Space & practicality

Audi Q3 review

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10 Oct 2015 22:00 | Last updated: 25 Sep 2018 14:06

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Space & practicality

How it copes with people and clutter

Audi Q3 estate front space

Whatever your size and shape, you’ll find plenty of space in the front of the Q3. Head room is generous, the seats slide back a good distance to maximise leg room and the interior feels surprisingly wide and spacious.

Both front doors have well-sized pockets that are long enough to fit a one-litre bottle of water and there’s also a handy, non-slip cubbyhole directly beneath the climate controls, which is useful for throwing keys or a wallet into.

Audi Q3 estate rear space

Unlike the smaller Q2, which feels no bigger than a regular hatchback, the Q3 feels like a proper SUV in the rear. There’s loads of head room thanks to a high roof and heavily raked rear seats (which can be tilted in seven stages), and even if you’re over six foot, you won’t find your knees brushing the seat backs.

Rear passengers get a door bin each that takes a small bottle of water, while a central armrest with two cup holders is an option.

Audi Q3 rear seats

Audi Q3 estate seating flexibility

The three-seat rear bench can be moved fore and aft by 150 millimetres as standard depending on the need for passenger and luggage capacity. Small children under 10 years of age could fit in the rear seats with them pushed all the way forward, but most adults won’t.

The seats also split in a 40/20/40 configuration, which gives it one up in the practicality stakes over the Volvo XC40, which only comes with a 60/40 split.

 

Audi Q3 estate boot space

Even with the rear seats pushed all the way back, the Q3 has more space for luggage than a BMW X1, Jaguar E-Pace or Volvo XC40, with only the larger Volkswagen Tiguan offering more. And should you slide the seats right forward, the Q3 offers a whopping 675 litres of space - more than you get in most SUVs in the class above.

Drop the rear seats entirely and you should have no problem fitting in a mountain bike without having to remove its front wheel.

 

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There are 6 trims available for the Q3 estate. Click to see details.See all versions
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Sport
You get 17in wheels, sat-nav, automatic lights and wipers and cruise control. It looks jazzier as well, thanks to contrasting paint on the exterior of the rear pillars...View trim
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S Line Edition
This brings some attractive, additional styling details such as S line body trim and chrome exhaust finishers. However, apart from leather sports seats, its other features, 18in alloys and xenon he...View trim
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Black Edition
We are yet to try out this variant...View trim
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Sport
Entry-level Sport trim is very well equipped coming with 18in alloys, LED front and rear lights, MMI Navigation plus, Virtual Cockpit, dual-zone climate control, a power-operated tailgate, cruise c...View trim
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S Line
Stepping up to S line trim gets you a stiffer suspension set-up (which we would actually recommend avoiding), 19in alloys, a sportier bodykit and three-spoke leather multifunction steering wheel...View trim
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Vorsprung
Vorsprung trim is essentially a Q3 with every option box ticked. You get massive 20in alloys from the RS6 Performance, Matrix LED headlights, a fantastic Bang & Olufsen Premium 3D sound system, ada...View trim
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