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5 reasons to buy an Audi Q3

The Audi Q3 is a versatile small SUV that's good to drive and carries a premium badge - here are 5 reasons to own one

Words By Darren Moss

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The Audi Q3 is a premium small SUV, and a rival for the likes of the VW Tiguan, BMW X1 and Mercedes GLA.

We're big fans of the Q3's smart interior, and its smooth engine range, and we like that parking it is easy because in reality it's no bigger than an A3 hatchback. It's also not overly expensive to own because prices start at Β£26,150, so it's competitively pitched against other premium SUVs.

So, should you be considering an Audi Q3? Here are 5 reasons why we think you should.

5 reasons to buy an Audi Q3

5. Handling prowess

Some small SUVs suffer from sloppy handling, but the Q3 feels agile with plenty of grip. There's little body lean in corners, and although there's not much feel in the steering the Q3 turns in quickly.

4. Quality interior

Modern Audis have some of the best car interiors around, and the Q3 is no exception. The amount of technology on offer is extensive, the materials are of a high quality and it all feels very well built.

3. Standard kit list

Entry-level SE cars get everything you're likely to need including 17in alloy wheels, dual-zone climate control, sports seats in the front and rear parking sensors. S line models add larger alloys and leather sports seats.

2. Front space

If most of your journeys involve only the front seats, then that's good news because the Q3 has plenty of space for even taller passengers. There's also a wide assortment of cubby holes and spaces for your belongings.

1. Engines for all

Despite its SUV-like styling, the Q3 is destined to spend most of its time in the city, so the entry-level 1.4-litre petrol engine is a safe bet for most buyers. There's plenty of choice, though, and our recommended 2.0-litre diesel option is smooth and powerful.

Audi doesn't have an impressive record when it comes to reliability, and owners have reported a multitude of problems including excessive tyre wear. The Q3's safety record is patchy as well, because while it does get the maximum five stars from Euro NCAP, its pedestrian rating is only average. Automatic emergency braking (AEB) doesn't feature on the options list, either.

What about buying used?

The Audi Q3 has only been in production since 2011, meaning that it's too new for us to have a full used car review. That said, if you're thinking of buying used, we'd still recommend the 2.0-litre TDI diesel engine with entry-level SE trim.

Our usual advice for buying a used car stands, too. Make sure you take any car you're thinking of buying for a thorough test drive, and if you're looking at a diesel model then check that the diesel particulate filter (DPF) has been well cared for.

With the Q3 still a relatively new car, there aren't many to choose from on the used car market. The cheapest models start from around Β£11,000, but just short of Β£16,000 will get you our preferred 2.0 TDI SE model with an automatic gearbox.

What next?

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