Audi’s reputation is built on world-class engineering and performance – the Q3 is no exception. Keeping up with the growing average car size, it marked Audi’s entrance into the small premium 4x4 range with style.
What you need to know about the Audi Q3
Of course, it wasn’t the first in Audi’s Q range. That title goes to the monster that is the Q7, followed by the mid-size Q5. The Q3 was the smallest, until the coupé-shaped Q2 took the mantle.
Largely based on the A3 hatchback, it offers you much more interior space, ride height and off-road practicality. After all, it is a premium crossover – unsurprisingly its built mostly for tarmac, but the optional four-wheel drive does an impressive job over rough tracks.
There’s also a good range of engines, and the styling helps the Q3 compete with tough rivals, and perhaps even edge it ahead. Luxuries such as 16-inch alloy wheels, electronic limited slip differential, air con and leather details all come as standard, something you’ll miss out on many other small SUVs.
What to watch out for
Unfortunately, despite the engine range, there’s no diesel engine smaller than 2-litres, meaning the Q3 lacks a truly eco proposition. It’s a shame in this market, but emissions and fuel consumption can be kept down with efficiency mode, thanks to Audi’s seven-speed S-tronic transmission technology.
This mode disengages the clutch when you remove your foot from the accelerator pedal to coast at speed. In our review, we found it strange at first because the engine revs drop right down to around 1,000rpm, but you won’t lose any noticeable speed. It contributes to emissions below 140g/km for the lowest powered diesel.
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The Q3 is clearly an Audi, as its premium feel is more than skin deep. The build quality and excellent engineering ensure it’s an engaging driving experience not too dissimilar from a hatchback. You get plenty of agility, power and fun across all models, although it’s most at home on the roads.
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