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Audi Q3 2.0 TDI: Test Drive Review

Date: 21 February 2012

Category: Small 4x4
P11D price: £28,240
Key rival: BMW X1

Audi's attempt to take on BMW's X1 small 4x4 has spawned a third entry in its Q-branded range of off-roaders, with the new Q3 joining the larger Q5 and Q7 models.

Driven here in quattro four-wheel drive 177hp 2.0 TDI auto form, the Q3 is slightly cheaper than the BMW, and crucially comes in just below 160g/km, something the X3 fails to do. Audi also scores a significant RV victory at 42.4% against the X3's 38.7%, and the shorter Q3 also has a boot 40 litres larger at 460 litres.

It drives as well as its A3 hatchback sibling, with all the interior quality and solidity expected from the premium German brand. And the cost and efficiency advantages it holds over the X3 mean its 62.0p per mile is 3.6p to the good.

For those looking for a small 4x4, the baby Q3 is an appealing option that makes you question the need to jump more than £4000 to the larger Q5.

Audi Q3 2.0 TDI
P11D price£28,240
Model price range£27,140-£30,990
Fuel consumption47.9mpg
CO2 (tax) 156g/km (20%)
BIK 20/40%
per month
Service intervalvariable miles
Insurance (1-50)group 21
Boot space min/max460/1365 litres
Engine size/power1968cc/177hp
Top speed/0-62mph132mph/8.2secs
On sale December 2011
VerdictQuality small 4x4
package with impressive
running costs but
P11D price isn’t cheap.


Quality small 4x4 package with impressive running costs but P11D price isn’t cheap.