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Review of the 2015 Audi Q3

  • The 2015 Audi Q3 is a late but formidable arrival to the growing compact luxury crossover segment in the U.S.

  • Safety | Reliability
  • Pros

    Sharp styling; refined interior; engine promises lively performance; high-tech safety and creature comforts.

  • Cons

    Useful cargo space, but diminutive size limits SUV versatility; rough ride in most dynamic modes.

  • What's New for 2015

    The 2015 Audi Q3 is an all-new small crossover.

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Vehicle: 2015 Audi Q3 Premium Plus quattro 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A)

What a vehicle. Has all the comfort and toys you would expect in a vehicle. Very Comfortable, Agile, Sharp, Excellent finishes, Fun to drive, Its the perfect size for those not having to haul a lot of things or people but yet enough room to fit more than a car. You get the elevated height and of course the best AWD drive system out there, Quattro. The Q3 was well worth the wait.



Full 2015 Audi Q3 Review

What's New for 2015

The 2015 Audi Q3 is an all-new small crossover.

Introduction

Building on the success of its midsize Q5, Audi will soon offer a smaller crossover with the 2015 Audi Q3. The Q3 will use a turbocharged four-cylinder engine matched to a six-speed automatic transmission. The 2.0-liter engine is rated at 200 horsepower and 207 pound-feet of torque, which should deliver lively acceleration and enough low-end muscle for the cargo duties expected of a small SUV. Front-wheel drive will come standard, with all-wheel drive an available option.

The Q3 is nearly 10 inches shorter than the Q5, but will still offer a useful 48 cubic feet of cargo space with the 60/40-split rear seats folded down (16.2 cubes with the seats up). Two trim levels will be available: Premium Plus and Prestige. Standard equipment will include 18-inch wheels, a panoramic sunroof, leather upholstery and heated 12-way front seats. Sportier front seats, adjustable performance settings, a navigation system with 7-inch display, a 14-speaker Bose audio system and a power liftgate will be optional. Available safety features will include blind-spot monitoring, parking assist, a rearview camera and rear seat side airbags (side curtain airbags come standard).

The Q3 will also offer three driver-adjustable dynamic modes: Auto, Dynamic and Comfort. We drove a Q3 in Europe and found it unnecessarily firm in anything but its Comfort setting. While the SUV offers plenty of grip and suppresses body roll quite well, its speed-sensitive steering doesn't allow much road feel to come through. A more rugged A3 it is not.

The Q3 goes on sale this fall starting at $33,425 for the front-wheel-drive base model. All-wheel-drive models start at $35,525. That's within striking distance of the BMW X1 rear-drive model and probably not far off from forthcoming competitors like the Lexus NX 200t and Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class. Check back for a full review of the 2015 Audi Q3, including specs, driving impressions and buying advice as it becomes available.

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