2022 Audi Q3: Comfortable and Upscale Ride
This week in Carsfera we tested the 2022 Audi Q3. This small and luxurious SUV offers abundant space, comprehensive adaptability and many practical details that we will share with you in this review.
The second-generation of Q3 features new available technologies. The Q3 is offered in two engines, the 40 TFSI and the 45 TFSI that we drove. The model returns with a comprehensive list of newly standard features, which includes the next-generation of infotainment with the MIB 3 system. Additionally, Audi side assist with rear cross traffic and Audi parking system plus are now standard equipment. A newly standard Aluminum Spectrum inlay selection elevates precise craftsmanship of the interior. The available Convenience package offers 8-way power front seats with memory for the driver’s seat, auto-dimming power folding mirrors with memory, and a Homelink garage door opener. To make maneuverability more intuitive, the Topview camera system is now included on the Premium Plus trim. On both Q3 models, the Brown Gray Natural wood inlays becomes an available standalone option on the Premium trim.
Under the hood
Our Q3 was powered by the 45 TFSI engine that offers 228-horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque, a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission that will not disappoint you at all. The Fuel economy as listed is 20 mpg city, 28 mpg highway and 23 mpg combined. We don’t want to compare our Audi with the competition just for the fuel economy factor as other journalists because we can’t forget the car we are driving is an Audi.
Infused with a robust powertrain, eye-catching exterior styling, and an enhanced premium interior that’s packed with functionality – the Audi Q3 sets the standard for a compact luxury SUV. Bold, athletic styling matches the innovative Audi SUV design language which debuted on the larger Q8. Thanks to dimensions that are 1.5 inches taller and 3.8 inches wider than the previous generation, the Q3 offers more generous cargo and passenger room.
The Q3 has a good quality of materials, and as usual with Audi, the design is very elegant.
The front seats provide very good long-distance comfort, although not much lateral support in corners, which are a pleasure to take in this car.
In everyday surroundings, the Q3 feels reasonably compact, but it can carry four adults and their gear in good comfort.
Now roomier than ever before, the upscale interior of the Audi Q3 gives you the space to help you create lasting memories. The Audi virtual cockpit features a 12.3-inch display that offers a stunning HD resolution of 1920 x 720 pixels. When optioned with MMI Navigation and Audi connect, the Q3 is capable of wireless Apple CarPlay for greater convenience.
On the road…
Despite the small engine, the Q3 accelerates smoothly and quickly.
The new transmission contributes to trying to achieve the highest possible speed when you are not actively accelerating. When you step on the accelerator, the Q3 needs to downshift a couple of gears, to give the engine power. It offers harder shifting than you might expect. But it is something normal in European cars.
The Q3 is a very good vehicle for daily work and weekend getaways, with good performance and comfort.