The current generation of Audi’s subcompact crossover has been around for a couple of years, so the lack of changes for the 2021 Audi Q3 seems logical. For the next year, the small crossover comes with the same overall design, though there are some changes in terms of trim level organization. The range-topping Prestige model has been discontinued, so there will be just two variants in the offer for the next year.
This means you may count on a crossover that is strong in all fields. It offers solid performances and dynamics handling, combined with a high level of comfort. At the same time, the cabin quality is great, just like the list of standard and available tech features. The powertrain is powerful but also thirsty. That is one of the key drawbacks of this crossover, along with unrefined transmission and small cargo area. The 2021 Audi Q3 is already available on the market.
2021 Audi Q3 Redesign
In terms of base design characteristics, the 2021 Audi Q3 comes without changes. The current generation has been around for just a couple of years and it’s still early for more important changes. Mechanically, this model is based on the company’s well-known MQB platform. This is essentially a front-wheel-drive platform, but the Q3 comes standard with the familiar Haldex AWD system. This is an obvious advantage compared to many rivals that come standard with FWD layouts and offer AWD in higher trim levels only.
The same thing goes for styling. As we are talking about a model that still looks quite fresh, there is no need for bigger updates at the moment. The current model follows the brand’s latest design language and we presume that the facelift won’t happen in the next couple of years.
Once again, there are no bigger changes and the 2021 Audi Q3 continues with its impressive interior design. The first thing you’ll notice in this cabin is the dashboard, which looks really amazing. It features hi-end materials, while the fit and finish are really amazing too. A full load of tech goodies makes this cabin look even more impressive.
Besides excellent quality, this interior also offers a decent amount of space. Both rows are adult-friendly and offer plenty of leg and headroom. Thanks to the model’s pretty conventional design, the visibility is pretty good in all directions as well. On the other side, the things that we don’t like about this crossover is small cargo capacity. While 23.7 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats seems okay for the class, the overall cargo volume goes around 48 cubic feet, which is a subpar rating for this segment.
As we’ve just mentioned, the 2021 Audi Q3 has arrived with some changes in terms of trim level organization. The Prestige trim is not available anymore, so you may choose between Premium and Premium Plus models only. Still, a good thing is that this crossover comes equipped pretty well already in base versions. In terms of tech goodies, all models come standard with things like n 8.8-inch touch screen, Bluetooth, four USB ports, HD Radio, a 10-speaker stereo, Android Auto, wireless Apple CarPlay, dual-zone climate control etc. Additionally, you can get goodies 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 instrument cluster etc.
When it comes to safety features, all models come standard with Rearview camera, Lane departure warning, forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking and pedestrian. In higher trims, you can also get Front and rear parking sensors, Parallel and perpendicular park assist, Surround-view parking camera system, Blind spot monitoring, Rear cross traffic alert, Traffic sign recognition, Adaptive cruise control etc.
2021 Audi Q3 Engines
When it comes to powertrain, the 2021 Audi Q3 carries on with a familiar 2.0-liter turbo-four, which is good for about 228 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. With such numbers, you may count on pretty solid driving dynamics. However, the engine comes in pair with an 8-speed automatic transmission, which can be pretty rough sometimes. Besides unrefined transmission, another big drawback of this small crossover is poor fuel economy. You may count on about 19 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway, which are subpar ratings for the segment.
2021 Audi Q3 Price and Competition
The 2021 Audi Q3 starts around 37.000 dollars. Key competitors are models like BMW X1, Mercedes-Benz GLA, Volvo XC40 etc.