Audi Q3 review

Category: Family SUV

Section: Introduction

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  • Audi Q3 2021 interior driver display
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  • Audi Q3 2021 front right tracking
  • Audi Q3 2021 rear cornering
  • Audi Q3 2021 interior dashboard
  • Audi Q3 2021 interior rear seats
  • Audi Q3 2021 interior front seats
  • Audi Q3 2021 interior infotainment
  • Audi Q3 2021 front cornering
  • Audi Q3 2021 rear tracking
  • Audi Q3 2021 front right tracking
  • Audi Q3 2021 front right static
  • Audi Q3 2021 front static
  • Audi Q3 2021 alloy wheel detail
  • Audi Q3 2021 headlight detail
  • Audi Q3 2021 rear lights detail
  • Audi Q3 2021 interior driver display
  • Audi Q3 2021 interior detail
  • Audi Q3 2021 boot open
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Introduction

What Car? says...

The first Audi Q3 was a big seller for the car maker when it first entered the market, proving to be a hit with families wanting a practical SUV.

This latest, second-generation Q3 hopes to continue that success, despite competing in one of the toughest, most overcrowded classes there is.

Over the next few pages of this review, we'll tell you how the Audi Q3 stacks up against its main family SUV rivals (and other cars besides). We'll also reveal what we think of its performance, interior quality, running costs and more, as well as which of the engines, trims and optional extras make the most sense.

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Performance & drive

What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is

Engine, 0-60mph and gearbox

The plug-in hybrid TFSI e has a 1.4-litre petrol engine plus an electric motor for a combined 242bhp (0-62mph takes 7.3 seconds). You can drive on electric power alone for an official range of 31 miles. If you're after a diesel, there's the 148bhp 35 TDI or the 187bhp 40 TDI. The 35 TDI offers similar performance to the 35 TFSI petrol but with extra pull at low revs, while the 40 TDI is effortlessly brisk (0-62mph in 8.0sec).

Suspension and ride comfort

There’s lots of grip spread evenly between the front and rear axles to give you confidence when cornering. All in all, the Q3 feels more composed than the XC40, if not quite as responsive as the Evoque or BMW X1.

Audi has given all Q3s progressive steering, which gets faster the more you turn the wheel. It happens gradually, so placing the car accurately on the road is easy and it makes for less arm twirling in tight, low-speed turns.

Noise and vibration

The Q3's entry-level 35 TFSI petrol sounds a little coarse but not unduly so. The more powerful 40 TFSI and 45 TFSI engines are noticeably smoother. The diesel engines are, unsurprisingly, noisier than any of the petrols, but are still pretty subdued compared with equivalents in the likes of the BMW X1 and Volvo XC40.

At a glance
New car deals
Save up to £1,675
Target Price from £30,475
Save up to £1,675
or from £317pm
Swipe to see used and leasing deals
Nearly new deals
From £27,995
Leasing deals
From £386pm
RRP price range £31,625 - £46,530
Number of trims (see all)7
Number of engines (see all)12
Available fuel types (which is best for you?)petrol, hybrid, diesel
MPG range across all versions 148.7 - 56.5
Available doors options 5
Warranty 3 years / 60000 miles
Company car tax at 20% (min/max) £865 / £3,291
Company car tax at 40% (min/max) £1,731 / £6,582
Available colours