Parkers overall rating: 4.1 out of 5 4.1

Should you buy one?

Yes, if only for its roomy and functional interior, slick styling and tech that just works. Audi’s premium small family SUV certainly has some strong points – it’s one of the most practical cars of this ilk, is well-made inside and comes with plenty of choice when it comes to powertrain options. Keen drivers should look elsewhere, though, as it’s a little boring from behind the wheel. The BMW X1 and MINI Countryman would be better suited for this, while the Volvo XC40 is more interesting to look at and sit in.

For those wanting value for money, the Sport-spec Q3 35 TFSI model does the job. Standard equipment levels are reasonable, plus the 1.5-litre petrol engine manages to pull the Q3 along adequately. If you want a little more impact in the looks department, S Line models are available for a relatively small premium. Company car drivers should also look towards the 35 TFSI thanks to its low BiK rating. However, for those that do high mileages, the 35 TDI may make more sense thanks to its superior fuel economy.

We’re recommending petrol over diesel unless ultimate economy and fuel range are of paramount importance to you. Tthe more expensive 45 TFSIe does both pretty well and is tax efficient, but does have some PHEV-related compromises as explained in the review. Overall, the Q3 is a good choice in the family SUV sector, and if you can secure a good deal on one, you’ll be rewarded with years of safe and stylish driving, and cast iron residual values when you come to sell it or chop it in for another on finance…

What we like

The interior is a strong point, as is the practicality of the cabin and performance from all models barring the entry-level petrol model.

What we don’t like

There’s surprisingly little to moan about with the Audi Q3, which shows you how seriously its maker takes this high-profit section of the car market. A little nitpicking would lead us to the less-than sparkling interior build quality, while on the road, it can feel flat footed on demanding roads.

Further reading

>> Read how the Q3 compares with the Volkswagen Tiguan

>> Read how the Q3’s rivals stack up against each other in this stylish SUV group test

>> Our Parkers star ratings explained