Audi Q3 Sportback Review 2024
Audi Q3 Sportback At A Glance
Looks different to a regular SUV. Still a very usable family car.
Sloping roof compromises rear headroom and boot space. More expensive than a standard Q3.
Insurance Groups are between 25–38
On average it achieves 77% of the official MPG figure
BMW was laughed at when it put a coupe-like body on the BMW X5 to make the BMW X6. However, it’s the marketing men from Munich who are laughing now, because everyone else has followed suit – even in their smaller SUV models. The Audi Q3 Sportback is just such a thing, with a tapered roofline, sloping rear end and looks that appeal to the cool kids. There’s an extensive range of petrol and diesel engines, plus it’s also available as a plug-in hybrid.
Once the SUV craze took off, it was inevitable that car companies would begin looking at different body styles to suit a range of buyers. Convertible SUVs such as the Range Rover Evoque are definitely a niche proposition, but coupe-like designs are now all the rage. We still aren’t completely convinced, though. After all, an SUV is supposed to be all about practicality, so why would you want one that compromises this?
In the case of the Audi Q3 Sportback, the German premium brand has essentially taken its Audi Q3 and completely changed the back end, with a tapered roofline, sloping tailgate and more sporty looks. It does mean a few compromises in terms of the interior and boot space, but the trade-off is an SUV that looks more urban and dynamic.
It’s not just the coupe looks that are different either; the Audi Q3 Sportback is also lower and slightly longer than the regular Q3. It takes on the BMW X2, Mercedes-Benz GLA and electric models such as the Skoda Enyaq Coupe iV and Volvo C40 Recharge.
There’s no pure electric version of the Audi, though. If you want to electrify, you have the option of the Q3 Sportback TFSI-e plug-in hybrid, with its claimed 28 miles of electric-only driving range.
The rest of the range is extensive, including petrol and diesel models, front-wheel drive, quattro all-wheel drive and Sport, S-Line or Black Edition trim levels. At the top of the tree sits the 400PS RS Q3 Sportback.
It might be based on the regular Q3, but the Audi Q3 Sportback’s coupe-like profile and more dynamic looks command a price premium over its more practical sibling.
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Inside of the Audi Q3 Sportback
Audi Q3 Sportback 2024: Practicality
If you don’t need the rear-seat headroom or luggage space of a regular Q3, the Audi Q3 Sportback version does offer good practicality. The front seats are spacious and the rear seats slide to provide either more legroom or increase the space in the boot. The coupe styling does mean taller adults will struggle a bit in the back seats, especially on models fitted with a panoramic glass roof.
Boot space is 530 litres, slightly less than in the regular Audi Q3. Split-folding back seats make loading that Saturday flat-pack furniture purchase easy, with up to 1,400 litres of space available. However, if you opt for the plug-in hybrid version, the battery takes away even more of the available boot capacity.
Audi Q3 Sportback 2024: Quality and finish
As you would expect, it all looks rather premium inside the Audi Q3 Sportback, although there are a few materials that feel a bit underwhelming. The trim all fits together well, there’s a nice reassuring firmness to the dashboard and the fake metal surfaces add a luxury ambience.
It might have a upmarket flavour, but at the same time the upholstery and door trims all feel hard-wearing – perfect for those planning to use a Q3 Sportback as family transport.
Audi Q3 Sportback 2024: Infotainment
Audi’s superb Virtual Cockpit display provides most of the information a driver needs. There are multiple themes to choose from and you can select what information you want to display, allowing you to focus on the road ahead and just scroll through menus via controls on the steering wheel.
The centre console features a 10.1-inch touchscreen infotainment system that is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It’s a fairly straightforward setup to use, with clear icons and the ability to swipe through screens and scroll through menus. It contains everything from radio stations to vehicle settings, as well as a range of smartphone-compatible apps.
