With subcompact crossovers all the rage right now, the 2020 Audi Q3 stands out as one of the flashier examples on the market. The prominent new octagonal, single-frame grille and neatly creased sheetmetal imitate stylish siblings such as the Audi Q8, and those complimentary aesthetics continue inside. Every Q3 has spacious front seats and classy interior. While it suffers from a small back seat, the smallest Audi SUV can hold more than enough cargo for a small family.
The 2020 Q3 has just one engine and transmission combination that pairs with all-wheel drive. It is powered by a 228-hp and 258 pound-feet of torque turbocharged 2l four-cylinder engine and comes standard with both an eight-speed automatic transmission and Audi‘s Quattro all-wheel drive system. This makes the Q3 feel light and nimble driving around the city streets. Audi says the engine is strong enough to get the Q3 to 60 mph in 7.0 seconds and return an EPA-estimated 19 miles per gallon in the city and 28 mpg on the highway. Zipping the Q3 around in Dynamic mode and it reacts admirably. The steering becomes a touch weightier for quick turn-in, and the Q3 has all the grip you’ll ever need for street driving on its 19-inch Goodyear Eagle Sport tires. The standard suspension setup gives way to controlled body roll and the brakes are grabby with a firm pedal feel for confident stopping muscle.
The Q3’s cabin provides an excellent driving position, finer materials and a user-friendly layout of its controls. It’s clean and intuitive with clearly marked controls and with quality materials like brushed aluminum and matte wood trim tastefully sprinkled throughout. Standout standard features include a panoramic sunroof, leather upholstery, heated front seats with eight-way power adjustments and lumbar support for the driver. More luxurious options include ambient interior lighting, a fully digital gauge cluster, and contrasting faux-suede on the dashboard and doors. The cabin is also more spacious than the previous model, but its back seat still lacks sufficient legroom to keep adults comfortable on long drives. For shopping trips, cargo space behind the rear seats grows from 16.7 cubic feet in the old Q3 to a more usable 23.7. When more space is needed, folding the second-row seats down bumps real estate to 48 cubic feet.
Audi equips most Q3 models with an 8.8-inch touchscreen MMI infotainment system that features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration. Our test vehicle was fitted with the Prestige Pack ($6,900) which provides the larger 10.1-inch touchscreen. Audi’s fantastic Virtual Cockpit is also standard on this trim, offering a reconfigurable 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster. The S Line Pack ($500) included upgraded front seats, steering wheel and brushed aluminium inlays.
The safety tech menu has forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking coming on all 2019 Q3s. Prestige trims get the full complement of features including adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go functionality, blind-spot monitoring, lane-departure warning, parking sensors and a crisp, 360-degree camera. There’s no shortage of power points inside of the Q3. Folks in the front have access to a wireless charging pad, a USB Type-A port, a USB Type-C port and a 12-volt outlet. For people in the rear there are two USB Type-A outlets and a 12-volt within easy reach on the back of the center console.
In the end the 2020 Q3 is a hot-looking little crossover, loaded with tech and with enough content to impress everyone and make it a solid daily driver. The Q3 is easily in the conversation for top honors in the small luxury SUV class.