Audi Q3 wins Sport Auto’s “Compact SUV” category award

It’s incredibly refreshing to see this new generation of Audi Q3 doing well. The first-gen Q3 was dated before it came out. This new one, though, is cutting-edge and already winning awards. In the new “Best Cars of 2019” awards from Sport Auto, the Q3 won the “Compact SUV/Off-road Vehicles” award.

“This award is important to us because it confirms how well the concept of the new Audi Q3 is received by customers,” says Jens Rückert, product line head, who accepted the award at the ceremony in Stuttgart: “The compact SUV very confidently shows what it can do. Due to its stretched wheelbase, it is now larger precisely where families need space. In addition, it is now even more versatile. Its digital, intuitive operating and display concept as well as its innovative assist systems bring full-size convenience to the compact segment, making the Audi Q3 a perfect all-rounder.”

We haven’t driven the new Audi Q3 yet but we’re hoping to as soon as possible, as we’re very anxious to test it. Its new chassis, engines, interior and technology all make the Q3 a very promising overall crossover. While it might not be as fun as some of its competitors, or as stylish as others, it seems to strike a fantastic balance of being all things for all people.

Though, its interior is really the focal point of the Audi Q3. The outgoing car’s cabin was about as exciting as a dentist’s office waiting room but this new one is as slick and as modern as Iron Man’s living room. It features Audi’s latest touchscreen infotainment MMI system and even the brand’s newest Virtual Cockpit, both of which were first seen on the flagship Audi A8.

Under the hood is a new 2.0 liter turbocharged four-cylinder (US-market) that makes 228 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. That engine is paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox, rather than the old car’s six-speed slushbox, and gets all-wheel drive. It’s also based on Audi’s new MQB architecture, the same one that underpins the pocket-rocket Audi TT RS, so it should be far more fun to drive than the old car.

Nico DeMattia

I've been in love with cars since I was a kid, specifically German cars. Now I get to drive them talk about them on the internet.