Standard EquipmentTechnical SpecificationOptional ExtrasIndependent Review

Safety

  • Audi connect safety and service (e-call)
  • 3x3 point rear seatbelts
  • 6 airbags - Driver, front passenger, curtain and side windows
  • Electronic stabilisation control including ABS, ASR and EDL
  • Pre sense basic
  • Seatbelt monitor
  • Tyre pressure warning
  • Warning triangle and first aid kit

Driver Convenience

  • Audi drive select
  • Audi lane departure warning
  • Audi side assist
  • Audi smartphone interface
  • Audi Virtual Cockpit - 10.25" display
  • Bluetooth interface
  • Hill hold assist
  • MMI navigation plus with MMI touch
  • Power opening/closing tailgate
  • Progressive steering
  • Service interval indicator
  • Stop/start system
  • Voice control system

Entertainment

  • DAB digital radio module

Exterior Features

  • Acoustic windscreen
  • Aluminium roof rails
  • Aluminium window trim
  • Auto dimming rear view mirror
  • Body colour door mirrors
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Diffuser in matt Platinum grey
  • Electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors with integrated LED side indicators
  • Front and rear electric windows
  • Front fog lights
  • Front side air inlets in matt platinum grey
  • Front spoiler blade in matt platinum grey
  • Grille vertical bars in aluminium silver/Matt
  • High gloss black finish B and C pillars
  • Illuminated door sill trims with S logo
  • Privacy glass
  • Rain and light sensors
  • Rear diffuser strip in selenite silver
  • S Line badge on wings
  • S Line front and rear bumpers
  • Side skirt insert in matt Patinium grey
  • Titanium black radiator grille

Interior Features

  • 12V socket in rear centre console
  • 40/20/40 split folding rear seat
  • Adjustable rear seat bench/backrest with centre armrest and cupholder
  • Aluminium door sill trims
  • Black cloth headlining
  • Dual zone climate control
  • Front and rear black floor mats with contrast stitching in rock grey
  • Front and rear headrests
  • Front centre armrest with storage compartment and angle adjustment
  • Heated front seats
  • ISOFIX child seat mounting and Top Tether with front passenger airbag deactivation
  • Perforated leather gearknob
  • Stainless steel luggage compartment sill finisher
  • Stainless steel pedals

Packs

  • Multi coloured extended ambient interior lighting pack - Q3
  • Non smoking pack - Q3

Security

  • Anti theft alarm
  • Anti theft wheel bolts
  • Audi pre-sense front with pedestrain and cyclist recognition
  • Remote central locking

Technical

  • Diesel particulate filter

Trim

  • Dark matt brushed aluminium inlay
  • MMI touch colour display in gloss black with aluminium surround

Emissions

CO2 (g/km)

147

HC+NOx

Standard Euro Emissions

EURO 6

Engine and Drive Train

Camshaft

DOHC

Catalytic Convertor

1

CC

1968

Cylinder Layout

IN-LINE

Cylinders

4

Engine Layout

NORTH SOUTH

Fuel Delivery

COMMON RAIL

Gears

7 SPEED

Transmission

SEMI-AUTO

Fuel Consumption

EC Combined (mpg)

50.4

EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies

1

EC Extra Urban (mpg)

55.4

EC Urban (mpg)

44.1

General

Badge Engine CC

2

Badge Power

190

Based On ID

Coin Description

TDI

Coin Series

S line[Comfrt+Sound]

Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07

30P

Man Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years

12

Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years

3

NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %

95

NCAP Child Occupant Protection %

86

NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09

5

NCAP Pedestrian Protection %

76

NCAP Safety Assist %

85

Safety Concerns?

1

Service Interval Frequency - Months

12

Service Interval Mileage

9000

Special Edition

1

Special Order

1

Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage

60000

Standard manufacturers warranty - Years

3

Vehicle Homologation Class

M1

Performance

0 to 62 mph (secs)

8

Engine Power - BHP

190

Engine Power - KW

140

Engine Power - RPM

3500

Engine Torque - LBS.FT

295

Engine Torque - MKG

40.8

Engine Torque - NM

400

Engine Torque - RPM

1750

Top Speed

137

Tyres

Alloys?

1

Space Saver?

1

Tyre Size Front

235/50 R19

Tyre Size Rear

235/50 R19

Tyre Size Spare

TYRE REPAIR KIT

Wheel Style

5 TWIN SPOKE

Wheel Type

19" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

Height

Height (including roof rails)

1616

Length

4484

Wheelbase

2680

Width

1849

Width (including mirrors)

2024

Weight and Capacities

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)

63

Gross Vehicle Weight

2280

Max. Loading Weight

585

Max. Roof Load

75

Max. Towing Weight - Braked

2200

Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked

750

Minimum Kerbweight

1695

No. of Seats

5

Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb

11.8

On The Road

Driver Convenience

Entertainment

Exterior Features

Interior Features

Packs

Paintwork

Safety

Security

Technical

Trim

Wheels

Summary

Audi knows better than most manufacturers that there's never a one-size-fits-all solution to modern motoring, hence the range of options offered by its various Q-series models. This one could well be all the car you actually need. Don't think of it as a shrunken version of its Q5 compact SUV stablemate. It isn't really any kind of SUV, instead offering a smarter, more up-market take on the current trend towards lifestyle-orientated Qashqai-class five-seat SUVs. Sensible, stylish, fashionable cars that are striking such a sweet spot in the current market. As with almost any model of this kind, this one can easily manage the school run, an extended shopping trip, a weekend away or the annual family ski trip to Chamonix. The difference here though, lies in the quality, the depth of engineering and the sheer feel-good factor that you'll get by having this car on your driveway. Yes, you can certainly buy something slightly bigger and SUV-ish for this kind of money. But after trying a Q3, you probably won't want to.

