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2015 Audi Q3 Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2015 Audi Q3 was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 7.7

Test drivers praise the all-new 2015 Audi Q3 for its luxurious cabin. They say that despite the Q3 being an entry-level model, its materials are of the highest quality. Reviewers agree that the Q3's front seats are comfortable, though they point out that taller passengers and drivers may prefer a bit more head- and legroom in both rows. The infotainment and climate controls are not within easy reach, reviewers say, and the Q3's cargo capacity is low for the class.

  • "Stylish design is not the only thing the Q3 shares with the Q5, as its cabin is likewise handsome, well-trimmed and well stocked with standard luxury features." -- Edmunds
  • "The Q3 may be considered entry-level, but it's still an Audi. Thus, it comes with an impressive array of features that look and feel of quality. This is found everywhere from the textured steering-wheel-mounted audio controls to a rear cargo shelf that's sturdy enough to set shopping bags on." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Other downsized entry-level luxury SUVs and cars sacrifice interior quality as they work their way down the luxury scale. The Q3 does not; it has a surprisingly high-quality interior, featuring a style perfectly in line with Audi's more expensive models." -- Cars.com
  • "Inside, Q3 follows typical Audi practice with a look of subdued quality." -- Consumer Guide
  • "In our interior evaluation, we found that the 2015 Q3 mostly meets Audi's high standards in terms of materials and build quality." -- AutoTrader

Seating

The 2015 Audi Q3 seats five and comes standard with leather upholstery, 12-way power-adjustable front seats and heated front seats. Automotive journalists say the Q3's front seats are comfortable and supportive for long trips. A few also report that outward visibility is good. However, they note that taller drivers may need a bit more head- and legroom to find a comfortable position. Others comment that the rear seats can be cramped. Test drivers say the Audi Q3's cabin does a good job of keeping out wind and road noise.

  • "The Q3's standard front seats serve up plenty of firm support for long hauls, and we like that both seats get the same power adjustments (8-way positioning plus 4-way lumbar). The special seats that come with the Sport package add prominent side bolsters, which are perhaps too prominent for the typical crossover shopper. Predictably, the pint-sized Q3's rear accommodations are cramped for adults. …" -- AutoTrader
  • "Also reflecting its price are the Q3's solidity and quietness. Bumps produce only a muted 'thud,' and highway wind and road noise are low." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Our test car's standard front and rear seats brought pleasantly surprising comfort given the shrunken exterior dimensions. At 6 feet tall, I would have liked more legroom in the driver's seat and a smidge more headroom in the backseat, which is dinged by the standard low-hanging moonroof. Neither shortage was a deal-breaker, however." -- Cars.com
  • "… the cabin is hushed, and outward visibility is good. Taller drivers will want to test-drive the new Q3 before buying - the steering wheel in Audi's compact SUV is limited in how low it tilts, which can lead to an awkward driving position." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Although the front and rear seats are plenty comfortable thanks to their firm, well-shaped cushions, the rear compartment is rather tight for taller folks. At 31.1 inches, rear legroom is considerably less than the 37.4 inches the Q5 provides, for example." -- Edmunds

Interior Features

The 2015 Audi Q3 comes with a 10-speaker stereo, Audi's MMI infotainment system (which controls audio and phone functions), satellite radio, Bluetooth, push-button start, dual-zone automatic climate control and a panoramic sunroof. Available features include voice-controlled navigation, a 14-speaker Bose audio system, a rearview camera, parallel park assist and blind spot monitoring.

The MMI control knob is located in the center of the dashboard, which reviewers agree makes it difficult to reach. Still, most say the system itself is fairly easy to use. Critics also report that the climate controls require multiple inputs to make fan adjustments and are placed too low on the center stack, making them hard to access.

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  • "Like many modern Audis, the Q3 boasts a clean and simple dashboard with a driver-oriented center stack, a three-spoke multi-function steering wheel and an instrument cluster made up of four easy-to-read analog gauges." -- Left Lane News
  • "Perhaps I'm just used to Audi's traditional location down low, closer to the gear selector, but it was more than I wanted to stretch for what is the Q3's main access point to radio, media, phone and menu options. The system's usability is otherwise very much like Audi's other multimedia systems - which is to say good - but with more effort required because of a knob placement that's not as ergonomically friendly as usual." -- Cars.com
  • "Most of the Q3's controls are fairly straightforward, but the climate controls are located inconveniently low on the center stack, in front of the gear selector. Also, the multifunction control knob for the MMI system (on navigation-equipped cars) has said knob located on the dash, rather than on the center console like most other systems, which isn't as convenient and takes a bit of getting used to." -- Edmunds
  • "Adding to the inconvenience are slow-to-adjust, repetitive-step temperature and fan controls, though the individual mode buttons are much easier to use. That's all less of an issue because our test Q3 had automatic climate control-which doesn't have to be adjusted as often-but any adjustments you do have to make can be tedious." -- Consumer Guide

Cargo

The 2015 Audi Q3 has 16.2 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats and 48.2 cubic feet with the rear seats folded, which is on the small side for the class. Many rivals, like the Volvo XC60 and BMW X3, have much larger cargo holds. Still, a few say the Q3 has sufficient space for some large items.

  • "The 60/40 split fold down rear seats allows for a large cargo area behind the front seats and the large rear hatch offers plenty of easy access to the load floor. We were able to easily accommodate a 5-foot Christmas tree into the back of the vehicle by flipping one-side of the seat forward." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Cargo space behind the rear seat is not as sizeable as in most compact SUVs, but it's still quite good. Furthermore, the rear seat backs fold level with the cargo floor and nearly flat, and there's also a ski pass-through. However, there are only two small underfloor bins mounted far forward out of easy reach, and there's a 2-inch step from the floor to bumper level, so you can't just slide large boxes out." -- Consumer Guide
  • "… cargo capacity measures a very modest 16.7 cu ft. behind the rear seatbacks, expanding to 48.2 cu ft. with those seatbacks folded down." -- AutoTrader

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