Audi Q3 Estate Review

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Audi Q3 Exterior
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From the Audi Q3 range comes the Audi Q3 - practical yet compact for an SUV, it's a great option for your next new car. Check our Audi Q3 review.

Pros

  • Loads of high-tech features.

  • Big boot.

Cons

  • Both automatic and manual gearboxes can feel unresponsive.

  • Firmer ride than the Volvo XC40.

Exterior

4/5

Driving Experience

4/5

Interior

4/5

Practicality

4/5

Running Costs

3/5

Our Rating:


Overall Verdict

The new Audi Q3 is an immensely practical compact SUV with the luxurious characteristics to match. The interior cabin is wonderfully stylish and Audi hasn't held back on providing a generous amount of high-tech goodies!

Competing with the likes of the Volvo XC40, BMW X1 and Mercedes GLA, the Q3 is associated with a well-respected crowd. It’s also worth noting that the second generation Q3 is £1,150 cheaper than the Audi Q3 Sportback.

Despite the engines being a little rough around the edges and the gearboxes a tad vague, the Q3’s exquisite practicality has its rivals beaten all day which makes it a popular choice for small families.

Venture inside the cabin and the Q3 has a pristine cabin to match it’s exterior styling. Everything you see and touch is of a high-quality and you’ll have no trouble getting comfy as you nestle into the sporty front seats.

The standard 3-spoke leather steering wheel is another great feature that allows you to control a number of on-board navigation systems thanks to its multi-functioning capabilities. Included in this is the Q3’s highly regarded infotainment system. The standard 10.25-inch MMI touchscreen is complemented by the 10.1-inch Audi Virtual Cockpit to give the Q3 a superior feel over most other small SUVs.

If you’re in the mood to treat yourself, Audi’s optional Comfort and Sound Pack (additional £1,295) will get you a tidy Bang & Olufsen sound system, a handy rear view camera as well as hands-free opening of the boot and doors.

The Audi Q3 also comes with plenty of standard safety kit including precision parking rear parking sensors, cruise control and a front pre-sense mechanism to reduce the risk of accidents.

Practicality reigns supreme in the Audi Q3 thanks to its significantly spacious boot. Jump back into the rear seats and the Q3 offers loads more room than many similar priced alternatives.

All things considered, the Audi Q3 is a cracking all-rounder with bucket-loads of style and practicality. It’s just a shame about the slightly underwhelming driving experience compared to some other luxury small SUV cars.


Available Trims

Sport

The entry-level ‘Sport’ trim boasts a generous selection of standard equipment to make it a very enticing option. The 18” '5-double-arm alloy wheels are the foundation to the car's impressive exterior style, while the futuristic LED headlights provide powerful assistance on dark roads. Somehow, the ‘Sport’ trim has managed to wrangle Audi’s intuitive Virtual Cockpit into its possession which is a huge selling point for those on a budget.

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S Line

The S Line trim is where the Audi Q3 starts to ramp things up a notch. The 19” ‘5-twin-spoke-dynamic’ alloy wheels give the S line a luxurious shine, while the rejuvenated exterior styling pack offers S Line bumpers and platinum grey accents amongst a number of other appealing aesthetics.

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Edition 1

Similar to Audi’s ‘Black Edition’ trim, the ‘Edition 1’ comes with a striking black styling pack that radiates the Q3’s intimidating presence. The machete-like 20” ‘twin-spoke rotor’ alloy sport wheels follow suit in matt black with diamond cut finish. The Matrix LED headlights use cutting-edge tech to alter the brightness of your lights according to your situation, while you won’t struggle to get comfy in the Edition 1 thanks to the soft, twin leather upholstery.

Vorsprung

The top of the range ‘Vorsprung’ trim is an absolute cut above the rest if you’ve got an extra £11k to play around with. The adaptive suspension with damper control allows you to select your preferred driving mode, while the instinctive Driver Assistance Pack provides a broad range of safety and parking assistants. Add Alcantara/twin leather upholstery, heated front seats and a panoramic sunroof into the picture and costs will rack up - but you can decide whether it’s worth it.


Exterior

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The Audi Q3 bases much of its exterior style off the larger Audi Q8. The commanding and aggressive octagonal grille provides enticing first impressions, while the deep front bumpers look very smart alongside the Selenite silver accents.

