Our cars: Audi Q3 - April
Week ending April 26
Driven this week 250 miles
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My first drive in the Audi Q3 was a trip into London. It was a sunny evening, so I was able to enjoy the panoramic sunroof and I was also impressed by how easy Audi's MMI system was to use.
However, two things really stood out: the Q3's extra height and its overall size.
I was visiting a friend who had just come out of hospital after surgery on her legs. The extra height made it much easier for her to get in, and the cabin had plenty of room for her, her cast and her crutches.
The length of the Q3 was also particularly helpful. I was able to squeeze into a space that I wouldn't have been able to think about attempting in the Honda CR-V I drove last week. The all-round sensors helped with this too.
All in all, I can see why there are so many Audi Q3s on the roads of London. The raised driving position in a smaller-than-usual package is very tempting.
By Matthew Burrow
Week ending April 19
Driven this week 428
I’ve been piloting our Audi Q3 around London for a few days this week, a good reminder that it also works well in the city.
I like the fact that it’s so easy to park because visibility is great for this type of car. Its relative narrowness makes it easy to thread through the terraced streets near my house, too. Even the combination of a diesel engine and manual box isn’t off-putting because it’s got plenty of lowdown urge and the gearshifts are slick and light.
One thing that is putting me off though is hopefully temporary. I’ve detected a faint but noticeable vibration through the brake pedal which feels like something is awry. A trip to the dealer to get it looked at may be in order.
By Chas Hallett
Week ending April 12
Driven this week 480
A freezing Easter break to Cromer in north Norfolk beckoned for our family, so we borrowed John’s Audi Q3 for the week.
The Q3’s boot was sizeable, but not the biggest for an SUV. John normally removes the false boot floor to fit in all his camera equipment and so did we. We packed it full to bursting and still had to cram a few bags in the footwells. Then again, we were having to take a lot more with us than we usually would for a seaside holiday because the inclement weather called for woollies, wellies and winter coats rather than shorts and sandals.
We all enjoyed the Q3’s comfortable ride and cushy seating, especially when we’d been out in the sub-zero temperatures and loved the luxury of the heated seats to warm us up!