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2017 Audi Q3 Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2017 Audi Q3 was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 7.5

The 2017 Audi Q3 has a stylish interior that features premium materials and excellent build quality. Leather seating comes standard, and the front seats are roomy and comfortable. The back seat doesn’t offer as much space, though. There's less cargo room than there is in most competitors, though you'll still have a decent amount. The MMI infotainment system is easy to use, but controls are awkward to reach.

  • "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
  • “The cabin of the 2017 Audi Q3 is very nice, with styling and materials that seem worthy of the Audi brand. In keeping with the sporting nature of the automaker's lineup, the interior has a distinctly sports car feel thanks to sharp-looking gauges, metal accents and a center stack that's slanted toward the driver." -- Edmunds
  • "One of the reasons people gravitate to Audi vehicles is the way they're put together. The gaps are tiny, the plastics sturdy, and the materials feel first-rate. It's called 'fit and finish,' and it imparts an almost subliminal sense of quality to everything inside the Audi Q3." -- Kelley Blue Book

Seating

The Q3 seats five and comes standard with leather upholstery and 12-way power-adjustable front seats. Heated seats and front sport seats are optional. While the front seats are very comfortable and supportive, the second row is short on legroom and not well-suited for adults.

The LATCH car-seat system is easy to use. The lower anchors aren't too deep in the seat and there's plenty of room for you to move around them. The top tether anchors are easy to find but might be confused for other hardware. There are two complete LATCH attachments in the rear outboard seats, while the middle seat has only a top anchor.

  • There are five seatbelts in the 2017 Q3, but your rear-seat passengers will be better off if you only use four at a time. Even with that in mind, the Q3's interior is tight, but the standard leather 12-way-power driver's seat is comfortable, and the controls are pretty good from a usability standpoint." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • Up front, occupants will enjoy roomy accommodations with well-shaped seats that provide firm support. In back, the seats themselves are fine, but the lack of available legroom - 31.1 inches as compared to 36.1 inches in the Lexus NX 200t - means they're realistically only suited to young children." -- Edmunds
  • 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 (2015)

Interior Features

Standard features include dual-zone automatic climate control, a panoramic power sunroof, a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, heated side mirrors, a 10-speaker sound system, satellite radio, Bluetooth, and a USB port. Options include the Audi MMI infotainment system, a 7-inch touch screen, navigation, a Bose 14-speaker sound system, push-button ignition, proximity key entry, a Wi-Fi hot spot, blind spot monitoring, heated and power-folding side mirrors with auto dimming, a power tailgate, Audi drive select mode, and steering wheel-mounted shift paddles.

The Q3’s infotainment system and menus are easy to navigate, once you reach the control knob. This knob serves as the main control for most features and is located high on the dashboard. It requires a little extra dexterity to reach and operate.

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  • “The single large knob that's used to move through the menus of the MMI system is also curiously located higher up on the dash, which can make for an uncomfortably long reach." -- Edmunds
  • 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 (2016)
  • “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)

Cargo

The 2017 Q3 can hold 16.7 cubic feet of cargo with all seats in use or 48.2 cubic feet with the second row folded. Those numbers are low for the class, but there's still an adequate amount of space for daily tasks or occasional large loads.

  • "Cargo space is surprisingly good, expanding to more than 48 cubic feet when you fold the rear seatbacks." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • When it comes to hauling stuff in addition to people, the Q3's cargo hold offers just 16.7 cubic feet of capacity behind the rear seats. With those rear seats folded down, cargo capacity expands to a more reasonable 48.2 cubic feet." -- Edmunds
  • "The Q3's cargo area isn't as miniscule as you'd expect. It's not likely big enough to be a primary car for a small family, but it has plenty of room for grocery runs or a few pieces of luggage." -- Cars.com (2015)

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