2022 Audi Q3 Preview: Changes, Specs, Features
The 2022 Audi Q3 will represent the fourth production year of the current generation and while some sources were suggesting updates for the next year, it looks like the company from Ingolstadt has a different opinion. They believe that the current model is still fresh and competitive and that it doesn’t need any bigger update. Therefore, we expect to see the next year’s model without more important changes. On the other side, we can find reports that suggest changes on the inside, in terms of the new infotainment system. This is yet to be confirmed.
All in all, you may count on a familiar layout. This crossover will continue to deliver a smooth and comfortable ride, along with one of the nicest cabins in the class. Furthermore, we like the amount of passenger room, as well as a long list of standard equipment. On the other side, the list of drawbacks includes not so inspiring engine and transmission, below-average fuel economy and small cargo area.
Considering that there are no bigger changes on the way, we expect that the 2022 Audi Q3 will hit the market sometime late in the year.
2022 Audi Q3 Design
The fourth production year won’t bring any bigger changes to this subcompact luxury crossover. You may count on a familiar layout, based on a good-old MQB platform, which underprints a plethora of small cars in the VW Group. Unlike bigger models that ride on the MLB architecture, this one features a transversally positioned engine and Haldex differential, instead of the genuine Torsen-powered Quattro system. Still, AWD is standard and works pretty well.
Styling-wise, we could see minor updates in terms of new colors and similar things. Still, anything more than that would be a real surprise. Therefore, you may count on a familiar styling, based on Audi’s contemporary design language, which still looks fresh and competitive.
As we already mentioned, there are reports that suggest we could see a new infotainment system for the 2022 Audi Q3. Allegedly, we would see the new generation of Audi’s excellent software, while the screen by itself would probably remain of the same size. The rest of the dashboard would also remain the same, which definitely isn’t a bad thing. Simply, this cabin looks really impressive. It offers high-quality materials, excellent fit and finish, as well as pretty decent aesthetics.
When it comes to seating, the front row is really spacious and comfortable. The second row also offers a decent amount of space and can accommodate adults. Also, you may count on nearly 24 cubic feet behind the second row, which is a solid number for the class. On the other side, the total volume of 48 cubic feet is below-average for the segment.
Along with the new infotainment system, we could possibly see a few more additions to the list of standard equipment. Still, most of the things will probably remain the same, considering that the current model already comes equipped pretty well. The list of standard equipment includes things like 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. We don’t expect bigger changes compared to the current model, which comes standard with things like a rearview camera, Audi Pre Sense Basic, Audi Pre Sense Front, which includes forward collision warning with pedestrian detection and automatic emergency braking, and lane departure warning. The list of optional safety features includes goodies like 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
We expect that the 2022 Audi Q3 will continue with a good-old 2.0-liter turbo-four engine. It puts out around 228 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. It comes in pair with an 8-speed automatic transmission and driving dynamics and general performance are pretty good. However, we feel a slight lack of refinement compared to key rivals, such as Volvo XC40, Mercedes GLA etc.
Another complaint goes to fuel economy. This engine returns around 22 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. That’s not terrible but still far from class leaders.
2022 Audi Q3 Release Date and Price
The lack of changes means that you shouldn’t expect to see this model before the last quarter of the year. Also, the 2022 Audi Q3 price should remain pretty much the same as for the current model. This would mean around 35.000 dollars for the base model.