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Audi Q3 Sportback 2024: Prices
The Audi Q3 Sportback range starts from £33,930, with no less than seventeen models in the line-up. It starts with the Sport 35 TFSI petrol, which comes with a six-speed manual gearbox. You can add a couple of thousand pounds for the S-tronic automatic version, while if you want the diesel, with its combined consumption figure of 55.4mpg, then expect to shell out £37,100.
The slightly sportier and more luxurious S-Line starts from £36,280 for the manual version, or you can have the more powerful 40 TFSI quattro in this spec for £40,370, the 40 TDI diesel at £41,470, and even more power in the 45 TFSI quattro for £42,270. Black Edition models start at £38,330, rising to £44,320.
At the top of the Q3 Sportback range are the 45 TFSI e plug-in hybrid versions, costing £44,270 for the S-Line and £46,320 for the Black Edition. All prices are correct at the time of writing.
Audi also offers some optional warranty packages on top. The four-year, 75,000-mile warranty costs £365, while five years or 90,000 miles is £830.
Audi Q3 Sportback 2024: Running Costs
In theory, you will get the best fuel consumption from the plug-in hybrid version of the Audi Q3 Sportback, especially if you keep the battery topped up and regularly only travel within its 28-mile electric range. However, except for the ferocious RS Q3, the PHEV is the most expensive model in the range.
The diesels should give you a fuel consumption figure in the early 50s, while petrol versions will vary from the early 30s to the mid 40s for miles per gallon. Some versions also benefit from mild-hybrid technology to reduce consumption.
Opting to add larger wheels will, of course, impact not just fuel economy, but also the cost of replacement tyres. So think carefully before you get too excited about the options list.
All Audi Q3 Sportback models have a three-year or 60,000 mile warranty, but Audi offers optional packages on top. A four-year/75,000-mile warranty costs £365 and the five-year/90,000-mile warranty is £830.
Real MPG average for a Audi Q3 Sportback
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- Engines range from 45 TFSIe to 45 TFSI quattro S tronic
- Readers report Real MPG to be between 35–38 mpg
Audi Q3 Sportback 2024: Handling and ride quality
All Q3 Sportback models are fitted with sports suspension. This can feel a bit firm at times, yet is perfectly in keeping with the car’s character. Depending on the type of road you are travelling on, or your mood at the time, Audi Drive Select provides a range of driving settings. It provides the most variation in models fitted with adaptive suspension.
Quattro-equipped cars provide confidence-inspiring grip, especially in inclement weather. Most of the time, though, the front-wheel-drive models will not only cope well, but will use less fuel. Overall, ride quality is fairly good, although not a match for the dynamic nature of the BMW X2.
Audi Q3 Sportback 2024: Engines
There’s a full choice of petrol, diesel or plug-in hybrid engines for the Q3 Sportback. The Sport 35 TFSI petrol kicks off the range with 150PS and 250Nm of torque between 1,500-3,500rpm. The smooth six-speed manual will get to 62mph in 9.5 seconds, but opt for the commuting friendly S-tronic auto and you will arrive a tenth quicker.
The 40 TFSI petrol provides a jump in power to 190PS and 320Nm of torque between 1,500 and 4,100rpm, plus a 0-62mph time of 7.3 seconds. If that’s still not enough, the 45 TFSI S-tronic will sprint to 62mph in 5.8 seconds courtesy of its 245PS, 370Nm of torque and quattro all-wheel drive. If you still want more, you’ll have to look at the Audi RS Q3 Sportback with its 400PS five-cylinder engine.
Want to travel further between fill-ups? The 35 TDI gives you 150PS and 360Nm of torque between 1,600 and 2,750rpm. It’s Audi’s much loved 2.0-litre turbodiesel, which delivers great torque and combined fuel consumption of up to 55.4mpg. You’ll get more like early 40s mpg from the 40 TDI models, but added performance thanks to their 200PS and 400Nm.
Then there are the plug-in hybrid TFSI-e models. These combine a 1.4-litre petrol engine with a 10.4kWh battery and an electric motor. The engine delivers 245PS and the combined torque is 400Nm. Audi reckons you can do up to 28 miles in electric mode only, with an official fuel consumption figure of up to 176.6mpg. Realistically, you can expect this number to be in the 40s, perhaps lower if the engine is forced to work hard.
