, which is nice but lowers the ceiling. Visibility isn’t great, with thick pillars and a small rear window.

The cabin is tasteful and detailed well, and the trim choices are simple and few. 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 optional, they’re necessary, 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, quite healthy for a compact.

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