2018 Audi Q3
- Lots of features at a price lower than rivals
- Interior is lined with high-quality materials
- Rides comfortably on rough roads
- Cabin is hushed at highway speeds
- Handling and acceleration lag behind class rivals
- Backseat is a tight fit for adults
- Ranks at the back of the pack for fuel economy
- Infotainment controller is awkwardly placed, and no USB interface
2018 Audi Q3 pricingin Ashburn, VA
Which Q3 does Edmunds recommend?
Edmunds' Expert Review
Overall rating3 / 5
Buying or leasing a subcompact premium crossover is a great way for you to own a top-tier luxury-branded vehicle without paying much money. But while these vehicles feature attractive starting prices, the price adds up quickly once you start tacking on expected luxury-oriented features such as leather seating or a sunroof. Luckily, somebody must have forgotten to tell Audi because the 2018 Q3 is feature-rich and much less expensive than its rivals.
In its base form, the Q3 comes with leather upholstery, a panoramic sunroof, a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, and heated front seats. These are all optional extras on the Q3's chief competitors, the Mercedes-Benz GLA 250 and the BMW X1. Combine the superb value with Audi's traditionally excellent interior materials and a comfortable ride quality and you've got a small luxury crossover SUV that's tough to ignore. But the Q3 has some faults. It's not much fun to drive around turns quickly, and steering feel is completely numb and disconnected. The engine also disappoints; it's thirsty and doesn't have enough power to accelerate the Q3 with any real authority. There's also a notable lack of the latest in-car infotainment features. But if speed and tech aren't priorities, the Q3's price tag is sure to entice.
Trim levels & features
Despite being the smallest and most affordable crossover in the lineup, the 2018 Audi Q3 is loaded with features even in the base Premium trim. But there's also the Premium Plus, which comes with even more. All Q3s are powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 200 horsepower and 207 pound-feet of torque. It's paired to a six-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard, and an all-wheel-drive system (Quattro) is available.
The Premium is very well equipped with standard features that include 18-inch wheels, automatic xenon headlights and wipers, LED daytime running lights and taillights, silver roof rails, a panoramic sunroof, heated mirrors, front and rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, dual-zone automatic climate control, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a monochrome driver information display, heated and eight-way power-adjustable front seats (with four-way lumbar adjustment), a 60/40-split folding rear seat, leather upholstery, ambient interior lighting, Bluetooth, a charge-only USB port, and a 10-speaker audio system with a CD player, an SD card slot, satellite radio and Audi's proprietary digital music interface with a Lightning (iPhone) adapter cable.
Upgrading to the Premium Plus adds the contents of the Premium's Convenience package (keyless entry and ignition, a power liftgate, an auto-dimming mirror and aluminum interior trim). It also includes LED headlights, aluminum exterior trim, power-folding exterior mirrors (with auto-dimming on the driver side) and blind-spot monitoring, which we think is invaluable given the Q3's large blind spots.
Two features packages are available for either trim (though the Premium must be ordered with the Convenience package). The Sport package adds 19-inch wheels, front sport seats, selectable driving modes and steering-wheel-mounted shift paddles. The Audi MMI Navigation Plus package adds a navigation system with online services and a color driver information display.
Adding the Sport package to the Premium Plus opens the door to the Sport Plus package, which includes sportier exterior styling elements and a different wheel design.
The only option available for both trims are the unique wheels from the Sport Plus package. The Premium Plus can also be ordered with wood inlays (replacing the aluminum trim) and a 14-speaker Bose audio system.
Each vehicle typically comes in multiple versions that are fundamentally similar. The ratings in this review are based on our Full Test of the 2015 Audi Q3 Premium Plus Quattro SUV (turbocharged 2.0L inline-4 | 6-speed automatic | AWD).
NOTE: Since this test was conducted, the current Q3 has received some revisions, including revised styling and the introduction of the base Premium trim level. Our findings remain applicable to this year's Audi Q3.
Noise & vibration4.5
Ease of use3.5
Getting in/getting out3
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Features & Specs
Our experts’ favorite Q3 safety features:
- Audi Parking System Plus
- Helps the Q3 park by sounding an alert when it approaches an object in front or behind the vehicle. Also includes a rearview camera.
