Audi Q2 vs Audi Q3: costs

These desirable SUVs both have plenty of strengths, but which is right for you: the cheaper Q2 or the larger Q3?...

Audi Q2 2022 headlight

Buying and owning

Costs, equipment, reliability, safety and security

The respective Target Prices for these two show that you should be able to get a slightly bigger discount on the Audi Q3 than the Audi Q2 if you use our free New Car Buying service. However, the Q3 will still set you back around £4500 more if you buy outright.

Factor in all the costs that you'll face over a typical ownership period and the Q2 extends its advantage. It's slightly easier on fuel and cheaper to insure, plus it's expected to retain 55% of its value over three years and 36,000 miles, compared with the Q3's 50%.

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The Q2 also has the advantage if you buy on PCP finance, with it costing £316 per month if you put down a 15% deposit and take out a four-year deal with an annual limit of 8000 miles, whereas the Q3 comes in at £357 per month on the same terms.

And while both cars fall into the same company car tax bracket, the Q3’s higher list price means you will have to sacrifice more of your salary to run one.

Whichever you choose the list of standard equipment includes climate control, adaptive cruise control and keyless entry and start. However, you do get additional accoutrements in the Q3 in the form of 18in alloy wheels (whereas the Q2 has 17s) and a powered tailgate.

Audi Q2 2022 climate controls

Both cars were awarded fives stars when they were tested by the safety experts at Euro NCAP, but the Q3 was found to be marginally better at protecting adult occupants in a crash. What's more, while both come with automatic emergency braking, only the Q3 also comes with blind-spot monitoring, lane-keeping assistance and traffic sign recognition as standard.

On the other hand, in the 2021 What Car? Reliability Survey, the Q2 earned an exceptional reliability rating of 98.7%, whereas the Q3 managed only a middling 91.9%.

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