2018 Audi Q3

Interior


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2018 Audi Q3 Interior Review

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Interior: 7.5

The 2018 Audi Q3 has a mostly attractive interior, with good-quality materials and a sharp design. Seating comfort and space are good, while cargo area is about average for the class. The optional infotainment system's controls can be difficult to reach.

  • "While attractive, the Q3's interior doesn't rise to the high standard set by Audi itself. There are a couple of ergonomic idiosyncrasies and some visibility challenges. Small doors make for tight rear-seat access." -- Edmunds
  • "Audi's designers are known for crafting modern interiors with exceptional fit and finish, rich materials and eye-pleasing shapes. The interior of the 2018 Audi Q3 is one of their best. From the driver's seat this small SUV feels current and upscale. Nothing inside the Q3 seems old-fashioned or dated. Nothing feels cheap or chintzy." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The Q3 mostly meets Audi's high standards in terms of materials and build quality." -- Autotrader (2017)

Seating

The 2018 Audi Q3 seats five on standard leather upholstery, with 12-way power-adjustable front seats. Front sport seats and heated front seats are optional.

The front seats are comfortable and supportive for long drives, while the second row can reasonably accommodate adult passengers. There are two complete LATCH positions. The lower anchors are easy to locate, but other hardware may be confused for the top tether anchors.

  • Rear legroom is tight, but good enough for adults thanks to the clever sculpting of the front seatbacks. The driver's seat is comfortable." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • The standard eight-way adjustable front seats (plus four-way lumbar) are fantastic for all-day driving duty. The rear seats don't have the ability to recline, but they offer decent room for two adults or three in a pinch." -- Edmunds
  • The standard front seats have plenty of support for long hauls, and both get the same power adjustments (8-way positioning plus 4-way lumbar). The special seats that come with the Sport Plus package add side bolsters, which are perhaps too prominent for the typical crossover shopper. … Predictably, the super-compact Q3's rear accommodations are cramped for adults." -- Autotrader (2017)

Interior Features

Standard features in the 2018 Q3 include dual-zone automatic climate control, a panoramic sunroof, a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, heated side mirrors, a 10-speaker sound system, satellite radio, Bluetooth, and a USB port. Optional features include proximity-key entry, a power liftgate, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a Bose surround sound system, the MMI infotainment system, navigation, LED headlights and taillights, and Audi Side Assist.

The available MMI infotainment setup can be hard to use, due to its hard-to-reach controller knob on the dashboard. Physical knobs and buttons for other functions are laid out intuitively and easy to operate.

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  • Straightforward dual-zone climate control is a cinch to learn, and other controls are clearly labeled and easy to operate. Perhaps unsurprisingly for a car this small, controls are easily within the driver's reach. The dash-mounted infotainment controller is awkward to use, however. … The Q3 isn't quite up to date in the field of high-tech toys. Unlike most of the other Audis in the lineup, it doesn't offer Apple CarPlay/Android Auto integration, though." -- Edmunds
  • For those with phone addictions or phone-addicted teenagers, the new Audi Q3 is available with 4G Wi-Fi Hotspot, and up to eight devices can be connected at any one time. This is unique in the segment, although the Mercedes GLC and Infiniti QX30 offer 3G Wi-Fi." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Relative to the Q5, the biggest technological downside is that the Q3 Premium Plus doesn't come standard with the MMI system at all, while the Q3 Prestige's MMI setup (optional on Premium Plus) features a dashboard-mounted controller that may require an awkward reach to operate. In the Q5, the dash-mounted version comes as standard and the upgraded (extra-cost) version has a superior console-mounted controller that is not available on the Q3." -- Autotrader (2017)

Cargo

The 2018 Q3 has 16.7 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats in use and up to 48.2 cubic feet when the seats are folded. Those values are competitive for the class. 

  • "…The amount of cargo space is surprising, expanding to more than 48 cubic feet when you fold the rear seats." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • You can't expect a whole lot of utility from a class that distinguishes itself by its super compact dimensions. Still, the cargo area will easily accommodate four duffel bags. … Luggage capacity behind the rear seats is just 16.7 cubic feet, which expands to 48.2 cubes with the rear seats folded. This is about average for the segment, more than the Mercedes GLA offers but less than the BMW X1 and Lexus NX." -- Edmunds
  • …Cargo capacity measures a modest 16.7 cu ft. behind the rear seats, expanding to 48.2 cubic feet with those seats folded down." -- Autotrader (2017)
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