Audi Q3 Sportback 2019 RHD rear seats

Audi Q3 Sportback review

Costs & verdict

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Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Audi Q3 Sportback 2019 RHD infotainment

The Q3 Sportback is keenly priced against some rivals, but it’s far from the bargain of the class. You’ll pay a fair chunk more for an equivalent Range Rover Evoque, but the BMW X2 is quite a bit cheaper.

Equipment levels follow broadly those of the regular Q3, meaning the entry-level Sport is pretty much all you need. It gets 18in wheels, dual-zone climate control, cruise control, an electric tailgate, plus the aforementioned infotainment system with Virtual Cockpit and manoeuvring aids. S Line brings a more aggressive exterior look but not a whole lot more in terms of equipment. Alternatively, If you want seemingly every feature that Audi can currently offer, there’s the Vorsprung trim. It’s not cheap, though.

As standard, the Audi Q3 Sportback gets automatic emergency braking (with pedestrian and cyclist detection), lane departure warning and blind-spot monitoring, which Audi calls Side Assist. The latter helps by giving you a small indication in your mirror to make you aware of any cars in your blind spot. The Q3 Sportback is too new to have a safety rating from Euro NCAP, but a good indicator of how it might score is the full, five-star rating that the regular Q3 was given back in 2018.

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Verdict

You’re probably only going to buy an Audi Q3 Sportback over the regular Q3 for its added style, not its practicality. That said, if you don’t frequently carry taller passengers in the back, it still has a reasonable amount of space, plus it’s decent to drive, comfortable and quiet. We still think the Range Rover Evoque is a better car, but it’s more expensive. So if you if your budget doesn’t stretch to that, the Q3 Sportback is a commendable alternative.

  • Ride comfort on optional adaptive suspension
  • Well-made interior
  • Tidy handling
  • Tight rear head room
  • Hesitant automatic gearbox
  • Expensive high-spec models