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Audi Q3 review

Cost & verdict
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Cost & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Audi Q3 estate running costs

Although rivals such as the BMW X1, Mercedes GLA and Volvo XC40 can be had in basic trims for less than £30,000, there’s no such bargain model for the Q3.

It is predicted to hold on to its value well, making PCP finance and leasing rates competitive, but again, the XC40 is even more affordable.

Economy and emissions are pretty competitive, especially if you opt for an automatic gearbox or diesel. And while the XC40 is generally thirstier, there are plenty of rivals that should be cheaper to

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.

2019 Audi Q3 infotainment

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 Q3 comes with automatic emergency braking and lane-keeping assistance as standard, while other safety features – such as lane-keeping assistance and adaptive cruise control – can be added.

Should you find yourself in an accident, the XC40 protects adults and children inside a little better than the Q3. However, the Q3’s safety assist equipment gets a higher score.

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
Trims
There are 6 trims available for the Q3 estate. Click to see details.See all versions
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Sport (2016 version)
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S Line Edition (2016 version)
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Sport
Entry-level Sport trim is very well equipped coming with 18in alloys, LED front and rea...View trim
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Black Edition (2016 version)
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S Line
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Vorsprung
Vorsprung trim is essentially a Q3 with every option box ticked. You get massive 20in a...View trim
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