Review

Audi Q3 SUV

Price  £25,380 - £45,540

Audi Q3 SUV

reviewed by Carbuyer

Pros
  • Upmarket badge
  • Excellent interior
  • Strong resale values
Cons
  • Plain design
  • Expensive options
  • No real off-road ability

At a glance

The greenest
2.0 TDI SE 150PS 5dr £26,920
The cheapest
1.4 TFSI SE 150PS 5dr £25,380
The fastest
2.5 TFSI quattro S-tronic 5dr £45,540
Top of the range
2.5 TFSI quattro S-tronic 5dr £45,540

"The Audi Q3 brings the brand's first-class build quality and strong engine range to the compact crossover class."

The Audi Q3 is a compact premium SUV that competes with the BMW X1, Mercedes GLA, Range Rover Evoque and Volkswagen Tiguan. Lower down the price ladder, there are equally competent models to choose from, including the well rounded Nissan Qashqai, Mazda CX-5 and Skoda Yeti. The Audi feels the classiest of them all, though, thanks to its restrained styling and almost unmatched build quality.

The engine line-up is straightforward, with an emphasis on diesel. There are two petrols, with the smallest – a turbocharged 1.4-litre – managing just over 50mpg. However, the diesels offer the best efficiency and pulling power. They’re each 2.0 litres in size and also come in a choice of two power outputs.

The least powerful can manage an impressive 61.4mpg. Most of the Q3's engines come with a choice of two or four-wheel-drive layouts and six-speed manual or dual-clutch automatic gearboxes (the latter are surprisingly fuel-efficient).

The Q3 isn’t a proper off-roader, so Audi's quattro four-wheel drive system is there to provide extra grip on slippery roads. However, it does come at the expense of fuel economy.

The Q3's trim levels are as straightforward as its engine range. There are just three specifications: SE, S line and S line Plus. Equipment is generous, with even the basic SE having 17-inch alloy wheels, an infotainment system with a 6.5-inch display, DAB digital radio, Bluetooth phone connectivity, dual-zone climate control and rear parking sensors. At the other extreme, top-spec S line Plus brings front and rear parking assistance, 19-inch alloys, sat nav and leather seats.

The Q3 is more spacious than a Volkswagen Golf. It rides well, at least for an Audi, and doesn’t lean too much in corners. Add four-wheel drive and it's actually a lot of fun to drive. It's safe, too, with a five-star crash-test rating from Euro NCAP to prove it – not to mention reliable, as many satisfied respondents to our Driver Power surveys will testify.

Not sure what you're looking for? Find out what we think is the best SUV by watching our video below.

MPG, running costs & CO2

3.2 / 5

The Audi Q3 offers decent fuel economy and CO2 emissions in front-wheel-drive form

Engines, drive & performance

3.8 / 5

The Audi Q3 is agile, powerful and fun to drive

Interior & comfort

4.4 / 5

The Audi Q3 has a beautiful, spacious interior and comes with plenty of standard equipment

Practicality & boot space

3.2 / 5

The Audi Q3 has a big boot and plenty of storage space

Reliability & safety

4 / 5

The Audi Q3’s build quality, reliability and safety are first class

What the others say

4 / 5
based on 3 reviews
4 / 5
"Premium badge, classy interior and capable chassis, but conservative styling, pricey options and small model range."
"This Q3 brings top-quality mechanical refinement, laudable build quality, rich and impressive cabin materials and proper premium brand desirability to the market for small 4x4s."
4 / 5
"All engines in the Audi Q3 range are strong and refined, the ride is comfortable and the upmarket cabin is hard to fault."
4 / 5
"If comfort and quality takes precedent over performance and involvement then this is your best choice."
What owners say 
4.3733333269755
4.4 /5 based on 24 reviews
79%
 of people would recommend this car to a friend
Last updated 
2 Jul 2015
Own this car? Leave your review.