Audi Q3 Review
Crossovers are big business for carmakers, and the latest niche within this niche is the subcompact crossover segment. The Audi Q3 brings the manufacturer's knack for understated luxury to this booming category.
Car shoppers who want the most deluxe cabins go hunting in the luxury class, and the Audi Q3 doesn't disappoint in this regard. Its cabin is home to elegant design and a bevy of top-notch materials. The Q3 also excels when it comes to comfort, thanks to a suspension that soaks up bumps and harshness with ease.
The Q3 does have some drawbacks. Acceleration can be somewhat tepid, and the crossover's steering lacks responsiveness. Also, the Q3 is missing key infotainment technology offered by rival models. But this is a good time to mention the Q3's relatively modest cost. With many luxury crossovers, the price tag can skyrocket once you tack on certain desirable amenities, but the Q3's options are affordably priced. If you're not keenly focused on having the quickest crossover with the most cutting-edge infotainment features, the Audi Q3 may win you over with its value.
Current Audi Q3
The Audi Q3 is a premium subcompact crossover that serves as the smaller and less expensive sibling to the automaker's Q5. It's sold in two levels of trim: Premium and Premium Plus. With the Premium trim, you get standard features such as xenon headlights, roof rails, a panoramic sunroof, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, leather upholstery, Bluetooth connectivity and a 10-speaker sound system. The Premium Plus trim adds a power liftgate, power-folding exterior mirrors, blind-spot monitoring, and keyless entry and ignition. Both trims are available with a Sport package that adds larger wheels and sport fronts seats, and you can also upgrade your Q3 with an Audi MMI Navigation Plus package that adds in navigation and a color driver information display.
All Q3 models get their motivation from a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that generates 200 horsepower and 207 pound-feet of torque. Both front-wheel drive and a six-speed automatic transmission are standard, and all-wheel drive is available.
In reviews, we've praised the Q3 for its pleasant ride quality in most situations. Its cabin also wins high marks for being attractive and solidly assembled, with good build quality and premium materials. However, the Audi Q3 garners criticism for less than precise handling and mediocre acceleration for the class. Its braking and steering are also middle of the road, and the cabin is less spacious than those of certain rivals.
Used Audi Q3 Models
Introduced for the 2015 model year, the Audi Q3 is still in its first generation. Initially, the model was offered in Premium Plus and Prestige trims.
In its second year of production, the Q3 received light updates to its front-end styling. A rearview camera and front and rear parking sensors were added to its standard amenities. The Prestige trim brought 19-inch wheels, full LED headlights and dynamic rear turn signals as standard equipment.
For the 2017 model year, the Q3 expanded its trim range to three with the addition of a new base Premium model.
For 2018, Audi dropped the Prestige trim, but shoppers could access its features on other Q3s via packages and stand-alone options. The list of standard features on the Premium trim was expanded to include amenities such as heated front seats.
Read the most recent 2018 Audi Q3 review.
If you are looking for older years, visit our used Audi Q3 page.
For more on past Audi Q3 models, view our Audi Q3 history page.