As surprising as it might sound, the Audi Q3 is one of the upcoming four-ringed cars we’re most excited about. In fact, we’re more excited about the Q3 than cars like the Audi SQ8 and RS7. Before you take our car enthusiast credentials away, let me explain.
The new Audi Q3 is drastically improved over the old car, with much better looks, a massively upgraded interior, brand-spanking new technology and upgraded driving dynamics. The old Q3 was about as exciting as a conference on embalming techniques. This new one, though, seems like a very interesting little car and it comes at a price most customers can afford. So how could we not be excited by it?
In this new video from Cars.co.za, Ciro De Siena drives the new Audi Q3 in Italy to see how it stacks up against the old car and where it fits into the market.
After driving it through some unfortunately rain-soaked Italian countryside, he claims the Q3 to be massively upgraded over the car it replaces. It packs segment-leading technology, sportier and more muscular looks and an interior that’s really enjoyable to be in. It also gets a lot of as-standard equipment, such as Audi’s new Touch Response MMI system, a 10-inch Virtual Cockpit screen and even wireless charging for mobile phones. It’s really impressive.
Not, this video doesn’t touch on driving dynamics too much but he was also driving a 1.5 liter TFSI model, which is very slow and won’t be available here in America. Expect the 2.0 liter TFSI to be the only engine available in the US (which will unfortunately drive the base price up a bit). That engine will be paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox as-standard and will likely be offered in either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive.
We haven’t driven the new Q3 but we’re very excited about it and can’t wait to get it on US soil.