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2019 Audi Q3 Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide


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Anuron Deka Content Writer Updated on: November 13, 2019


The competition in the compact SUV segment is cutthroat. All the major automotive manufacturers put forward impressive offerings in this segment. And if you expect Audi to be amongst the frontrunners in this segment, you are not entirely correct. The Q3, Audi's representative in this segment, is like a rebellious teenage child who wants to challenge everything Audi stands for. From a fun handling to a powerful engine, from active safety features to intuitive infotainment system, the Q3 doesn't have any of it.

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Pros

High-quality cabin

Comfortable and smooth ride

Quiet cabin even at highway speeds

Cons

Engine feels underpowered on open roads

Tight backseat

Lack of standard safety features

Below average fuel economy

Infotainment controller is awkwardly placed

What's New?

Prestige trim is discontinued

Heated seats are now standard

New Convenience package for Premium trim


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$34700

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

AWD

engine type

displacement

121 cu.in.

horsepower

228 hp @ 5000 rpm

torque

258 lbs.-ft @ 1700 rpm

transmission

8-speed shiftable automatic

chassis

frame type

MQB

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

brake rotors (f/r)

62.2/61.9

dimensions

wheelbase

105.5 in.

length

176.6 in.

width

73.1 in.

height

64.1 in.

curb weight

3905 lbs.

ground clearance

8.3 in.

capacity

cargo volume

48 cu ft.

performance

zero to 60 mph

7.2 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

19/22/27 mpg

highway range

429.3 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr. / 50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

4 yr. / 50000 mi.

powertrain warranty

4 yr. / 50000

corrosion warranty

12 yr. / unlimited

roadside assistance

4 yr. / Unlimited


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Styles

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Brilliant Black

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Ratings

Features

7.0

Engine And Performance

7.0

Fuel Economy

4.0

6.0

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2019 Audi Q3 Premium

Premium

power
228 hp @ 5000 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
22 combined

$34,700


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Premium quattro 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $34,700 MSRP (19/22/27) 228 hp @ 5000 rpm, 2 L, I-4, premium unleaded (recommended)
8-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 5

 2019 Audi Q3 S Line

S Line

power
228 hp @ 5000 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
22 combined

$36,000


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
S line Premium quattro 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $36,000 MSRP (19/22/27) 228 hp @ 5000 rpm, 2 L, I-4, premium unleaded (recommended)
8-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 5

 2019 Audi Q3 Premium Plus

Premium Plus

power
228 hp @ 5000 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
22 combined

$37,800


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Premium Plus quattro 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $37,800 MSRP (19/22/27) 228 hp @ 5000 rpm, 2 L, I-4, premium unleaded (recommended)
8-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive TBD

 2019 Audi Q3 S line Premium Plus

S line Premium Plus

power
228 hp @ 5000 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
22 combined

$39,100


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
S line Premium Plus quattro 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $39,100 MSRP (19/22/27) 228 hp @ 5000 rpm, 2 L, I-4, premium unleaded (recommended)
8-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive TBD

 2019 Audi Q3 S line Prestige

S line Prestige

power
228 hp @ 5000 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
22 combined

$42,900


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
S line Prestige quattro 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $42,900 MSRP (19/22/27) 228 hp @ 5000 rpm, 2 L, I-4, premium unleaded (recommended)
8-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive TBD

Expert Review

6.0

Overall Rating


Starting at a price of $33,000 that goes up to $35,800, the Audi Q3 is Audi's least expensive and smallest SUV. Its powertrain consists of a 2-liter turbocharged I-4 that generates 200hp and 207 lb.-ft. of torque. The standard drivetrain is FWD, but AWD is also available.

The Audi Q3 is not Audi's best work, it's not even their average work. It falls behind in several departments to its competitors. Q3's only advantage is its upscale and luxurious interior and composed ride quality. Otherwise, Q3 fails to impress. talking about the competitors, it locks horns with Infiniti QX30, BMW X1, and Mercedes Benz GLA. 

