One thing is certain about the 2022 AudiQ3: It makes an excellent first impression. It is known for its sharp, architectural looks Audis are renowned for. They attract people who appreciate modern industrial design. One could mistake it for the more expensive Q5 or Q8. Although the interior isn’t as impressive, it still makes a strong impression with its large, clear displays and rich feature content. Its low price should make it stand out, as it is less expensive than other luxury crossovers and offers more standard equipment.
However, the second, third, and fourth impressions were less successful. The base engine’s acceleration is incredibly slow for a luxury vehicle. However, the 45 TFSI upgrade achieves 2 to 3 mpg more than similar-powered competitors. The eight-speed automatic transmission has caused us to experience unnervingly slow reactions. We found the numbing steering more indicative of a Volkswagen rather than an Audi. Some cabin plastics could also be described as similar. The smallest Audi crossover is simply too small. It is smaller than its competitors, and has more cargo space. We can see why this might have caught your attention, but we recommend taking a few closer looks.
What’s new in 2022?
Parking sensors, as well as blind-spot and rear cross traffic warning systems, are now standard features in the Premium Plus. These were all previously included in the Convenience package. Premium Plus includes a 360-degree parking camera system.
What is the interior and technology of the Q3?
The interior of the Q3 Audi is tech-focused, with a lot of sharp angles and a design that’s very architectural. It has a lot of modern elements, reminiscent of the 1980s. Materials are acceptable for the price. The materials are just OK for the price point. There are more hard plastics in Audis than in other Audis, even the disappointing . And the token strip or metal trim on the right side our test car’s dash epitomizes the term “tacked-on” — there is no such trim anywhere else in the cabin.
Audi has filled the interior with technology. The standard 10.25-inch digital display and 8.8-inch touchscreen are both high-quality and easily accessible. The instrument unit can be increased to 12.3 inches, and the touchscreen at the center to 10.1 with Audi’s Virtual Cockpit system. This setup is extremely responsive to inputs, and it even clicks when a virtual button has been pressed. We haven’t tested it yet, but we found that it works just as well as Audi’s actual buttons for many years. It’s very fancy. Fancy.
It’s not perfect in its functionality. The touchscreen’s functionality is not perfect. We appreciate that all menu options are displayed in one channel on the screen’s left, which reduces the switching between menus. There are some issues with the audio controls. We couldn’t find a way to keep the preset radio list onscreen. And there’s no denying that a touchscreen can draw your attention away from the road for longer. Audi’s old knob and-screen MMI system could have been operated without glancing at its dash.
What is the size of the Q3?
The new Q3 is larger and more versatile than the model it replaced three years ago. The 2022 model is more spacious and comfortable than the previous model. It’s still smaller than the competition but it’s still a great choice. The BMW X2’s back seat legroom and Volvo XC40’s headroom are similar, but the BMW X1, Mercedes GLA, and Mercedes GLB offer more space.
Worse, the cargo area is even worse. The cargo area is worse. It’s one of the lightest crossovers that we have luggage tested. The GLB’s back seat slides, however, it is best in-segment and can compete with midsize crossovers.
What are the performance specifications and fuel economy of Q3?
Each 2022 Q3 is equipped with an all-wheel drive (Quattro), and an eight-speed auto, but you also have the option of one turbocharged turbocharged inline four engine.
The 40 TFSI is the first. It produces 184 horsepower, and 221 pound-feet torque. Audi claims it can go from zero to 60 mph within 8.6 seconds. This is certainly a slow luxury vehicle. The EPA estimates that it will return 22 mpg in the city, 30 mpg on the highway, and 25 mpg when combined.
The 45 TFSI version generates 228 horsepower and 258 lb.ft of torque. Audi claims it can do a 7.0 second 0-60 time. However, that is a little too slow considering the Q3’s size as well as its large output. It seemed faster than that, we thought. The fuel economy is 20 mpg in the city, 28 mpg on the highway and 23 combined. This fuel economy is significantly lower than the Volvo XC40 T5 (25 mpg), BMW X3 (26) and Mercedes-Benz GLA 250 (27) respectively.
How does the Q3 drive?
