2019 Audi Q3 Revealed: New Small Luxury SUV Grows And Embraces Its Sporty Side

To give you an idea of just how old the first-generation Audi Q3 is, imagine that its design was based on the Cross Coupe quattro concept, which was first drawn up back in 2006. This all-new second generation model was long overdue.

Right off the bat, it’s obvious that Audi wanted to leave the old Q3’s styling in the dust, by making this new crossover look more aggressive from just about every angle, giving the BMW X1 a worthy opponent to play with.

A brand new design language

This new Q3 actually shares some of the Q8’s design elements, especially when it comes to its profile. It also has vertical grille bars like the Q8, or the A4/A6 Allroad duo. All other Audi models feature horizontal bars.

Other distinguishing features include a sportier-looking front bumper, large taillights, and headlights that resemble those of the A3 Sportback in shape, only a little more pointy.

Audi has also expanded the overall size of the Q3, making it approximately 3.8 inches (9.65 cm) longer than the older model, while adding three more inches (7.6 cm) to the wheelbase too. This means more room for rear seat passengers, while still leaving 23.8 cu.ft (674 liters) of cargo space in the trunk – which you can then turn into 53.9 cu.ft (1,526 liters) if you fold the seats. By comparison, the 2018 BMW X1 has 17.8 cu.ft (505 liters) of available trunk space, and a full 54.73 cu.ft (1,550 liters) with everything folded down.

Plenty of tech to go around

Inside, 2019 Q3 buyers will enjoy Audi’s 12.3-inch Virtual Cockpit gauge cluster, plus an 8.8-inch center dash infotainment display – with a larger 10-inch one available as an option.

Features such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are both standard, as are the two USB ports in the front. There are also two additional USB ports and a 12-volt outlet for rear seat passengers, plus available Wi-Fi hotspot. One cool piece of tech is the Connect portfolio with “swarm intelligence”, a feature that helps cars communicate with among themselves regarding road and weather hazards. The system will be available in Europe and possibly in the U.S. too, although not at launch.

As for safety, the all-new 2019 Audi Q3 comes with forward emergency braking, lane departure warning, rear cross-traffic alert, plus adaptive cruise control with traffic jam assist and active lane assist.

Wide range of petrol and diesel options

Euro-spec models of the all-new Audi Q3 will be available with four engine choices at launch: three petrol and one diesel. Entry-level petrol models will be powered by the 1.5-liter TFSI unit producing 148hp (150PS) and 184lb-ft (250Nm) of torque. The base Q3 will be badged 35 TFSI and will also feature a cylinder deactivation system, as well as a seven-speed S-Tronic dual-clutch transmission and front-wheel drive as standard. A six-speed manual will follow on a later date.

Moving up the ladder we find Audi’s 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder TFSI offered in two power versions: the first one is the 40 TFSI, offering 187hp (190PS) and 236lb-ft (320Nm) of torque while the 45 TFSI model gets 226hp (230PS) and 258lb-ft (350Nm). Both of them are paired to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic and the company’s Quattro all-wheel drive system.

The diesel range will start off with the 2.0-liter TDI producing 148hp (150PS) and 250lb-ft (340Nm) of torque. Badged as the Q3 35 TDI, it’ll be initially available with a manual transmission and all-wheel drive, with a seven-speed dual-clutch unit to follow on a later date. Audi also plans to offer a more powerful version of the 2.0-liter TDI, with 187hp (190PS) in the near future.

The new model also gets automatic damping control and a “dynamic handling system” with the following six drive modes: Auto, Comfort, Dynamic, Offroad, Efficiency and Individual.

European customers will land their 2019 Q3 crossovers this November, while U.S. sales should commence at a later date.

Additional reporting by Michael Karkafiris

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  • NoMan2015

    Odd. What appears to be a fully loaded version, doesn’t have push-button start/stop. Notice the key in the ignition behind the steering wheel…

    • botornot387

      Euro and probably press spec without final packages laid out.

      • NoMan2015

        still though, seems odd. Press shots of the A1 have the push button start…it would’ve also been Euro and press spec.

  • caddy45

    Proportions are way better than the outgoing model. Looks nice!

    • Puddingpopper

      But details are God awful so….

    • You’re being too polite to the outgoing model.

  • botornot387

    looks really good and that interior and exterior color should definitely come to the US. Really love the interior!

  • ErnieB

    Mini Q8…nice! I like that they didn’t pretend to have fake exhaust and designed it to look kind of like the front bumper..they need to go back to the Q5 and Q7 and do the same design work..

    • lagunas3ca

      Fooled you, because it still has the fake exhaust.

      • ErnieB

        Oh damn!!! Why do they think this is a good idea is beyond me.. but at least this one looks a little less obvious I think.. still a design fail!

