For 2019 Audi has fully redesigned the popular Q3, its sub-compact SUV that slots below the compact Q5 in the brand’s crossover lineup. It competes against other tiny luxury crossovers like the BMW X1, Volvo XC40 and Mercedes-Benz GLA.
Updated exterior styling gives the Q3 a more streamlined and sophisticated appearance compared to the prior generation. Gone are the awkward proportions and the gawky front overhang, now the Q3 looks modern and sleek. Likewise the interior has also received a restyle and now looks more like what you’d expect from Audi.
Advanced safety and infotainment features abound. A fully digital instrument cluster, Virtual Cockpit in Audi speak, comes standard along with Audi Select Drive, which allows the driver to choose between Auto, Comfort, Dynamic, Offroad and Individual modes, each featuring their own steering feel and throttle response settings.
Overall, the 2019 Q3 comes across as a very complete package. Now let’s build one to discover the best combination of trim, colors, and equipment.
2019 Audi Q3 Trims:
The 2019 Q3 is available in three trim levels, all of which come standard with all-wheel-drive. Premium starts at $34,700 and comes well-equipped with leather seating and a panoramic sunroof. The mid-level Premium Plus starts at $37,800 and adds keyless entry, wireless phone charging and additional advanced safety tech, among other features. The top-end Q3 trim is Prestige which is priced from $42,900 and includes a premium sound system, adaptive cruise control with stop & go capability, top view camera system, a larger digital instrument cluster, and LED interior lighting with 30 colors to select from.
We’ll proceed with the entry-level Premium model and forgo the S Line package, available on Premium and Premium Plus, which adds extra exterior detailing and brightwork that fails to impress.
2019 Audi Q3 Colors
With the exception of Pulse Orange and Tango Red, the Q3’s exterior color options are rather subdued. It’d be nice if Audi offered the same Dark Moss Green available on the VW Tiguan or Lapiz Blue from the Golf R. Instead, we’re left with a rather limited selection of understated paint options.
In any case, Florett Silver is a $595 option that nicely accentuates the Q3’s curves and meshes well with the brightwork found throughout the exterior. The interior is available with Okapi Brown, a rich saddle shade the lends personality to the minimalist cabin and provides an excellent contrast to the silver exterior.
2019 Audi Q3 Packages & Options
Aside from rear side airbags which we’ll forgo, the only other option available is the $1,600 Convenience Package that features additional advanced safety tech and convenience amenities. It’s well worth the investment. That brings the grand total after destination to $37,890.
This price undercuts competitors like the Volvo XC40, Mercedes-Benz GLA and BMW X1, which all cost over $40,000 when comparably equipped. It falls closely in line with a loaded Volkwagen Tiguan, which is one size larger but lacks the luxury badge and avant garde styling.