Audi Q3 SUV (2011-2018): owner reviews

"The Audi Q3 is a small SUV with an upmarket design and interior, which goes head-to-head with the BMW X1 and Mercedes GLA"

Carbuyer Rating

3.6 out of 5

Owners Rating

4.2 out of 5

Price
£32,430 - £50,210
79%of people would recommend this car to a friend.

Owner Rating

  • 4reviews
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Common Problems

  • Brakes, Electrics, Gearbox / clutch (2 cases)
  • Suspension, Other (1 cases)
  • Electrics, Gearbox / clutch, Other (1 cases)
  • Other (2 cases)

Owner Review

3 out of 5

Version

2.0 tdi s line plus

Year of registration

2015

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

35.4
Review
My Q3 does everything OK, that's about as positive as i can be really. Its not going to set your world on fire every time you drive it but it should get your there. I'm amazed at people saying its spacious, i'm 6ft and can't get a baby seat behind my seat. In fact if you have children buy something else!!
Reliability
no problems so far, engine fan stays on for ever after even a short journey though so ????
Performance

3 out of 5

0-60 in 9+ seconds....hardly performance
Running Cost

2 out of 5

Mpg nothing like claimed, 4 wheel drive kills that

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

2.0 tdi 170bhp 2WD SE

Year of registration

2014

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

45
Review
Car is a pleasure to drive, 170bhp engine quick but also economical. Owned the car only three months, no problems at all. This is my first Audi and quality, drive experience of this car is extremely good.

Owner Review

2 out of 5

Version

2.0T FSI

Year of registration

2012

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

33
Review
My Q3 has many faults - at speeds between 50 and 70 it will stop. I mean stop everything locks up for about a second. The brakes will also come on one at a time whilst moving. I park it on my drive over night most mornings I reverse off ok but some mornings the brake or something will not free themselves then after about seven time it will move. I called out Audi recovery who saw this happen Audi UK will not believe the AA report. Too many other problems to mention. ,
Reliability
No reliability
Performance

4 out of 5

Very good
Running Cost

5 out of 5

Very good

Owner Review

1 out of 5

Version

Petrol

Year of registration

2012

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

33
Review
Problems, problems. Will not reverse off my drive, stops when travelling at around 50 miles an hour all of drives just lock up. Sometimes different brakes will come for know reason. Problems with sat NAV/radio. Audi UK say there is known problems with this car although the AA has seen the reversing problem and I have a report from them.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

RS

Year of registration

2014

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

35
Review
First Audi and never going back, really really quick and a joy to drive very classy car, beats all others hands down and we have owned lots of different vehicles
Reliability

5 out of 5

Awesome
Performance

5 out of 5

Outstanding blows most other makes away
Running Cost

3 out of 5

Fuel quite high but don't buy an RS if you want to save fuel

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

1.5-2 litre, Diesel, Semi Auto

Year of registration

2012

Average annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

45
Review
No faults what so ever
Running Cost

5 out of 5

Very good, good fuel consumption, low road tax

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

2.0 TFSI 170hp

Year of registration

2012

Average annual mileage

More than 20,000

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used
Review
Mileage of about 38k km, I drive ~200km each day back and forth to work. No issues so far. Engine and transmission is still as smooth as when I first bought the car.
Reliability

5 out of 5

No electronic or mechanical problems.
Performance

5 out of 5

Engine and transmission still responsive and smooth.
Running Cost

4 out of 5

Fuel efficiency is decent getting on average 36mpg.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

2.0 SE Quattro 177bhp Automatic Diesel

Year of registration

2012

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

40
Review
Arguably the best car I have ever owned. Reliable, efficient, comfortable and really quite frugal, especially in Efficient mode. The only drawback, the relatively small boot area and the back seats which don't fold flat.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

Petrol 2.0 TFSI S Line Plus

Year of registration

2016

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

36
Review
I bought this for its ride height having previously had an A6 and an A4. It's a marvelous car, which is just what I expected. There's plenty of power when it's needed and it's reasonably economical. It's just had an oil change at 15000 miles which is a bit sooner than I expected, though. Only couple of very minor things disappoint me: the storage bin on the right of the driver's side dash is very flimsy for an Audi and the rear boot has no real storage bins unlike the A4, and the covers for tools etc. are very flimsy.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

TDI S line S tronic

Year of registration

2014

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

40
Review
We drive down to Spain every year, other than that our trips are around 20 miles. Love the performance, although the ride has to be firm for that. Still love the looks and comfort, and the sunroof is the best we have ever had. All alloy makes it very light, but Audi needs to make a better sat-nav - our Android with Sygic is far better.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2012

