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Audi Q3 2019 review – just another compact SUV, but one with potential - Interior and tech

The Audi Q3 is not a bad car, but it's lacking in key areas compared to strong rivals, while short of the quality you’d expect

Evo rating
  • Agile and spritely on-road dynamics, reasonably space efficient
  • Dull interior, lethargic powertrains, not special enough for its crowded segment

Interior and tech

As an Audi, one might assume the Q3 benefits from a well appointed, solidly built and ergonomically sound interior. That is not the case. Like pretty much all MQB-based SUV models, the issues start with the Q3’s odd driving position, perching you in a seat that is too high, and angled in such a way that makes you almost look down at the dash. Lower the seat and things improve, but you’re then left with most of the main interfaces pointed upwards. It’s all very bizarre.

The main interfaces are digital, but rather than the twin-screen system one might find in larger Audis, there is instead a single, non-haptic touchscreen controlling most of the infotainment duties, with air conditioning and ventilation controls handled by a selection of buttons and knobs shared with the smaller A1 and Q2.

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A basic 10.2-inch virtual cockpit is standard across the range, but you’ll need to pay extra to get the 12.3-inch high-resolution set-up, although you’d be hard pressed to notice the difference. Space inside is reasonable, but more practically shaped SUVs, such as the XC40 or Volkswagen Tiguan, are better equipped for big loads.

But overall, the interior ambiance is stifled by a cabin full of shapes and graphics that jar and look unresolved. Add this to a poor selection of materials and the Q3 doesn’t feel as premium as its badge or price point would imply. Most rivals have a more cohesive design at a minimum, while rivals such as the Range Rover Evoque and Volvo XC40 feel considerably more sumptuous and finely detailed – an unusual lapse for a company whose rise in popularity was in part driven by its class-leading interiors.

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