Background

Sales of five-seat Qashqai-class Crossovers have certainly taken off in recent years. Nor is it only the mainstream brands that are offering us cars of this kind - family hatches with raised ride heights and a dose of SUV-style attitude. The premium makers are at it too, with cars like this one, Audi's desirable second generation Q3. This model has been a useful seller for the Ingolstadt maker since the MK1 model's original launch in 2011, but these days, it's facing tougher competition. Its closest rival, BMW's X1, has upped its game, Mercedes also does well in this profitable market niche with its GLA model and the more recent Jaguar E-PACE and Volvo XC40 models have already found a ready band of buyers. For all these reasons, this Audi needed to evolve - as it has in the MK2 model guise we're going to look at here.

Driving Experience

To start with, there are four engine options - three petrol TFSI units and one TDI diesel - with power outputs ranging from 150PS to 230PS. All four engines are four-cylinder direct injection units with turbocharging. Things kick off with the '35 TFSI' front-driven derivative, which offers a 150PS 1.5-litre engine that uses the cylinder on demand efficiency system, which temporarily switches off two cylinders at low load. Buyers choose between a six-speed manual or a seven-speed S tronic automatic. Next up is the 2.0-litre TFSI petrol unit, offered with 190PS in the '40 TFSI' and with 230PS in the '45 TFSI'. Either way, you get S tronic auto transmission and quattro 4WD as standard. For folks still wanting a diesel, there's the '35 TDI', which gets you the usual 2.0-litre TDI powerplant with 150PS. Here, the choice is between a front-driven manual variant or a quattro auto. You can also talk to your Audi Centre about a 190PS version of this diesel engine. Adaptive damping is optional and you can adjust it via the settings of the standard Audi drive select dynamic handling system. Also standard is progressive steering, the ratio of which becomes gradually more direct as the steering angle increases. Hill descent control is also optional, to help you down slippery slopes, should you ever use your Q3 'off piste'.

Design and Build

This second generation Q3 is significantly larger than its predecessor, its 4.48m total length being 97mm longer than the original model. It's also 18mm wider, but sits 5mm lower. The styling's more purposeful this time round and the trademark Singleframe grille is more prominent, with an octagonal design and eight vertical bars. It's flanked by slimmer LED headlamps. Inside, much of the look and feel is borrowed from the brand's larger models, with a reductive instrument panel divided into two levels, the top part including the air vents and the bottom section the large octagonal area with its black-panel look. There's a fully digital instrument panel and an MMI centre-dash touch display surrounded by high-gloss black trim. The other thing that previous Q3 buyers will notice about the interior is the extra spaciousness on offer, made possible thanks to the 78mm of extra wheelbase added to this second generation model. The three-seater rear bench can be moved fore/aft by 150mm and its 40:20:40-split backrest can be tilted in seven stages. Boot capacity totals 530 or 675-litres, depending on the position of the rear seats and backrests. With the backrests completely folded down the figure rises to 1,525-litres. The loading floor can be adjusted in three levels, and the low loading sill of 748 millimetres makes stowing heavy luggage easier.

Market and Model

Prices haven't moved too far. Expect a similar span to the previous model, which means that this Q3 will sit mainly in the £29,000 to £40,000 bracket. For that you'll expect cutting-edge media connectivity - and you'll get it. Take the 'MMI navigation plus' package for example, which recognises the driver's preferences based on previous journeys, allowing it to generate suitable route suggestions. Buyers get a 3 year subscription to the usual 'Audi connect' media package which uses the super-fast LTE Advanced standard and provides its services like high resolution satellite images of Google Earth, a traffic information online system and a point-of-interest search function. Hybrid radio is also included in the specification. Depending on a station's signal strength it automatically switches between FM, DAB and the online stream to ensure optimum reception at all times. The Audi Q3 is near the top of its class when it comes to assist systems. Audi Side Assist blind spot monitoring and a lane departure warning function. Plus Audi's 'pre sense front' autonomous braking system is also included. To suit the mood of the moment, there's a bit of autonomous driving tech too, courtesy of the optional adaptive cruise assist, which works with the S tronic auto transmission and incorporates the functions of adaptive speed assist, traffic jam assist and active lane assist.

Cost of Ownership

The Q3 improves on the already impressive figures of existing models and the Cylinder-on-Demand technology for the latest 1.5-litre engine spells an almost diesel-like return of over 50mpg on the combined cycle. With the front-driven manual version of the 2.0 TDI diesel, expect over 60mpg on the combined cycle and well under 130g/km of CO2. As for maintenance, well servicing your Q3 should be no more taxing than is the case with one of the company's larger cars. As usual with Audi models, there's a choice of either a 'Fixed' or a 'Flexible' servicing regime, the choice between the two depending on the extent of your likely annual mileage. Like most Audi models, once you've taken the pain of the initial asking price, ongoing costs should be manageable. As long as you don't go too berserk when choosing options, you'll have those reassuringly plump Audi residual values to fall back on, by far the biggest ticket item when it comes to overall cost of ownership in this corner of the market.