2019 Audi Q3 Front view
2019 Audi Q3 front view
2019 Audi Q3 rear view
2019 Audi Q3 rear view

7.0/10
Features

 

7.0/10
Engine and Performance

 

4.0/10
Fuel Economy

 
 
 
 
 
 

2019 Audi Q3 Features

7.0/10

The 2019 Audi Q3 comes in 2 trim levels: Premium and Premium Plus. Audi decided to drop the Prestige trim for this year and spread its exclusive features among Premium and Premium Plus trims as standard or available packages. Both trims are powered by a 2-liter turbocharged I-4 engine that produces 200hp and 207 lb.-ft. of torque. The engine is paired to a 6-speed automatic transmission. FWD is standard, and AWD (Quattro) is available for a little over $2,000.

Trim

Premium

Premium Plus

MSRP

$32,900

$35,800

Features

Panoramic sunroof

All features of Premium, plus:

 

Heated mirrors

Keyless entry and ignition

 

Front and rear parking sensors

Power lift-gate

 

Rearview camera

Auto-dimming mirror

 

Dual-zone automatic climate control

Power-folding exterior mirrors

 

Leather upholstery

Auto-dimming mirror on the driver side

 

Heated and 8-way power-adjustable front seats with 4-way lumbar adjustment

Blind-spot monitoring

We Recommend

If you are opting for Q3, the base Premium with Convenience package adds lots of features like keyless entry and a power liftgate. Having said that, upgrading to the Premium Plus trim is our recommendation as it adds the Convenience package features as well as blind-spot monitoring, LED headlights, and upgraded exterior and interior trim. It is a sweet deal as there is a lot that Audi adds to the Premium Plus trim for a small price bump.

2019 Audi Q3 Engine and Performance

7.0/10

This engine is exceptionally well-tuned and responsive, and the transmission has well-spaced gears and delivers confident shifts. All 207 lb-ft of torque are available by 2,000 rpm, and that helps for getting out ahead of traffic. However, at about 3,500 pounds, the Q3 is heavier than it looks and the 0-60 mph run takes a pedestrian 7.8 seconds with front-wheel drive or 8.2 seconds with all-wheel drive.- CarConnection

Engine and Transmission

The Audi Q3 uses a 2-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. This engine is mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission. The engine provides satisfactory power and acceleration when driving around town, but once you hit the open roads and floor the pedal, it feels underpowered. For Q3's price range, the engine doesn't perform justifiably.

2019 Audi Q3 Engine
2019 Audi Q3 Turbocharged 2L Inline 4 Engine

Models

Audi Q3

Infiniti QX30

BMW X1

Mercedes-Benz GLA

MSRP

$32,900

$ 29,950

$33,900

$33,400

Engine

Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4 2.0 L/121

Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4 2.0 L/121

Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4 2.0 L/122

Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4 2.0 L/121

Transmission

6-speed automatic

7-speed dual-clutch automatic

8-speed automatic

7-speed dual-clutch automatic

Power

200hp @ 5100 rpm

208hp @ 5500 rpm

228hp @ 5000 rpm

208hp @ 5500 rpm

Torque

207 ft.-lbs. @ 1700 rpm

258 ft.-lbs. @ 1200 rpm

258 ft.-lbs. @ 1450 rpm

258 ft.-lbs. @ 1250 rpm

The Audi Q3, Mercedes-Benz GLA, and BMW X1 compete in a similar price bracket, with $500 increments in that order. All use a turbocharged 2-liter I-4, but Audi's engine is the least impressive. While X1's engine justifies its extra cost with extra horsepower and torque, GLA's engine matches X1's torque numbers but has just a few more HPs than Q3. Surprisingly, the QX30 costs around $3,000 less than the Q3, but still produces the same torque as the X1 and the same horsepower as the GLA. Audi may have focused on luxury and comfort, but power was definitely not their prime goal.

Acceleration

The main focus behind making the Q3 was to provide Audi's experience without providing Audi's price tag. Though the Audi Q3 does well in comfort, style, and luxury department, the engine is nowhere near the class standard. It feels underpowered on highways, and even while merging into traffic.

