To many people, a car with a premium badge, a classy interior and a raised ride height is extremely appealing. The Audi Q3 has all these things and more, including being cheap to run and, because its dimensions are similar to that of an Audi A3, easy to park, too.
However, the Q3 offers no more space than a family hatchback, and its seating isn’t any more versatile, either. Indeed, one of its main rivals, the BMW X1, is an altogether more spacious and practical SUV, even if its cabin quality is not as good. That said, the Q3 beats its other main competitor, the Mercedes GLA, on space and running costs.
If you’re in the market for a premium small SUV, the Q3 should be near the top of your list. It has the BMW X1 beaten on ride quality and refinement, and the Mercedes GLA trumped in most key areas. If you were to stick with entry-level SE trim with the lower-powered 2.0 TDI diesel, you'd certainly have a beautifully made small SUV with plenty of standard equipment, along with pleasing performance and economy.
However, for fuller details, read on over the next few pages to get our in depth impressions on the Q3, along with our recommendations for which trim levels and engines to choose.