2019 Audi Q3 SUV

Audi is introducing the second-generation Q3 SUV to the U.S. public at the New York International Auto Show this week. The new Q3 is slightly larger than the 2018 model, and it is wrapped in a more dramatic styling that takes cues from its larger cousin, the Audi Q8 SUV.

The original Q3 is an impressive competitor that stands atop our luxury entry-level SUV ratings, so it makes sense that Audi didn't veer much from the original formula—although there are several updates, including to the infotainment, powertrain, and safety systems, that sound promising.

Here is what we know so far.

2019 Audi Q3
What it competes with:
BMW X1, Infiniti QX30, Mercedes-Benz GLA
What it looks like: The Q3 is shaped like a boxy hatchback in silhouette. Its grille and sheet metal display more design flair than before, adopting the visual style revealed for the Q8.
Powertrain: 228-hp, 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine; eight-speed automatic transmission
Price: $34,700
On-sale date: Summer 2019  

Outside

The redesigned Q3 has grown, gaining almost 4 inches in length, 3 inches in wheelbase, and 1.5 inches in height. These updated dimensions promise more interior space. The exterior features the new, angular corporate grille, along with more sculpted body work and sleeker headlights.

2019 Audi Q3 SUV interior

Inside

The cabin has evolved, too, and it looks upscale yet austere. The center infotainment screen has moved from looking like a tablet perched atop the dashboard to a lower position in the center stack.

This screen and the climate controls beneath it are turned slightly toward the driver, making them easier for drivers to see and reach.

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The analog gauges have been replaced by a digital instrument cluster that can be configured on the fly using steering-wheel controls. A larger “virtual cockpit” will be offered, displaying functions such as navigation guidance. We have experienced this on other Audis, and it is a slick, very modern setup that puts a lot of key information right in front of the driver, reducing the time that eyes must be taken off the road.

Beyond the traditional buttons and steering-wheel controls, key infotainment features will be able to be controlled using natural-language voice commands.

The revamped Q3 gets LTE connectivity and a WiFi hot spot, along with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility. Upgrades include a 15-speaker Bang & Olufsen stereo system.

What Drives It

The Q3 uses a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 228 hp, marking an increase of 28 hp over the outgoing model. This is matched with an eight-speed automatic transmission. All-wheel drive is standard. Audi claims the Q3 has a 0-60 mph time of 7.0 seconds. The last Q3 we tested ran 0-60 mph in 8.4 seconds.

There are five driver-selectable modes to dial in the performance characteristics, including Comfort, Auto, Dynamic, Offroad, and Individual.

Safety & Driver-Assist Systems

Advanced safety features include forward collision, low-speed automatic emergency braking, blind spot warning, and rear cross traffic alert. Other available driver-assist systems include adaptive cruise control, which can help ease stress in traffic jams, and lane keeping assist. A 360-degree view should help drivers park more easily. And the Q3 can park itself by managing the steering while the driver operates the gear selection, acceleration, and braking.

CR’s Take

The outgoing Q3 stood tall among the growing roster of tiny luxury SUVs, and the redesigned model appears to build on the original’s strengths. More space, additional safety features, and interior revisions all sound promising.

Read our Audi Q3 road test.

2019 Audi Q3 SUV rear