Our cars: Audi Q3 - July

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Audi Q3
Audi Q3
Audi Q3 2.0 TDI 140 S line

Week ending July 20
Mileage 1904
Driven this week 204 miles

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As with any new car I have been enjoying the novelty of having a selection of new toys in the Audi Q3.

One that I was definitely keen to play with was the park assist system. In theory it uses sensors to scout out an appropriately sized gap at the side of the road and then controls the steering to guide you in.

I say theory, because I won't be able to use it every time I stop at the side of the road. One of the streets that I park on near my house requires me to park halfway up the kerb. This is a step too far for the Q3's system, which aims to park you next to, not on, the pavement.

There are plenty of other parking spots where I can put it into action, but in this spot, I am on my own.


Week ending July 13
Mileage 1700
Driven this week: 110

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I thought it wise to try John Bradshaw's Q3 for an evening this week, just to see how it compares with our other 'style-led' small SUV, the Evoque.

The Audi feels much more conventional in some respects, with a higher roofline, a nicely constructed (but oh-so-dull) dashboard and a regular six-speed manual transmission.

On the other hand, the Q3 at least offers an engine start/stop system, which is a bonus in the traffic-clogged streets where these cars get used the most.

It doesn't ride badly either; in fact, I'd say the chassis set-up feels like one of Audi's better efforts of recent years.


Audi Q3 2.0 TDI 140 S line

Week ending July 6
Mileage 1590
Driven this week: 770

This is my latest long-term test car - an Audi Q3. Like most buyers I've gone for the 2.0 TDI diesel engine. I've chosen S line trim, which gives a sportier look, and Ice Silver paintwork to make the most of it.

I'm keen to see whether the Q3 meets my needs. As a photographer, I have to lug a lot of bulky kit around with me; my previous car, a Seat Alhambra, coped easily, but the Q3's boot is much smaller.

The Q3's cabin definitely isn't short of class, but it's a lot smaller than many of my previous long-termers. I'm interested to see how it deals with family life - if the rear seats are cramped my two teenage sons will tell me all about it.

First impressions are generally good. The Q3 has already covered a lot of miles, including a trip to Wales. I'm likely to cover at least 20,000 miles more over the next year, so it'll certainly be tested to the full. Check our weekly updates to see how it fares.


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