Models

Audi Q3 Premium

Infiniti QX30

BMW X1

Mercedes-Benz GLA 250

0-60 MPH

8.2 sec

6.3 sec

6.6 sec

7.2 sec

Quarter mile

16.1 sec @ 89 mph

14.9 sec @ 93 mph

15.2 sec @ 90.5 mph

15.3 sec @ 90.3 mph

Engine

2.0L I-4

2.0L I-4

2.0L I-4

2.0L I-4

Emission(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

7.7

6.6

6.8

6.5

Even if we forget Audi's luxury reputation, the Q3 is underpowered even by compact SUV standards. It takes 8.2 seconds to go from 0 60 mph, which is a full second slower than the GLA 250. The Infiniti QX30 takes just 6.3 seconds to get to 60mph. At the quarter-mile mark, the QX30 maintains its lead. Although the GLA 250 was 0.6 seconds behind the BMW X1 in the 0-60 mph test, it almost catches up at the quarter-mile, being just a millisecond behind. And as expected, the Audi trails behind by almost a second.

Handling and Steering

The Audi Q3 carries its underwhelming performance in the driving and handling department. While Audi's other vehicles have demonstrated that an electric-assisted power steering doesn't necessarily mean a numb and artificial drive, the Q3 fails to do so.

The Q3 has soft suspensions and a subpar grip limit, which makes it less sporty and feels heavier than it really is. The highway stability and precision are satisfactory but satisfactory' is a word that should not be associated with an Audi.

Braking

The Audi Q3 is just as lethargic in stopping down as it is in speeding up. It takes well over the class average to come to a stop. The brake pedal is on the softer side, feels a bit vague, and travels farther than desirable. At panic stops, the compact SUV also displays directional instability.

2019 Audi Q3 wheel
2019 Audi Q3 Front Left Wheels

Model

Audi Q3 Premium

Infiniti QX30

BMW X1

Mercedes-Benz GLA 250

Brake Front (in)

12.3

12.6

12.9

12.6

Brake Rear (in)

11.1

11.6

12.5

11.6

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3483

3280

3543

3296

60-0 MPH (ft.)

122

106

112

120

The quickest to come to a halt amongst the rivals is the Infiniti QX30. It takes just 106 feet to come to a stop from 60mph, that's 15 feet shorter than the Q3. Following QX30 is the BMW X1, with its panic stop distance of 112 feet. The Mercedes GLA is also on the slower side at panic stops, with a distance of 120 feet. That's unimpressive but still better than Q3.

2019 Audi Q3 Fuel Economy

4.0/10

If you thought the underpowered engine would at least offer a decent fuel economy, be ready to be disappointed once again. The Audi Q3 is nowhere near its competitors when it comes to efficiency. Be it a city drive or a highway ride, you'd be stuck with a thirsty and lazy engine. But hey, at least you'd be sitting in a comfortable seat!

Model

Audi Q3 Premium

Infiniti QX30

BMW X1

Mercedes-Benz GLA 250

MPG (city)

20

24

23

24

MPG (highway)

28

33

32

33

MPG (combined)

23

27

26

27

With a combined economy of 23 mpg, Q3's thirsty engine is at the bottom of the efficiency barrel. The Q3 may be Audi's cheapest SUV, but it sure will cost you in the long run. The rest of the pack puts up competitive numbers. The Infiniti QX30 and Mercedes GLA both put up an impressive 24/33 mpg in city/hwy. The BMW also trails closely behind, with 1 mpg less in both city and highway.

2019 Audi Q3 Interior

The 2018 Q3 seats five people in two rows. The Q3 looks good inside and features plenty of premium materials. Both rows of seats have enough room for adults. The front seats are comfortable and have plenty of support.- car.usnews

Seating and Comfort

When you enter Q3's cabin, it feels like you have gone back in time. The Audi Q3 still uses the old Audi design and is desperately in need of a redesign. Having said that, the old design makes the Q3's cabin quite simple and clean.

The instrument panel consists of red and white gauges, but the multi-display screen is only added when you go for the navigation package. Although the instrument cluster looks good, we still miss Audi's virtual cockpit. There are many storage options inside. The center console is deep and felt-lined. It also contains Audi's proprietary connection, so you need a special cable to use that.