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

47

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

1.5-2 litre, Diesel, Semi Auto

Year of registration

2012

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

40
Review
No problems to report
Running Cost

4 out of 5

Fair for the type of car

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

1.5-2 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2012

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

35
Review
Not had the car long but reliability is to usual Audi standards
Running Cost

4 out of 5

Returned to petrol from diesel, costs are as expected as my mileage is much less and petrol is cheaper by about 10p.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

1.5-2 litre, Petrol

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

30
Review
As expected so far
Running Cost

4 out of 5

Fuel can be expensive but that's the same for all drivers

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

S Line, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

2012

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Bought Car

Used
Reliability

5 out of 5

Build quality is first class

Owner Review

3 out of 5

Version

2.0 tfsi quatro

Year of registration

2012

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

2 - 3 years

Bought Car

New
Review
Good car all round. Comfortable, easy to get along with really nice to drive.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

S-Line Plus

Year of registration

2016

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

45
Review
Ok so I've only had my Q3 for a few days, but so far its fabulous. The boot room is adequate for me, it is a comfy, nippy ride, with exceptional steering. It drives like it is on rails. Mine is an S-Line Plus so it is top spec, with a few additional extras. So far its averaging 45 mpg + and that's not on long distance. I do agree about the stop start issue people talk about but its no major hardship to press the button to deactivate. Very impresses with auto dipping headlights. Very happy :-)

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

177psi Se S tronic quarto

Year of registration

2014

Average annual mileage

15,000 – 19,999

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

50
Review
The feedback you get from this car is all you want and more, it does everything you require, this is the best car I have owned. The ride is slightly firm but forgiving and no body roll making the journey enjoyable. I am 65 and my wife disabled and we enjoy every trip. The seats are comfortable and supportive and access is good. Also when you feel the need to get a shift on, it moves very fast and smooth.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

177 quatro stronic

Year of registration

2014

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

48
Review
The best car I have owned does all things as required.

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

1.5-2 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2012

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

43
Review
Its only 3 months old but no problems so far
Running Cost

4 out of 5

I'm not getting the mpg quoted by the manufacturer

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

SE, 1.6-litre to 1.9-litre, Diesel, Automatic

Year of registration

2011

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Bought Car

Used

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

2.0 ltr TDI

Year of registration

2016

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used
Review
I have a new 2016 2.0ltr TDI, it's a beautiful looking car and I wouldn't swap it for the world. The one thing I would change is the stop start system. Yes you can turn it off before you begin your journey but it's easy to forget about it. I would love the option of turning it off completely but having read the Audi forums it seems this can't be done. So even if I just pop into a shop for a few seconds, I have to turn off the stop start again. This is just a case of pressing a button on the dash and may seem trivial but I do believe the option of permanently disabling stop/start should be there. I'd give it 9.9 out of 10. It would have been a perfect 10 only for this.

Owner Review

3 out of 5

Version

SE 177hp Automatic

Year of registration

2012

Average annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

36
Review
Could not grow to love this car. The stop/start system is stupid, the seats are too short in depth, the cabin is cramped (how do you manage to say it's spacious?). Can't get top gear till engine speed is around 48mph unless I force it in manually. Steering it too light and numb and does not self-centre. Traded in ASAP for a BMW X3.
Reliability

5 out of 5

OK
Performance

3 out of 5

OK once you get going, but gearbox holds you back and steering makes you nervous. Distance driving is tiring as you have to steer OUT of every corner - steering doesn't self centre. Like driving a computer game car!
Running Cost

3 out of 5

Nothing special. 33-35mpg actual.

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

1.5-2 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2012

Average annual mileage

More than 20,000

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

52
Review
No issues requiring return to dealer. Starts first time, every time.
Running Cost

4 out of 5

15,000 miles done in 6 months, never returns less than 50 mpg across a tank-fill. Expensive to buy, and optional extras are pricy, but so far no money spent at all on it.

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

1.5-2 litre, Petrol

Year of registration

2012

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

30
Review
Had many Audi's never had a breakdown ( tempting fate now )
Running Cost

3 out of 5

Petrol costs high for everyone but perhaps mpg could be better

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

1.5-2 litre, Diesel

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

35
Review
It is only 10 week old very very good
Running Cost

5 out of 5

About Ł60 a mouth

Owner Review

3 out of 5

Version

2.0 TDI Quattro 184 S-line Plus

Year of registration

2016

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

29
Review
I Do like this car to Drive compared to other vehicles I have driven, although I think the Technology inside is poor compared to cheaper cars, like the connectivity such as lack of usb port, the built in Satnav is not great either, my worst gripe with the Q3 is the fuel consumption. I know it maybe as it is Quattro and a heavy but it just seems to be really bad on fuel. I have owned a VW Passat CC (same engine size and power) and a BMW 1 series and they both had 30-40% better fuel economy on the same journeys (mixed long distance and city driving) not sure if it is a problem. Other than these gripes I do like the Q3
Reliability
Very Reliable
Performance
Good Performance, very sturdy drive
Running Cost

