The second generation has been around for just a couple of years, so it’s no wonder that the company from Ingolstadt hasn’t prepared any particular change for the 2021 Audi Q3. For the third production year, we are about to see familiar design and only minor shuffling in terms of standard features and equipment groups.
On the other side, the overall layout is about to remain the same. So, you may count on a familiar design, which is based on the MQB platform and follows the brand’s latest design language completely. The cabin is spacious, while the interior quality is impressive. Those are the main reason why Q3 is considered one of the best subcompact luxury crossovers on the market.
2021 Audi Q3 Redesign
As we already mentioned, the 2021 Audi Q3 doesn’t bring any particular change. The third production year continues with a familiar design, which is based on VW’s well-known MQB platform, which means you may count on Audi’s familiar AWD system. In terms of styling, things are pretty typical. Of course, some will call it way too conservative but that’s something Audi has been practicing for decades. This crossover follows the brand’s latest design language completely, so you may count on a new headlights design, as well as on the new, large trapezoidal grille.
While the exterior design may seem non-appealing to some buyers, the cabin is a completely different story. We are talking about one of the nicest cabins in the class. The first thing you will notice is a full load of tech features. Furthermore, materials are exceptional, while fit and finish are on the super-high level as well.
This crossover is bigger compared to most competitors, so another benefit is a pretty ample amount of passenger room for the class. However, we can’t say the same for the cargo area, which offers around 23.7 cubic feet behind the rear seats and 48 cubic feet behind the first row. These are subpar ratings for the class. Another complaint goes to rearward visibility, which isn’t great at all.
One of the best things about the 2021 Audi Q3 is a full load of standard and available equipment. This particularly refers to tech goodies. All models come standard with an 8.8-inch touch screen, Bluetooth, four USB ports, HD Radio, a 10-speaker stereo, Android Auto, wireless Apple CarPlay, dual-zone automatic climate control and a panoramic sunroof. In higher trim levels, you can also get things like a 10.1-inch touch screen, navigation, satellite radio, a 15-speaker Bang & Olufsen audio system, wireless device charging, and a 12.3-inch digital display.
2021 Audi Q3 Engines
Under the hood, the 2021 Audi Q3 continues with a familiar 2.0-liter turbo-four. It puts out around 228 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. Driving dynamics are pretty good, though many criticize the 8-speed transmission for rough shifts. Other than that, the driving experience is pretty good, especially if you consider that AWD comes standard. Handling is precise and the Q3 feels pretty confident in corners.
On the other side, things aren’t that great in terms of fuel economy. You may count on about 19 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway. Those are subpar ratings for the class.
In other markets, this small crossover is also available with a smaller 1.5-liter turbo-four gasoline engine, as well as with a well-known 2.0-liter TDI turbodiesel engine.
2021 Audi Q3 Release Date and Price
The 2021 Audi Q3 has already arrived in showrooms. Base models go around 36.000 dollars. When it comes to the competition, some of the key rivals are models like BMW X1, Mercedes-Benz GLA, Volvo XC40 etc.