2020 Audi Q3

Rating6.8

Ranked #11 in Subcompact Suv

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Starting MSRP 

$34,700 - $42,900

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Key Spec of 2020 Audi Q3
fuel economy

19/22/27

fuel type

Premium unleaded (recommended)

horsepower

228 hp @ 5000 rpm

basic warranty

4 yr./ 50,000 mi.

2020 Audi Q3 Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: April 22, 2022

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The 2020 Audi Q3 is offered with two trims and a powertrain that consists of a 2.0L turbocharged inline-4 engine. The engine is capable of generating 228 HP and 258 lb-ft of torque. The engineers clearly underpowered and sales to deliver in comparison to competition with regard to the power output towing capacity fuel economy and more. Even the interiors are significantly compromised, 

2020 Audi Q3

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 2020 Audi Q3, Audi's representative in this segment, is like a rebellious teenage child who wants to challenge everything Audi stands for. From fun handling to a powerful engine, from active safety features to an intuitive infotainment system, the Q3 doesn't have any of it.

 

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ProsConsWhat's New

Premium interiors

Below average fuel economy

Prestige trim is discontinued

Comfortable drive experience

Average engine performance

New Convenience package for Premium trim

Value for money offering

Over All Rating

6.8

Out of 10

Pricing and Features8.00
Pricing and Feature8.00
Features7.00
Engine and Performance7.00
Fuel Economy4.00
Interior6.10
Exterior6.00
Safety8.00
Competition7.00
Notable Rankings

#11 in Subcompact Suv

#21 in Suv

#21 in Midsize Suv


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Trims

Premium$34,700 onwards

  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Forward collision warning
  • Heated Front Seats
  • Leather upholstery
  • Led headlights

S Line Premium$36,000 onwards

  • 19-inch silver aluminum Wheels
  • 3-Spoke multifunction steering wheel
  • LED taillights w/ dynamic indicators
  • Power-Adjustable heated side mirrors

Premium Plus$37,800 onwards

  • Blind-Spot monitor
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Keyless entry and ignition
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Wireless charging pad

S Line Premium Plus$39,100 onwards

  • Keyless entry and keyless ignition
  • Leather steering wheel

S Line Prestige$42,900 onwards



Colors and Styles

2020 Audi Q3 in Brilliant Black color
Brilliant Black

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

Starting at a price of $33,000 that goes up to $35,800, the 2020 Audi Q3 is Audi's least expensive and smallest SUV. Its powertrain consists of a 2-liter turbocharged I-4 that generates 228hp and 258 lb.-ft. of torque. The standard drivetrain on offer is an AWD. It also comes with an S-line apart from the basic two trims, but we will review that separately. 

2020 Audi Q3

The 2020 Audi Q3 is Audi's most compact SUV offering, it delivers in terms of value for money. 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 BMW X1 and the Mercedes Benz GLA

2020 Audi Q3 front view
2020 Audi Q3 rear view

Features
7.0/10

"Dashing inside and out, many desirable standard features, good interior packaging." - Car and Driver

The 2020 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. The engine is paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission. AWD comes in as the standard drivetrain for the 2020 model year. The S-line comes with the three trims, Premium, Premium Plus and the Prestige.

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.

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 of the 2020 Audi Q3

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 performs justifiably.

2020 Audi Q3 Turbocharged 2L Inline 4 Engine

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, and the Mercs engine is the least impressive, it churns out just 221 hp and delivers the same torque as its competitiors.

Models

2020 Audi Q3

2020 BMW X1

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLA

MSRP

$32,900

$33,900

$33,400

Engine

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

8-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

Power

228hp @ 5000 RPM

228hp @ 5000 RPM

221hp @ 5500 RPM

Torque

258 ft.-lbs. @ 1700 RPM

258 ft.-lbs. @ 1450 RPM

258 ft.-lbs. @ 1800 RPM

While X1's engine justifies its extra cost with extra horsepower and torque. The BMW comes at a price tag that is slightly more than the Audi, only to deliver identical engine config and specs. Audi may have focused on luxury and comfort, but power was definitely not their prime goal.

Acceleration of the 2020 Audi Q3

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 the 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

2020 Audi Q3

2020 BMW X1

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLA

0-60 MPH

8.2 sec

6.6 sec

7.2 sec

Quarter mile

16.1 sec @ 89 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

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

7.7

6.8

6.5

It takes 8.2 seconds to go from 0-60 mph, which is a full second slower than the lower-powered GLA 250. 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 of the 2020 Audi Q3

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.

