What's the used Audi Q3 estate like?
A branded watch is a nice thing to have; it looks smart and people are often impressed by it, but is it worth paying extra for one when a cheaper, non-branded watch does exactly the same job?
Of course, you can circumnavigate this issue by buying a used one, much like you can with a used car. For example, you could get a premium-badged used Audi Q3 for the same money as a new Nissan Qashqai, or a new Peugeot 3008, or even the Q3's close cousin the Volkswagen Tiguan, and you'd certainly impress the neighbours while doing so.
Handling, particularly on S line versions with sports suspension fitted, is rather nimble for an SUV, resisting roll and dive under braking better than most of its rivals. The trade-off is a stiff ride that thumps over potholes and fidgets over rough sections of Tarmac. Sport models on smaller wheels and softer standard suspension will be better, while Vorsprung versions with adaptive suspension that can be set to a more supple Comfort mode should be better still.
Interior quality is up to the usual standards in most places, but you will find hard plastics further down, which is more indicative of a Volkswagen than a pricey Audi. Still, space up front is fine and there’s lots of adjustability in the seat and steering wheel for a driver to find a comfortable position.
Those in the back can also adjust both the angle of the seat and the amount of leg room, which is a great feature to have for taller passengers. Ultimately, a Volvo XC40 still has more room and is a better choice if you have children that need child seats. The boot is one of the biggest (on paper) in the class and is improved by a standard adjustable height floor and the added flexibility of a 40:20:40 split-folding mechanism.