Audi Q3 Sportback review

Category: Coupe SUV

Section: Introduction

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Introduction

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Most of us, when growing up, had a person to look up to, be they a musician, an actor, or maybe even an older sibling. We dressed like them, tried to speak like them and, most of all, wanted to become them. In the case of the Audi Q3 Sportback, its older sibling the Q8 seems to be the guiding light.

Indeed, just like how the Q8 is essentially sharper-looking but less practically minded derivative of the Audi Q7, the Q3 Sportback adds a bit of coupé-inspired style to the regular Q3 family SUV. The changes are mainly to the Q3’s posterior, with a roofline that tapers more heavily towards the Sportback’s smaller rear window, set off by an aggressive-looking rear bumper.

The Sportback is available with most of the regular Q3’s petrol and diesel engines, with power outputs ranging from 148 to 242bhp (or up to 395bhp if you include the hardcore RS Q3 that you can read about it our separate review). You also get a choice between front or four-wheel drive (quattro) as well as a six-speed manual or a seven-speed automatic gearbox. 

The Q3 Sportback is aimed directly at other swoopy looking SUVs, such as the BMW X2 and Range Rover Evoque. However, is the Q3 Sportback as fun to drive or smart inside as those rivals? Is it a practical family car, or just a pretty face? This review will answer those, and plenty of other important questions for you, so keep on reading.

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