The Q3 is Audi’s best-selling model in Australia, reaching 3,250 units by the end of September.
Though not the last word in flashy excitement – until you climb RSQ3 of course – it’s a solid and stylish premium contender.
It also offers what seems to be a reasonable enough starting price in Q3 35 TFSI input form as controlled here.
Recently price increase (sign of the times) put the entry price of the Audi Q3 at the base level at $50,600 before on-road expenses.
Using a Victorian postcode, the starting point of the Audi Q3 equates to an estimated $57,330 ride-hailing price, including dealership delivery, stamp duty and registration.
In contrast, the entry price of the base version of the BMW X1 sDrive18i is $53,900 before on-road, while the Volvo XC40 Plus B4 is $52,990.
While you pay a perk for the four-ring badge, it’s not a stratosphere as long as you’re willing to give up a few creature comforts and some extra horsepower. Example: beginning of line Mazda CX-30 X20 Astina has a driving price of just under $54,000 and a Volkswagen T-Roc R-Line costs just under $51,000 on the road.
Audi makes good interiors and this Q3 is no exception. It’s certainly austere – silver accents aside – but is built like a bank vault and offers great ergonomics.
The leather seats – which are a bit unflattering – are manually adjustable, but feel stiff and provide a good level of thigh support.
Meanwhile, the leather-wrapped and stitched steering wheel with the small center piece is fashionable, simply stunning.
Behind the wheel is a large digital cluster with various modes (activated by wheel controls) in addition to tacho and modest speedo, the highlight of which I noticed was the large and user-friendly map. use. The cluster also loads quickly without much lag.
Audi designers have kept the spokes neat and simple by moving the cruise control to the stem below the left indicator light.
The center stack consisting of high-mounted air vents below is a 10.1-inch tactile touchscreen that is neatly integrated into a matching piano black trim – the downside of this material is male vacuums dust, stains and sunlight.
The infotainment is user-friendly and handles input quickly. There’s a fixed vertical shortcut toolbar on the right side, and a home screen with eight large tiles to take you to the main submenus, so it’s hard to get lost.
Highlights include Google-powered high-definition maps with live traffic and speed limit readings as well as wireless smartphone mirroring. However, the performance of the native voice control system still leaves a bit to be desired, especially compared to the latest Mercedes-Benz MBUX system.
While clear enough, the reverse camera is pretty basic, and at this price point, I’d expect a 360-degree view from above for parking. Likewise, the 35 TFSI variant’s six-speaker sound system is pretty basic – usable, but not pretty.
Thankfully, Audi has stuck with hard physical controls for the climate control system, in the form of easy-to-hear knobs and a beautifully knurled metal dial that adds a sense of class. Below that is the start button and the volume dial.
Interior storage includes a cup holders and dashboard with lids in the center tunnel, an opening below the center stack with a Qi charging pad, a door-friendly 1.5-litre bottle holder, and a glovebox signature felt sleeves.
In 4484mm nose-to-tail, the Q3 is quite compact, but I have acceptable knee and toe room behind my preferred driving position in the second row – which is pretty good considering I’m 194cm tall or 6’4.
However, the panoramic sunroof fitted to our test car does cut back on headroom.
The outboard legs are long and supportive, with nicely padded and adjustable headrests, though the middle seat is very small and has a pronounced transmission tunnel despite this car being FWD.
Second-row amenities include air vents, USB plugs and 12V sockets mounted behind the center console, seat back mesh and a retractable center armrest. Large side windows and small shards of glass between the C and D pillars help let in plenty of light.
In 530 liters, spacious trunk space and more capacity than some SUV models in the same segment. Flip the 40:20:40 base down and you get a large and only slightly angled loading area – I could fit two flat bookcases in it.
It’s actually quite useful and practical, and in my estimation, the task of shouldering a young family.
Audi Q3 size:
- Longs: 4484mm
- Width: 1856mm
- Height: 1617mm
- The standard long: 2680mm
- Boot space: 530 liters
- Rotating circle: 11.8 meters
- Clearance: 191mm
Power comes from a humble VW Group 1.4 liter turbocharged petrol engine do 110kW and 250Nmmated to a six-speed S tronic dual-clutch transmission.
It’s the same powertrain as used in the base ($41,390 before on-road costs) Volkswagen Tiguan 110TSI.
While Audi is synonymous with quattro all-wheel drive, the base Q3 35 TFSI is front-wheel drive only. For more power and AWD, you need to switch to the Q3 40 TFSI variant.
Combined cycle fuel consumption is 6.9 liters per 100km Compulsory premium fuel usage and 0 to 100km/h time with a leisurely passenger 9.3 seconds.
Audi claims the towing capacity of the trailer with brakes is 1800kg.