Audi Q3 Sportback 2024: Safety
As with rivals like the BMW X2 and Mercedes-Benz GLA, safety is high on the priority list. The Audi Q3 Sportback comes with multiple airbags, Isofix child seat anchors and lots of electronic systems. These include automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection and lane-departure warning. They all contributed to it receiving the maximum five stars when crash-tested by the Euro NCAP vehicle safety organisation.
Note that some of the safety systems are in extra-cost optional packs, though, including the Driver Assistance Pack.
Audi Q3 Sportback 2024: Towing
All versions of the Audi Q3 Sportback are rated to tow a 750kg unbraked trailer. The majority can pull a 1,800kg braked trailer, although some of the more powerful petrol engines are rated at up to 2,000kg.
|35 TDI quattro
|35 TDI quattro S tronic
|35 TDI S tronic
|35 TFSI MHEV quattro S tronic
|35 TFSI S tronic
|40 TDI quattro S tronic
|40 TFSI quattro S tronic
|45 TFSI quattro S tronic
Audi Q3 Sportback Models and Specs
The Audi Q3 Sportback range kicks off with the Sport models, which get smart 18-inch alloy wheels, Audi Drive Select driving modes, a start-stop system, LED headlights, cloth sports seats with lumbar adjustment, dual-zone climate control and Audi’s Virtual Cockpit with its 10.25-inch digital instrumentation display.
There’s also a 10.1-inch touchscreen infotainment system with wireless Apple CarPlay integration, plus you get a three-year subscription to Audi Connect Infotainment Services Plus – including Amazon Alexa integration. If the price makes you think it’ll be a bit basic, then you’ll be pleasantly surprised.
Sportier than Sport models are the S-Line versions, which add sports suspension, 19-inch alloys, S-Line exterior trim and leather sports seats. Dark matt brushed aluminium adds to the sporty theme inside, as does a three-spoke leather-wrapped steering wheel.
It will come as no surprise that Black Edition models have plenty of dark detailing, including black Audi rings on the grille, black wing mirror covers and piano black inlays for the interior, all in addition to S-Line equipment. These versions also get Audi Beam, a puddle lamp that projects the Audi logo onto the ground when you open the door in the dark. It’s not in black, though, because that would be silly.
Before you dive into the extensive options list, Audi has put together some useful equipment packs. The Technology Pack, priced at £1,395, includes a Sonos 3D premium sound system, a reversing camera, an upgraded parking system and heated front seats.
The £4,495 Technology Pack Pro contains all the goodies in the Tech Pack, but adds a panoramic glass roof, 360-degree cameras, electric front seats and Matrix LED headlights.
The Driver Assistance Pack gives you high-beam assist for the headlights, Audi Parking System Plus, adaptive cruise assist and emergency assist. It’s a very comprehensive package.
|3 years / 60000 miles
|Road Tax Bands
|Euro NCAP Safety Ratings
Currently on sale
On sale until May 2022
On sale until April 2021
|45 TFSI Quattro 230 Vorsprung S tronic 5dr
|45 TFSI Quattro 230ps Edition 1 S tronic 5dr
|45 TFSI Quattro 230ps S Line S tronic 5dr
|Black Edition 45 TFSi 230 Quattro S tronic S Tronic Start/Stop 5dr
On sale until December 2020
|40 TDI Quattro 190 Sport S tronic 5dr
|40 TDI Quattro 190 Vorsprung S tronic 5dr
|40 TDI Quattro 190ps Edition 1 S tronic 5dr
|40 TDI Quattro 190ps S Line S tronic 5dr
- Sportier styling than the regular Q3 SUV
- Efficient engines, including a plug-in hybrid option
- Quality interior and plenty of equipment – including active safety tech
- Sloping roof eats into rear headroom and luggage space
- You pay more for less practicality
- Less rewarding to drive than the rival BMW X2
- July 2019: Audi Q3 Sportback announced
- August 2019: Audi A3 Sportback UK prices confirmed and road test completed.
