Audi’s entry-level crossover in North America has been on a market for a while and it established itself as one of the best choices among luxury subcompacts. The current generation has been around for less than three years, which indicates that the company from Ingolstadt won’t bother too much with updates, as it seems too early for bigger changes. Therefore, we expect to see the 2022 Audi Q3 with familiar design characteristics and features. However, we can also hear rumors that suggest Audi could offer an updated infotainment system.
Whether the new infotainment comes or not, this crossover will essentially remain the same. This means you may count on a vehicle that offers a luxurious and comfortable cabin, as well as a long list of standard and available equipment. Furthermore, we like its great sound insulation, as well as a well-balanced ride. Also, we don’t believe that the 2022 Audi Q3 could arrive much earlier than usual. We expect to see it sometime in the last quarter of the year.
2022 Audi Q3 Redesign
As we’ve just mentioned, it seems early for bigger modifications on the current generation. Therefore, you may count on a familiar layout in every aspect. Unlike bigger Audi models, this one rides on the MQB platform, which usually underprints VW models, as well as most compact cars in the VW Group. Therefore, one of the things we should mention is a transversally mounted engine. Even though the model comes standard with AWD, it’s actually a Haldex-based system, so we can discuss whether it’s a genuine Quattro or not. In any case, the system works great and the ride quality is excellent in every aspect.
In terms of the styling, this crossover brings no surprises. It follows Audi’s typical design language, which is rather conservative. Still, the overall appearance is more than decent and definitely good enough to attract a wide range of buyers. For the next year, we don’t expect any styling change. Still, we won’t exclude the possibility to see minor updates, such as new color options and similar things.
The same story is for interior design. The 2022 Audi Q3 should continue in the same way, which is definitely a good thing. The dashboard looks attractive but more importantly, the whole cabin features excellent build quality. The materials are great, while fit&finish are excellent. Arguably, this is one of the best-looking cabins in the segment. Some sources suggest Audi could install a new generation of the infotainment system. If that happens, we presume that would be one of the rare interior changes for the next year.
Of course, the overall cabin layout will remain the same. You may count on the same amount of passenger space, which is quite solid, given the model’s exterior dimensions. The front seats are excellent, while the second row also accommodates adults comfortably. When it comes to cargo capacity, you may count on 23.7 cubic feet behind the second row and 48 cubes of the total capacity.
Other than the new infotainment system, we don’t expect that the 2022 Audi Q3 could change too much in terms of standard equipment. We presume that most of the things are about to remain the same. The current model is already pretty solid in this aspect, as it comes standard with dual-zone climate control, panoramic sunroof, an 8.8-inch touch screen, Bluetooth, four USB ports, HD Radio, a 10-speaker stereo, Android Auto, and wireless Apple CarPlay. Additionally, you can get goodies like a 10.1-inch touch screen, navigation, satellite radio, a 15-speaker Bang & Olufsen audio system, wireless device charging, and a 12.3-inch digital display.
The same story is with safety features. The current model comes standard with a rearview camera, Audi Pre Sense Basic, forward collision warning with pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking and lane departure warning. Additionally, you can get traffic sign recognition, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, a surround-view parking camera system, front and rear parking sensors, adaptive cruise control, and a park assist system.
2022 Audi Q3 Engine
Things under the hood will definitely remain the same. The 2022 Audi Q3 will continue with a familiar 2.0-liter turbo-four. It puts out 228 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. While that’s enough to provide solid driving dynamics, we have to say that this engine is thirstier compared to those found in rivals like BMW X1 or Mercedes-Benz GLA. It returns around 22 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway, which is below average for the class.
2022 Audi Q3 Release Date and Price
Since no bigger changes are planned for the next year, we presume that the 2022 Audi Q3 will hit the market sometime in the last quarter of 2021. When it comes to the price, base models should go around 34.000 dollars. Key competitors are models like BMW X1, Mercedes-Benz GLA, Lexus UX, Volvo XC40 etc.