2022 Audi Q3

2022 Q3 Photos
 Editors' Pick
Autoblog Rating
7

Audi's smallest crossover is comfortable and easy to live with, but the interior quality is relatively low, and there are much better small luxury SUVs to drive.

Industry
8
We'll say one thing for the 2022 Audi Q3: It makes a good first impression. It has those sharp, architectural good looks Audis are famous for that always seem to attract those with a keen appreciation for modern industrial design. It's easy to mistake one for the pricier Q5 or even the Q8. The interior doesn't make as good of an impression, but it can still wow with its big, crystal-clear displays and abundant feature content. Its price tag should also get it noticed as it costs less than most other subcompact luxury crossovers but delivers more standard equipment. Second, third and fourth impressions are less successful, however. Acceleration from the base engine is awfully pokey for a luxury vehicle, while the stronger 45 TFSI upgrade gets 2 to 3 mpg worse than similarly powered competitors. We've repeatedly experienced unnervingly delayed reactions from the eight-speed automatic transmission, and found the numb steering more indicative of a Volkswagen than an Audi. The same could be said of some cabin plastics, too. Finally, this smallest of Audi crossovers is just too darn small. All of its rivals boast more cargo space, as do bigger non-luxury models (especially those from Mazda) whose prices top out where the Q3 begins. So, we can see why it might've caught your eye, but we'd suggest taking several closer looks.   What's new for 2022? Blind-spot and rear-cross traffic warning systems are now standard along with parking sensors -- all were previously part of the Convenience package. The Premium Plus gains a 360-degree parking camera system.  What's the Q3 interior and in-car technology like? Like other Audis, the Q3 interior is tech-focused and has a rather architectural design with lots of sharp angles. It's a bit reminiscent of the 1980s. The materials are just OK for the price point. There are more hard plastics than you'll find in other Audis (even the surprisingly disappointing Q5), and the token strip of metal or wood trim on the right side of our test car's dash is the epitome of the term "tacked on" — no other such trim appears elsewhere in the cabin. Audi has packed the interior with technology, including a standard 10.25-inch digital instrument display and an 8.8-inch touchscreen presented high and within easy reach. Both can be upgraded, however, to Audi's Virtual Cockpit system that increases the instrument unit to 12.3 inches and the center touchscreen to 10.1. We've only tested this latter setup and found that the resolution is exquisite, it reacts quickly to inputs and even goes so far as clicking when a virtual button is pressed, the same way Audi's real buttons have done for years now. Fancy. Feature content is also strong as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are included, and we love that the car automatically pairs your phone to work wirelessly with CarPlay after plugging it into a USB port just once. The touchscreen's functionality isn't perfect. We like that the menu options always remain in a channel on the screen's …
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We'll say one thing for the 2022 Audi Q3: It makes a good first impression. It has those sharp, architectural good looks Audis are famous for that always seem to attract those with a keen appreciation for modern industrial design. It's easy to mistake one for the pricier Q5 or even the Q8. The interior doesn't make as good of an impression, but it can still wow with its big, crystal-clear displays and abundant feature content. Its price tag should also get it noticed as it costs less than most other subcompact luxury crossovers but delivers more standard equipment. Second, third and fourth impressions are less successful, however. Acceleration from the base engine is awfully pokey for a luxury vehicle, while the stronger 45 TFSI upgrade gets 2 to 3 mpg worse than similarly powered competitors. We've repeatedly experienced unnervingly delayed reactions from the eight-speed automatic transmission, and found the numb steering more indicative of a Volkswagen than an Audi. The same could be said of some cabin plastics, too. Finally, this smallest of Audi crossovers is just too darn small. All of its rivals boast more cargo space, as do bigger non-luxury models (especially those from Mazda) whose prices top out where the Q3 begins. So, we can see why it might've caught your eye, but we'd suggest taking several closer looks.   What's new for 2022? Blind-spot and rear-cross traffic warning systems are now standard along with parking sensors -- all were previously part of the Convenience package. The Premium Plus gains a 360-degree parking camera system.  What's the Q3 interior and in-car technology like? Like other Audis, the Q3 interior is tech-focused and has a rather architectural design with lots of sharp angles. It's a bit reminiscent of the 1980s. The materials are just OK for the price point. There are more hard plastics than you'll find in other Audis (even the surprisingly disappointing Q5), and the token strip of metal or wood trim on the right side of our test car's dash is the epitome of the term "tacked on" — no other such trim appears elsewhere in the cabin. Audi has packed the interior with technology, including a standard 10.25-inch digital instrument display and an 8.8-inch touchscreen presented high and within easy reach. Both can be upgraded, however, to Audi's Virtual Cockpit system that increases the instrument unit to 12.3 inches and the center touchscreen to 10.1. We've only tested this latter setup and found that the resolution is exquisite, it reacts quickly to inputs and even goes so far as clicking when a virtual button is pressed, the same way Audi's real buttons have done for years now. Fancy. Feature content is also strong as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are included, and we love that the car automatically pairs your phone to work wirelessly with CarPlay after plugging it into a USB port just once. The touchscreen's functionality isn't perfect. We like that the menu options always remain in a channel on the screen's …
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Retail Price

$36,400 - $38,700 MSRP / Window Sticker Price
Engine 2.0L I-4
MPG Up to 23 city / 30 highway
Seating 5 Passengers
Transmission 8-spd w/OD
Power 184 - 228 hp
Drivetrain quattro all wheel
Curb Weight 3,902 - 3,913 lbs
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