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?...

New Audi Q3 vs New Volvo XC40

Our verdict

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

Volvo XC40 rear

For Strong acceleration; comfier ride; great rear seat and boot space; plusher interior

Against Very thirsty; rear bench could be more flexible; squidgy handling

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2nd Audi Q3 - 4 stars 

Audi Q3 rear

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

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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

0-60mph 8.5sec

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

0-60mph 9.5sec

Top speed 128mph

Gov't fuel economy 38.2mpg (WLTP combined)

CO2 emissions 133g/km

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