Our cars: Audi Q3 - November

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Audi Q3 2.0 TDI 140 S line

Week ending November 30
Mileage: 8476
Mileage this week: 644


Typical! It's always when you're in a hurry that something goes wrong, isn't it? I wasn't best pleased to find the Q3 had a flat tyre when I left my house last week. Fortunately, it was only a slow puncture, so I was able to pump it up and head to the nearest tyre centre.

I took the car to ATS Euromaster, Hanworth (020 8979 3132), who told me that the puncture couldn't be repaired. It turns out the Q3 has specialist tyres designed for SUVs, so a new one was ordered in at a cost of £209 – and they're not even run-flats.

The service was efficient as my tyre arrived later that afternoon and was changed before the punctured wheel had gone down again. It's a shame that the Q3 doesn't come with a spare – a pump is next to useless if you've suffered a blow-out.

John.Bradshaw@whatcar.com

Week ending November 16
Mileage 7832
Driven this week: 388 miles


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As I've mentioned once or twice before, my patience with the Q3's radio is wearing thin.

I can't listen to some of my favourite stations – BBC Radio 6 Music, for example – because it's available only on DAB systems.

With the cricket starting today, I was looking forward to listening to Radio 4's commentary of the first match on the way to a photoshoot, only to discover that my car doesn't have longwave, either.

John.Bradshaw@whatcar.com

Week ending November 9
Mileage 7444
Driven this week: 776 miles


The Q3's been on one of my many long journeys I cover numerous times in a year – this time on a 450-mile round trip to Newtown, Shropshire.

The journey consisted of almost every type of road you can throw at a car in the UK: motorways, A-roads and narrow country tracks.

It came as no surprise that the Q3 made light work of the entire trip. The ground clearance is far better than, say, a VW Golf's ,so it's better suited to bumpy tracks and all-round visibility is excellent.

It averaged an impressive 41mpg throughout the trip, despite being fully laden with all my kit. I'd be interested to see how it copes in the snow and ice, but I'm sure I'll find out soon enough.

John.Bradshaw@whatcar.com

Week ending November 2
Mileage 6668
Driven this week: 453 miles


Sometimes it's the simple things you appreciate the most.

A small, yet appealing, aspect of the Q3 is the interior lighting. The cabin is extremely well lit when any of the lights are switched on, while the faint glow from around the central console and cupholders ensure everything is visible on the move - without fumbling around in the dark.

It really lifts the cabin's ambience, too.

John.Bradshaw@whatcar.com

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