In a couple of days, the NY International Auto Show will kick off. We will be there of course and will bring you as much live content as we possibly can, covering as many of the new and interesting reveals as we can cover, regardless of brand. One of the cars that will be there, and one we’re very excited to see, is the all-new 2019 Audi Q3.
Making its North American debut at the NY Auto Show, the Audi Q3 is going to be a big hit among customers. Not only is it all-new but it’s a drastic upgrade over its dreary predecessor, a car we had very little love for. This new Q3 is far better looking, sports one of the very best interiors in its class and has driving dynamics and performance that greatly exceed those of the car it replaces. It’s a huge step up, is what we’re trying to say.
It’s also a hot car in a very hot segment. The small premium crossover segment is easily one of the most hotly contested in the industry. With cars like the BMW X1, Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class, Volvo XC40, Jaguar E-Pace and the new Range Rover Evoque, customers are a bit spoiled for choice. However, we think the Audi Q3 has a chance to really shine, even in this crowded segment, thanks to its class-leading technology and smart looks.
We’ve yet to actually see the Q3 in person, as it’s only been launched in Europe and South Africa so far. So this is going to be our first time spent with it, as well as customers’. We’re excited to see it in person and poke around.
The 2019 Audi Q3 will start at $34,700, which is a bit more than the previous version but it also comes with more standard equipment. For starters, the base model comes with Quattro all-wheel drive. No front-drive version will be available, at least at launch. LED headlights and taillights are as-standard, with full LED headlights as an optional extra. It also gets a standard panoramic sunroof, eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, 10.25-inch digital driver’s display and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto.
So its standard equipment list is quite impressive. We’ll see if the car impresses in person as much as it does on paper soon enough.