Parkers overall rating: 4.4 out of 5 4.4
  • All models have Virtual Cockpit on a 10.25-inch screen
  • Large 10.1-inch centre touchscreen with latest MMI software
  • Minimal headlight controls reduces button count

We've come to expect a decent level of technology in all Audi models, and the Q3 is no exception. In fact, there are no analogue instruments in the cabin at all, with a 10.25-inch digital screen named Virtual Cockpit taking the place of traditional speedo and rev-counter, even on entry-level Sport models.

This screen is fully customisable and works together with the central touchscreen, and can be upgraded to a 12.3-inch screen at extra cost.

Natural language voice control features alongside realtime navigation routing and, of course, the usual Wi-Fi hotspot, SIM card and Google Earth mapping are all available too.

The dashboard itself is clean, well laid-out and robustly constructed. There’s just one touchscreen in the centre, unlike the recent raft of new Audis further up the model range, but we’re quite happy about that, since it’s large and clear. However, we lived with a Q3 for nine months and found the software to be a little slow to respond sometimes, and the number of sub-menus meant finding a function was sometimes highly frustrating.

Two USB ports can be found below the climate control buttons - including one in the latest USB-C format - while Vorsprung models comes with a 15-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system and electric seat adjustment. Both of these can be optioned on other models.

Otherwise there’s plenty of seating adjustment for the driver and visibility is generally good, bar the angle of the thick windscreen pillars that obstruct the view somewhat when sat at junctions.

Comfort

  • Heated seats standard on top-spec Vorsprung models
  • Adjustable rear seats
  • S line comes with firmer sport suspension

How comfortable you may find the Audi Q3 will be all down to spec. Generally speaking, the Audi Q3 is a quiet and comfortable place to spend time in, with plenty of space all round for four, supportive seats and decent refinement on the road. The front seats on our long-term S line model were particularly comfortable, although we did have to spend extra for electric adjustment and lumbar support, which we think is worth it.

There’s little road noise or vibration at motorway speeds, with just a hint of wind noise generated by the large door mirrors.

The petrol engines are more refined than the diesels in general, provided you refrain from driving them in an aggressive manner; the 1.5-litre in the 35 TFSI can be a noisy companion for those up front as it emits a drone into the cabin.

The ride is firmer on S line models thanks to sport suspension and larger 19-inch wheels but it never sends thumps into the cabin or become uncomfortable. The entry-level Sport model with standard suspension and smaller 18-inch wheels may be the most cosseting of the bunch.

We’ve yet to try the top-spec Vorsprung model and its larger 20-inch wheels, but we suspect the adaptive suspension should help deal with the larger wheels to reduce the effect on ride quality; resulting in a ride firmness that nestles in between the Sport and S line.

All models come with a tilt-adjustable backrest for the rear seats to boost passenger comfort, while S line models and above can also slide the rear bench to adjust legroom. Rear passenger also have there own air vents, although heated front seats are standard on Vorsprung models only and optional on others.