Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

The Q3 Sportback is keenly priced against the Range Rover Evoque but the equivalent BMW X2 will cost you less, as will the regular Audi Q3.

Our favourite 35 TFSI petrol engine will return just over 40mpg officially, which is rather more than the 32mpg promised by the 45 TFSI. The 45 TFSIe plug-in hybrid has an official figure of more than 140mpg, but you’ll need to be running on the electric motor as much as possible to get anywhere near it. This mpg figure will also tumble if you run on the petrol engine alone.

Every Q3 Sportback gets automatic emergency braking (AEB) with pedestrian and cyclist detection and lane-departure warning, while blind-spot monitoring, which Audi calls Side Assist, is available as part of the Driver Assist pack or comes as standard if you go for Vorsprung trim.

The Q3 Sportback was awarded five stars for safety by Euro NCAP when appraised in 2020, with a strong showing across the board. Its ability to protect adult and child occupants in a crash was found to be very similar to the rival Evoque.

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Audi Q3 Sportback 2021 interior infotainment


In all probability, it's the way the Q3 Sportback looks that has got you interested. However, while it's not as versatile as the regular Audi Q3, it's also roomy enough for smaller families and comfortable to drive. We reckon the Range Rover Evoque is a better bet, but it’s also more expensive. If you and your budget won’t stretch to that and you want a sleekly styled SUV, the Q3 Sportback is worth a look.

  • Strong engines
  • Tidy, if not exactly fun, handling
  • Clever rear seats
  • Tight rear head room
  • Firm ride
  • Expensive high-spec models