  • Gustavo Adriano

    It’s impressive how many cars could improve at the second generation, I always thought that the Q3 was a “sad” car because of it’s front fascia, but now this turn a whole different level, a lot cleaner and better interior, aggressive and muscular lines and, that’s weird but at least in my opinion the cars looks nicer than the new Q5.

  • Interior is smashing, exterior is just ok..

  • Dr Professor Weezle Eye

    Audi overlapping and rebadging VW models really cheapens the brand… remember GM of the 80s??

    • NoMan2015

      Do tell – how is this a rebadge?

    • botornot387

      LOL its not rebadging because the inherent platforms that underly the VW group are modular applications that you can build from. Every manufacturer is moving towards this because it makes no sense to have and invest billions on multiple platforms when one platform can be made to serve many product groups. What’s attached to the platform, utilization of engines, transmissions, programming, etc serve to separate these cars. This is not like GM rebadging which is alive and well today.

      • NoMan2015

        case in point – Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra STILL have some minor differences, but share an interior and most exterior panels.

  • fabri99

    I really don’t like this “geometric” styling direction Audi is taking. It looks on the very big models (Q8), but feels odd and too… “monumental” for say an A1 or a Q3. If you hadn’t told me this was a Q3, I would have guessed Q5 (at least).

  • TheBelltower

    I’m not a fan of Audi’s front mug or excessive plastic jewelry, but this replacement couldn’t come soon enough. The A3 was getting really long in the tooth.

    • NoMan2015

      *Q3

      • TheBelltower

        Q3

  • Loquacious Borborygmus

    Other distinguishing features include a sportier front bumper
    Indulge me, how is the bumper, sportier?

  • salamOOn

    well, it could be worse…..

  • Nordschleife

    The rear 3/4 is nice. The front I am not fully sold on but I am sure with time it will grow on me

  • Sébastien

    +670lt of cargo in the trunk? i don’t believe it (or it’s up to the ceiling, and inside all possible nooks)

  • designer_dick

    I appreciate it not being a carbon copy of its predecessor with a few new lines added here and there, but I can’t help but thinking the finished article looks more than a little overwrought. It’s almost as if Audi’s styling is veering closer and closer to a parody of their former discreet elegance and good taste with each new model.

  • Zandit75

    Definitely an improvement, loving that interior! I really like those slight colour highlights.

  • Bo Hanan

    Oh dear God- NO!

  • Ruel Lewis

    I can’t believe I’m saying this about a new Audi, but I actually like this.

  • Merc1

    They might pass Lexus in sales in the U.S. once this goes on sale. new Q3, Q5, Q7 and Q8 a solid lineup. Then there is the A6, A7 and A8 all new too for 2019.

    M

  • Dennis James

    I can’t believe this, but it looks almost good. It’s a step up for an Audi. With the weak BMW X1, I predict some solid sales.

  • :/ Yurr

    This and the Cadillac Xt4 are gonna sell like hotcakes.

    • Joe E

      Agreed. And who would have thought the day would come where the Audi has a more blingy and ostentatious grille than its Cadillac competitor!! (I prefer the more subdued look of the XT4, which looks more upscale to me.)

  • Joe E

    When did Audi’s get so blingy? I think it started with the chromed out grille on the current Allroad. It feels inappropriate for a brand that was known for subdued luxury, but I suppose they have nowhere else to go?

    • YES, THERE’S NOTHING WRONG WITH UNDERSTATED ELEGANCE.

    • NoSnarkHere

      Each new Audi is looking more yobbish than the last.

      It’s a real shame. It took years to build up the sense that it Audi was worthy competitor to MB and BMW in the executive market. Cars in this segment should look like a well cut Italian suit. Sleek and stylish without trying. Sprezzatura.

      Instead they’re festooning them with fake exhausts and chromefied plastic. It’s high time to replace Lichte.

      • Joe E

        Agreed. And TIL a new word: yobbish. Gonna start using that often.

      • designer_dick

        The direction of Audi styling under Marc Lichte is veering closer and closer to self-parody with each and every new car they unveil.

  • klowik

    it’s one good looker if you feel BMW X1 is outdated.

    • YUDHA BAGASKARA

      so does Merc GLA

  • Looks way better than the old one. Will be missing Audi’s unique tailgate design though.

  • SteersUright

    Dont even know what to think. Its not bad, but what is it? Is it a hot/warm hatch? Is it an SUV thing that really cant do much in anything but puddles? I like auto/trucks that celebrate what they are. A sports car that does it right. A truck/SUV that embraces and celebrates being a truck/SUV. This crossover trend works sometimes, but most times I’m just confused.

