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2019 Audi Q3: First Look

  • All-new generation.
  • More spacious than the previous Q3.
  • Priced keenly against its German rivals.

The 2019 Audi Q3 is a premium subcompact crossover and the second generation, which debuts for this model year, was recently introduced at the New York Auto Show. As well as sporting fresh exterior looks (less "blobby" than its predecessor), the cabin improves on what was already a highly regarded interior design.

The new Q3 is taller, longer and wider than the outgoing model. The result is more interior space for passengers and cargo alike. The rear seats can recline and slide, while the trunk area gains more flexibility. It comes with an adjustable load floor, so users can choose more vertical cargo space or greater under-floor stowage.

Audi also states that the suspension has been revised for improved comfort as well as greater agility.

What’s Included in the Standard Equipment?

Even the most basic 2019 Q3 comes with a lot of features, such as a panoramic sunroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, selectable driving modes, power-adjustable driver’s seat, heated front seats, leather seating surfaces, all-wheel-drive, roof rails, LED headlights and taillights, forward-collision warning, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto integration, an 8.8-in infotainment touchscreen, USB-C and USB-A ports, and 18-in alloy wheels.

What Are Some of the Options?

The Virtual Cockpit configurable driver information display is a must-have, because it puts information directly in front of the driver in high definition. It’s also easy to use and looks great.

An upgraded infotainment system offers a 10.1-in display, along with navigation and handwriting recognition for inputting commands. Wireless charging and a cellphone signal booster are also available, plus a 680-watt 15-speaker Bang & Olufsen audio system.

On the safety front, Audi offers blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert with emergency braking, lane-keeping assist, adaptive cruise control with stop/go capability, a 360-degree/top view camera system (a first for the Q3) and a semi-autonomous parking function (another first for the Q3).

What’s Going on in the Engine Bay?

A new turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine propels the 2019 Q3 with 228 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. The previous generation had 200 hp, so this upgrade puts the Q3 level with the BMW X1. This engine is linked to an 8-speed automatic transmission.

Not that many drivers of subcompact SUV/crossovers take their vehicles drag racing, but Audi claims the new Q3 can sprint from 0-to-60 mph in seven seconds flat.

How Much Does It Cost and When Will It Be Available?

Expect the new Q3 to reach Audi dealerships the second half of 2019. The 2019 Audi Q3 range starts off in Premium trim, beginning at $35,695 (including destination charges). Premium Plus is priced from $38,795. And the range-topping S-line Prestige model runs to $43,895. Both the 2019 BMW X1 and the 208-hp 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLA 250 start out at slightly higher prices.

The Q3 is the most affordable new crossover from Audi, starting at approximately $2,000 more than 2018’s entry level model, which didn’t have AWD as standard (it was a $2,000 option). It’s also the smallest vehicle of this type that the company sells in the United States. Find an Audi Q3 for sale

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