New Audi Q3 vs New Volvo XC40
The XC40 is our favourite family SUV and a former What Car? car of the Year, but is Audi's all-new Q3 even better?...
It’s make or break time for the XC40 as our reigning champion, because the new Q3 puts up a strong challenge on a number of fronts. Its greater agility will appeal to keener drivers, while its superior fuel economy and more versatile rear seats are also very welcome.
The trouble is that there are also some niggles. The hesitant gearbox is frustrating when you’re trying to zip into gaps in traffic and the ride is equally irritating if the roads on which you usually travel are poorly surfaced. Then there’s the interior quality, which just isn’t up to the standard we’ve come to expect from Audi.
So, that leaves the XC40 on top. Not only is it more practical, thanks to its greater rear leg room and well thought out boot, but it also feels classier inside, offers stronger performance and has a more settled ride.
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1st Volvo XC40 - 5 stars
For Strong acceleration; comfier ride; great rear seat and boot space; plusher interior
Against Very thirsty; rear bench could be more flexible; squidgy handling
2nd Audi Q3 - 4 stars
For Bigger boot; flexible rear seats; cheaper on PCP and to run; better handling
Against Coarse engine; laggy gearbox; fidgety ride; tighter rear leg room
Specifications: Volvo XC40 T4 R-Design
Engine 4cyl, 1969cc, turbo, petrol
List price £34,620
Target price £33,198
Power 187bhp @ 4700rpm
Torque 221lb ft @ 1400-4000rpm
Gearbox 8-spd automatic
Top speed 130mph
Gov't fuel economy 34.9mpg (WLTP combined)
CO2 emissions 161g/km
Specifications: Audi Q3 35 TFSI S line S tronic
Engine 4cyl, 1498cc, turbo, petrol
List price £34,150
Target price £34,150
Power 148bhp @ 5000-6000rpm
Torque 184lb ft @ 1500-3500rpm
Gearbox 7-spd dual-clutch automatic
Top speed 128mph
Gov't fuel economy 38.2mpg (WLTP combined)
CO2 emissions 133g/km
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