- December 2020: Audi Q3 Sportback 45 TFSI e plug-in hybrid announced
Audi Q3 Sportback announced
The Audi Q3 Sportback measures 4500mm in length, stands 1567mm tall (including the roof antenna), and is 1843mm wide. This makes the SUV coupé 16mm longer, 49mm lower and 6mm slimmer than the standard Audi Q3.
The new Q3 Sportback will be available in a choice of 11 paint colours, all of which are combined with contrasting bumpers and arches in a Manhattan Grey paint finish. 18-inch alloy wheels and LED headlamps with LED daytime running lamps and dynamic rear indicators are standard Sport features. The S line trim line brings larger 19-inch alloy wheels, privacy glass and an exclusive design for the bumpers, sill trims and diffuser, and also adds S line-specific interior detailing.
Above it, the Edition 1 and Vorsprung models go a step further by upsizing to a 20-inch wheel and adding a black styling pack colouring elements such as the grille surround and window cappings. They also upgrade to Matrix LED lighting technology for maximum illumination through dimming of individual segments of the headlamp unit to divert the beam around leading and oncoming traffic.
As with the standard Q3, the focal point of the interior is a two-level instrument panel incorporating the new 10.1-inch high resolution MMI touch display giving access to the top-of-the-line MMI navigation plus system which is standard for all UK Q3 Sportback models. The various functions are displayed on the MMI Touch display and in the Audi virtual cockpit with its 10.25-inch screen in the instrument binnacle, which is also standard.
An even more panoramic version with additional functions - the 12.3-inch Audi virtual cockpit plus – is fitted to Edition 1 and Vorsprung models. Function control is possible via the central touch screen or the multi-function steering wheel, and all UK Q3 models are also equipped with new natural-language voice control, which responds to enquiries not only with the benefit of information stored onboard, but also with detailed knowledge from the cloud.
The SUV coupé has been designed as a fully-fledged five seater. The front sports seats are upholstered in either full cloth in Sport models, a combination of cloth and Twin leather in the S line, full Twin leather in the Edition 1 or an Alcantara and Twin leather blend in the Vorsprung. The front seats are also electrically adjustable and heated as standard in Edition 1 and Vorsprung models.
The rear seats can be moved 130mm longitudinally as standard; their backrests are divided into three sections, and their inclination can be adjusted in seven stages. Behind the rear seats, the luggage compartment can accommodate 530 litres, and when they are folded down up to 1400 litres is liberated. A standard powered tailgate makes gaining access to this space easy, and for added convenience the loading floor can be used at various levels.
UK buyers will initially be able to choose from two engines - one TFSI petrol and one TDI diesel. The 2.0 TDI provides 150PS in the Q3 Sportback 35 TDI while the 2.0 TFSI in the Q3 Sportback 45 TFSI quattro offers 230PS. Soon after launch a 190PS version of the 2.0 TDI will join the range exclusively in conjunction with quattro drive in the Q3 Sportback 40 TDI quattro.
Another notable post-launch introduction will be the 1.5-litre TFSI engine which will follow in the Audi Q3 Sportback 35 TFSI. It provides 150PS and is aided by cylinder-on-demand technology, which at low and medium loads deactivates the second and third cylinders to reduce consumption.
It also features mild-hybrid drivetrain (MHEV), which uses a 48V on-board electrical system. This further reduces fuel consumption by recovering up to 12kW of power during deceleration via its belt alternator starter (BAS) and feeding this into a compact lithium-ion battery. If the driver lifts off the throttle at speeds of between 24mph and 99mph, the Q3 Sportback 1.5 TFSI MHEV rolls in neutral or coasts with the engine switched off. The engine management system selects one of these functions depending on the driving situation and the operating state. As soon as the driver accelerates, the belt alternator starter restarts the 1.5 TFSI quickly and smoothly. When accelerating from low speeds, it supports the driver. The start-stop range begins as low as 13mph.