2020 Audi Q3 Front Left Wheels

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 of the 2020 Audi Q3

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.

Models

2020 Audi Q3

2020 BMW X1

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLA

Brake Front (in)

12.3

12.9

12.6

Brake Rear (in)

11.1

12.5

11.6

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3905

3554

3296

60-0 MPH (ft.)

122

112

120

The quickest to come to a halt amongst the rivals is the BMW X1. It takes just 112 feet to come to a stop from 60 mph, that's 8 feet shorter than the GLA. Following the GLA is the Q3, with its panic stop distance of 122 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.

Fuel Economy
4.0/10

"The EPA estimates that the 2020 Q3 will earn up to 19 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway." - Car and Driver

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!

Models

2020 Audi Q3

2020 BMW X1

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLA

MPG (city)

19

24

25

MPG (highway)

27

33

34

MPG (combined)

22

27

28

With a combined economy of 22 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 Mercedes GLA puts up an impressive 25/34 mpg in city/hwy. The BMW also trails closely behind, with 1 mpg less in both city and highway.

Interior
6.1/10

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 of the 2020 Audi Q3

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.

Models

2020 Audi Q3

2020 BMW X1

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLA

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

Passenger Volume(ft.3)

106

101.2

104

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

36.9/56.8/40

41.9/55.6/40.4

34.9/55.0/41.9

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

37.4/55.1/36.1

39.4/55.2/37

38.2/54.8/38.0

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.

2020 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 the 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 of the 2020 Audi Q3

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.

2020 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 of the 2020 Audi Q3

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 2nd row is folded, the Q3 provides more storage than some key rivals.

Models

2020 Audi Q3

2020 BMW X1

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLA

Volume behind 2ndrow (cube ft.)

23.7

27.1

15.4

2ndrow folded (cube ft.)

48.0

58.7

50.0

The BMW X1 is the king in cargo storage, with a maximum capacity of 58.7 cubic feet and 27.1 cubic feet, when 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 of the 2020 Audi Q3

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

  • 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
Exterior
6.0/10

The 2020 Audi Q3 stands out for its striking design outside and its big tech inside. -Car Connection

Design and Dimensions of the 2020 Audi Q3

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.

Models

2020 Audi Q3

2020 BMW X1

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLA

Curb weight (lbs)

3904

3554

3296

Length (in.)

176.6

175.4

173.9

Width (in.)

72.8

71.7

72.2

Height (in.)

64.1

62.9

63.5

Ground clearance (in.)

6.7

7.2

6.6

Wheelbase (in.)

105.5

105.1

107.4

Track width (in.) F/R

61.1/61.2

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 taillights 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 of the 2020 Audi Q3

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.
Safety
8.0/10

"The Q3 has earned a five-star crash-test rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), and it was named a Top Safety Pick+ by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS)." - Car and Driver

The safety rating of the 2020 Audi Q3

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) also awards the 2020 Audi Q3 with the maximum any car could ever get, a five out of five-star rating. However, the Q3 gets a couple of four-star ratings when we go to check the individual safety ratings. It scores a four-star rating in the aspects of Rollover and frontal crash. Based on the brand's fine reputation, one can believe the 2020 Q3 to be safe enough. It gets a host of safety features to offer, a brief list of which is given below:

Safety offering of the 2020 Audi Q3

  • Dual Front Side-Mounted Airbags
  • Dusk Sensing Headlamps
  • Engine Immobilizer
  • Front And Rear Head Airbags
  • Post-Collision Safety System
  • Pre-Collision Safety System
  • Stability Control
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring
  • Traction Control
  • 4-Wheel ABS
Competition
7.0/10

2020 Audi Q3 vs 2020 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 10.0 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.

2020 BMW X1

2020 Audi Q3 vs 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLA

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

2020 Mercedes GLA

 

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. 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.

2020 Audi Q3

 

Features

vehicle bio
base price

$37800

body style

4dr SUV

engine type
displacement

121 cu in

horse power

228 hp @ 5000 rpm

torque

295 lb.-ft. @ 3000 rpm

transmission

8 speed Automatic

dimensions
length

176.6 in

wheelbase

105.5 in

width

72.8 in

curb weight

3905 lbs

Height

64.1 in

Ground Clearance

6.7 lbs

capacity
cargo volume

48 cu ft

passenger capacity

5 Seats

fuel economy
city/combined/highway

19/22/27 mpg

highway range

429.3 mi

warranty
basic warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.


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