2020 Audi Q3 Review

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2020 Audi Q3 Overview

The Audi Q3, a subcompact crossover, made its debut for 2015. For 2020, the Q3 carries over mostly unchanged. It goes up against rivals like the Volvo XC40 and BMW X1.

The Q3 features athletic and confident styling, with a wide and tall grille, strong shoulders and haunches, and LED taillights.

Every Q3 gets a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine good for 228 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. An 8-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive (AWD) come standard. Fuel economy checks in at 19 mpg city, 27 highway, and 22 combined.

The Q3 is available in Premium and Premium Plus trims, and an S Line variant for each with styling upgrades. There is also a Prestige S Line trim. The Premium features leather upholstery, remote start, heated and power-adjustable front seats, reclining rear seats, and a panoramic sunroof. Premium Plus adds a hands-free power liftgate.

An infotainment system with an 8.8-inch touchscreen comes standard in the Premium trim, along with Bluetooth, a 10-speaker audio system, HD Radio, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. Satellite radio is an option on this trim. It comes standard on Premium Plus, along with wireless device charging. You can add a 15-speaker Bang & Olufsen audio system and the Navigation package, which includes navigation, Audi’s customizable Virtual Cockpit, and a 10.1-inch touchscreen. All of these features are included with the Prestige S Line trim.

The 2020 Audi Q3 hasn’t been evaluated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) or Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). A reversing camera comes standard, along with Audi pre sense basic, which prepares the vehicle in cases of an imminent collision, and Audi pre sense front, which consists of forward-collision warning with pedestrian detection. Buyers can add blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, lane-departure warning, adaptive cruise control, park assist, and front and rear parking sensors.

The Q3 faces a tough battle in a popular yet crowded segment, but it has the characteristics it needs to be a winner.

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Cherise is a Chicago-based freelance writer and editor with nearly 15 years of experience covering the automotive industry. Cherise loves writing about car culture and sharing common-sense car-buying advice. She owns a 2019 Subaru WRX Series.Gray, 2020 Subaru Outback Onyx XT, 2007 Genuine Buddy Italia 150, 2015 Honda Grom, and 1979 Boston Whaler Montauk.

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