  • YUDHA BAGASKARA

    i know the car will be largely derived from Q8

  • TheHake

    When Audi links it’s design to other cars, then people are like “they all look the same”. When they do something else, then “it doesn’t fit in”. I for one, LOVE this new Q3. It’s like a smaller Q5 but with Q8 influences and some great proportions. I’ll have to drive my current car until I can afford one of these!

    • Bash

      And what your current car?

      • TheHake

        Passat B8

        • Bash

          Nice. I would take that Passat over that Q3, thats how much i think the Q3 is ugly to my taste.

          • TheHake

            It’s a great car but I prefer the raised seating in a SUV/Crossover over the low seating of a car.

          • Bash

            Oh, people like you are the reason of all this SUV trend.

          • TheHake

            Yup.

    • Mike Sinyaboot

      Agreed. I think this is Audis best looking SUV/Crossover. I like the SQ5 but this just looks better. Both wheel designs shown are great looking as well. The only things I do not like are the oddly tall shifter and the lack of a MMI control wheel behind the shifter. I don’t mind the touchscreen, but like BMW, Audi should have both forms of control available.

      I currently drive a 16′ S3 and I would most likely make the move to a SQ3 if they bring it to the states. I love my S3 but the interior space is often too cramped. The extra room in a SQ3 would much appreciated. Based on these images, the Q3 already looks fairly aggressive for a crossover. An S version is going to be quite nice.

      • TheHake

        I’ll buy a used S-line 2.0 TFSI in a few years from Germany and take it to JDEngineering for tuning. He will get close to (or better) SQ3 power from that for a fraction of the price.

  • Some ol’ bloke

    It’s okay apart from that bumper, however:

    Side shot = mini Bentayga
    Front = Q8
    Rear lights = a4
    Price = I guess about $40-45,000

  • Anthony James

    Yet another cash cow from VAG

    • Mike Sinyaboot

      It most certainly will be. This is by far the best looking crossover in the segment. The X1 is already looking very dated. The X2 is not bad looking when it is highly speced but this Q3 blows it away.

      • Anthony James

        I just think that all of them [VAG Crossovers] are looking very similar. It’s one thing when Audi has a monolithic approach to design, another when it’s parents company applies the same technique – I think it cheapens design integrity, a shame, boring. And lets be honest even if it was fugly people will clamber to buy it because that’s how we the people respond to marketing.

  • Mike Gonzalez

    a huge improvement over the current generation that was ugly AF from the 1st day and specially in Spanish Q3 translates to “tacky” which fitted perfectly LOL

    • DMJ

      Well, better than the Hyundai Kona that in portuguese means p*ssy. Here it’s called Kauai.

  • erly5

    Certainly an improvement on the previous model, but then that wouldn’t be hard. Still, I’m not blown away!

  • Puddingpopper

    meh

  • nunomaiaGMR

    Proper Audi unlike the Q2 and new A1 that look just cheap. Good improvement on the old Q3 design, nice interior design with physical buttons for climate control as it should.

  • I prefer the SWB Tiguan but looks that I may get this, since I am not interested in the LWB Tiguan that’s only offered in the US.

  • I love Autogefuhl, Thomas & his crew. One of the best car shows in terms of their very detailed reviews.

    • OdysseyTag

      Same here

    • MarketAndChurch

      Me too!

  • lagunas3ca

    With this new Q3 and its expanded overall size, I imagine Audi will still make a Q3 L, exclusively for China (just like Q5 L), that will look even better.

  • DanSemering

    Don’t mind the looks, they are solid …saw the other day a front crash between a Q3 and Ford …Ford to blame , all 3 passagers from Ford died..non from the Q3.

  • Yishay

    Nonsensical. Your gonna make the Q5 compete with the Q3? This car is way too close to the size and stature of the Q5 for a lot less money and actually looks more fun to drive. The marketing strategy makes no sense.

  • Tumbi Mtika

    *WHISTLES*

    JESUS CHRIST! Audi made something sexy again!

    Well done. Well done! THIS is what I expect from Audi. Straight to the top of the class, I hope.

  • Galaxium

    I’m not a fan of the stop-sign grille.

  • de_vader

    Significant improvement over the outgoing model, but . . . neither the exterior styling or interior layout is as compelling as those of the XC40. However, as always, the base model driving dynamics will unquestionably be better than the Volvo, even in R Design trim.

  • I gotta admit – it looks much better than I expected!
    So far the best looking of the current (rather-bland) Audi line-up of SUVs/crossovers.

  • Matthew Boyd

    The good ol’ “Cute 3”. It’s like teenaged Groot now. Proud of this thing, except all the smart mouth back talk that is. In all seriousness, love the proportions, as the previous gen Q3 was the eye sore of the family (just edging out the A1). Let the Audi model launch onslaught continue.

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