Audi Q3 SUV
Price £25,380 - £45,540
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- Excellent interior
- Strong resale values
- Plain design
- Expensive options
- No real off-road ability
At a glance
"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, the Mazda CX-5 and the 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 economy. However, for the best efficiency and pulling power, the diesels are the better choice. They’re each 2.0 litres in size and also offered 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 lots of extra grip on slippery roads. However, it does come at the expense of fuel economy.
For buyers who want a lot more performance and the looks to match, there's the Q3 RS, which we’ve reviewed separately.
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.
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The Audi Q3 offers decent fuel economy and CO2 emissions in front-wheel-drive form
The Audi Q3 is agile, powerful and fun to drive
The Audi Q3 has a beautiful, spacious interior and comes with plenty of standard equipment
The Audi Q3 has a big boot and plenty of storage space
The Audi Q3’s build quality, reliability and safety are first class