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Second generation Audi Q3 will be on sale next month


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Audi expects the Q3 to appeal to young families and young families always need more room (Image: NC)

It was popular but thanks to a harsh ride, limited interior space and a dated dashboard it wasn’t a class leader.

With the second generation Q3, on sale next month, Audi hopes it has fixed all these problems.

But will it shoot straight to the top of the class?

Audi expects the Q3 to appeal to young families and young families always need more room.

The new small SUV is now slightly larger than the original version. The overall length is up by just under four inches and it’s also a little wider and lower.

Most of the extra length has gone between the wheels so there’s much improved rear seat legroom. However, there’s also a much larger boot, which is now bigger than almost all its rivals.

Because Audi has addressed all the issues that afflicted the original Q3, it expects the new Q3 to increase sales. Last year Audi registered more than 17,000 Q3s, so in 2019, the new car’s first full year on sale, it should be exceeded.

Aside from the Audi badge on the front, one of the reasons the flawed first generation Q3 sold so well was its looks and this second generation looks even better.

In profile it shares a lot with the larger Q5, while the front end styling is now much crisper with a deeper and bolder grille with contrasting colour inserts plus narrower and slightly aggressive looking headlights. It makes it easy to tell apart from the original without differing too radically.