What used Audi Q3 estate will I get for my budget?
High mileage, early Audi Q3s begin around £7000. Diesel is the most popular engine choice for a Q3, and a good 2.0 TDI manual with an average mileage for the year is more likely to set you back in the region of £10-£12,000. S line cars hold their value best and because of that cost around £1000 more to buy than an SE. Expect to pay between £12,000 and £14,000 for good 2015 cars, £14,000 to £16,000 for 2016/2017 ones and around £18,000 for the final 2018 cars.
Petrols, as mentioned earlier, are not all that prevalent on the used market and command a premium over others in the range, with prices beginning around £9000 for the earlier 2.0 TFSI. The more efficient 1.4 TFSI made available from 2014 onwards is £10,000. If you want the top performing RS Q3, good luck finding one for less than £14,000.
How much does it cost to run a Audi Q3 estate?
MPG and car tax
It doesn’t have class-leading fuel efficiency, but it is still competitive. We’ll get the most obscene version out of the way first, which is the RS Q3 Performance with an official economy figure of 32.8mpg, according to the older NEDC tests, and an annual road tax of £305 per year.
The rest of the range is a bit more down to Earth, with the 138bhp 2.0 TDI in front-wheel drive form having an official figure of 54.3mpg under the NEDC tests and £135 road tax. Adding Quattro four-wheel drive drops the efficiency to 50.4mpg and raises costs to £150, with the top-of-the-line 174bhp automatic four-wheel drive costing you even more at 47.9mpg and £190 per year in tax.
Of the petrol engines, it is the 1.4-litre TFSI introduced in early 2014 that is the more efficient option. It’s only available with front-wheel drive, with figures of 47.6mpg NEDC and £135 in tax for the manual. At the end of 2014, the CoD version arrived. That doesn’t mean it comes with a side of chips; it refers to Cylinder on Demand, which is the engine’s ability to effectively switch off two of its four cylinders when it is under partial throttle loads, saving you money on fuel. With CoD, petrol consumption is reduced to 51.4mpg and road tax is £115 for the manual.
The 2.0 TFSI that has been available since the car was launched isn’t quite so efficient, but that is mostly due to this engine only coming with four-wheel drive. That being said, even the worst-performing automatic version returns a respectable average economy figure of 40.4mpg, although the road tax of £220 is a little hard to swallow.
Those few Q3s of this generation registered after the tax changes of April 2017 came into force will pay VED at the flat rate, currently £145 a year. Any costing over £40,000 new will pay a luxury car tax from years two to six at a flat rate, currently £320 a year.
Audi offers a servicing strategy which alternates between a minor and a major service to help reduce costs. If the previous owner has taken out a service plan, you should also check if there are any remaining services left on it. This can be done by contacting the service department of any Audi dealership.
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