Audi Q3 review

Category: Family SUV

Section: Costs & verdict

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RRP £30,040What Car? Target Price from£28,730
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Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2

The Audi 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.

To find out the real-world fuel economy of the Audi Q3 – or any vehicle – try our True MPG calculator

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.

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Reliability

The current Audi Q3 came 19th out of 25 cars in the family SUV category of the 2020 What Car? Reliability Survey. Audi as a brand came a slightly disappointing 22nd out of 31 manufacturer in the overall league table. That was behind BMW and Volvo but above Land Rover and Mercedes.

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 Audi 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

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