Audi Q3 Road Test

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Audi Q3 Review

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The Q3’s general levels of refinement make it relaxing company over a distance. The engine note is agreeably restrained, and less intrusive than in some rival models.

Comfort and Refinement

The Q3’s general levels of refinement make it relaxing company over a distance. The engine note is agreeably restrained, and less intrusive than in some rival models. The seats are on the firm side but supportive in all directions and well shaped to cushion the lower back against fatigue on a long journey.

Safety and Security

With this car you get dual-zone climate control to keep you fresh and alert. Both the lights and wipers have auto settings, to activate when needed and help minimise the load on the driver. You can have adaptive lighting that lets you see round corners, dynamic suspension to tighten the car’s responses, a blind spot warning and a lane assist feature. There is also an optional hill-hold assist function that prevents roll-back when starting on a slope. The car comes with a standard immobiliser and Thatcham category 1 alarm.

Standard kit on the Q3 includes a concert quality audio system, Bluetooth connectivity for your mobile phone or music player, and an iPod interface. It does not include satellite navigation, you have to add that as an extra, which in this price bracket seems a bit surprising. The colour screen is already installed and sits atop the dash as your interface with the audio system, phone connection and information system, but optionally – via a dealer - you can add a hard drive-based satnav system with 3D mapping.
  • BMW X1
  • Range Rover Evoque
  • Land Rover Freelander
  • Volvo XC60
  • Volkswagen Tiguan
What We Liked
  • Handsome muscular exterior
  • Stylish and well equipped cabin
  • Tidy road manners
  • All-wheel-drive efficiency
  • Child locks activated/de-activated from driving seat
What We Disliked
  • High boot floor
  • High-reach tailgate
  • Quite pricey
What We Would Like To See
  • Satnav included

The Q3 is an accomplished and desirable compact SUV, good enough to worry BMW as a rival for the X1. It is also a strong challenger for Land Rover’s highly acclaimed new Range Rover Evoque. Audi has come up with a classy rival that looks like a scaled-down Q7 and fulfils much of the same expectation in a smaller package. Another strong offering from the four-ring brand.

13 December 2011 Sue Baker
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Audi Q3 Road Test Data
Model ReviewedAudi Audi Q3 2.0 TDI Quattro SE S tronic
Body TypeSUV
ColourSamoa Orange
Performance (manufacturers data) 
0 - 62 mph8.2 seconds
Top Speed 132 mph
Transmission7-speed auto
Fuel TypeDiesel
CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures) g/km
Economy (NEDC Figures) 
Urban40.4 mpg
Extra Urban53.3 mpg
Combined47.9 mpg
Insurance Group21
Euro NCAP Rating
Warranty3 years / 60,000 miles
Price (when tested on the 13/12/11)£28,460

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