Audi’s subcompact Q3 crossover SUV gets attention with the upmarket styling, extreme practicality and comfort, advanced technology and punchy performance. A recently redesigned model goes against the big brands and popular models including the BMW X1, Mercedes GLA, Jaguar E-Pace and Volvo XC40.
The second-generation Q3 arrived on the new platform and larger with the standard Quattro all-wheel-drive system. The engine range in the US makes a 2.0L turbo available in two states of tune while in other markets buyers can also have the TDI options and more TFSI versions.
The 2020 Audi Q3 won’t come with many new details but the big news is the new high-performance RS Q3 version. The new model will boost the style and performance of the model to the new levels and will be an alternative for the high-spec rivals.
2020 Audi Q3: Design
Audi redesigned the subcompact Q3 around the ubiquitous MQB platform and made it larger as well. The new platform provides higher powertrain flexibility, technology upgrades and performance while longer wheelbase, length and wider track mean more space and comfort for the passengers and cargo.
The styling of the model is modern and balanced with the new signature elements. The octagonal grille borrows the inspiration from the range-topping Q8 model and modern-design headlights get also the attention. A defined charter line and subtly sculpted fenders also contribute to the look of the model. The rear has also defined lines and shapers with the nicely fitted bumper and attractive headlights.
The 2020 Audi Q3 will keep the things same regarding the styling but the brand will add sportier and more aggressively styled RS Q3 version. The high-performance Q3 will boost the aerodynamics with the new diffuser and much larger air intakes will also impact the styling and performance. The wider track and lower ride height will also serve to better performance and stability and form more aggressive appearance. The model will also use unique wheels with the upgraded brakes peeking behind the spokes. The rear spoiler and oval exhaust tips will also define the RS Q3.
With the 3.0 inch longer wheelbase and 4.0 inches more in overall lengths the new-generation Q3 provides more comfort and cargo room. The cargo volume grew to 54 cubes with the rear seats stowed and to 16.7 cubes with the functional rear row. The model provides also high-comfort and top-notch tech features.
The subcompact crossover will offer leather and non-lather upholstery, dual zone climate control, heated steering wheel, a sunroof and many other luxury extras. The latest infotainment system with the smartphone support and large 10.1-inch center screen will also be in the offer as well and digitalized 10.3-inch instrument cluster.
The safety aspect will also employ the latest technologies including adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, automatic emergency braking with the pedestrian and cyclist detection, surround vision and parking assist.
2020 Audi Q3: Performance
Audi limited the range of the engine options in the US to the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine but it comes in two states of tune. The base 2020 Audi Q3 will make 184 hp and torque of 236 lb-ft. An upgrade of the engine will provide 228 hp and torque of 258 lb-ft.
The models will use an 8-speed automatic transmission and Quattro all-wheel-drive system. Audi has no plans to offer a front-wheel drive version as sad earlier.
The high-performance RS Q3 version will upgrade the suspension and braking system while the engine should come from the RS 3. In that application, a 2.5-liter turbocharged inline-5 unit makes 400 hp and torque of 354 pound-feet. With that, the RS Q3 should put the 60-mph run under 5 seconds.
2020 Audi Q3: Release, Price
The 2020 Audi Q3 will hit the market late in the year with the RS Q3 launch in 2020. The price should again start around $36, 000.