When the first Audi Q3 arrived on American shores, it was already something of a dinosaur. Released internationally in 2011, Audi of America didn’t start importing the compact crossover until 2015, where it arrived with a legacy cabin and technology that lagged behind its newer, larger siblings.
While still a likable product, the Q3 lacked the freshness of its competitors, the Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class and BMW X1. It took a few years but in mid-2019, Audi put the new Q3 on sale. This redesigned crossover has all the trimmings of a modern Audi product, finally making the Q3 as clever and fresh as its newer siblings. It comes up short in a few areas, though, with meager fuel economy for a small, turbocharged crossover. At the same time, its rivals, (notably the BMW X1) are more engaging to drive.
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