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2020 Audi Q3 Sportback 2.0 Quattro Review: The Edge of Tomorrow



Design, Interior, Features

The Q3 Sportback has a more dramatic sloping roofline than the regular Q3, and some visual tricks like an extended rear roof spoiler adds length to the car’s silhouette. It’s far from looking like the Lamborghini Urus though, and is still a clear part of the current-gen Audi family.

The external styling cues are all designed around making the car look wider than it really is, with plenty of horizontal lines across the components in the front and back. The side view is built around the sloping roofline for that svelte coupe-like look, and as you would expect, it does reduce the headroom in the rear seats, but not by much. The car is 16mm longer than its Q3 sibling and 28mm lower.

However, the rear seats are fitted slightly differently so you don’t actually lose 28mm of headroom. The luggage compartment is reasonably spacious, and is officially identical in capacity to the boxier Q3’s 530 litres because the measurements are taken up to the bottom of the window line. The steeply raked rear window therefore doesn’t factor into the official carrying capacity of the car.

The rear seats also do the usual business of being able to fold flat out of the way for even more space.

There’s plenty of high definition real estate on the dashboard, from the digital instrument cluster with a series of swappable themes to the 10.1-inch infotainment and navigation screen. Then there’s the low level mood lighting in the cabin too. It may sound like a frivolous bit of bling, but the ability to change the colour of the lights in the cabin can really make the interior feel fresh and different every now and then on night time trips.

n On the whole it’s a pretty smart looking car, designed to look more at home in the city and on the highways than off the road.

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Lionel Kong
An old hand from the bad old days of crazy COEs, the straight-shooting, ex-CarBuyer editor is back in the four-wheeled world. Rumours that he went to another country to start a Judas Priest tribute band are unfounded.