2019 Audi Q3 Review

Pros & Cons

  • Packed with modern technology features
  • Interior is lined with high-quality materials
  • Quiet cabin and comfortable ride quality
  • More passenger room than most subcompact SUVs
  • Lackluster fuel economy
  • Limited in-cabin storage
  • Not much fun to drive
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List Price Range
$29,600 - $36,999

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Which Q3 does Edmunds recommend?

Since there aren't any engine differences between Q3 trims, we suggest picking the base Premium trim. It has plenty of standard features such as leather upholstery and an infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay integration. If you like, add the Convenience package that contains the more notable Premium Plus items.

Edmunds' Expert Review

Overall rating

7.8 / 10

Audi was a pioneer of the subcompact SUV class when it introduced its Q3 back in 2015. Since then, many more automakers have come out with pint-size models. To keep up with the competition, Audi has fully redesigned its Q3 for 2019. And this time around, the Q3 gains a few inches in wheelbase and overall length, which in turn increases rear passenger legroom and cargo capacity.

One drawback to the previous-generation model was subpar acceleration and handling. This new Q3 shows promise since it gains a more powerful engine making 228 horsepower. In our initial testing, we've found the Q3 accelerates smoothly and quickly. The Q3's standard all-wheel-drive system is transparent to the driver and will send most of its power to the front wheels during most driving scenarios. As the rear wheels are always engaged, they can come into play to provide additional traction as needed.

The styling of the Q3 has also been updated. The sharper design motif picks up hints from the all-electric e-tron SUV. It's also all-new on the inside, with heavy influence from other recently redesigned (and more expensive) Audi models. Unfortunately, that also means the Q3 gets the latest MMI infotainment system. It's not as easy to use as before, and the screen is lower on the dash, which can require you to take your eyes off the road more than you like.

Still, our initial impressions of the 2019 Audi Q3 remain very favorable. It has the goods to take on our favorite crossovers in the class: the BMW X1 and the Volvo XC40. While they all have potent performance and are easy to drive, the Q3 gains an advantage for its standard all-wheel drive and overall comfort. Luckily for you, they're all commendable choices and deserve your consideration.

2019 Audi Q3 models

The 2019 Audi Q3 is offered in three trims. The base Premium model comes with all of the trappings found in any luxury SUV while the Premium Plus pads on several creature comforts and advanced safety and tech features. For both of these trims, an available S Line submodel adds larger wheels and sporty body treatments. The top-of-the-line Prestige S Line trim comes complete with some advanced driver assistants, more tech features and premium audio.

All Q3 models are powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine (228 horsepower, 258 lb-ft of torque). It's paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission, and all-wheel drive is standard.

The Premium trim's feature highlights start with LED exterior lighting, a power liftgate, a panoramic sunroof, leather upholstery, heated front seats, an 8.8-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration, USB ports in front and back, and forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking.

Stepping up to the Premium Plus gets you features such as keyless entry and ignition, front and rear parking sensors, a wireless charging pad with signal booster, a blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert, and lane departure warning.

The range-topping Prestige S Line trim is loaded up with power-folding mirrors, adaptive cruise control, an automated parking system, a fully digital instrument panel, a larger touchscreen, a navigation system, Audi Connect telematics and remote services, a surround-view camera system, interior ambient lighting, and a premium Bang & Olufsen sound system.

Some features are available on supporting trims as options. Rear-seat side airbags are offered on all trims as a stand-alone addition.

Driving

8.0
The Q3 is more interested in delivering comfort than thrills. Our test Q3 reached 60 mph in 7.8 seconds, which is slightly slower than average for a luxury subcompact SUV. The eight-speed automatic transmission can also be a little slow to react when you're leaving from a stop.

The Q3 is more energetic from a handling standpoint. It has responsive steering and stays composed when driving through high-speed curves. Altogether, everyday driving is crisp and comfortable, but if driving pleasure is important, you're better off with a BMW X2.

Comfort

8.0
The Q3's ride quality is firm but not overly stiff. Bumps can be felt through the cabin, but the Q3 quickly dispatches with them and doesn't make any excessive body motions. It's also pretty quiet since there's little outside noise, either from the tires or wind.

The optional S Line leather sport seats have a drop to them, almost like buckets. They provide eight-way adjustment to find the perfect position and four-way power lumbar for long trips. The controls are clearly labeled and well within reach. It takes a moment to adjust to the location of each button, but you don't have to fish through the infotainment system. The heated seats take a few minutes to warm up and never get as hot as others in the class.

Interior

8.0
The Q3 has an accessible seating position that will meet the needs of most buyers. There's plenty of headroom up front and enough room for two adults to be comfortable in back. It's also pretty easy to see out of the Q3 thanks to big windows and a short hood.

The optional 10.1-inch touchscreen is responsive to the touch and offers a helpful clicking noise to let you know the command is registered. The buttons on the steering wheel and center console are clearly labeled.

