The overall success of Audi’s Q7 and Q5 models prompted Audi into introducing the Q3 in the carmaker’s line-up.
A compact crossover, the five-door Q3 seats 5 and is said to rival vehicles like the likes of Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class and BMW X1.
The Q3 is essentially a scaled-down version of the Q5, one of Audi’s most popular vehicles. The wraparound tailgate caps a stubby tall-wagon shape that’s much smaller than the Q5 and is as handsome as the Q5.
Audi’s drive select system is an option. It enables the driver to adjust the handling and throttle response at the touch of the button. The Q3 will ride on 18-inch wheels and tires, though 19-inchers is also offered.
Audi claims seating for five with rear seat less hospitable for adults. With the Sport package, the Q3 adds extra bolstering and adjustable thigh cushions to the front seats. The cargo area offers luggage capacity of 1.5 m2 and folding down the split rear seatbacks increases this capacity to 4.48 m2.
- The Q3 offer rear-side airbags as an option.
- A Driver Assistance package that includes parking sensors and a rear-view camera, as well as blind-spot monitors as an option.
- Include speed-dependent electric power steering,
- Electronic stability control with off-road and hill descent settings,
- 18-inch wheels (19-inch wheels are offered),
- a sunroof,
- xenon headlights,
- LED interior lighting,
- 12-way power-adjustable front seats with heating, and leather trim.
- Audi’s MMI navigation plus system with a 7.0-inch display,
- Audi connect Wi-Fi,
- A powered tailgate, and
- A Bose sound system
The Q3 is far better looking model compared to its competitor and the prestige that comes with the name should mean that this smallest Q model will be a sales success.
The Q3 provides a choice of two or four wheel drive as well as diesel engines directed at affordable running costs and performance focused petrol versions. Like many models from the range it still loses out to the BMW when it comes to driver engagement.
Two or Four-Wheel Drive
Depending on which engine you choose in the Audi Q3, you have a choice of two- or four-wheel drive. Most models come with Audi’s famous Quattro all-wheel drive, but if you plump for the popular 138bhp 2.0-litre turbo-diesel motor, you can also order the Q3 with front-wheel drive.
The front drive 2.0 TDI only comes with a six-speed manual gearbox and it’s the slowest car in the Q3 range, but it’s still decent to drive and will appeal to company drivers.