What is it?
Nope, Audi has chosen the Q3 Sportback tag, and not just because it’s an extremely literal term to describe the new car or because they want to retain a family tie. It’s also because the Q4 name will be used on a new electric SUV arriving next year.
Naming oddity aside (Sportback is also used to denote the five-door version of the A3 and the four-door version of the A5), there has been more work undertaken to turn the standard Q3 into a Sportback than you might expect.
Yes, the roof curvature has been dropped by 49mm, but it’s also a touch longer and ever so slightly slimmer than the Q3, while the front and rear end designs are notably different. In fact, no body panels are shared at all.
These SUVs with lowered rooflines never quite work aesthetically (BMW X4, we’re still looking at you), but we reckon Audi has done a decent job with the Sportback. In fact, this may be one of the only SUV-coupés that actually fulfils its brief in being more desirable than the regular SUV upon which it’s based. But then beauty (hmm, let’s not go that far) is in the eye of the beholder.