Now we know when it will debut, among the seven new SUV variants scheduled to be unveiled before the year’s end will be the Q3 Sportback Redesign, which Audi previously referred to as the Q4.
Is expected to be, the first-ever Audi Q3 Sportback Redesign, a reskinned version of the standard Q3 as the only major difference between the two will be the bodywork. Gearboxes, engines, technology, and just about everything else we can think of will be carried over from its conventionally styled sibling, as well. So we probably won’t have to wait too long to see a five-cylinder compact coupe-SUV from Ingolstadt, a range-topping RS Q3 Sportback Redesign has already been spied carrying what looked to be full production body.
Although others are more fun to drive and have more room for passengers, the Audi Q3 Sportback Redesign is a more stylish alternative to your average boxy SUV.
The Audi Q3 Sportback Redesign offers a more stylish alternative to the high-tech Audi Q3 and, in doing so, sets its sights squarely on the likes of the BMW X2, Evoque, Volvo XC40 and Range Rover.
The Audi Q3 Sportback Redesign’s huge grille, angular intakes and intricate headlights look almost identical to those on the standard Q3, that said. However, peek around the back, and you’ll spot sharper creases on the doors and a super slinky roof that looks more like it belongs on a slinky coupe than a high-riding SUV.
It might not look quite as cool as the eye-catching Volvo XC40, but the Q3 Sportback Redesign certainly looks sportier than the oddly proportioned BMW X2 with its jacked-up backside, sure.
You might be a bit disappointed, if you’re expecting this theme to continue inside. From the central touchscreen to the layered dashboard and optional Alcantara trims, looks just like it does in the standard Q3, everything, thankfully. With its gorgeous sat-nav and standard smartphone mirroring features, is another highlight, the infotainment system. The Audi Q3 Sportback Redesign’s passenger space. Sure, there’s plenty of room in the front for tall drivers to stretch out, but headroom in the back is limited at best, less praiseworthy is. If you slide the seats forward to carry lots of luggage in the boot, things get even tighter.
The Audi Q3 Sportback Redesign’s large load bay means you shouldn’t need to do this very often, at least. It’s more spacious than the boots in the X2, Evoque and XC40 and can carry very nearly as much as the Q3 with the back seats folded down, as well.
The 40TDI diesel is the Audi Q3 Sportback Redesign to go for, If you do plan to carry plenty of heavy luggage. The most economical if you do lots of motorway journeys, but the 35 TFSI petrol unit is better in town and the 45 TFSI petrol version is noticeably faster, it’s also.
You’ll find the Audi Q3 Sportback Redesign is pretty relaxing to travel in thanks to its sound-deadening windscreen and standard safety kit that helps prevent avoidable collisions, whichever engine you pick.
If you get a high-spec car with adaptive suspension and adaptive cruise control as standard, it’s especially comfortable.
If you choosing a range-topping model makes the already rather pricey Audi Q3 Sportback Redesign even more expensive, though – especially when you consider that the standard Q3 is cheaper and better at carrying passengers. If you’re looking for an SUV that’s packed with kit, has a big boot and won’t be mistaken for a jacked-up hatchback, then the Audi Q3 Sportback Redesign is worth a closer look, however.