2019 Audi Q3 Seating
2019 Audi Q3 Front Seats

The shifter is traditional, and paddle shifters are only added to the sports package. Dual-zone automatic climate control is standard, but you have some weird and dated toggles to adjust the temperature. A panoramic moonroof comes standard. The moon-roof is large, and its front portion opens up nicely. Even in the rear, the armrest has a storage space that is felt-lined.

Model

Audi Q3 Premium

Infiniti QX30

BMW X1

Mercedes-Benz GLA 250

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

5

Passenger Volume(ft.3)

106

108

101.2

104

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

36.9/55.8/40

38.4/54.8/52.1

41.9/55.6/40.4

40/54.8/41.9

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

37.4/53.6/31.1

37.5/54.8/49

39.4/55.2/37

38.2/53.1/27.3

 

2019 Audi Q3 Rear Seat
2019 Audi Q3 Rear Seats

The Audi Q3 uses standard leather seats which are available in black, rock grey and chestnut brown colors. Premium Plus has standard aluminum color, but balsamic brown walnut is also available for $350. 12-way power-adjustable seats with 4-way lumbar support are standard on driver's as well as passenger's side. The sport pack also adds thigh extensions. The Premium Plus trim also adds 3 stage heated seats.

Infotainment

If you thought the engine and handling were Q3's Achilles' heel, brace yourselves because Q3 has even more to disappoint you. Unlike its rivals or any vehicle these days for that matter, the Audi Q3 does not come with any standard infotainment system. You'll have to opt for an available package to add the MMI interface.

2019 Audi Q3 Infotainment Display
2019 Audi Q3 Infotainment Screen

And once you add an infotainment system, it's not the end of your misery. Audi placed the control knobs so high on the dash that reaching them while driving is a feat in itself. The standard system includes a 10-speaker sound system, satellite radio, Bluetooth, and a USB port. Optional upgrades include a Bose surround sound system, the MMI infotainment system, and navigation.

Cargo

Although the Audi Q3 is not the most luggage accommodating vehicle out there, the cargo storage is satisfactory, given the list of problems Q3 has in other departments. The cargo space with all seats up is not impressive, but once the 2ndrow is folded, the Q3 provides more storage than some key rivals.

2019 Audi Q3 Cargo Space

Model

Audi Q3 Premium

Infiniti QX30

BMW X1 sdrive 28i

Mercedes-Benz GLA 250

Volume behind 2ndrow (cube ft.)

16.7

19.2

27.1

17.2

2ndrow folded (cube ft.)

48.2

43.6

58.7

43.6

The BMW X1 is the king in cargo storage, with a maximum capacity of 58.7 Ft.3and 27.1 Ft.3when seats are up. The Mercedes provides a little more storage than Q3 when seats are up, but lags behind when seats are folded.

Interior Features

Here is a list of the standout features in the Audi Q3's cabin:

  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Panoramic sunroof
  • Rearview camera
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Heated side mirrors
  • 10-speaker sound system
  • Satellite radio
  • Bluetooth
  • USB port
  • Optional features include:
  • Proximity-key entry
  • Power lift-gate
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Bose surround sound system
  • MMI infotainment system
  • Navigation
  • LED headlights and taillights
  • Audi Side Assist

2019 Audi Q3 Exterior

The 2019 Audi Q3 stands out for its striking design outside and its big tech inside. -Car Connection

Design and Dimensions

When you look at the Q3 from the front, it looks quite reminiscent of the bigger Q5 and Q7. It has the new angular version of the single-frame grille. On either side of the grille, you get the headlights, which are LEDs in Premium Plus and Xenon HIDs in Premium. Down below you get the S-line, which is now standard. The S-line adds to a more aggressive look for the Audi Q3.

2019 Audi Q3 Exterior
2019 Audi Q3 Angular Front View

Model

Audi Q3 Premium

Infiniti QX30

BMW X1 sdrive 28i

Mercedes-Benz GLA 250

Curb weight (lbs)

3483

3280

3543

3296

Length (in.)

