2019 Audi Q3 S Line blurs the line between hot hatch and compact crossover

Our Opinion: Frankly I’m shocked at how much I’ve enjoyed my time in the new Q3. Thanks to the last Q3 being so dull maybe my expectations were low. What a pleasant surprise the new one is.
The more I think about it, though, I guess I shouldn’t be so surprised: As noted above, the Q3 is based on some really good bones such as the modular MQB platform and the GTI’s 2.0-liter turbo. It is an excellent foundation able to handle transverse-engine, front-wheel-drive layouts (or AWD) in all kinds of sizes. Besides the Q3, MQB underpins the likes of VW’s Golf, Jetta and Atlas, as well as the Audi A3 and a bunch of Seats and Skodas we don’t get here.
Typical of Audi, the Q3 interior is another strong point. It’s well built, roomy and nicely designed. My car has the optional Sport interior package, as well as optional (and really bright) burnt orange Alcantra inserts. Not sure about those yet, but since I’m writing this on Halloween I’ll let them slide for today.