2019 Audi Q3 review: The power of great packaging

But most importantly, the Q3 has finally made the jump to the Volkswagen/Audi MQB platform. Without diving into the nitty-gritty of shared modular vehicle platforms, know that this is a huge step forward for the model. It’s a ubiquitous set of bones, but some of the best front-drivers on the market, including the MK7 Volkswagen Golf, use ‘em.
Pricing for the Q3 starts at $35,695 for the base-level Premium trim and tops out at $43,895 for the S line Prestige; again, all cars get the same 2.0-liter engine and AWD, but the S line adds special front and rear bumpers and side sills, plus 19-inch wheels with all-season tires or optional 20-inch wheels wrapped on summer tires. Opting for the S line also lets you select the available sport interior package, which adds sport seats, aluminum inlays and steering wheel shift paddles.
The Q3 itself seems destined to spawn its own lineup of variants. In fact, there’s already a coupified Q3 Sportback, on the way. But don’t hold your breath waiting for it to come to the U.S.; the segment is growing, but Audi says it’s not big enough to support such a vehicle … yet.