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.