Audi Q3 Review 2022

Audi Q3 At A Glance

5/5

+Premium interior. Very practical.

-1.5 TSI petrol engine disappointing with S tronic automatic gearbox.

New prices start from £30,310, brokers can source from £29,227
Insurance Groups are between 23–38
On average it achieves 76% of the official MPG figure

Buyers of premium compact SUVs have a difficult decision to make. The Mercedes-Benz GLA and BMW X2 are both excellent, while the slightly leftfield Volvo XC40 is arguably the best. And then there's the Audi Q3 which, traditionally, just wasn't that good. It wasn't great to drive, it looked bland and predictable, while the interior was dated and it was not as spacious as it should have been.

Audi's sought to address that with the latest generation Q3. And what a job it's done. From the second you set your eyes on the new Q3, it's clear that it's moving the game on considerably. Not as bold as the XC40, admittedly, but quietly attractive.

The interior is just as impressive. It's similar to that used in the bigger Q8, as well as the A7 Sportback and e-tron electric SUV. The firm's Virtual Cockpit - a digital replacement for conventional dials - is standard across the range, as is a 10.1-inch multimedia display in the centre of the dash.

It all feels extremely upmarket with premium, soft-touch materials and a generous amount of room. Passengers in the rear are also well catered for, with plenty of head and legroom as well as a bench that can slide backwards and forwards depending on where you want to prioritise the extra space.

There are four engines available - three petrols and one diesel, with power ranging from 150PS to 230PS.

The entry-level 1.5-litre petrol (badged the 35 TFSI) produces 150PS and 250Nm of torque but is initially only available with a seven-speed DQ200 dry clutch S tronic automatic gearbox. This combination isn't the best - the engine feels strained and can be noisy, plus it's easy to catch the gearbox out. Having said that, it's easy enough to get used to the gearbox with time and, under normal driving, the engine is perfectly refined.

There are two version of the 2.0-litre petrol engine. The first is available with 190PS and 320Nm of torque, badged the 40 TFSI, or there's the 230PS and 350Nm, badged the 45 TFSI. Both engines comes with the DQ381/DQ500 seven-speed wet clutch S tronic transmission and quattro permanent all-wheel drive.

The only diesel engine available at launch is a 2.0-litre unit producing 150PS and 340Nm of torque. Badged the 35 TDI, it will initially come with a manual gearbox and quattro all-wheel drive. An automatic version will follow along with front-wheel drive, as well as a 180PS version.

Real MPG average for a Audi Q3

RealMPG

Real MPG was created following thousands of readers telling us that their cars could not match the official figures.

Real MPG gives real world data from drivers like you to show how much fuel a vehicle really uses.

Average performance

76%

Real MPG

22–49 mpg

MPGs submitted

27

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Can you recommend a small SUV for towing?
"I'm looking to purchase a small/mid-sized SUV for about £20,000. We only drive about 8,000 miles per year so I'm guessing petrol but we do tow a trailer tent quite often in the summer months so it must cope with that OK. I'm looking at the BMW X1 or X2 or maybe the Audi Q3. I have not discounted going bit bigger so the Mazda CX-5, Toyota RAV4 or Ford Kuga may be options."
The low-down grunt of a diesel engine will make light work of towing your trailer tent but it's not ideal for your otherwise low mileage. I'm guessing your trailer tent isn't particularly heavy, so a punchy turbocharged petrol should be able to tow it without too much effort. Depending on its weight, a BMW X1/X2 or Audi Q2 should be up to the job and they're excellent small SUVs. How about a Volkswagen Tiguan? It's not quite as premium as a BMW or Audi, but you get more physical car for your money. Take a look at the Skoda Karoq, too, if you're not fussed about the badge on the bonnet.
Answered by Andrew Brady
What has caused scoring on the brake discs of my Audi Q3?
"My 2019 Audi Q3 had its first big service a few weeks ago. They found all brake discs needed replacing due to them being scored. Is this normal as I've only done 9,500 miles? I used to drive emergency ambulances so I know it's not due to bad driving. Due to it being an urgent attention case I had them replaced at a cost of £1,160. I have complained to Audi who have offered a next free service not including parts. I am extremely disappointed and shocked they've scored so quickly. I certainly don't want to pay that amount every few years. I have had five Audis and this has never happened before. "
If I had to make a guess, I'd say the scoring on the brakes is caused by corrosion. Rust will build on the discs whenever the car is left standing outside for 3+ days. Usually, you clear this off with general driving (with the brake pads cleaning the rust off). However, if you use the car for mostly short journeys or do not use the vehicle very often, the rust will eat into the metal and damage the discs.
Answered by Dan Powell
Audi Q3 delay, can I cancel my order?
"I ordered an Audi Q3 from a main dealer in September 202. Audi build weeks of November week 3, December week 3, January week 4. Since early December all build weeks have been no longer forecast and they have now removed the spec for any new orders. Do I keep waiting in the belief that a locked in new price will ensure a build soon? Am I entitled to ask for a full return of deposit and look elsewhere?"
If the dealer is unable to provide a reasonable lead time for the delivery then you will probably be entitled to cancel the order. You will need to check the terms and conditions of the sales documents to be sure of this. To be fair to the dealer, the car industry is going through unprecedented times with a shortage of semiconductors and parts. Some dealers are struggling to offer test drives: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/news/car-market-1/2021-12/car-dealers-struggling-to-offer-test-drives/ I don't expect things to return to normal until the latter part of 2022.
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What midsize, petrol SUV should I buy?
"I'm in quandary and require your help! I have a 2009 Lexus GS450h - which I love - but I want an update because the boot is ridiculously small. I feel the need for an SUV as I have had 4x4 in the past and liked the feeling of elevation with loads of space. I don’t really want the largest of the SUVs, but I'm hesitant to buy the smaller options as I was put off either by complaints on reliability (or gearbox in the Lexus) or lack of customer care (Jaguar). My thoughts turn to Audi Q5 or Mercedes GLA - say one to two years old. I don’t want diesel as my journeys are normally up to 50 miles. I want room for my golf clubs and clutter, and there are normally only two adults in the car. I would very much welcome your thoughts and recommendations as always."
First of all, we'd cross the Mercedes-Benz GLA off your shortlist. A new model arrived this year but its predecessor is quite small and, even when it was new, wasn't that great. The Audi Q5 is a better option, or a smaller Q3. We'd recommend looking at the Volvo XC60 – it's a really good mid-size SUV with a superb interior. There's a T8 plug-in hybrid model, too, which sounds like it could suit your needs well (provided you're able to charge a car at home). It's worth considering the Lexus NX, too – its CVT gearbox doesn't appeal to everyone, but it's a very dependable choice.
Answered by Andrew Brady
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