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 third year in the United States. Keep in mind that before the Q3 came to U.S. showrooms in 2015, it was already a three-year veteran in other markets, and it bears the hallmarks of a 6-year-old design.
Not that we dislike the Q3 — on the contrary, like other Audis, it has much to recommend it. We like the Q3's ride quality and its quiet demeanor 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, like the placement of the climate controls and Multi Media Interface (MMI) dials, are questionable. And while some versions of the Q3 get a standard USB port to hook up smartphones — as does virtually every other vehicle on sale in the United States — other Q3s still employ Audi's proprietary MMI plug. An iPhone Lightning cable is included, but owners of Androids or older iPhones must purchase a pricey cable from the dealership in order to plug in 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. The EPA estimates the fuel economy of both front- and all-wheel-drive versions at 23 mpg combined (20 city/28 highway), a figure that is below par for the segment.
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 it's an appearance package only — there are no changes to the steering or suspension, and therefore nothing any sportier in the driving experience.
For 2017, Audi has introduced a new entry-level Premium model; as with most Audis it 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, while the top-of-the-line Q3 Prestige adds navigation and other premium features. Which Q3 model is best? Let Edmunds help find the perfect 2017 Audi Q3 for you.
2017 Audi Q3 Overview
The 2017 Audi Q3 is offered in the following submodels: SUV. Available styles include Premium quattro 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A), Premium Plus 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A), and Premium 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A). Q3 models are available with a 0-liter gas engine, with output up to 0 hp, depending on engine type. The 2017 Q3 comes with all wheel drive or front wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 6-speed shiftable automatic. The 2017 Q3 comes with a 4 yr./ 50000 mi. basic warranty, a 4 yr./ unlimited mi. roadside warranty, and a 4 yr./ 50000 mi. powertrain warranty.
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What do people think of the 2017 Audi Q3? Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2017 Audi Q3 and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2017 Q3 a 4.1 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 2017 Q3.
Vehicle Premium quattro 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A)
Review Yes, this car could have used 50 more horsepower in the 2.0T model, however the highway mileage is a sensational 33mpg at 65mph (with 89 octane fuel) It has a nice tight suspension with a super quiet ride. I was looking for a car for 2 years prior to buying this Q3 and am very pleased. It has taken me from Key West to the mountains of Northern Maine in a confident, safe and secure way. The down sides: Be aware that the display is in desperate need of upgrading, the Pirelli brand of tire needs to be changed to Michelin.
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2017 audi q3 Premium quattro 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A), 6-speed shiftable automatic, premium unleaded (recommended) 23 combined MPG 20 city MPG/28 highway MPG
2017 audi q3 Premium Plus 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A), 6-speed shiftable automatic, premium unleaded (recommended) 23 combined MPG 20 city MPG/28 highway MPG
2017 audi q3 Premium 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A), 6-speed shiftable automatic, premium unleaded (recommended) 23 combined MPG 20 city MPG/28 highway MPG
What options are available on the 2017 Audi Q3?
Available Audi Q3 2017 Submodel Types: SUV
Available Audi Q3 2017 Trims: Premium Plus quattro, Premium quattro, Prestige quattro, Premium Plus, Premium
Exterior Colors: Cortina White, Daytona Gray Pearl Effect, Utopia Blue Metallic, Brilliant Black, Florett Silver Metallic, Monsoon Gray Metallic, Mythos Black Metallic, Glacier White Metallic, Misano Red Pearl Effect, Cuvee Silver Metallic, Hainan Blue Metallic, Manhattan Gray Metallic, Cobalt Blue Metallic
Interior Colors: Black leather, Rock Gray leather, Chestnut Brown leather, Titanium Gray leather
Popular Features: Alarm, Audio and cruise controls on steering wheel, Auto Climate Control, Bluetooth, Fold Flat Rear Seats, Leather Seats, Multi-Zone Climate Control, Post-collision safety system, Power Driver Seat, Rear Bench Seats, Stability Control, Sunroof/Moonroof, Tire Pressure Warning, Trip Computer, USB Inputs, Upgraded Headlights, Heated seats, Back-up camera, Parking sensors, AWD/4WD, Keyless Entry/Start, Power Liftgate/Trunk, Blind Spot Monitoring, Electronic Folding Mirrors, Navigation, Mobile Internet, Aux Audio Inputs, Upgraded Stereo, Towing Hitch
Engine/Mechanics: 4 cylinders
Fuel Types: premium unleaded (recommended)
Drivetrains: all wheel drive, front wheel drive
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