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2016 Audi Q3 Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2016 Audi Q3 was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 7.6

Auto writers agree that despite the Q3 being an entry-level luxury SUV, its interior materials are top-notch, and its cabin is handsomely designed and quiet. Although reviewers say the front seats are comfortable, they note that taller occupants in both the front and rear may want more room. Automotive journalists complain that the Q3's MMI control knob and climate controls are hard to reach. The Q3's cargo capacity is on the small side for the class.

  • "Even an entry-level Audi is still an Audi, and the Q3 impresses as soon as you step inside. Excellent fit and finish is everywhere you look, whether it's the dash and doors, the textured steering-wheel-mounted audio controls, or the sturdy rear cargo shelf that's sturdy enough to set shopping bags on." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "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 (2015)
  • "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 (2015)
  • "Inside, Q3 follows typical Audi practice with a look of subdued quality." -- Consumer Guide (2015)

Seating

The 2016 Audi Q3 has seating for five and comes standard with leather upholstery, 12-way power-adjustable front seats and heated front seats. Front sport seats are available. Reviewers say the Q3's front seats are comfortable, but taller drivers may need more legroom. They add that the rear seats are cramped and headroom is lacking. However, reviewers agree that the Audi Q3's cabin is quiet.

  • With seating for up to five - although four will be far more comfortable - the 2016 Q3 interior is tight for an SUV, but boasts a comfortable 12-way-power driver's seat and the understated sophistication one expects from the brand." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "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 (2015)
  • 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 (2015)
  • 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 (2015)

Interior Features

The 2016 Q3's standard features include a 10-speaker stereo, a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, satellite radio, Bluetooth, push-button start, dual-zone automatic climate control, a panoramic sunroof and Audi's MMI infotainment system, which controls audio and phone functions. Options include voice-controlled navigation, a 14-speaker Bose surround-sound audio system, blind spot monitoring and Audi Connect, which provides Wi-Fi for up to eight devices and allows the navigation system to access and display Google Earth images.

Test drivers point out that the MMI control knob, located in the middle of the dashboard, is difficult to reach. A few also report that climate controls are inconvenient to adjust and are located too low on the center console to be easily accessed. Still, some test drivers say the MMI system is fairly easy to use.

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  • Most controls are easy to find and use, with a few exceptions; we're not fans of the flick-to-adjust temperature controls, or the non-extending sun visors." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "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 (2015)
  • 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 (2015)
  • "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 (2015)

Cargo

The 2016 Audi Q3 has 16.7 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats and 48.2 cubic feet with the rear seats folded, which is less space than rivals like the BMW X1 and Land Rover Range Rover Evoque offer. Still, most reviewers agree that there's enough cargo room for 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 (2015)
  • 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 (2015)
  • "… 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 (2015)

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