Just last week, we published our review of the 2020 Audi Q3 2.0T Quattro. In that review, we noted that it was a good car but not a great car, a marked improvement over the car it replaced but still far from perfect. In this video, I give a bit more of a nuanced explanation as to why.
The all-new Audi Q3 is objectively a good car. It looks good, it’s fast enough, comfortable enough, has a great interior, top-notch technology and decent practicality. It’s also priced well; better than some of its competitors, in fact. However, there’s something about it that just makes it less desirable than its competitors — it’s boring.
Nothing about the new Q3 makes you want to get in and drive. It’s nice to sit in, I’ll give it that. The cabin is lovely; filled with rich materials and great technology. Even the optional S Line sport seats my test car had were excellent. Outside of that, though, the Q3 is about as exciting as a lecture on sustainable soybean farming.
There’s just no life to the car whatsoever. Admittedly, that’s not really a bad thing, as the average Q3 customer cares not that it has no character. All they want from their Audi Q3 is to get them to and from work, to and from the grocery store and to and from soccer practice. For those duties, the new Q3 is excellent. However, if you want to even slightly enjoy your car on the drive home from work, maybe take a couple of your favorite corners a bit quickly to blow off steam, look elsewhere.
While good at a lot of things, the new Audi Q3 is a premium people mover and nothing more. Again, if that’s what you’re after, it’s perfect. If you don’t mind a boring drive, so long as it’s comfy, looks great and is packed with tech, then the Q3 is your car. If you want to have a bit of fun, it’s not your answer.