The Audi Q3 might be a fairly compact SUV, but there’s loads of space inside for tall adults – the only real criticism is that there’s a large lump in the floor cuts into rear passenger foot space
The Audi Q3’s tall body and boxy styling mean there’s plenty of space inside. You’ll have more than enough room to get comfortable in the front if you’re very tall, and there’s ample adjustment in the seat and steering wheel to help you easily find your ideal driving position.
Manual seat adjustment comes as standard, but you can upgrade to a mid-range S Line model to get electrically adjustable seats with added lumbar support to help prevent annoying backache on long drives.
Space in the back seats is very good, too. The Q3’s tall body and fairly large rear door openings mean you don’t have to stoop or step down to climb in and even six-foot-tall adults have enough leg and headroom to sit behind an equally sizeable driver.
There’s plenty of space under the front seats for your rear passengers’ feet, but a sizeable lump in the floor means someone sitting in the middle will feel slightly more cramped than those in the outer two seats. Shoulder space is still pretty good though, so you can carry three adults side-by-side for reasonably long journeys without them having too much to complain about.
You can also slide the rear seats forwards and backwards by up to 15cm to give your passengers a smidge more legroom or expand the boot if the back seats aren’t being used. With the rear seats moved as far forward as they go, there’s only enough legroom for kids or small adults to sit in the back, though.
Fitting a large child seat is much easier with the seats slid backwards. There’s plenty of space to lift the seat through the Audi Q3’s rear doors and the Isofix anchor points are simple to locate, too.
The Audi Q3’s front door bins are wide enough to hold a 1.5-litre bottle each and there are two large cupholders in the centre console that’ll think nothing of swallowing a giant service station coffee. The glovebox is reasonably deep – but nothing to write home about – and there’s space for a few drinks cans or a couple of phones under the central armrest in the front.
In the back, you get another folding armrest between the rear seats with two built-in cupholders and space for a 1.0-litre bottle in each rear door bin. Beside each outer rear seat, there’s a handy storage tray that’s big enough to tuck plenty of assorted family bits and bobs neatly out of sight.
You can slide the rear seats backwards to maximise passenger space or forwards to give boot space a healthy boost – just like in many MPVs
The Audi Q3’s 530-litre boot is larger than that in the BMW X1 and significantly more spacious than in the Mercedes GLA. It’s large enough to carry as many as four suitcases and plenty of bulky soft bags under the load cover but you can slide the rear seats all the way forward to boost its capacity by an extra 215 litres – just be careful not to lose small items in the deep gap behind the back seats.
If you need to carry tall boxes, you can lift out the parcel shelf and store it in a handy gap under the boot floor – although you will need to remove two small boards before it’ll fit properly. The boot floor itself is height adjustable to minimise the load lip by the boot opening, too. With it in its most raised position there’s no load lip to worry about so it’s easy to slide in heavy boxes.
The back seats flip down in a three-way split so you can carry two passengers in the back and some long luggage poking through from the boot at once. You have to flip the seats down from the back doors rather than the boot, but once they’re folded away the Audi Q3’s loadbay grows to 1,525 litres – only just shy of the space you get in a BMW X1.
There’s enough room to carry a bike with both its wheels attached and the flat floor makes it easy to slide large or heavy items right up behind the front seats. You also get some tether points and shopping hooks to stop smaller items rolling around when you’re driving.