Seven years after the original Audi Q3 first surfaced, here comes the all-new second generation. The 2019 Audi Q3 is bigger than before, loaded with the latest tech and is much better looking than its predecessor too.

The new Audi Q3 looks much more dynamic than the compact SUV it replaces, and we feel that most of the credit should go to the proportions. At 4,485 mm long, 1,856 mm wide and 1,585 mm tall, the new Q3 is 97 mm longer, 25 mm wider and 23 mm lower than before. Most of the increase in length, 77 mm, has gone into the wheelbase. Longer, wider and lower always works.

Up front, the Singleframe grille is now in an octagon design with vertical bars, and there are large air inlets with narrow and sharp headlights. Speaking of headlights, there are three options including the top Matrix LED units you see here.

From the side, you’ll see symmetrical lighting graphics at both ends and a shoulder line that connects them. The latter provides an athletic impression with strong “muscles” over the wheel arches, which have a thin black outline mandatory on SUVs. Also note the steeply raked D pillars. Baby Q8? Better, I think.

The bigger footprint doesn’t just improve the looks, but frees up more space inside too. The rear seats can be moved fore/aft by 150 mm and their three-way 40:20:40 split backrests can be tilted in seven stages. Depending on the position of the rear seats, cargo capacity is between 530 and 1,525 litres. The boot floor can be adjusted in three levels and the parcel shelf can be stowed underneath the floor if not needed. An electric tailgate with kick-to-open function is optional.

The new Q3’s cabin follows the trend set by recent all-new Audis. The dashboard’s central element is the 10.1-inch MMI touch display with its high-gloss black glass-look surround. Together with the air con controls underneath, it is tilted 10 degrees toward the driver. It’s not mentioned in the press release, but there’s a Singleframe element surrounding the screen too. Of course, the Audi Virtual Cockpit digital instrument panel is present.

Audi says that the top infotainment system in the Q3 offers the same technical functions as in the higher segments. Its data transfer module supports the LTE Advanced standard with integrated WiFi hotspot. The navigation system recognises the driver’s preferences based on previous journeys, allowing it to generate route suggestions. There’s also traffic info, point-of-interest search and info on parking spaces and petrol stations on the map.

Other options include Google Earth and the hybrid radio, which automatically switches between FM, DAB and online streaming to ensure optimum reception at all times. Audi phone box links the owner’s smartphone to the car’s antenna and charges the phone inductively. A Bang & Olufsen sound system with 3D audio and 15 speakers is available.

As with any new car today, the Q3 comes with a suite of driver assist systems. Adaptive cruise assist incorporates the functions of adaptive speed assist, traffic jam assist and active lane assist, providing the driver with longitudinal and lateral control. Four 360-degree cameras show their feed on the central screen to aid parking, while park assist helps with the steering.

As for engines, the Q3 will start life with three petrols and one diesel in combination with FWD or quattro. Ranging from 150 hp to 230 hp, all engines are four-cylinder turbos, mated to either a six-speed manual or seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch auto. Hill descent control and Audi drive select with six profiles are available.

Sport suspension – standard with the S line exterior package – comes with tauter spring/damper tuning and progressive steering.

The new second-generation Audi Q3 will reach European dealerships in November, and the US in 2019. What do you think of this BMW X1 and Mercedes-Benz GLA rival?