Audi Q3 review

Category: Family SUV

Section: Costs & verdict

Available fuel types:diesel, petrol
Available colours:
audi-q3-2020-infotainment
Add to shortlist
  • audi-q3-2020-cornering
  • audi-q3-2020-rear-cornering
  • audi-q3-2020-dashboard
  • audi-q3-2020-rear-seats
  • audi-q3-2020-infotainment
  • audi-q3-2020-driving
  • audi-q3-2020-side
  • audi-q3-2020-rear
  • audi-q3-2020-front
  • audi-q3-2020-cornering
  • audi-q3-2020-rear-cornering
  • audi-q3-2020-dashboard
  • audi-q3-2020-rear-seats
  • audi-q3-2020-infotainment
  • audi-q3-2020-driving
  • audi-q3-2020-side
  • audi-q3-2020-rear
  • audi-q3-2020-front
RRP £30,310What Car? Target Price from£28,400
Share review

Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2

The Q3 is priced broadly in line with the BMW X1 and Volvo XC40, so it's slightly cheaper than an equivalent Range Rover Evoque. It's predicted to hold on to its value better than the X1, but the XC40 and Evoque will lose even less of their worth over three years of ownership.

PCP finance deals and leasing rates are competitive compared with premium-badged alternatives and so are CO2 emissions and fuel economy. However, there's currently no plug-in hybrid version of the Q3 to appeal to company car drivers. There are plug-in hybrid versions of the X1, Evoque and XC40.

Equipment, options and extras

Even entry-level Sport trim comes with a generous standard kit list, which includes 18in alloy wheels, dual-zone climate control, an electric tailgate and cruise control. Indeed, it's our favourite trim.

S line is worth a look, though – especially if you're taken by its more aggressive styling. It also adds larger 19in wheels and privacy glass, along with ambient interior lighting. Just remember that you also get sports suspension that doesn't do ride comfort any favours.

If money is no object, range-topping Vorsprung trim gives you a Q3 with virtually every option box ticked. You get massive 20in wheels, a panoramic roof and that Bang & Olufsen Premium 3D sound system we mentioned earlier, but if you've got that much cash to splash then you'd be better off looking at the larger Q5.

audi-q3-2020-infotainment

Reliability

The Q3 didn't feature in the 2019 What Car? Reliability Survey, but Audi as a brand came a slightly disappointing 21st out of 31 manufacturer in the overall league table. That was above BMW, Mercedes and Land Rover, but a way behind Volvo.

A three-year/60,000-mile warranty comes as standard and can be extended if you're prepared to pay extra.

Safety and security

All versions of the Q3 come with automatic emergency braking (AEB) blind spot-monitoring, lane-keeping assistance and traffic sign recognition as standard. That's an impressive roster of safety kit.

Crash protection is impressive, too. Euro NCAP found the Q3 to be slightly better than the Evoque at protecting adult occupants, although the Evoque was fractionally better are keeping children safe from harm. For an even safer family SUV, though, look to the XC40.

Overview

The Audi Q3 is practical, has plenty of tech and is decent to drive. However, the Range Rover Evoque and Volvo XC40 are both classier inside, more comfortable and, ultimately, are better all-rounders.

  • Big boot
  • Impressive interior space
  • Relatively agile for a family SUV
  • Interior quality not up to usual Audi standards
  • Firmer ride than some rivals
  • Fiddly infotainment system

Also consider

BMW X1

2019 - present

One of the best small SUVs; great to drive and classy inside

BMW X2

2018 - present

Classy interior and tidy handling appeal, but the firm ride an...

Lexus UX

(2019 - 2020)

An appealing hybrid family SUV with a plush interior, but conv...

Mercedes GLA

2020 - present

Classy, comfortable and well equipped, but some rivals are che...