They’ve shrunk the new Audi Q8 to make the new 2019 Audi Q3 over in Ingolstadt. Or should we say Győr, Hungary, where the second generation Q3 will be produced, on 20s …
The Germans in ingolstadt have fired up the trusty old Xerox in the corner once again and shrunk down the Q8 flagship to create the new 2019 Audi Q3.
Unsurprisingly there’s been a switch from the old platform to the Volkswagen Group’s MQB platform that you’ll find in the Golf and Audi TT and everything in between. As a result the new second generation Q3 has grown in size compared to its predecessor, and as you can plainly see, so has the enormous grille, inspired by the octagonal mug on the Q8. Flanking the grille, the new narrow headlights are available in three versions including Matrix LEDs with adaptive high beams.
In fact the 2019 Q3 should almost be a Q4, since it’s nearly 100mm longer, and also wider, with a 77mm longer wheelbase, but crucially the designers have also managed to make it 5mm lower overall so it looks less like a crossover. The gist of it is, more kneeroom, headroom and legroom. Another advantage of a bigger car is, whaddayaknow, a bigger cargo area, so Audi is able to list a range of improvements over the outgoing Q3.
The completely new interior ditches analogue instruments in favour of the company’s now familiar 10.2-inch digital cluster and a 10.1-inch control screen win the middle of the dash. You can count on all the connectivity and infotainment options plus an available 15-speaker sound system with a total output of 680 watts, which makes the Q3 punch quite a bit above its weight.
Even though it’s one rung above the entry level Q2 in the crossover range, the Audi Q3 still serves up kit like a 360-degree camera, a suite of safety tech, plus adaptive sports suspension for the S line trim level. Illustrating just how much it’s grown, you can have the 2019 Q3 with up to 20-inch wheels.
And illustrating just how narcissistic it’s become, you can also have the 2019 Q3 with a flat-bottomed steering wheel, yes, just like in single-seater race cars.