3 out of 5

Reasonable apart from fuel consumption

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

SE150bhp D Quattro

Year of registration

2014

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

2 - 3 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

43
Review
Great sturdy build and good engine, especially the 4wd which really helps when towing the caravan. Apart from a few 'hiccups' with computer telling me to proceed to my dealer and have the fluid level checked immediately. This I did and they tested the car and found nothing wrong. The only problem I have on an odd occasion is with the reverse sensors which would continually beep even when there is nothing behind me. Again the dealer tested these at the service and found nothing wrong. Only complaint is with the lack of equipment inside the car in comparison to many other, cheaper cars of its class. I think of sat nav (on my model), lane assist, emergency city braking ( now becoming standard on many new cars), front parking sensors and many more. Any Audi options are quite expensive. As my 3 year lease term is coming near to an end, I will be looking round for a replacement car, whilst Audi would be an option, I will be looking at other makes. I would give it a 5 star only for the basic interior.
Reliability

5 out of 5

Good, reliable car, no major problems.
Performance

5 out of 5

Took a while getting used to the power of the turbo Diesel engine, but now I might find it hard to dive without it. Good for overtaking and towing.
Running Cost

5 out of 5

Very surprised at achieving 43mpg around town and even when towing, from a 2 litre 4 wd car.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

1.4 tfsi cod ( cylinder on demand )

Year of registration

2015

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

42
Review
Replaced a 6 month old Honda crv 158 bhp 4-wheel drive sri ( due to continual d.p.f. problems ). Although slightly smaller , this Q3 1.4 two wheel drive petrol is alittle gem. Quick off the mark, 0-62 in 9.2 secs, easily attains 40 plus m.p.g. and if driven conservatively, with the cylinder on demand technology will reach 53-55 m.pg. !!! Excellent build quality, comfortable, and best of all no d.p.f. problems. Love it.
Reliability

5 out of 5

No issues so far.
Performance
Perfectly adequate.
Running Cost
Very satisfied. Recent round trip of 400 miles to Guildford loaded to the limit with student gear, 65-75 m.p.h. on M6, M40, & M25, & A3 returned 42.7 m.p.g. well impressed.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

SE Quattro S-Tronic 177bhp

Year of registration

2014

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

43
Review
My Q3 has been perfect! I bought it new in June 2014 & it hasn't seen the dealer's workshop since (although it is due for its first scheduled service early next month). Likes - powerful & economical diesel engine, slick automatic gearbox, strong brakes, reliable, interior comfort, boot space, high residual value keeps my PCP monthly payments low. Dislikes - not much except stupid stop/start system (this is the same opinion on all cars with stop/start - I switch mine off every time I use the car) & ride on original Dunlop tyres is somewhat harsh on rough road surfaces. Auto gearbox can be a bit hesitant when cold & at low speed but is otherwise fine. Otherwise, little to dislike. A quality vehicle & very pleased with it.
Reliability

5 out of 5

No faults in 16,500 miles & now due for first scheduled service.
Performance

5 out of 5

Excellent especially with 177bhp diesel engine.
Running Cost
Average

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

2.0 TDI SE 5dr

Year of registration

2013

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

50
Review
Have owned for just over 12 months and has been an excellent purchase. No issues to report so far. Very smooth engine with good if not exceptional fuel economy. Ample room inside and sufficient luggage space but not too big outside so easy around town and when parking. Just what I was hoping for and very pleased with my decision to buy it.
Reliability

5 out of 5

Excellent no issue to report so far.
Performance

5 out of 5

Very good, plenty of torque low down in the rev range so good around town and cruises along motorways smoothly.
Running Cost

4 out of 5

Good mpg generally 45-50 but with 50+ on longer runs. Car Tax reasonable for this type of vehicle. No service costs so far but expect will be slightly higher with Audi dealers. If this vehicle had the improved 150bhp 2.0 TDI now in the A3 I would expect lower fuel/car tax costs.

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

1.5-2 litre, Petrol

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

30
Review
everything works well and appears to have that quality build sound
Running Cost

3 out of 5

if you take in the initial price its quite expensive, but the resale value should match the Q5

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2012

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

39
Review
Too new to tell

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

Sports, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Petrol, Manual

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Bought Car

Used
Reliability

5 out of 5

This is the best and most reliable car I have ever owned. I haven't had a problem with any aspect of the car and can't think of a car I would want to replace it with
Running Cost

3 out of 5

As fuel is so expensive now its fuel consumption is the only problem

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