STATUS: A mid-2019 arrival, unchanged for 2020 - Audi's smallest Q-wagon rides on a new platform, has new sheet metal and a modern high-tech interior, and supplies plenty of driving thrills. The Q3 is nearly four inches longer (three more inches between the front and rear wheels) and close to an inch wider. With a crisp shape, the new model looks nothing like the first-generation model, and the grille, although busy- looking, is at least better proportioned than the previous design. The cockpit-style dashboard also looks nothing like before, especially the 8.8- or optional 10.1-inch inch touchscreen with 3D navigation that are angled slightly toward the driver. The rear-seat folds flat and can slide fore and aft by up to six inches to benefit legroom or stowage room. The base engine is a 228-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 258 pound-feet of torque. An eight-speed automatic transmission with paddle-shift controls is standard. The option sheet includes an arm's-length list of up-level conveniences.
Base price (incl. destination): $35,700
Type: Compact utility vehicle
Engine (h.p.): 2.0-liter I-4, turbocharged (228)
Transmission: Eight-speed automatic
Base mpg (city/highway/combined): 19/27/22
Base weight (lb.): 3,915