The muscular sculpture of the Q3’s body shape emphasises the car's strong creases and the fact that you can get the entry-level ‘Sport’ trim in 8 colour variations is pretty cool. Definitely one of the more trendy-looking small SUVs on the market.


Driving Experience

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The Audi Q3 is available in 3 petrol and 2 diesel outputs. You have the choice between a six-speed manual gearbox or the S Tronic seven-speed automatic, but neither cover the Q3 in too much glory as they can both be a tad slow and unresponsive when you put the foot down.

The entry level 35 TFSI 1.5-litre 150bhp petrol engine is an ideal choice if you’re not planning to clock up too many miles and stick to city driving. You’ll get the option of picking between a manual or S Tronic automatic transmission, but it’s the only Q3 engine that doesn’t come with Audi’s four-wheel drive ‘quattro’ system. The 35 TFSI reaches 0-62mph in 9.4s and manages a top speed of 126mph.

The middle of the range 40 TFSI quattro 2.0-litre 190bhp S Tronic reaches a top speed of 144mph and completes 0-62mph in 7.4s, although, it’s inefficient fuel economy leaves a lot to be desired. Topping off the petrol range is the 45 TFSI quattro 2.0-litre 230bhp S Tronic which can get you to 62mph in 6.3 seconds, while reaching a top speed of 144mph.

With the 35 TDI 2.0-litre 150bhp diesel output you get the option of a front-wheel drive powertrain with a six-speed manual gearbox or the quattro four-wheel drive automatic transmission. The performance stats are identical to the 35 TFSI, but the 2.0L 35 TDI has its petrol equivalent well beaten in regards to fuel economy.

If you’re regularly on the motorway, the 40 TDI quattro 2.0-litre 190bhp S Tronic is your best bet for economical running costs. It’ll also manage 0-62mph in 8 seconds flat and ramp up to a top speed of 134mph.


Driving Position

Once you’ve nestled into your leather perch of a driver's seat, you’ll realise the Audi Q3 provides you with a good front view - it's a great car with a high driving position.

The pillars between the windscreen and the front doors aren’t particularly clunky, but it’s still a tad tricky to spot smaller cars approaching junctions.

Rear visibility is better than most small SUVs and the Q3’s rear parking sensors provide an additional layer of protection and guidance.


Handling

The Q3’s precise steering and well controlled body lean make it pretty fun to drive around town, but the laggy gearboxes don’t do much to fight its corner against alternatives like the Volvo XC40 and the BMW X1.

The more powerful outputs come with the option of quattro four-wheel drive which provides the Q3 with ample amounts of grip to handle slippery conditions with ease. S Line models are equipped with larger alloy wheels to give the Q3 even higher levels of grip.


Suspension

The Q3’s standard suspension (available on Sport trim) handles most lumps and bumps relatively well and offers a more comfortable driving experience than sport suspension available on both the S Line and Edition 1 trims.

The larger alloy wheels and lower sport suspension make the Q3 significantly firmer, and quite frankly less comfortable than the entry-level suspension.

You can pay extra (standard on Vorsprung trim) to get adaptive suspension with damping control. This lets you choose between the softer, more comfort-oriented suspension or the stiffer sporty suspension depending on your driving situation giving you the best of both worlds!

Audi Q3 Estate Interior

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Offering sophistication in every detail, the Audi Q3’s interior cabin is a meticulous piece of craftsmanship packed with all the latest Audi technology.

Styling

The Audi Q3's interior cabin boasts a certain level of flair and pizzazz that gives it the edge over its well-accomplished rivals like the Volvo XC40 and the BMW X1.

There’s glossy, soft black plastics and dashing metal trims splashed across the dashboard which provides a fitting platform for the high-resolution, 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system.

You’ll get to play around with the multi-functional leather steering wheel from the comfort of your sporty front seats. If you upgrade to the S Line trim, you’ll receive more supportive padding and electrical adjustment, while the Edition 1 or Vorsprung trim gets you heated front seats with 4-way lumbar support.

Tech

The double whammy of a standard 10.25-inch touch-screen and a 10.1-inch Audi Virtual Cockpit display is an absolute steal for entry-level buyers.

