Audi Q3 Sportback review

Category: Coupe SUV

Section: Interior

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Interior

The interior layout, fit and finish

The dashboard looks smart and feels solidly screwed together, and, depending on the options fitted, spoils its occupants with real-metal accents and touchy-feely Alcantara suede trims. Most of the buttons and switches operate with a real feeling of precision, too.

Cast your gaze (or your fingers) farther afield, though, and not all lives up to the dashboard’s premium standards. Some of the materials used, particularly on the door panels and below the touchscreen, are more “that’ll do” than “this is nice.” In terms of general plushness, the Range Rover Evoque and BMW X2 have a clear edge.

All Q3 Sportbacks come with Audi’s Virtual Cockpit digital instrument panel, which takes the place of conventional analogue dials behind the steering wheel. It allows far more configurability than conventional instruments would, as well as enabling navigation maps to be displayed right in front of the driver. It measures 10.3in unless you go for range-topping Vorsprung trim, in which case it grows to 12.3in.

While there’s a good range of adjustment to the steering wheel and driver’s seat, adjustable lumbar support costs extra on all but the top-spec Vorsprung models. You don’t sit quite as high as you do in an Evoque, but you still get a good view of the road ahead, helped further by fairly slim front pillars. The rear view suffers from the low roof and small rear window, though, so the Sportback is harder to see out of than the standard Q3 when reversing. Thankfully, rear parking sensors are standard across the range, and a rear-view camera is an option (you get a 360deg bird's eye view camera with Vorsprung trim).

And at night, standard LED headlights provide good illumination. These become ‘Matrix’ adaptive LED headlights that automatically shape their light pattern to avoid dazzling other road users, even when on high-beam, if you go for Vorsprung trim.

All Q3 Sportback models get a 10.1in touchscreen infotainment system, but using it on the move can be fiddly and frustrating. We prefer the rotary controller interface used by the BMW X2’s iDrive system, which is much less distracting. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone screen mirroring come as standard on all models, and you get a great-sounding Bang & Olufsen stereo if you go for Vorsprung trim (or you pay extra). 

Audi Q3 Sportback 2021 RHD dashboard

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