The current generation of Audi’s subcompact crossover was introduced three years ago and the sales are good. That’s probably the main reason why the Ingolstadt company won’t rush with changes. We will have to wait a few more years for a mid-cycle refresh, which clearly indicates that the 2023 Audi Q3 will come without more important updates. We are about to see a familiar design, though there is always a chance to see minor tweaks, such as new color options and some additions to the list of standard equipment.
You may count on familiar pros and cons. This small crossover offers a great cabin design, with elegant aesthetics, fine materials and lots of tech features. Furthermore, the handling is pretty composed, while the passenger space is good. On the other hand, the cargo area is small, while we can also hear some complaints about the transmission.
Since there are no significant changes to come, we expect that the 2023 Audi Q3 will hit the market sometime in the last quarter of the year.
2023 Audi Q3 Design
As we’ve just mentioned, the current generation has been around since 2019 and not many things have changed since then. The overall layout is the same and what’s worth mentioning is that, unlike the bigger siblings, this model doesn’t ride on the MLB platform. Instead, it rides on the MQB platform, the same one that underpins VW Golf, VW Jetta, VW Tiguan and similar models. So, even though all-wheel drive is standard, the car uses Haldex instead of the Torsen differential.
The ride quality is good. This crossover offers a nice balance between comfort and athleticism, which isn’t ofter the case in this segment. Visually, there is nothing to complain about, at least not if you are an Audi fan. It features a typically conservative styling for this brand and we don’t believe that bigger changes will happen in the next few years.
This is arguably one of the strongest points of this small crossover. The dashboard may feature a conservative design, but the combination of high-quality materials and lots of tech features makes it look really attractive. Furthermore, the attention to detail is amazing and everything looks extremely durable.
Besides great quality, this SUV also offers a lot of passenger space. The second row is more generous compared to the second row of Mercedes-Benz GLA and Volvo XC40. However, the front seats may feel firm to some, while the side support is pretty much average.
The cargo area is a kind of a mixed bag. On one side, the cargo volume behind the rear seats is 23.7 cubic feet, which is pretty good for a subcompact luxury SUV. On the other hand, 48 cubic feet behind the first row is pretty low for this segment.
Novelties in this aspect are always possible. However, we believe that most of the things will remain the same as in the current model. Therefore, base versions should come standard with goodies like tri-zone climate control, a sunroof, an 8.8-inch touch screen, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth, four USB ports, a 10.25-inch digital gauge cluster, HD Radio, and a 10-speaker stereo. Among upgrades, expect to find things like a 10.1-inch touch screen, handwriting recognition, gesture controls, wireless device charging, wireless Apple CarPlay, satellite radio, a 15-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system, 12.3-inch Audi Virtual Cockpit, remote start, push-button start, and proximity keyless entry.
When it comes to safety, all models should come standard with goodies like a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, lane departure warning, rain-sensing windshield wipers, automatic high-beam headlights, forward-collision warning, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert etc. The list of optional safety features should include a surround-view camera, adaptive headlights, parallel and perpendicular park assist, traffic sign recognition, adaptive cruise control etc.
2023 Audi Q3 Engines
We expect that the 2023 Audi Q3 will continue with two familiar engine options. Base models will continue with a 2.0-liter turbo-four. It puts out 184 horsepower and 221 pound-feet of torque. A more capable version of this engine is also available. In that case, the max output goes up to 228 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque.
The optional engine is a much better choice. However, both models come with an 8-speed automatic transmission, which can sometimes feel pretty unrefined. The base engine returns around 23 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway, while the more powerful version offers slightly lower ratings, around 21 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway.
2023 Audi Q3 Release Date and Price
We expect that the 2023 Audi Q3 will hit the market sometime in the last quarter of the year, with a starting price of around 36.000 dollars. Key competitors are models like BMW X1, Mercedes-Benz GLA, Volvo XC40 etc.