The seven-speed S tronic transmission is the conduit for the power in all versions. The 35 TFSI is also available with a six-speed manual transmission, while the 35 TDI is offered either in front-wheel-drive form with S tronic or with quattro all-wheel- drive and manual transmission. The quattro system is a standard feature of 40 TDI quattro and 45 TFSI quattro versions.
Vorsprung models come with standard electronically controlled adaptive dampers, the settings for which can be adjusted via the standard Audi drive select dynamic handling system with its Comfort, Dynamic, Efficiency, Auto and Individual modes. For off-road use, an additional Offroad mode is also available, and the standard hill descent control can help to maintain a preset speed on inclines away from the beaten track. All versions also benefit from standard progressive steering, the ratio of which becomes gradually more direct as the steering angle increases.
Audi A3 Sportback UK prices confirmed and road test completed.
Audi Q3 Sportback 35 TSI Sport 6-speed man: £32,440
Audi Q3 Sportback 35 TSI Sport 7-speed S tronic: £34,100
Audi Q3 Sportback 35 TSI S line 6-speed man: £34,240
Audi Q3 Sportback 35 TSI S line 7-speed S tronic: £35,850
Audi Q3 Sportback 35 TSI Edition 1 6-speed man: £38,235
Audi Q3 Sportback 35 TSI Edition 1 7-speed S tronic: £39,800
Audi Q3 Sportback 35 TSI Vorsprung 7-speed S tronic: £TBA
Audi Q3 Sportback 45 TSI S line S tronic quattro: £40,875
Audi Q3 Sportback 45 TSI Edition 1 S tronic quattro: £44,870
Audi Q3 Sportback 45 TSI Vorsprung S tronic quattro: £48,755
Audi Q3 Sportback 40 TDI Sport S tronic quattro: £37,950
Audi Q3 Sportback 40 TDI S line S tronic quattro: £39,750
Audi Q3 Sportback 40 TDI Edition 1 S tronic quattro: £43,745
Audi Q3 Sportback 40 TDI Vorsprung S tronic quattro: £47,640
45 TSI petrol and 35 TDI diesel arriving UK in autumn 2019
35 TSI petrol and 40TDI diesel arriving later
35 TDI 1,968cc belt cam turbo 7-speed DQ381 S tronic: 0-60 TBA seconds; top speed TBAmph; fuel consumption TBAmpg NEDC combined (18-inch wheels); CO2 TBAg/km NEDC combined.
35 TFSI COD 1,498cc belt cam turbo 6-speed manual: 0-60 9.3 seconds; top speed 126mph; fuel consumption 41.5-40.4mpg NEDC combined (18-inch wheels); CO2 132g/km NEDC combined.
35 TFSI COD 1,498cc belt cam turbo 7-speed DQ381 S tronic: 0-60 TBA seconds; top speed TBAmph; fuel consumption TBAmpg NEDC combined (18-inch wheels); CO2 TBAg/km; NEDC combined.
45 TFSI 1,984cc chain cam EA888 turbo 7-speed DQ381 S tronic: 0-60 6.3 seconds; top speed 144mph; fuel consumption 32.1-31.4mpg NEDC combined (19-inch wheels); CO2 171g/km NEDC combined.
40 TDI 1,968cc belt cam turbo 7-speed DQ500 S tronic: 0-60 8.0 seconds; top speed 134mph; fuel consumption 50.4mpg NEDC combined (19-inch wheels); CO2 148g/km NEDC combined.
Audi Q3 Sportback 45 TFSI e plug-in hybrid announced
Available to order in the UK from spring 2021 featuring S line, Black Edition and Vorsprung specification options. A 1.4-litre TFSI petrol engine and an 85kW electric motor generate a system output of 245PS to enable travel without tailpipe emisions for up to 31 miles between charges. UK prices and specifications to be confirmed.