Deal of the day: Audi Q3

  •  Save nearly £3000 on this desirable SUV
  •  2.0 TDI is smooth, efficient and powerful
  •  Excellent cabin quality and refined road manners

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The car: Audi Q3 2.0 TDI 140 SE
The saving: £2982
The discounted price: £22,618
The broker: orangewheels.co.uk

For
The exterior styling may err on the safe side, but there’s no denying that the Audi Q3 is one of the most accomplished cars in its class. It commands a premium over the Mazda CX-5 and Nissan Qashqai, although higher resale values are the pay-off.

Including a £500 deposit contribution from Audi, the 2.0-litre diesel in this deal has 138bhp and plenty of torque to make relaxed progress, while the six-speed manual it’s mated to is slick in use. The Q3 is comfortable around town, only becoming slightly less composed as speed builds.

Inside, all the materials feel like they are built to last, and the design is stylish and sophisticated. The MMI infotainment system is intuitive in use and all the other controls are logically laid out.

Equipment is reasonable on SE models, with climate control, remote central locking, a leather steering wheel, MMI system, Bluetooth and CD player. Upgrade to S line to get leather upholstery, sports suspension, larger alloys and xenon headlights.

Against
Despite its SUV looks, the Q3 isn’t actually that much bigger inside than an equivalent hatchback. Equally, being larger than an equivalent hatchback means that it’s not as efficient at the pumps.

Resale values for the Q3 are not as strong as they were when the car was first released. Its rivals are cheaper and, in the case of the Mazda CX-5, offer similar performance while using less fuel.

The Q3 isn't as good to drive as the Mazda, which has a sportier set-up and provides more feel through the controls. The Q3’s steering in particular is devoid of feel and is quite slow to respond.

Should I add any options?
We’d avoid going for S line cars as these get a sportier suspension set-up, which is not so well suited to the UK’s rough and scarred roads.

The S tronic auto gearbox is smooth and slick to use so is well worth considering. Quattro all-wheel drive is offered but we’d avoid it as it increases the price, weight and running costs.

What next?
Head to orangewheels.co.uk and click on the links for 'Audi' then 'Q3' to take a look at the range of deals across the Q3 range.

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