I must admit that, personally, I’ve been waiting for reviews of the new Audi Q3 to start popping up. The first-gen Q3 was one of the first Audis I ever reviewed and I remember being shockingly disappointed. So when I saw the new, second-gen Audi Q3, I was very excited, as it looked extremely promising. But how would it drive? That was the big question. Now, Auto Express has driven it and what they’re reporting is music to my ears.
It looks great from the outside, far more SUV like than the previous Q3, which looked like a hunchbacked VW Golf with four rings on the front. Now, the Q3 is handsome and actually looks as if it comes from a premium brand such as Audi.
Inside, it gets even better. The new Audi Q3 sports quite possibly the best cabin in its class, in terms of both design and quality. It looks fantastic, ripe with rich materials and fancy technology, and even features some interesting quirks, such as Alcantara dash trim and a touchscreen infotainment system pulled straight from the Audi A8, even if the latter lacks the A8’s haptic feedback.
This is a huge deal, as the old Q3 was even less interesting on the inside than it was on the outside. Its tech wasn’t even impressive when it was new and its design was so uninspired it would have been bland in a rental Jetta. This new one, though, looks superb and top-notch.
According to Auto Express, it drives really well, too. It might not be as dynamically exciting as the BMW X1 but it’s not too far off and it could be the more well-rounded car. Its suspension is said to be very comfortable, even with S Line sport suspension and on its biggest wheels. So it’s still fun to drive but also very comfortable.
The new Audi Q3 is designed to be a good looking, enjoyable to drive, comfortable and practical crossover and it seems to be just that. We can’t wait to drive one.