- Audi Side Assist
- Illuminates a light on the side view mirror if a vehicle is in the Q3's blind spot. Sounds an alarm when the turn signal is activated.
- Hill Descent Assist
- Helps control the Q3 as it descends slippery slopes at low speeds. Stabilizes the vehicle by applying the brakes when traction is limited.
2018 Audi Q3 for Sale
The Audi Q3 is starting to show its age, which seems like a funny thing to say about a vehicle that is just now entering its fourth year in the United States. But the reality is that when the Q3 entered U.S. showrooms for the 2015 model year, it was already a three-year veteran in other markets, and it bears the hallmarks of a 7-year-old design.
Not that we dislike the 2018 Audi Q3 — on the contrary, we appreciate the effort Audi has put into transferring its strengths into an affordable package. We like the Q3's ride quality and its hushed cabin at highway speeds. Cargo room is good by class standards, and the design and materials quality of the cabin are impeccable, which is exactly what we expect from Audi. The Q3 offers comfortable accommodations for its front-seat occupants, and the engine's refinement is impressive.
But in other areas, the Q3 lets us down. While the front seat is roomy, back-benchers will be squeezed by a lack of legroom. Some of the ergonomic choices, such as the placement of the climate controls and Multi Media Interface (MMI) dials, are questionable. Unlike virtually every other vehicle on sale in the United States (including most Audis), the Q3 still employs Audi's old proprietary MMI plug to interface with external audio devices rather than a simple USB port. An iPhone Lightning cable is included, but owners of Androids or older iPhones must purchase a pricey cable from the dealership in order to connect their devices. (A USB charging port and Bluetooth connectivity do come standard.)
As with many Audi models, the Q3 is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, but this is an older version that produces 200 horsepower and 207 pound-feet of torque. It comes coupled to a six-speed automatic transmission and either front- or all-wheel drive. Edmunds tested the all-wheel-drive version and clocked it to 60 mph in 8.0 seconds, which is slow compared to its luxury-branded competitors. Fuel economy is also underwhelming.
Audis are usually pretty good handlers, but the Q3 didn't impress us much: The suspension allows a fair amount of body roll in corners, and the overly light steering doesn't give much feedback. Audi does offer a Sport option bundle for the Q3, but there are no changes to the steering or suspension and, therefore, nothing any sportier in the driving experience.
For 2018, Audi has dropped the top-trim Prestige model; some of the features it added have been parsed to the Premium and Premium Plus trims, while others live in in options packages. The entry-level Premium offers plenty of equipment that is optional on the Q3's rivals, including genuine leather upholstery and a 10-speaker stereo. The Premium Plus adds more options we consider must-haves for a luxury vehicle and doesn't cost much more, especially if you already planned on adding the Convenience package to the Premium. Which Q3 model is best? Let Edmunds help find the perfect 2018 Audi Q3 for you.
2018 Audi Q3 Overview
The 2018 Audi Q3 is offered in the following submodels: Q3 SUV. Available styles include Premium Plus quattro 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A), Premium 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A), Premium quattro 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A), and Premium Plus 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A).
What do people think of the 2018 Audi Q3?
Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2018 Audi Q3 and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2018 Q3 4 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2018 Q3.
Edmunds Expert Reviews
Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2018 Audi Q3 and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2018 Q3 featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.
Our Review Process
This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.
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What's a good price for a New 2018 Audi Q3?
2018 Audi Q3 Premium Plus quattro 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A)
The 2018 Audi Q3 Premium Plus quattro 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $42,425. The average price paid for a new 2018 Audi Q3 Premium Plus quattro 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A) is trending $2,350 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $2,350 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$40,075.
The average savings for the 2018 Audi Q3 Premium Plus quattro 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A) is5.5% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
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2018 Audi Q3 Premium quattro 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A)
The 2018 Audi Q3 Premium quattro 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $36,450. The average price paid for a new 2018 Audi Q3 Premium quattro 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A) is trending $2,500 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $2,500 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$33,950.
The average savings for the 2018 Audi Q3 Premium quattro 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A) is6.9% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
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2018 Audi Q3 Premium 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A)Available Inventory:
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Should I lease or buy a 2018 Audi Q3?
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