Smaller in size than most of its rivals, the 2019 model year of Audi Q3 got rounds of applause for distilling down the signature shape of its manufacturing brand. It has joined the lineup of the latest crossovers released in the year 2019, though the features installed in it speaks of a smaller package. At a famous Audi car dealership near my place, I got the opportunity to explore this crossover SUV from a brand that is known for redefining car luxury.
The Signature Design
When there are four circles linking each other, we know that things will be different in that car inside and out. Our belief got doubly confirmed when we got the chance to see the 2019 Audi Q3 from a close range and test drive the model in the same evening.
At the first glance, the 2019 Audi Q3 wearing an octagonal grille shared by its big brother Q8, looked daring with a smarter departure. The entry-level crossover SUV from the house of Audi has imbibed a modern MQB modular architecture that makes the new Q3 stand ahead of its closest rivals, firstly in respect of design and then for other aspects. The new platform has given the 2019 Q3 a stretched wheelbase by 3.8 inches, and at the same time its overall length got increased roughly by 4 to 176.6 inches while Audi made it an inch wider than its earlier model.
With the newfound width gained this year, the 2019 Audi Q3 as a five-seater crossover SUV can now boast of a flexible cargo volume of 48 cubic feet that can be adjusted as per the requirement, and with the positioning of the rear passenger seats and cargo space.
At the front side, a 10.1-inch touchscreen display wrapped in a thin film of silver hexagon dominates the space. The 2019 Q3 being equipped with the latest infotainment system from Audi now includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility in addition to the functionalities of Google Earth maps and its navigation system. To entertain the car occupants, Audi has installed a 15-speaker Bang & Olufsen audio system that offers crystal clear sound quality.
Performance Boosting Features
Under its hood, the 2019 Audi Q3 engages a 228-horsepower making turbo-4 engine paired to an 8-speed automatic transmission with all-wheel drivetrain configuration set as standard. With this powertrain combination handling the 2019 A3 is a breeze.
We learned from the Bakersfield car dealer experts the fact, that to ensure a peaceful, stress free driving experience, Audi has made the 2019 Q3 lineup stronger and easier to maneuver with a host of safety features counting automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, pedestrian and cyclist detection system, and optional active lane control. You can also install a surround-view camera system as well as a park assist system on the expensive 2019 Q3 versions.
2019 Lineup Attributes and Competitors
Distributed in Premium, Premium Plus, and Prestige trim models, the 2019 Audi Q3 puts forward a larger footprint than its immediate rivals, namely the Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class, BMW X1 and Volvo XC40.