To be honest, I don’t want to be a designer or engineer trying to make a car in the compact premium crossover segment. There are so many excellent cars to choose from, trying to make one stand out must be incredibly difficult. Which is why the new 2019 Audi Q3 is going to have a hard time, as it needs to take on the BMW X1, Range Rover Evoque, Jaguar E-Pace and Volvo XC40. Can the little Audi stand out from the crowd? CarBuyer recently found out.
In this new video review, CarBuyer’s Ginny Buckley tests the new Audi Q3 to see if it can stack up with the rest of the competitive segment. Though, it doesn’t start off great for the little Audi.
For one thing, it’s not cheap in the UK. Its base price is actually quite good but it doesn’t come with much as standard, so options jack up the price quickly. In fact, only two colors are standard: white and orange. Not great choices to be honest.
Then, the back seat isn’t very capacious and it seems a bit dark, making it less than idea for longer trips in the back seat. Though, the back seat does redeem itself a bit by being able to slide forward and backward.
It drives nicely enough but it’s not exactly thrilling. While it can handle corners relatively well, it’s not the most enjoyable car in the segment to drive. It’s more of a comfortable, quiet and premium crossover than a dynamic one.
Though, it’s not all bad. The interior is very well made and comes with excellent technology. Also, its trunk space is rather practical and easy to use.
In the end, though, it’s a car that Buckley can’t figure out. It’s nice enough and it’s comfortable but it’s a bit too expensive in the UK. In defense of the Audi Q3, it’s much more affordable in the US, where it comes with a lot of features as standard.