The front of the Q3’s cabin isn’t the roomiest in the class – a BMW X1 has slightly more head room, for example – but it offers more than enough space for tall passengers. There’s room to stretch your legs out, shoulder room is generous and the front doors have a wide and tall opening for easy access.
Both front doors have pockets that are long enough to fit a one-litre bottle. There’s also a handy, non-slip cubbyhole directly beneath the climate controls, tucked behind the gear lever, which is useful for throwing keys or a wallet into.
In front of the gear lever are two good-sized cupholders that will easily accept a large takeaway coffee cup or smaller water bottle.
Audi Q3 rear space
Next to the Mercedes GLA’s rear cabin, the Q3’s looks positively huge but again, the BMW X1 has the edge over the Audi. Don’t be fooled by the Q3’s tall stance; there isn’t really any more space in the rear than you’ll find in a regular family hatch.
That means two adults can sit comfortably, but taller adults will find their knees pressing against the front seat backrests, and may complain that head room is tight. The chances of three adults sitting side by side comfortably are pretty slim. Access to the rear for average-size people is decent thanks to a wide door opening but, again, tall adults will find that they need to stoop to get in.
Even so, the Q3 isn’t hopeless as a family car because two teenagers, or three younger children, will fit across the back seats, even if three child seats will be a squeeze. The Q3’s flat floor in the back will keep the middle passenger happy, too.
The rear doors also get pockets that will take a one-litre bottle, the middle seat back folds down to become an armrest and there are usefully deep pockets on the front-seat backrests.
Audi Q3 seating flexibility
The Q3 comes with 60/40 split-folding rear seats as standard. You fold them down by pressing buttons on the outside of the rear headrests. This is more effort than some of the boot sidewall lever systems found in some SUVs, but at least the rear seat backs are relatively lightweight, making them easy to fold down.
All Q3s come with manual adjustment of the front passenger seat as standard; this includes height, fore and aft, and backrest angle. Electrically powered lumbar adjustment is also standard across the range. Full electric seat adjustment is an optional extra.
Wade through Audi’s long options list and you’ll find there are useful – and inexpensive – add-ons such as a folding front passenger seat and a through-load facility. Both extra make it easier to transport long items.
Audi Q3 boot space
Official figures show that the Mercedes GLA has a bigger boot than the Q3 (481 litres vs 420 litres) but, in reality, the Q3’s boot makes it the easier to live with. It has a wider opening, which means bulky items can be loaded more easily, and it can accommodate more stuff under its parcel shelf. A large pushchair will fit but a set of golf clubs probably won’t.
The boot floor is not adjustable but there’s some storage beneath it, and it sits almost flush with the opening. There are also a couple of useful cubbyholes in both front corners of the boot, and you don’t have to stretch too much when reaching up for the open tailgate.
It is possible to increase boot space to 460 litres by specifying the no-cost, optional tyre mobility kit, which replaces the space-saver spare wheel. However, even if you do this, the rival BMW X1 is an altogether more practical alternative.