What kind of car is the 2022 Audi Q3? What does it compare to?
The Q3 inaugurates Audi’s lineup of crossovers. It’s a compact luxury SUV according to the measuring tape, one that rivals vehicles like the BMW X1 and Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class, as well as the Buick Encore GX.
Is the 2022 Audi Q3 a good car?
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This year’s Q3 earns a 6.3 TCC Rating, propelled by good standard features and safety scores. (Read more about how we rate cars.)
What’s new for the 2022 Audi Q3?
The recently added “40” model joins in with some minor feature changes on both the base Q3 and the Q3 S-line. In either case, the Q3’s compact shape has a bulldog stance: it’s a tall hatchback with big wheels and thick curves, and the details tailor that shape to fit the luxury badge. It’s more engaging inside, where the angular shapes and some snazzy trim liven up the small-car space.
The Q3’s performance issues from a 2.0-liter turbo-4 in two specifications: the base 184-hp version’s slowed by the car’s substantial 3,900-pound curb weight, but that’s relieved by more boost in the Q3 45 with its 228-hp rating. Both shift power to all four wheels via an 8-speed automatic that knows how to syncopate its gearchanges with the driver’s inputs. The Q3 has very good steering and a very well-damped ride despite big 18- or 19-inch wheels, too.
In front, the Q3’s base seats deserve an upgrade to the available 8-way power-adjustable buckets we prefer; their leather upholstery and heating combine with a good range of adjustment. The back seat’s better yet, thanks to lots of leg room and a sliding function that flexes people and cargo space, so the Q3 can tote up to 48 cubic feet of stuff.
The IIHS no longer dubs the Q3 a Top Safety Pick+ since its base headlights are rated “Poor,” but the NHTSA still gives it five stars overall. The Q3 has automatic emergency braking standard, and adds blind-spot monitors this year.
How much does the 2022 Audi Q3 cost?
The new Q3 40 costs $35,945 in Premium spec, which includes an 8.8-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a digital gauge cluster, heated front seats, 18-inch wheels, leather upholstery, LED headlights, and a panoramic sunroof. In top Q3 45 Premium Plus spec, with adaptive cruise control and a surround-view camera system, it’s $41,545.
Where is the 2022 Audi Q3 made?