The central touchscreen operates the entertainment, sat-nav, while the Virtual cockpit (located behind the steering wheel) replaces the old-school analogue speedometer with a contemporary digital display that looks great on the crisp and responsive on the screen.

If we’re being picky, the Q3’s infotainment system is slightly less user-friendly than that in the BMW X1, but the steering wheel-mounted controls mean your eyes won’t waver off the road too much.

Practicality

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In terms of practicality, the Audi Q3 is the royal flush of the luxury small SUV class. 


Dimensions

4,484 (L) x 2,024 (W) x 1,616 (H)


Boot Size

The Q3's large boot has the capacity to store 530 litres worth of luggage with the seats up and just over 1,400 litres with the seats down. 

With all the seats up, that's enough space for approximately 13 carry on suitcases (according to Audi) or a whole host of gear for a family camping trip.

AudiQ3 Boot Space

Passenger Room

Thanks to the Q3’s tall body, there’s a generous amount of headroom up front. You’ll also have no complaints about legroom unless your passengers are well over six-foot tall.

In the rear seats, the Q3 Estate has the real feel of a proper SUV. The large rear door openings mean you don’t have to clamber in and even six-footers will have enough leg and headroom behind an equally tall driver.

Audi Q3 Estate Rear Passenger Seats

Safety Features

Unsurprisingly, the Audi Q3 scored a maximum 5* rating from its Euro NCAP safety test. It's worth noting the Volvo XC40 scored better in terms of protecting adults and children in an accident scenario.

The Q3’s standard safety features include automatic emergency braking (AEB), lane-keep assist, blind-spot detection, pre-sense front, cruise control and rear parking sensors.

Running Costs

Our Rating:

Fuel economy and CO2 emissions are reasonably competitive if you opt for an automatic diesel output, but the Q3 Estate won't win any Greenpeace awards.


MPG

If low running costs are high up on the agenda, the two diesel options are your best bet.

The 35 TDI engine will return around 45.6 mpg, while the 40 TDI is slightly less efficient with a fuel economy of 38.2 mpg.

The entry-level 35 TFSI petrol engine returns a reasonable 40.4 mpg, whereas, the 40 TFSI engine achieves 31 mpg in real-time driving. The 45 TFSI is the least wallet-friendly option returning 30 mpg.


CO2 Emissions

The 35 TDI diesel output is the most environmentally-friendly option with CO2 emissions of 124g/km, while both the 35 TDI quattro and 40 TDI quattro emit 146g/km.

If you are more inclined to pick a petrol engine, you can expect 132g/km of CO2 emissions from the entry-level 35 TFSI, 165g/km for the middle tier 40 TFSI and a whopping 171gkm from the thirsty 45 TFSI engine. 


Insurance Group

The Q3 ranges from insurance groups 23 to 33. The cheapest option is the 35 TFSI petrol engine whereas the 45 TFSI is going to leave the biggest hole in your pocket. 

Cheapest Trim Lowest Insurance Group RRP
Audi Q3 Estate S Line 20E £26,440
Audi Q3 Estate Sport 20E £27,695
Audi Q3 Estate Edition 1 27P £37,085
Audi Q3 Estate Vorsprung 27E £42,960

Reliability

As a brand, Audi ranked surprisingly low on Reliability Index’s manufacturer rating. Audi reliability placed 34th out of 40 manufacturers with a reliability index of 195.

On the whole, there are no consistent issues with the Audi Q3. Minor rattling can be a common concern, so take those speed bumps at a leisurely pace.


Warranty

The Audi Q3 Estate comes with a standard three-year/60,000-mile Audi warranty, which should be more than enough for most lease contracts. However, if you want a lengthier or high mileage lease, you’ll also be able to extend this annually up to 100,000 miles with Audi’s extended warranty.


Servicing

For an easy life, consider the ‘Audi Complete Plan’. This is available when you buy a new car from Audi, and you can pay monthly installments for 3 types of scheduled maintenance.

The 3 types are:

  • Service - all services for the first 3 years.

  • Service and maintenance - same as above but with engine, suspension, gearbox, and brake components cover. You also get three years breakdown cover added in!

  • Service, maintenance, tyres - All of the above but covers any issues with tyres, including replacement as needed (fair wear and tear applies).

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