2021 Audi Q3 45 TFSIe verdict and specs

We try the plug-in hybrid Audi Q3 45 TFSIe in standard and Sportback forms. Does the PHEV's combination of strong performance and low emissions make it the Q3 to go for?...

Audi Q3 TFSI e, driving profile

The sub-50g/km CO2 output of the Audi Q3 45 TFSIe is good news for company car drivers because it means low BIK tax bills, and the ability to drive on battery power alone will minimise running costs for those with shorter commutes.

Sadly, fuel consumption is disappointingly high once the battery is depleted. Although the firmer ride and reduced boot capacity compared with non-hybrid models might not be dealbreakers, they do take some of the polish off the Q3.

Add in the fact that the Range Rover Evoque P300e and Volvo XC40 T5 Recharge offer similar strengths without feeling as compromised, and we reckon both are better choices.

What Car? rating 3 stars out of 5

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Audi Q3 Sportback 45 TFSIe Vorsprung

Price £51,500 Engine 1.4-litre petrol, electric motor Power 242bhp Torque 295lb ft Gearbox six-speed auto 0-62mph 7.3sec Top speed 130mph Economy 141.2mpg (WLTP) CO2, tax band 45g/km, 13%