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2016 Q3 former/future owner. My mother crashed her Q3 into a telephone pole last week. She walked away with only bruises. We can attest to the Q3 crash ratings. It is destroyed but it did its job, another testament to the Audi brand.

We plan on getting another Q3. We are coming from a Florett Silver/Chestnut Premium Plus. Is the Prestige trim worth it (thinking Glacier White/ Chestnut). Is the handling any better with the 19"wheels, Bose worth it, and are LED headlights any brighter than the bi-xenon? Any comments appreciated. Thanks!
 

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Glad to hear your mom is safe and great to hear the testament to the Q3's safety rating.

I haven't driven a Q3 with the lower specs and wheel size so I can't say from experience that what I have is better than the alternative. I can say that I really like the way it handles with the 19" wheels, I love the amount of light on the road at night and I am enjoying the quality of the audio system (although as prior reviews noted, it could be a bit tighter on the bass response). Whether one would find these features enough to warrant the extra cost Vs the premium plus is a matter of opinion I will leave to others but it was an easy decision for me during the purchase process. I have also gotten a number of glowing comments on the way it looks, part of which is due to the 19" wheels. Mine is Mythos Black with chestnut. Love that Chestnut color interior. I'm sure others will chime in with comments on the value of Prestige Vs Premium trim level.
 

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Sorry to hear about your mother's accident but glad to hear that she's safe and sound. Really good news about the sturdiness of our Q3s!

I have the exact same spec as your previous car (+ Sport package, Nav and power liftgate). I've driven the 2015 Prestige model on two occasions and couldn't come up with a compelling enough reason to upgrade trims when I ordered. The light up speakers looked cool and the backup camera would have been nice for in-city living but...

To those considerations, I really think the non-BOSE system sounds good, especially since it's got a discrete subwoofer, too. This might depend on your taste in music, really. And the backup camera is now included, so that's moot.

Best of luck in deciding! I'm sure your mom is ready to have a Q3 again.
 
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Also glad to hear about your mother coming out fine from the accident. It's one reason why being in vehicles that can take an impact is top priority to me, Audi seems to be good in that, and its slowly pushing me to making an excuse for getting the Q7 ;)
 

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Hey welcome to the forum and please add my best wishes for your mom's safety AND the testament for the car. I have a Prestige and can say that resale at my dealership is much better for the Prestige models - as most folks looking for a used one want them - hope you find more good stuf on our forum ...
 

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Hello all! New owner and member here, name is Yarvis. Traded in my 2013 BMW. X1. GREAT CAR, but not out of warranty. In any event have some questions with blue tooth and cell phones. In my bimmer if I used my key and got in the car first my phone would pair automatically with the car. If I stepped out of the car and my wife stayed in the car, her phone would pair to the car. All of this done automatically, and quickly. I'm noticing that my Q3 doesn't do this. My wife drives the car 98 percent of the time so I expect her cell to pair with the car. But if I take the car several hours later, my phone won't automatically pair to the car even though I've paired the phone since day one. I always have to scroll thru my phones settings to get her to pair again. What's going on? Do Q3's switch between paired phones automatically?
 

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I cannot answer your question directly, Yarvis, but my wife and I have experienced similar problems. Generally it's been my wife's (also a 98% driver) phone that won't pair after I've driven the car. This does not happen all the time, but it has happened enough to be annoying.

I'm beginning to suspect the phone or phone type may be the problem. My phone is much, much newer than hers and a different make.

To overcome the problem my wife generally just turns her phone off and then back on and everything works fine. But, I'm sure that's not the way it was designed to work.

Oh, and welcome to the forum....
 

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I cannot answer your question directly, Yarvis, but my wife and I have experienced similar problems. Generally it's been my wife's (also a 98% driver) phone that won't pair after I've driven the car. This does not happen all the time, but it has happened enough to be annoying.

I'm beginning to suspect the phone or phone type may be the problem. My phone is much, much newer than hers and a different make.

To overcome the problem my wife generally just turns her phone off and then back on and everything works fine. But, I'm sure that's not the way it was designed to work.

Oh, and welcome to the forum....
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Thanks for the reply and the welcome! It is a bit annoying but as long as the car switches back to her cell it's all good.
Thanks again!
 

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You can set the PRIORITY of pairing in MMI - even if you have several devices on the list. My wife and I both use the car and the car has HER phone as the first priority, so even when we both get it the car together - provided I don't "beat" her to within range, the car will pick her up first, then me second or later. But if she's already paired, and leaves the car, it won't switch over to me without first being stopped and restarted. The new A4 and Q7 will do this, in fact if up to 4 devices have been paired it will switch on the fly between them with the priority being to the first one or the one with the assigned priority ...
 
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