Audi Q3 long-term test review

The original Audi Q3 was the firm's best-selling SUV, but this second-generation car faces a much tougher challenge. We've got four months to see if it can worry the class leaders...

Audi Q3 rear
  • The car Audi Q3 35 TFSI S line S tronic
  • Run by Darren Moss, deputy editor
  • Why it’s here The original Q3 was Audi's best-selling SUV, but this new model faces a host of tough rivals. Does it still have what it takes to compete?
  • Needs to Be practical for long trips, comfortable on the motorway and economical enough to use for the weekday commute

Mileage 3169 List price £34,150 Target Price £33,319 Price as tested £37,565 Test economy 33.3mpg Official Economy 38.2mpg Extras Electrically adjustable front seats (£675), metallic paint (£575), heated front seats (£300), Parking System Plus (£300), Audi Sound System (£275), Virtual Cockpit (£250), multi-function steering wheel (£250), four-way lumbar support (£255), electric, heated and folding door mirrors (£225), Storage Pack (£210) and ambient interior lighting (£100) Contract hire £417.94 Insurance group 20 Typical insurance quote £595

1 April 2019 – Plastic fantastic?

Like plenty of modern cars, my Audi Q3 doesn’t have a lot of buttons on its centre console. Instead, most functions are controlled through the infotainment touchscreen, leaving much of the dashboard bare.

To give the dashboard a suitably premium look, then, Audi has fitted shiny piano black plastic, which looked fantastic when the car was clean and new. Trouble is, there are few materials that attract fingerprints and dust quite as much. And because it’s everywhere on the dashboard, the Q3’s interior is starting to look a bit motheaten.

Audi Q3 infotainment screen

Passengers are now advised when they enter the car not to touch anything, for fear of leaving their prints in some corner where my brain will go mad the next time I spot it. This kind of plastic may look great in the showroom, where cars are cleaned every day, but in the real world, its appeal quickly fades under a layer of dust.

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