All Q3s come with a wide range of manual adjustment for the driver’s seat as standard. There’s also the chance to fine-tune the Q3’s headrest and seatbelt heights.
Even entry-level SE trim has sports front seats with electronic lumbar support. Full electric seat adjustment is an optional extra. Every car gets an adjustable central armrest between the front seats, and you won’t have to stretch to reach any of the controls on the Q3’s dashboard.
Unfortunately, no matter how comfortable the driver is able to make themselves in their seat, manual Q3s have slightly offset pedals, meaning long journeys can be uncomfortable.
Audi Q3 visibility
The Q3’s narrow front windscreen pillars are a boon when approaching roundabouts and T-junctions because they don’t obscure oncoming traffic. Similarly, the side view is good because the car’s window line is low.
The view over the driver’s shoulder isn’t as clear because while the rear screen is big enough, the thick rear pillars get in the way. That said, it’s still better than the over-the-shoulder view in a Mercedes GLA.
In any case, over-the-shoulder visibility isn’t such an issue when parking the Q3 because every version has rear parking sensors as standard.
Audi Q3 infotainment
Every version of the Q3 has a manually retractable 6.5in colour screen, Bluetooth, DAB radio, eight speakers and a multi-function steering wheel.
Controlling it all is easy. Rather than a touchscreen, there’s a rotary dial and buttons located half way up the dashboard and within easy reach. Everything is labelled clearly and is large enough to hit accurately on the move, too. Moving through the menus on screen is just as easy, so picking your favourite radio station is a simple task, and connecting a mobile is easily done. S line Plus and RS Q3s come with sat-nav as standard, and punching in a postcode is stress-free.
Options include an expensive BOSE surround-sound system, and sat-nav on SE and S line. There’s digital TV reception, too, but it’s expensive and only available with the even more expensive Technology Package that brings a large hard-disc memory and a smarter sat-nav.
Audi Q3 build quality
The BMW X1, Mercedes GLA and Audi Q3 are all classed as premium SUVs, but the Audi beats the Merc and matches the BMW for cabin quality. Every surface is made from high-quality plastics, and the areas you come into regular contact with feature soft-touch materials.
The dash is equally impressive because it looks classy and all the switchgear feels nicely damped and substantial, even though the design is pretty conservative. In particular, the Q3’s MMI infotainment controls feel very slick.