Audi’s subcompact crossover comes with some subtle updates for the next year. The 2023 Audi Q3 brings a few aesthetical upgrades but the overall design remains the same. That’s no wonder, considering that the current generation has been around since 2019 and that it still has a couple of good years before it receives a full redesign. So, despite the updates, you may count on familiar design characteristics and features.
Basically, this means that you may count on the same pros and cons. Therefore, you may count on a well-designed crossover, which offers composed handling, along with a solid grill due to the standard all-wheel drive. The Q3 looks elegant from the inside, while the build quality is great. Furthermore, the amount of standard equipment is pretty impressive, especially when it comes to tech features. On the other hand, the biggest complaints go to things like small cargo area and unrefined transmission.
The 2023 Audi Q3 will hit the market this fall.
2023 Audi Q3 Design
As we’ve just mentioned, the 2023 Audi Q3 will be mostly a carryover model. Most of the things are about the same, while the updates will be minimal. These updates are mainly in terms of aesthetics. We are about to see new LED headlights, while there are also new standard 18-inch wheels and new available 19-inch wheels.
On the other hand, the overall design remains the same. Therefore, you may count on a familiar layout, based on VW’s MQB platform, the same one that underpins the Tiguan. A good thing to know is that the Q3 comes standard with an all-wheel drive, which provides a solid amount of grip, even though it doesn’t feature a genuine Quattro but rather a Haldex-based system. The Q3 offers composed handling and ride quality that balances between comfort and athleticism pretty well.
On the inside, the Q3 will continue in the same way. This crossover features elegant interior design, which combines conservative design solutions with modern tech features. Furthermore, the build quality is impressive, while most areas are covered with soft-touch materials. Another thing we like a lot about this crossover is good sound insulation.
The front seats are massive and supportive. A good driving position is pretty easy to find, thanks to lots of adjustability options. On the other hand, the second row isn’t all that great with space and rivals like BMW X1 feel more comfortable in this aspect. Still, two average-sized passengers should be able to fit pretty easily.
When it comes to the cargo area, you may count on about 23.7 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats, which is good for the class. On the other hand, 48 cubic feet of the total cargo volume is below average for this segment.
This aspect won’t bring bigger changes. So, base models should come standard with goodies like a sunroof, tri-zone climate control, an 8.8-inch touch screen, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth, four USB ports, and a 10.25-inch digital gauge cluster, HD Radio, and a 10-speaker stereo. Among upgrades, expect to find things like remote start, proximity keyless entry, a 10.1-inch touch screen, handwriting recognition, gesture controls, wireless device charging, wireless Apple CarPlay, satellite radio, a 15-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system, and the 12.3-inch Audi Virtual Cockpit.
When it comes to safety features, base models should come standard with goodies like forward-collision warning, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, rearview camera, lane departure warning, parking sensors, rains sensing windshield wipers, automatic high beams etc. Among upgrades, expect to find things like a surround-view camera, adaptive headlights, parallel and perpendicular park assist, traffic sign recognition, adaptive cruise control etc.
2023 Audi Q3 Engines
Under the hood, the 2023 Audi Q3 will continue with a familiar 2.0-liter turbo-four, which is available in two output variants. The base version features a max output of 184 horsepower and 221 pound-feet of torque. On the other hand, the more powerful version of the engine is good for about 228 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque.
Both engines come in pair with an 8-speed automatic transmission, which sends power to all wheels. The transmission works OK, though it’s not as refined as rival transmissions. When it comes to fuel economy, the base engine returns around 23 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway, which is quite decent for the class.