model. 2019 Audi Q3
as equipped. $42,900
seating/style. 5 pass/compact CUV
engine. 2.0L four-cylinder turbocharged
transmission. 8-speed Tiptronic
driveline. Quattro AWD
The all-new 2019 Audi Q3 luxury compact crossover is like a good pair of leopard print mules: stylish, comfortable, conquering day into night with sophisticated ease. The Q3 conquers big box stores and posh small boutiques in similar style.
The Q3 is large enough to seat four adults (or five good friends) with generous room for cargo. It’s not so big that it feels superfluous when driving alone; it’s right-sized for singles and smaller households. The exterior mimics Audi’s larger SUVs nicely.
The 2019 version is wider, longer, and taller than its predecessor and Quattro AWD is standard. The 2.0-liter engine powers 228 horses with an 8-speed transmission. Driving is flawless fun, with tight, responsive steering and a smooth, dynamic suspension. It’s quick off the line, the compact size adroitly dodging traffic, but not so small that it feels undersized on the highway. All-around visibility is excellent.
The interior is quiet and comfortable, with a highly functional digital dashboard featuring the latest in infotainment technology. The materials are luxurious throughout, with fun Alcantara suede accents available in the Orange package.
The Premium Plus trim ($37,800) leaves room for shoe shopping in the budget. The Prestige ($42,900) has all the goodies.