Parkers overall rating: 4.4 out of 5 4.4

Should you buy an Audi Q3 SUV?

Yes, if only for its high-quality interior and slick styling. Audi’s premium crossover certainly has some strong points – it’s one of the most practical cars of this ilk, is supremely 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 arguably more interesting to look at.

For those looking for the cheapest Q3, the Sport-spec 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. Finally, performance fans would do well to be patient when it comes to getting their hands on the fastest Q3. A 2.0-litre turbocharged SQ3 has been heavily mooted and we could see it arrive in either 2019 or 2020.

As for engines, the initial spread of 35 TFSI and 35 TDI should see a fairly even uptake, and for good reason – they're efficient and reasonably refined. We're recommend petrol over diesel unless ultimate economy and fuel range are of paramount importance to you. Overall, a safe choice in the family SUV sector, and if you can secure a good deal on one, you'll be rewarded with years of safe, stylish and slightly boring motoring…

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

> Need an SUV with seven seats? Read about these two from Skoda and SEAT