Review

Audi Q3 SUV

Price  £25,340 - £45,495

Audi Q3 SUV

reviewed by Carbuyer

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

At a glance

The greenest
2.0 TDI SE 150PS 5dr £26,880
The cheapest
1.4 TFSI SE 150PS 5dr £25,340
The fastest
2.5 TFSI quattro S-tronic 5dr £45,495
Top of the range
2.5 TFSI quattro S-tronic 5dr £45,495

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

The Audi Q3 is a small crossover that competes with cars such as the Nissan Qashqai, BMW X1, Range Rover Evoque, MINI Countryman and Volkswagen Tiguan.

Its conservative looks are little different to the rest of the Audi range, but – as with other Audis – they hide a classy, well built interior. The Q3 also offers more space inside than a Volkswagen Golf, despite being roughly the same size.

The Q3 can’t match newer models such as the Nissan Qashqai for fuel economy, but it's not bad. The best-performing Q3 in this respect is the 138bhp 2.0-litre diesel, which can return just over 54mpg. Performance is very good across the whole range, although there's also a Q3 RS model for buyers who want a more aggressive-looking version of the car with the performance (and high fuel consumption) to match.

Disregarding the RS model, Audi offers the Q3 in three trim levels – SE, S line and S line Plus. All models have automatic wipers and lights, rear parking sensors, and dual-zone climate control. The top-of-the-range model adds a leather interior, as well as front and rear parking sensors with a guiding display.

We recommend the 175bhp 2.0-litre diesel model, as it combines strong performance with only slightly poorer fuel economy than the 138bhp diesel version.

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MPG, running costs & CO2

3.2 / 5

The Audi Q3 offers decent economy and 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 good levels 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 2 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
"It's a more complete and appealing car than an X1, thoroughly pleasing to drive and calls into question the need for a larger Q5."
4 / 5
"There's the choice of two- or four-wheel drive as well as diesel engines directed at affordable running costs and performance focussed petrol versions. Like many models from the range it still loses out to the BMW when it comes to driver engagement."

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What owners say

4.3733333269755
4.4 /5 based on 24 reviews
79%
 people would recommend this car to a friend
Last updated
13 May 2014
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