Specifications Audi Q3 35 TFSI:
- Engine: 1.4 liter turbocharged petrol
- Power: 110kW at 5000 to 6000 rpm
- Torque: 250Nm at 1500 to 3500 rpm
- Transmission process: Six-speed dual clutch
- Drive type: Front wheel
- 0-100km/h: 9.3 seconds
- Energy saving: 6.9 liters per 100km
- Unladen weight: 1545kg
- GVM: 2055kg
There’s nothing particularly memorable about how the base Q3 performs, it does the job.
While its 110kW and 250Nm outputs are nothing to take home with, the arrival of peak torque as low as 1500rpm gives you a decent rolling speed for a displacement of 1, 4 liters.
The six-speed dual-clutch feels relatively good and pretty smooth unless you really abrupt the accelerator pedal at which point there’s any sign of hesitation. The reverse will go smoothly and change quickly when you are rolling.
It’s just bliss just gliding in sixth gear at low Australian motorway speeds with a great degree of fine-tuning.
I returned an average fuel consumption per lap of 7.2L/100km, which is well within the ADR claim range. I also find the absence of stop-start a bit confusing.
As front-wheel drive, this is a runway-focused crossover, but conversely has lower curb weight. 1545kg – 150kg lighter than the base Q3 40 TFSI quattro variant.
If you want some more AWD wet-road punch and assurance, the Q3 40 TFSI quattro offers a 132kW and 320Nm 2.0-litre engine and cuts the 0-100km/h time to 7.8 seconds, with the The trade-off is less fuel. 8.0L/100km performance.
The electric power steering is very light, making the Q3 feel comfortable in town, though those who want some feel and feedback won’t want to. Audi’s variable-ratio steering that responds to your wheel alignment is reserved for the higher end Q3 models.
In terms of ride quality, VW Group cars using the popular MQB architecture like this one tend to give off a tire roar on rough roads, a rarity in Europe. But Audi’s level of refinement is consistent enough to be slightly better.
The ride quality on the passive dampers is a smidgen company but not irritating, although we should note that our test car was riding on 19-inch wheels with tires a little lower bit, so the base model without this option might be slightly better.
- 18-inch alloy wheels
- Spare wheel saves space
- Front and rear parking sensors
- Adaptive LED headlights
- LED tail light, alarm light *
- Proximity key *
- Electric tailgate
- Aluminum roof rails
- Light and rain sensor
- Dual-zone climate control
- Leather steering wheel
- Leather seats, manual adjustment
- Floor mats
- Ambient interior lighting package *
- 10.25 inch virtual cockpit instrument
- 10.1 inch touch screen
- Satellite navigation with traffic updates
- Apple CarPlay and Android Auto – wireless
- Wireless phone charger
- Digital radio receiver
- Four USB points and Bluetooth connectivity
- Basic six-speaker sound system
- Passive cruise control with speed limiter
- Reverse camera
- Indicates features that may not be available due to missing parts, contact your dealer
A luxury car wouldn’t be a luxury car without some options
- Style Pack: $150
- Body color cushion advertisement
- Silver mosaic interior
- Two 19-inch wheel options
- Comfort Package: $2600
- Electric, heated front seats
- Power, heated, auto-dimming rearview mirror
- Auto-dimming rearview mirror
- Adaptive cruise control
- Parking Package: $900
- Must be ordered with Comfort Pack
- 360 degree camera
- Automatic parking assistance
- Panoramic sunroof: $2250
- 19-inch wheels: $1850
- White Ibis
- Orange pulse *
- Chronos Gray *
- Silver Floret *
- Glacier white *
- Black Mythology *
- Nano Gray *
- Navarra blue *
- Red Tango *
* Premium paint extra $1250
Audi Q3 has a Five-star ANCAP safety rating based on the Euro NCAP test carried out in 2018.
Q3 achieved a score of 95% for adult protection and 88% for child protection, 76% for vulnerable road users and 85% for safety assistance.
The 2018 stamped five-star safety rating is valid for all variants on sale in Australia, the RSQ3 bar models, which do not have a safety rating from the organisation.
Passive safety features:
- Front, front, side curtain airbags
- First aid kit, warning triangle
- Tire pressure loss indicator
- ISOFIX x 2 and top-tethers x 3
Driver assistance features:
- Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB)
- Car to car
- Pedestrians (up to 85km/h)
- Cyclists (up to 85km/h)
- Lane keeping assist
- Blind spot monitoring
- Rear cross-section support
- Audi Connect Emergency & Service
Audi Australia offers a five-year, unlimited km warranty for all vehicles registered or delivered after January 1, 2022. Older models are covered on a three-year plan.
You can purchase a service plan that includes five dealer services for a period of 12 months or 15,000 km – whichever comes first.
Price at time of writing is $2970with an average of $594 per visit.
A basic Audi Q3 with gray paint isn’t anyone’s definition of fun.
But it still offers a high-quality interior packed with technology, an acceptable driving feature, and a price tag close enough to the entry-level segment to warrant attention.
With that said, the outstanding design of the Volvo XC40 and New generation BMW X1 coming soonMy striking interior leaves me with more interesting options for less than $55,000.
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THAN: Everything Audi Q3