Inside the Q3 has a nice, fulfilling kind of design. The electronically articulated leather seats feel nice, while everything on the center console is angled towards the driver.
Our Q3, as mentioned before, comes with full options, and so it has the interior LED package as well, which gives a very pleasant white outline around the speakers, the cup holders, foot wells and the door handles. Between the white glow and the red lights on the various buttons, the Q3’s interior feels like something out of an airplane, at night.
Popping out from the center of the dashboard is the 7-inch Audi MMI Navigation system’s screen, the controls for which are all down front; easily reachable by the driver. Apart from the disc player we also have two SD card slots for data storage on the internal hard drive of the system. Mostly everything is easily accessible, with the full range of customization (of audio, car lighting and driving mechanics) easily available on screen. As usual the ‘Info’ button is useless because Audi didn’t load up the live traffic information.
Moving down you’ll see the ‘Drive Select’ button which adjusts driving mechanics between Comfortable, Auto and Dynamic. To its right are the Parallel Parking assist button, the Traction control button and the Parking Sensor activation button.
The dual climate control buttons follow below that, although I must say I’m not a fan of the spring loaded temperature switches; I’d rather have a turnable dial for such things. Below that is the S-tronic transmission which is picked up straight from VW, and is in fact their DSG dual-clutch gearbox.
Rear seating space in comfortable for three people, but just about. If a tall driver pushes their seat back the rear passenger won’t be too happy. Our test Q3 came with the panoramic sunroof which made the interior, especially the rear, feel roomier than it actually is.
Sound isolation is typical Audi, which is to say that even driving at highway speeds and above you’ll barely hear road noise. This gives the already powerful 465w 14 speakers Bose sound system even more oomph.