Audi makes some fantastic cars. Some of the best cars I’ve ever driven have been Audi’s. While I don’t necessarily agree with how the cars look, I can’t deny that Audi’s cars are an absolute pleasure to drive.
Audi seems to have something for everyone. If you’re in the European markets, the A1 is a fantastic choice if you just want an Audi badge. Otherwise, Audi has the R8, the A7, the A5, nearly anything you could ask from a luxury make. From SUV’s to super cars. And Audi is the only company that really pulls that spectrum off.
This kind of span of cars and SUV’s from one brand usually causes a bit of an issue, as we’ve seen brands like Mercedes and BMW even cut some models from their lineup since they had so many and it didn’t make sense.
But today, we talk about a vehicle that has had some good history at Audi. The Audi Q3.
The Q3 is a midsize SUV that is a strong staple in the Audi lineup, but is lagging a bit (just a bit) behind the rest of the line up in terms of refreshment. But we’ll see this mended soon enough.
With that all said, the 2018 Audi Q3 does beg to be updated. Not necessarily to the outside, as the design cues are all there. But the inside of the 2018 Audi Q3 is in need of a good update. All good things take time.
The Specs-2018 Audi Q3:
|Vehicle Type:||Midsize Luxury SUV|
|Power Plant:||2.0 L turbo 4-cyl|
|Gearbox:||6 speed automatic|
|MPG:||Up to 28 Highway/20 City|
|Top Speed:||126 MPH|
|0-60 MPH (0-120 KPH):||7.8 Seconds|
|Base Price:||$35,525 (est).|
The Exterior-2018 Audi Q3:
As I state time and time again, Audi makes vehicles for those of us who just like to travel in luxury and not get their pictures taken (save for the R8. Good luck staying low in that).
Audi’s are luxuries cars and SUV’s, so the bar is set high for the 2018 Audi Q3.
The exterior of the Q3 is up to date in terms of Audi’s design language. The large pit bull like face with Audi’s large grille and slender, sharp eyes. A very aggressive face to the rather modest SUV, as we see from almost all Audi’s.
The side view makes the Q3 a pretty assertive and athletic. While there are some complaints that sloped roof line makes complications for rear seat head room and trunk space, it serves its purpose well. Making the roof more sloped and athletic looking.
The side of the 2018 Audi Q3 for the rest of the way is sleek and looks best in black.
From the back, the 2018 Audi Q3 is a baby Q5, as it, in nature, really is. However, the front end and side view both look more upscale and premium than the back end of the 2018 Audi Q3.
Overall, the look of the Q3 is exactly as we see from Audi’s design language in recent years. It is a very sharp SUV, and comes in a cool SQ3 trim if you want a more hard core SUV.
While the Q3 isn’t getting a redesign on the outside (it doesn’t need one) I do hope to see an update to the interior soon, however.
The Interior-2018 Audi Q3:
On the inside of Audi’s (new Audi’s) you’re greeted with the latest uncomfortable, modern luxury.
Audi’s driving ergonomics are always near perfect. The steering wheels from both Volkswagen and Audi (since they’re connected) feel perfect in your hands and every bit of the driving aspect seems refined to the touch.
Audi recently redesigned their steering wheels to be thinner and more D-shaped, which looks great.
However in the 2018 Audi Q3, we see the same interior we’ve seen for a few years now. The other models in the brands lineup have interiors that have been updated over the past couple years to really reflect what Audi wants from its vehicles. They are stunning to look at, besides the screen that sticks out from the dash. I think that’s a trend that needs to stop.
I’m fairly sure that the 2018 Audi Q3 has it’s relatively outdated interior design because of it’s placement in the SUV’s life cycle, and that’s all there is to it.
Every few years we see updates from brands, and the Audi Q3 is due for a mid-cycle refresh, not a redesign.
Because of the Audi Q3’s placement in its life cycle, it will continue to lag (just a bit) behind its siblings, which is quite alright.
With all that said, the 2018 Audi Q3 features all updated technology, and good ergonomics.
The rear seat head room is slender, since the roof line is more sloped and coupe-ish, if that’s a comparison we can make.
The Performance-2018 Audi Q3:
Along with a slightly out-of-date interior, the AUdi Q3 only features a slightly out-of-date 2.0 L turbocharged four cylinder engine that produces a rather low 200 horsepower.
Audi’s Quattro all wheel drive is pretty great as well. That system can be as outdated as it wants to be, Quattro is legendary.
Fuel efficiency is pretty good as well. While not top of the class, 28 high way and 20 city is not bad as it could be, but also not the best it could be.
Sum It Up:
The 2018 Audi Q3 is a great SUV. While some of the technology, performance and interior design is a bit laggard behind other competitors, the Q3 does start at a good price. The price for a base 2018 Audi Q3 is around $35,000 and it comes standard with some good features that others don’t.
The release date for the 2018 Audi Q3 is this fall, so we have to be patient for a bit.