The Q3's exterior is much sharper than before, with some serious side sculpting above the wheels and some slick LED running lights up front.

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Sadly, Audi confirms that my tester's two-tone lower panels will be body-colored in the US.

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The whole shebang feels a bit bigger than before, and it is -- it's 3.8 inches longer, although the height is about the same. 

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That extra length brings benefits out back, where cargo capacity grows by nearly 50 percent.

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Rear-seat passengers won't forget they're in a subcompact SUV, but at 6 feet tall, I'm surprisingly comfortable thanks to a standard sliding and reclining second row. 

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The second-generation Q3 comes in a half-dozen flavors in Europe, but in the US, we'll get our choice of two outputs from a 2.0-liter I4 gas engine. 

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The base engine offers 184 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque, but there's also a variant offering 228 horsepower and 258 pound-feet, which you might recognize from the VW Golf GTI. 

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The Q3 feels much more composed than it did before. 

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Even with the adaptive suspension in its cushiest mode, the Q3 remains nearly devoid of body roll as it soaks up bumps in the road.

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