Audi Q3 Owners & Service Manuals

Audi Q3: Operating in the cockpit

Climate control system
Fig. 78 Deluxe automatic climate control with 2 zones/3 zones: controls

Observe the safety precautions.

The functions can be switched on and off by pressing the buttons or adjusted by turning the knob. When the function is switched on, the LED in the respective button or knob turns on.

Cooling mode

The cooling mode only functions with the blower turned on. The cooling system is turned on and off with the button. The air is not cooled and humidity is not reduced when cooling mode is switched off. This can cause fog on the windows.

The cooling mode switches off automatically at low outside temperatures.

Automatic mode

Automatic mode maintains a constant temperature inside the vehicle. Air temperature, airflow and air distribution are controlled automatically.

AUTO mode switches off once a button in the climate control system is pressed.


The temperature for the left and right sides can be adjusted separately with the dials 1/2. Temperatures between 60 ºF (+16 ºC) and 84 ºF (+28 ºC) can be set. If outside of this range, LO or HI will appear in the control panel display. In both settings, the climate control runs constantly at the maximum cooling or heating level. The temperature is not regulated.

Synchronization: pressing and holding the button for two seconds transfers the temperature setting on the driver's side to the front passenger's side. This applies a temperature change to the front passenger's side.


The blower should always run at a low setting to prevent the windows from fogging and to ensure a continuous exchange of air inside the vehicle.

You can manually adjust the volume of air generated by the blower to your preference using the knob . To have the blower regulated automatically, press the button. If the windows are foggy, press the button.

Air distribution

To prevent the side windows from fogging over, open the side air vents and angle them toward the side.

The air distribution can adjusted with the buttons.

To have the air distribution regulated automatically, press the button.


The windshield and side windows are defrosted or cleared of condensation as quickly as possible.

The maximum amount of air flows mainly from the vents below the windshield. Recirculation mode switches off. The temperature should be set at 72 ºF (+22 ºC) or higher. The temperature is controlled automatically. Depending on the outside temperature, the A/C cooling mode may automatically switch on.

The button switches the defroster off.

Recirculation mode

In recirculation mode, the air inside the vehicle is circulated and filtered. This prevents the unfiltered air outside the vehicle from entering the vehicle interior.

Pressing the button switches recirculation mode on or off.

The or buttons also switch recirculation mode off.

Rear window defogger

The rear window defogger only operates when the engine is running. It switches off automatically after 10 to 20 minutes, depending on the outside temperature.

To prevent the rear window defogger from switching off automatically, press and hold the button for more than two seconds. It will remain on until the ignition is switched off.


You can open and close the center and rear air vents using the thumbwheels. The levers adjust the direction of the airflow from the vents.

Seat heating

The seat heating temperature can be set to different levels. Press the button once to switch on the highest level. Press the button again to decrease the temperature one level at a time. The seat heating is off when all of the LEDs are off.


  • You should not leave the recirculation mode on for an extended period of time. This can cause the windows to fog, which increases the risk of an accident.
  • Using recirculation mode or, depending on the vehicle equipment, automatic recirculation for an extended period of time can cause the CO2 concentration inside the vehicle to increase. This can have a negative effect on the well-being of vehicle occupants, which can increase the risk of an accident.

    Switch recirculation mode or automatic recirculation off and ventilate the vehicle at the first sign of unwellness.

  • Individuals with reduced sensitivity to pain or temperature could develop burns when using the seat heating function. To reduce the risk of injury, these individuals should not use seat heating.


To reduce the risk of damage to the seat heating elements, do not kneel on the seats or place heavy pressure on one area of the seat.

For the sake of the environment

Energy can be saved by switching off the A/C mode.


If the front passenger's seat heating is turned on, it will not turn on again automatically if more than 10 minutes have passed between switching the ignition off and switching it on again.

Operating in the rear

Vents are located under the front seats to provide climate control in the rear of the vehicle.

The levers adjust the direction of the airflow from the vents. In addition to the foot vents, there are adjustable vents located on the center armrest.

Applies to: vehicles with 2-zone deluxe automatic climate control: The amount of air can be adjusted with the thumbwheel.

Applies to: vehicles with 3-zone deluxe automatic climate control: The amount of air and the temperature can be adjusted with the thumbwheels.

Additional settings

You can adjust additional settings.

  • Applies to MMI: Select on the home screen: VEHICLE > Air conditioning.

Auto recirculation

When switched on, automatic recirculation controls the recirculation mode automatically. You must press the button if fog forms on the windows.


     Steering wheel heating

    Switching on and off Applies to: vehicles with steering wheel heating Press the button on the multifunction steering wheel to switch the steering wheel heating on and off. Messages Applies to:


     Starting the vehicle

    Convenience key Applies to: vehicles with convenience key Fig. 79 Center console: starting the engine Requirement: the key must be in the vehicle. Starting the engine Press and hold the brake pedal



    Connecting a mobile phone via Bluetooth Applies to: vehicles with telephone Requirement: the vehicle must be stationary and the ignition must be switched on. The Bluetooth settings must be open on your mobile device during the connection setup. The mobile device to be connected must not be actively

     Cargo floor

    Fig. 76 Luggage compartment: lowering the cargo floor Removing and installing the cargo floor To remove the cargo floor, lift it by the handle 4. Pull the cargo floor toward the vehicle rear, out of the luggage compartment. To insert the cargo floor, push it all the way toward the backrest.

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