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Audi Q3 review

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10 Oct 2015 22:00 | Last updated: 25 Sep 2018 14:06

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Cost & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Audi Q3 estate running costs

Full model pricing has not yet been released, but Audi predicts that the entry-level 1.5 petrol 35 TFSI should come in around £32,000. That makes it more expensive than the base BMW X1, Mercedes GLA and Volvo XC40.

However, Audi’s tend to hold their value well, so we would expect PCP finance and leasing rates to be competitive.  

Economy and emissions data has also yet to be released, but Audi expects the front-wheel drive 1.5-litre petrol to return around 50mpg in official tests.

Audi Q3 estate equipment

Entry-level Sport-spec Q3s make the most sense. They come with plenty of equipment, making it difficult to recommend spending any extra money. The list includes 18in alloys, LED front and rear lights, MMI Navigation Plus, dual-zone climate control, a power-operated tailgate and cruise control.

The S line’s additional features such as 19in alloys and a three-spoke leather steering wheel are more ‘wants’ than ‘needs’.

If money is no object, however, then the Vorsprung trim is essentially a Q3 with every option box ticked. You get massive 20in alloys from the RS6 Performance, Matrix LED headlights, a fantastic Bang & Olufsen Premium 3D sound system, adaptive suspension and park assist with 360 degree cameras.

Of course, most of the options on the Vorsprung can be fitted to a regular S line model. Just be warned that the Audi options list is long and some of the items on it are very expensive.

Audi Q3 touchscreen

Audi Q3 estate reliability

The new Q3 hasn’t been around long enough to feature in our latest reliability survey, but Audi as a brand finished a respectable 12th place out of 32, putting it ahead of BMW, Jaguar and Mercedes-Benz.

Audi Q3 estate safety and security

The latest Q3 has yet to be crash tested by Euro NCAP, but it gets automatic emergency braking as standard, while other safety features – such as lane-keep assist and adaptive cruise control – can be added.

Thatcham Research has also yet to test the car for security, but measures to prevent theft include deadlocks and an alarm.

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Verdict

The Q3 looks like a rather compelling proposition. It’s immensely practical, features a high-tech interior and is decent to drive. However, with the predicted best selling engine feeling a little rough around the edges, the diesel engine currently hamstrung by a vague manual gearbox and a ride that can't quite match the Volvo XC40, the Q3 isn't quite a class leader. Yet.

  • High-quality interior
  • Big boot
  • Impressive interior space
  • Firmer ride than its closest rival
  • Manual gearbox is a bit vague
  • Engines are a little rough around the edges
There are 6 trims available for the Q3 estate. Click to see details.See all versions
OUR PICK
Sport
You get 17in wheels, sat-nav, automatic lights and wipers and cruise control. It looks jazzier as well, thanks to contrasting paint on the exterior of the rear pillars...View trim
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£25,885
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S Line Edition
This brings some attractive, additional styling details such as S line body trim and chrome exhaust finishers. However, apart from leather sports seats, its other features, 18in alloys and xenon he...View trim
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£27,960
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Black Edition
We are yet to try out this variant...View trim
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£30,180
Average Saving £2,375
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OUR PICK
Sport
Entry-level Sport trim is very well equipped coming with 18in alloys, LED front and rear lights, MMI Navigation plus, Virtual Cockpit, dual-zone climate control, a power-operated tailgate, cruise c...View trim
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£30,770
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S Line
Stepping up to S line trim gets you a stiffer suspension set-up (which we would actually recommend avoiding), 19in alloys, a sportier bodykit and three-spoke leather multifunction steering wheel...View trim
Fuel Diesel, Petrol
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£32,570
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Vorsprung
Vorsprung trim is essentially a Q3 with every option box ticked. You get massive 20in alloys from the RS6 Performance, Matrix LED headlights, a fantastic Bang & Olufsen Premium 3D sound system, ada...View trim
Fuel Petrol, Diesel
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£42,040
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