The 2012 Audi Q3 comes with a 211 horsepower turbocharged engine and is available in either front wheel drive or all-wheel drive. Standard features focus mostly on practicality; folding rear seats and a roof rack come standard, as does the Audi trademark LED running lights. Unfortunately, the really cool features are optional extras. Audi is preparing to release a Bluetooth online car phone, which can provide occupants with wireless internet and the driver with up-to-date traffic information on their selected route. The Q3's exterior design is without a doubt a reflection of traditional Audi architecture, but in all fairness doesn't quite exude elegant execution to the discerning enthusiast. A noteworthy improvement is the subtle crease blaring down the extreme rear pillars, which is a first for Audi. The hauling space in the back is rather paltry, thanks to the sporty tail end. The optional 19" five triple spoke S-line alloys nicely facilitate the 02.5-inch wheelbase, which is the same as that of the VW Tiguan. On the contrary, the tracks on the Q3 are slightly distended, but the overall height is roughly 4" less than the VW, which works better dynamically. Combined with its three mode dampers, abundance of aluminum in the front axle and robust down the road athletics, handling of the 2012 Q3 is a bit skittish.
Other options include aluminum interior trim, an S-line model with stiffer suspension, appearance packages, and an interior LED package. The instrument cluster and media center are high-def, sport a 7.0 inch pop-out screen, and offer excellent ergonomics and are very easy to read and use. In fact, the instrument cluster is said to include pop-up notifications about traffic on models with the Bluetooth internet phone. The same wide variety of upscale but tame colors are available, both inside and out. The interior can be appointed in leather or a leather/alcantara combination. Other options include the normal stuff: keyless entry, backup camera, adaptive cruise control and a park assist function.