172.8

174.2

175.4

173.9

Width (in.)

72.1

82.0

71.7

71.0

Height (in.)

62.5

58.9

62.9

60.0

Ground clearance (in.)

6.7

6.8

6.9

6.6

Wheelbase (in.)

102.5

106.3

105.1

106.3

Track width (in.) F/R

61.1/61.2

61.9/61.9

61.5/61.5

61.8/61.4

When viewed from the front, Q3 doesn't look that small. But once you look at its side profile, it's easy to see how compact Q3 really is. From the back, it looks uncannily like a shrunken Q5. The tail lights are LEDs with dynamic turn signals in Premium Plus trim. Dual exhausts and roof-rails are standard. Premium Plus adds a rear diffuser.

Exterior Features

Some of the exterior features include:

  • LED headlights in Premium Plus
  • Xenon HIDs in Premium
  • Heated and power adjusting side mirrors
  • Audi's Side Assist in Premium Plus
  • 19 inch 10 spoke titanium alloy wheels in sports plus package
  • Standard 18 inch turbine alloy wheels
  • 19-inch off-road design wheels with sports package.

2019 Audi Q3 Safety

IIHS gave Audi Q3 their maximum rating of Good' in all their crash tests. The headlights, however, got a rating of Poor. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has not rated the Q3 yet.

IIHS Rating

Small Overlap Front

Good

Moderate Overlap Front

Good

Side

Good

Roof Strength

Good

Head Restraints and Seats

Good

Headlights

Poor

Child Seat Anchors (LATCH) Ease of Use

Acceptable

Front Crash Prevention

Not Rated

The only standard safety feature you will find in the Q3 is the rear view camera. It's not much, but it's worth noting that rivals like BMW X1 don't provide any standard feature. Although BMW and Mercedes GLA have several optional safety features, Audi only adds Audi Side Assist, which is just a fancy name for blind-spot monitoring, as an upgrade.

2019 Audi Q3 Competition

Audi Q3 vs BMW X1

The BMW X1 has several advantages over the Audi Q3. They start with BMW's powerful engine and nimble handling, Audi falls short on both accounts. BMW also has one of the most spacious cargo capacities in the segment, almost 10 cubic feet more than Audi. X1 also comes with a standard infotainment system.

Although Q3 can get an infotainment system with an additional package, it is still not as intuitive as X1's. Audi's ace in the hole was its luxurious cabin, but BMW one-ups Audi is this department, too. All in all, BMW X1 is just a better car than the Q3.

Audi Q3 vs Mercedes-Benz GLA

It's the same story with the Mercedes. The GLA provides a better fuel economy than Q3, that too with a more powerful engine. The GLA is more fun to drive, saves more money, and handles swiftly. Both SUV's have similar cabin and cargo space, but the Mercedes GLA has more techs and features.

The GLA comes with astandard infotainment system, available Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, and many more active safety techs. However, it is worth noting that Audi's cabin is more luxurious and comfortable. So, if you are ready to sacrifice basically every aspect of a car that makes it desirable for a little extra luxury and upscale interiors, go for the Audi Q3. Or, you know, go for the Mercedes. It's so much better than the Q3 in most departments. And come on, it's a Mercedes! How austere can its cabin be?

2019 Audi Q3 Final Verdict

The Q3 is Audi's least expensive SUV, so expecting a full-blown Audi experience is kind of a stretch from the start. But Q3 is severely underpowered and lacking in almost all aspects except for cabin quality. If it were a basic company, we'd get it. But Q3's mediocrity is enhanced by its parentage.

No matter what aspect you choose, there is a rival who provides a better experience in that aspect, and more. There is simply not much to justify 2018's all-around below average performance, especially in a segment that's filled with excellent competitors.

Rivals like Mercedes-Benz GLA, BMW X1, Infiniti QX30, and many more provide so much more at the same price. So, if you wanna buy an Audi Q3, just don't. There are better options available, and if you wanna own an Audi, Audi has a plethora of better options for you.