The 45 TFSI engine’s acceleration is powerful and invigorating. It gets up to speed quickly in a manner that is appropriate for luxury vehicles (even though the 0-60 times are a bit disappointing). The engine sound is louder than you might expect, especially when compared with Audi’s Q5 or Allroad. Transmission is another issue. We noticed significant hesitation between the engine responding and the accelerator being pressed during both our Nashville first-drive and an extended test afterwards. It didn’t always respond quickly enough to pull into traffic and there was some low-speed jerkiness. One of our editors mistakenly assumed that the Q3 had a dual-clutch automatic manual. This can lead to unpredictable behavior. However, there is an eight-speed traditional automatic.
The suspension is very responsive and manages corners well. It is a fixed suspension that does not allow for adjustment or multiple settings. However, it provides both a comfortable handling experience and a well-damped ride. Audi’s Quattro all wheel drive deserves praise. You can feel the power flowing backward to power you around corners.
It’s less impressive because the steering is utterly ineffective at slower speeds. It’s possible to be lighter for parking purposes, which Audis have been doing for over a decade. But then, there’s the dead-fish business, which lasts well into town speeds. To mitigate the problem, we drove in Dynamic mode. This is something that we rarely use these days. The Q3 is very precise at higher speeds but lacks feel. The Q3 feels more like an Audi than a Volkswagen, which is actually quite accurate under the skin.
Which Audi Q3 reviews are available?
Although we had our first drive in a European-spec Audi Q3, it was our first time on American roads. We provide more detail about the specs, engineering and design, as well as what has changed.
The Q3’s first luggage test shows it cannot hold as much stuff. This is especially true if the cargo cover is in place and the seat is pushed all the ways backward (which you will likely need to do with passengers). Later tests would reveal that competitors, particularly the Mercedes GLB were better.
What features and how much does the 2022 Q3 cost?
Prices start at $35,995 and include the $1,095 delivery charge. Audi breaks down the trim hierarchy into Premium or Premium Plus versions (the Prestige has been discontinued). Both the 40 and 45 TFSI engines are available with either. If you are keen on the Q3, the more powerful engine comes with sportier S-line styling elements and an additional $2,000 in price.
Although the interior and driving dynamics of the Q3 are not impressive, it offers more equipment than its rivals. The base price is lower than the Volvo XC40 and the German Q3, but it comes with more standard features. The 18-inch wheels have an automatic LED headlight and wipers, a powerliftgate, a panoramic sunroof and heated eight-way front seats. There is also leather upholstery (all the other competitors have synthetic substitutes), the 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster, a 10.25-inch touchscreen, four USB ports (one standard and three USB-C), Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and a 10-speaker audio system. The $1,700 Convenience Package adds proximity entry, push-button starting, blind-spot warning and rear cross-traffic alert, parking sensors and power-folding. Satellite radio is also available.
The Premium Plus (38,295) adds key features such as the Convenience package and full LED headlights with a new LED lighting signature and adaptive Cruise Control. The Premium Plus package, which includes the Virtual Cockpit digital instrument panel and larger touchscreen, navigation, Bluetooth Apple Carplay, and a Bang & Olufsen audio system, is mandatory.
Autoblog provides a complete breakdown of specifications, pricing and features.
What are the safety ratings for Q3 and what driver assistance features do they have?
The 2022 Q3 includes a low speed forward-collision warning, an automatic emergency braking program called Audi PreSense, and lane-departure alert. Blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alarm and rear cross-traffic warning are included in the Premium Plus or Convenience packages. Rear-side Airbags can be purchased separately and are an uncommon feature for any car.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration awarded the Q3 a five star overall crash rating (out five), which includes a four-star frontal rating, and a five-star rating for side. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Q3 the highest possible scores for crash protection as well as for its standard forward collision mitigation system (vehicle to vehicle). However, the Premium trim received a “Poor” rating for its standard headlights. This prevented it from being awarded the Top Safety Pick award. The Premium Plus Convenience Package and the Premium Plus received the highest possible rating of “Good.” Most Q3s should have such headlights.
Published on Tue, 20 July 2021 11:33.37 +0000