Audi Q3 One Minute Test
09 April 2015
Audi has added a new 150hp petrol engine - complete with its Cylinder on Demand technology that shuts down two cylinders under light load - to the faclifted Q3 small SUV range. Other changes include revised headlights, and Audi's Drive Select system is now standard across the range.
An impressive residual value of 48.6% puts the Q3 in a strong cost-per-mile position against its main rival, BMW's X1.
Emissions of 136g/km for the new engine are decent, dropping 9g/km from the previous model that didn't have Cylinder on Demand technology. The engine is also decent, if loud under duress, and mates well with the S-tronic automatic gearbox. Interior quality is also up to usual pleasing Audi standards.
Both the interior space and the driving experience are no better than average, and the X1 out-drives its Audi counterpart.
Like all premium small SUVs, the Q3 doesn't look particularly cheap. Stray away from the premium badge and there are cheaper, larger, more practical and better-equipped alternatives.
A classy little SUV with a decent engine that's relatively efficient, although still over 130g/km. Great RVs help make an enticing costs package.