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4.4 out of 5 4.4
Parkers overall rating: 4.4 out of 5 4.4

Compact SUV combines up-to-date tech, practicality and a dose of style

Audi Q3 SUV (18 on) - rated 4.4 out of 5
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At a glance

New price £31,225 - £59,395
Lease from new From £417 per month
Used price £21,265 - £37,410
Used monthly cost £531 - £934
Fuel Economy 27.7 - 48.7 mpg
Road tax cost £145 - £465
Insurance group 24 - 42 How much is it to insure?
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PROS

  • Supremely practical
  • Comfortable ride
  • Generous equipment

CONS

  • Nothing special to drive
  • Noisy diesel engines
  • Hesitant automatic gearbox at low speeds

Audi Q3 SUV rivals

Written by Lawrence Cheung on

The previous Audi Q3 was one of the firm’s first SUVs on the market. Launched in 2011, this compact SUV managed to be a big seller for Audi over its seven years on sale, facing rivals such as the BMW X1, Mercedes-Benz GLA and MINI Countryman.

Arriving at the end of 2018, this second-generation brings the fight to an even more crowded market, with the arrival of the Volvo XC40 and multiple cheaper alternatives - including the Skoda Karoq, SEAT Ateca and Volkswagen Tiguan.

This Q3 is based on newer underpinnings, which means cleverer packaging solutions and less weight than the outgoing model. There’s now more space inside, cleaner engines and up-to-date tech.

Audi Q3 interior

The Audi Q3 is still recognisable in size and shape, but the bodywork has been sharpened up – especially up front with its more aggressive nose, thanks to large vents and a wider, centre grille.

Audi Q3 engines and trim levels, DSG automatic for most

Three petrol engines and two diesels are available on the Audi Q3. Petrol engines consist of a 1.5-litre and a pair of 2.0-litre engines, ranging from 150- to 230hp. Both diesels are 2.0-litres in size and range from 150- to 190hp.

Most engines come fitted with a DSG automatic gearbox, but entry-level 150hp engines can be fitted with a six-speed manual.

The seven-speed automatic gearbox is smooth and quick-shifting on the move, but can be hesitant to respond from stationary.

The Audi Q3 is available with three trim levels: Sport, S Line, and Vorsprung. All models come with sat-nav and Virtual Cockpit as standard.

Does the Q3 shape up to be a strong competitor in the small SUV market? Read the Parkers review to find out

Audi Q3 SUV rivals

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