That the upgraded Q3 will sell is a no-brainer. That it will make pots of money for Audi should be taken for granted, too, because it’s a clear step forward from its predecessor in every important way, except two. It handles better, its ride quality is calmer and its interior comfort is terrific. Only the sparkle of the BMW X3 and the popularity of the Benz GLC stand in its way. At 4,485mm long, the new Q3 is 97mm longer than the old one, with a 77mm stretch in the wheelbase delivering a far more spacious rear-seat experience than it did before.

That experience is made all the more accomplished by fitting the Q3 with a rear seat that can slide fore-and-aft and a 40:20:40 split-fold rear seat that can recline in seven steps. It’s almost limo stuff at work in what was once Audi’s smallest SUV. It continues behind the rear seats, with a minimum of 530l of luggage space that rises to 1,525l with the rear seats folded. The biggest possible headache we can see inside the Q3 is the d...

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