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AUDI Q3

Audi Q3 Review

Highlights

  • High-quality interior
  • Well specified as standard
  • Involving drive

Arval’s pick of the range: Audi Q3 2.0 TDI 150 Sport manual

 

Audi Q3 - Overview

In the Audi SUV line-up, the Q3 is effectively an off-road sibling of the A3 hatchback. Available in two or four-wheel drive, with the latter being available on the more powerful engines, the Q3 competes with the likes of BMW’s X1, Volvo’s new XC40 and the Mercedes GLA.

DRIVING

What is the Audi Q3 like to drive?

As you’d expect from Audi, the Q3 handles and drives very well. The Q3 is at the sportier end of the small SUV spectrum which means it corners well and there’s relatively accurate feedback from the steering. The engines are punchy, helping the car to feel nippy in town, yet also refined and quiet at cruising speeds making longer journeys more comfortable. The high driving position makes it simple to place the car where you want on the road and gives clear visibility ahead. The standard suspension is comfortable too, although you can option clever adaptive suspension if you want to further improve comfort and sportiness.

 

What engines are available?

Diesel engine:

  • 2.0 TDI, 150hp, 117-140g/km CO2 (27-32% BIK) 53.3-62.8mpg
  • 2.0 TDI, 184hp, 136-144g/km CO2 (31-32% BIK) 51.4-54.3mpg

 

Petrol engine:

  • 1.4 TFSI, 150hp, 127-143g/km CO2 (26-29% BIK) 45.6-51.4mpg
  • 2.0 TFSI, 180hp, 152-161g/km CO2 (31-33% BIK) 40.4-42.8mpg

 

Gearboxes:

  • 6-speed manual
  • 6-speed automatic
  • 7-speed automatic
FEATURES & SPECIFICATIONS

Audi Q3 trim levels explained

Audi has kept the trim levels for the Q3 very simple. There’s a choice of Sport, S-line Edition and Black Edition.

 

Sport

  • 17” alloys
  • Drive Select modes
  • Xenon headlights
  • Roof rails
  • Powered, heated door mirrors
  • Powered lumbar support
  • Auto dimming rearview mirror
  • Dual zone climate control
  • Reversible luggage floor mat
  • 6.5” colour infotainment screen
  • USB socket
  • Satnav
  • Bluetooth
  • CD player
  • DAB radio
  • 2x SD card readers
  • Voice control
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Cruise control
  • Auto lights & wipers

 

S-line Edition (in addition to Sport)

  • 18” alloys
  • LED headlights
  • S logos on seats and trim
  • Powered tailgate
  • S-line body kit
  • Park plus

Black Edition (in addition to S-line Edition)

  • 19” alloys
  • Sport suspension
  • Privacy glass
  • Metallic paint
  • Leather and alcantara seat trim
  • Sports steering wheel
  • Interior light pack
  • Bose sound system

 

How to spec the Audi Q3

Since the Audi Q3 was revised in 2017, the level of equipment on the entry level Sport trim level has been increased to a point where you hardly need to venture further up the range to get everything you want. Sport includes alloy wheels, powered lumbar support for the front seats, satnav, rear parking sensors and dual-zone climate control. Twin the Sport trim with the 2.0-lire 150hp diesel which offers excellent fuel economy and plenty of shove, should you need to do longer journeys or carry people frequently.

 

Audi Q3 Interior – what’s it like?

The inside of the Audi Q3 is up to the very high materials and build quality standards that the German brand is famous for. The front seats are comfortable and supportive while there’s good head and leg room in the rear seats. A rarity in this sector is the inclusion of Isofix mounting points on the front passenger seat. The boot has 420 litres of space below the rear load cover and with the seats folded, there’s an impressive 1,325 litres of space available.

THE ALTERNATIVES

Audi Q3 Alternatives

Premium rivals to the Audi include the BMW X1, Mercedes-Benz GLA, Volvo XC40 and the Mini Countryman, while other more mainstream considerations could include the Volkswagen Tiguan and Peugeot 3008.

The Verdict

Verdict

The Audi Q3 offers an impressive combination of premium quality and value thanks to generous standard equipment levels.

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