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Ever since ordering the Q3 instead of the Q5 (wife's choice) the lack of standard storage space has really been bugging me.
For a car that was aimed at families, amongst others, I find the lack of storage space appalling. I object strongly to paying over two hundred quid for a tray under the seat and two poxy nets on the back of the seat and a couple in the boot. The space in the side of the boot has been deliberately made so you can't put anything in it unless you pay for the net to hold it in place!!!.
Is it just me or should £33,000 get me a little bit more.
My Skoda Octavia VRS puts this car to shame in this respect. I even had to order the through load facility just to get a rear armrest for my son (by the way does anyone know if the rear armrest has a storage compartment??) I even ordered the non smoking pack because it seemed you got an extra storage space, but all they do is remove the ashtray which sits in the cupholder anyway. Soon cancelled that!
While I'm at it those bag holder hooks in the boot look decidedly cheap and nasty
On another note I ordered the car in May for delivery in November. Rang the dealer yesterday to see if I could amend the spec and he told me it would be ready for collection 1st September!!!! (no good to me but good news for those waiting as delivery times are down to about four months.
There, rant over
 

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Nice rant, but again you have other choices if you think the Q3 is not right car for you due to the limited storage space.
 

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To be fair, he does make some decent points...

The tray under the front seats is an odd size - e.g. not big enough to hold an iPad, for example. And one of the rear hooks in my boot has broken it's spring-return mechanism after just one use. I've not had cause to use the nets on the rear seat-backs, they are just messy anyway.

I also do miss the armrest in the rear seat too - I carry an elderyl relative around, and they tend to sag across the seat without the additional support of one!

Yes they may beminor things, but I've seen people get more excited on this forum because their electric mirrors don't fold when they lock the car....
 

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The lack of net on the lefthand boot cubby hole is just tight
 

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I totaly agree with Jules about the tray under the front seats. My advice would be that you should select that option only if you have some idea what to put there (and you are sure that actually fits there).

In addition those will reserve some precious legroom and one potential place for an extra amplifier..
 

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In overall Audi could have spent a bit more time with the
boot design. I'm not saying that it is that bad but it could be even better (as
usually).



E.g., if you took off the left hand side hatch cover you will
notice that there is plenty of wasted space that could have been utilized more
efficiently. ..and the cover could have been shaped more conveniently as Pg220
mentioned earlier.



But there are also some very good things. The bottom plate
of the boot is practically flat so if you opted for a spare wheel there is
potentially 121 liters extra space available – in case you think that you can
live without the spare wheel.
 

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Couldn't agree more. My old A4 had a clip for a pen in the glove box and a little tray moulded in for that was very useful for a Morrisons petrol points card. Not in the Q3. I love the car but thegeneral impression I had at the time of ordering in late Feb and now having just got it at the end of September is that Audi has been totally ruthless designing the standard spec andoptions to squeeze every drop of profit out of you,eg no cruise control,no rear arm rest, glove box not locking, the S Line at nearly £3k over the SE but the standard xenons with it don't have adaptive lights or the LED interior pack you get with the xenon pack as an optional extra, general linking of options so you can't have the speed limitsign camera option unless you also get lane assist,the £500 price increase in April. There is a general feeling of being a cash cow for Audi.



There is a little mini glove box cubby hole in the dashby the drivers right knee ifanyone hasn't spotted it yet, and you can get a petrol points card init, just about.
 

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There is a little mini glove box cubby hole in the dashby the drivers right knee ifanyone hasn't spotted it yet, and you can get a petrol points card init, just about.
I've had the car a month now and never knew about this mini glove box so thanks for posting.
I agree about the lack of standard storage space - I certainly had more in my Toyota. However there is a plus side for me with this as there is less space to store junk so I have a much tidier car and I love the ashtray for receipts, sweet wrappers etc.
 

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I went for the non-smoking "pack" - so I don't have an ashtray - just a little shelf - so yes it does make you keep it more tidy!

Valid point about the options list drjamesr - the Xenon lights seem madly expensive but add little, and the Technology pack contains lots, but oddly matched - I mean what does "Technology" have to do with a reversible boot floor?

Next job is to try and work out how best to fit the weird cargo netin the back... it doesn't seem comfortable fitting anywhere!
 

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drjamesr said:
There is a little mini glove box cubby hole in the dash by the drivers right knee if anyone hasn't spotted it yet, and you can get a petrol points card in it, just about. 
Had the car since June and I had assumed this wee cubby was the fuse holder! Now has small pad, pen & morrisons card - no room for anything else. The under seat trays are particularly disappointing, in my A3 could easily get my cased tomtom in nae bother. Complete waste of time in Q3
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I hadn't spotted the cubby hole either. I agree the the under seat storage is better in an A3. Even smaller in an A4 than a Q3 though.
 

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I keep my sunglasses in the under dash cubby hole
I'm glad I never went for the under seat storage.
 

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Have now bought a small stretch storage net off Amazon, and with slight adjustment of fastening hooks, they fix to the back of the removable panel of the left hand boot storage recess. Works well to hold things in place, no damage to car and under £3.
 

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I keep my sunglasses in the under dash cubby hole
I'm glad I never went for the under seat storage.
Nice spot on the dash cubby hole to the right of the steering wheel, I hadn't spotted that either. I did however go for the under seat storage, I'm not entirely sure what I can store in them though, they are not exactly generous in size lets put it that way.

There's a shopping hook in the boot right at the back that I hadn't spotted either which I noticed when I took the boot shelves out on Saturday after I dropped the back seats to move something large.
 

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How big is your Sat-Nav? I managed to get the bagged Tom Tom, holder and charger under the seat, plus a phone charger. We have 2 kids and lack of storage isn't a problem, what are some of you carrying the kitchen sink...
 

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Have now bought a small stretch storage net off Amazon, and with slight adjustment of fastening hooks, they fix to the back of the removable panel of the left hand boot storage recess. Works well to hold things in place, no damage to car and under £3.
HiDo you have a link to the net you bought, and a picture of the installation would be good.Thanks.
 

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I might have to read the manual to see how to fit the actual Audi item...!!
 

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drjamesr said:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B002QRYGLY/ref=oh_details_o03_s00_i00

silverline cargo net 300x300mm in Amazon.co.uk. £2.33 If the link doesn't work

will try to post photo. Not as neat as the Audi version but does the job and looks respectable
CheersAt £2.32 its worth a punt so I've ordered one.I wonder how much the proper Audi part is ?
 

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I'll take a photo tomorrow. The net as supplied is a bit too broad to hook on the back of the removable panel with enough tension. It's easy to detach the hooks and move them in from the edge about 4 inches and then place the four hooks onto the back of the panel, folding in the spare side netting underneath as well.I don't know how much the Audi part is. The advantage of diy is that the net is flush to the main trim and not inset, plus it covers the whole of the aperture and not just part of it. This means you can hold slightly bigger objects securely. I have a spare bottle of engine oil that I was given by the dealer when I went to pick up the car when new and that fits fine.
 
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