2019 Audi Q3 Prestige S Line: More Elbow Room

Published: Friday, January 3, 2020 | 11:48 PM

2019audiq3475For 2019 the Audi Q3 gains room and new technology. Adding to the wheelbase, the Q3 is roomier and comes packed with all sorts of gadgets. As always the Q3′s ride comfort is admirable as is the quality of its materials.

Offered in three trims: Premium, Premium Plus and Prestige S Line. This review will focus on the posh Prestige S Line.

Some of the highlights of the Prestige S Line are power-folding mirrors, adaptive cruise control, automated parking system, fully digital instrument panel, larger touchscreen, navigation system, Audi Connect telematics and remote services, surround-view camera system, interior ambient lighting, and a premium Bang & Olufsen sound system.

The turbocharged 2.0-liter, four cylinder engine moves the Q3 with 227 horses and 258 lb-ft of torque. An eight-speed automatic transmission was paired to the engine, producing sporty shifts as befitting the Q3′s sporty facade. Expect to get 19/city, 27/highway, and 22/combined mpg.

Inside the Q3 is all about comfort and looks. With a driver’s 8-way adjustable leather seat, with 4-way power lumbar, it’s easy for the driver to settle in for a long drive. Leather seating surfaces and wood inlays add to the posh vibe.

2019audiq3intThe new 10.1 MMI touchscreen is a nice touch with easy to use menus and clear and bright display. There is still the Audi’s rotary knob controller, but the touchscreen takes the reliance off the knob. There are also separate controls for climate controls which is a nice touch.

Extra length and width in the chassis mean extra room for passengers and cargo. Back seat passengers will be pleased with the extra legroom and extra cargo room means easier loading and unloading of packages and what not. The back seats do have a 60/40 split as well for more versatile cargo storage.

Driving the Q3 was a joy, especially with the quicker engine. Audi’s have always been know for their handling and the Q3 does not disappoint with its quick shift changes and great cornering capabilities. The ride is firm but comfortable and road noise is muted.

Looking for a subcompact crossover? Give the 2019 Audi Q3 S line a test drive.