Utility

7.5
The Q3 does the most with its limited cargo dimensions. There's a flat load floor and small compartments on either side to secure small bags, plus a security shade that can be removed to provide more space if needed.

A wireless charging pad and small grip between the cupholders are clever ways to store smartphones, but that's about it in the way of small-item storage. The rear door openings are wide enough to easily lean in and set up rear-facing car seats. The car seat anchors are simple to access, and there are three back anchors for overhead security.

Technology

9.0
With the optional MMI navigation feature, the Q3 can operate Apple CarPlay wirelessly. It sometimes takes a minute to activate upon starting the car, but it's ultimately convenient. Navigation is simple to input and control, but the real star is the map itself, which offers a beautiful three-dimensional view.

All of the Q3's active driver safety features work well, but it can be tricky to get used to all the buttons and knobs required. Adaptive cruise control is mostly helpful, but if traffic abruptly slows, it will sometimes brake too late and prompt the driver to take over.

EdmundsScorecard

Overall7.8 / 10
Driving8.0
Comfort8.0
Interior8.0
Utility7.5
Technology9.0

Consumer reviews

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best entry level luxury suv
Mike b,10/29/2019
Premium Plus quattro 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)
I tried the volvo xc 40, the bmw x1 and the audi q3 was by far the best of the bunch. The ride is super comfortable and the interior is amazing. It has great passing speed on the highway, I was surprised how fast this suv moves after driving a honda crv for many years. I'd recommend the premium plus package, I skipped on the Nav since I can use adroid auto so that will save you 2k along on the final price.
Beautiful and Elegant
Micah,08/20/2019
S line Prestige quattro 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)
While it is a high price to consider when purchasing a sub compact SUV (compare to the Tiguan) it has so many upgraded features and the styling is unmatched. We absolutely love our new Q3 and while it cost a bit more than the top of the line Tiguan, it feels like you get so much more. If you are in the market for a German Small SUV, I would highly recommend taking this out for a spin!
Disappointed in Audi
TN Driver,10/17/2019
Premium quattro 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)
I owned an audi A4 since 2009 and the car was perfect. I decided it was time to upgrade with kids growing up. I'll simply get to the point, I'm very disappointed with Audi for putting this vehicle out. The driving experience is very poor. I love the way the car looks, both inside and out. The tech is great and the screen inside is beautiful. Great space for this size vehicle. The problem with this car is its transmission and overall poor driving experience. The upshifts are inconsistent and jerky. The down shifts are consistently jerky. Especially at low gears. On the highway, you can feel the upshifts through your whole body. I've read a bunch of professional reviews to see if I was the only one - clearly I am not. Read Aaron Gold's Audi 2019 Q3 review in automobilemag.com - that accurately describes my feeling in more detail. Again I'm very disappointed. Quite frankly I'd be disappointed to spend $25K on this car let alone the $40K I bought it for. I write this review to help others with information before they buy.
dont buy it
mikenj,09/02/2019
S line Premium Plus quattro 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)
I actually have never been more disappointed with a new car . The driving experience is from a $20K car. The torque is supposed to be there with a Turbo4 but it isn't. Pedal has no feel and it was a waste to put an 8 speed trans in this thing. Step on the pedal and 1-2 and then 2-3 shift is sluggish and there is plenty of dead pedal. Slow down to take a turn and more dead pedal. Car should sense the throttle input ,quickly down shift the 8 speed trans and get going instead it just sits there putting along,very infuriating! I thought there might have been a learn mode in the trans but after 1k miles it is the same. Change the drive modes and select sport and just a tad better. We have a huge hill with a turn in it and car might as well just stop while figuring what gear it should be in and to get going up the hill. The tech is just a jumble of features on top of features, garbage. Leather seats fancy confusing tech on top of a $20K car and boom it is $43K but really it is a $20K with leather seats and fancy tech. Stay away.

Safety

Our experts like the Q3 models:

Audi Pre Sense Front
Warns if a front collision is imminent and automatically applies the brakes if the driver doesn't respond in time.
Audi Side Assist
Notifies the driver if a vehicle is lurking in the blind spots.
Lane Departure Warning
Warns the driver if the vehicle begins to drift out of its marked lanes.
IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
    Good
  • Roof Strength Test
    Good
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    Good
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Not Tested
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test
    Good

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Used 2019 Audi Q3 Overview

The Used 2019 Audi Q3 is offered in the following submodels: Q3 SUV. Available styles include Premium quattro 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A), S line Premium Plus quattro 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A), S line Prestige quattro 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A), S line Premium quattro 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A), and Premium Plus quattro 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A).

What's a good price on a Used 2019 Audi Q3?

Price comparisons for Used 2019 Audi Q3 trim styles:

  • The Used 2019 Audi Q3 Premium Plus quattro is priced between $36,999 and$36,999 with odometer readings between 2019 and2019 miles.
  • The Used 2019 Audi Q3 Premium quattro is priced between $29,600 and$29,600 with odometer readings between 24845 and24845 miles.

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Should I lease or buy a 2019 Audi Q3?

Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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