Review: Audi Q3 Sportback (2019)
Based on regular Q3 with coupe-inspired rear end. Better looking with very little sacrifice in room inside. 48v Mild Hybrid system overcomes hesitation of 1.5TSI drivetrain. More equipment, fewer options than usual with an Audi.
Deliveries from autumn 2019. Expensive. Basic prices £32,440 to £47,640.
Audi Q3 Sportback (2019): At A Glance
Based on the Audi Q3, the Q3 Sportback is 16mm longer, 49mm lower and 6mm slimmer than the standard car.
Audi says it's been designed as a 'fully-fledged five seater', with practicality only marginally hindered by the coupe-inspired rear end.
Deliveries from autumn 2019
Ride higher. See further. Feel safer.
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Audi Q3 Sportback (2019): What's It Like Inside?
The Sportback doesn’t look like it would be particularly roomy inside, yet it is, with plenty of headroom, and a 530-litre load deck.
In front of you is Audi’s ‘virtual cockpit’ configurable to however the driver likes it. And on top models, Amazon Alexa integrated into the MMI system so if your home is compatible you can even control your domestic lights, heating or air conditioning from the car.
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What's the Audi Q3 Sportback (2019) like to drive?
2.0TDI diesels are comfortable and steer well enough. But, left to its own devices, the DQ500 box is not as settled in its ways or as good as picking the right gear as PSA’s EAT8 in the 3008, CX Aircross and Rifter, or Vauxhall’s new 9-speed automatic in the Astra. More surprising was the slightly lumpen way it followed a first-generation Citroen C4 Picasso through the bends. The Citroen driver kept his speed down to around 80km in 100km zones, but didn’t brake for the corners. Keeping up in the Q3 Sportback was close to the edge of discomfort.
However, we can recommend the Audi Q3 Sportback ‘35’ mild hybrid with no hesitation at all. (By which we mean none of the gaps in response that readers have been reporting with the 1.5TSI in other VAG cars.) Quite simply, the 50Nm torque added by the mild hybrid system masks all of that, ensuring drive is always available, whatever the circumstances.
And it’s quite good fun to paddle along in ‘Dynamic’ mode, responding much better than when left to its own devices. No quattro 4WD, but decent power delivery for what is, after all, quite a small engine in a substantial amount of car. (The 48v Mild Hybrid system also gives it an extra 12PS of power.)
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