The 2023 Audi Q3 appears like a scaled down Q8, and what you see is an effective indication of what you get. The littler Q presents all of the hallmark traits of its bigger Audi siblings—it’s enticing, fashionable, elegant, and well-built—in a compact bundle. All-wheel drive is customary and each Q3 is powered by a turbocharged four-cylinder; the bottom 40 model will get a 184-hp mill whereas the higher-spec 45 is motivated by 228 horses. Dealing with is nimble and efficiency is respectable—not less than with the extra highly effective engine. The Q3’s cabin isn’t as spacious or as sensible because the BMW X1’s. And in comparison with the car-like Mercedes-Benz GLA-class, one of many Q3’s different severe rivals, the little Audi appears and feels extra like an SUV. And SUV-ness is what you purchase an SUV for, proper? Like these two opponents, the Q3 presents many up to date expertise options, together with a digital gauge show, touchscreen infotainment, and a number of driver-assists. However the perfect information is that the Q3 feels and drives such as you’d anticipate an Audi to.
What’s New for 2023?
All Q3 fashions obtain customary LED headlamps for the 2023 model yr. The non-obligatory wi-fi smartphone charging pad has been redesigned however stays in its normal location on the middle console. Three new wheel designs spruce up the Q3’s exterior, and the Black Optic bundle is now obtainable on the Premium 40 model.
Pricing and Which One to Purchase
Though it is the costliest model, the Premium Plus trim nonetheless represents the perfect purchase within the Q3 lineup. Its comparatively inexpensive price ticket equips it with many fascinating options, together with a wi-fi smartphone charging pad, blind-spot monitoring, passive entry with push-button begin, and adaptive cruise management. We might additionally counsel the aforementioned Know-how bundle, which unlocks the best tech options Audi has to supply. We might additionally select the extra highly effective 45 model.
Engine, Transmission, and Efficiency
The Q3 is powered by a turbocharged four-cylinder engine that makes both 184- or 228-hp; both method it comes customary with an eight-speed computerized transmission and Quattro all-wheel drive. In our time behind the wheel of a Q3 with the stronger of the 2 engines, we famous that the engine supplied ample energy, however our take a look at car wasn’t as fast as some rivals, and we observed a delay between our proper foot’s motion and the engine’s response (learn: turbo lag). Nonetheless, its transmission shifted easily throughout regular operation and supplied sportier reactions when shifted into S mode. Fortunately, its suspension damped out all however the harshest highway imperfections. Direct steering with a light-to-the-touch really feel provides the Q3 a way of agility. The little SUV additionally strikes with the identical grace as its bigger siblings when pitched down a twisty part of highway.
Gasoline Economic system and Actual-World MPG
The EPA estimates the Q3 40 will ship as much as 23 mpg within the metropolis and 30 mpg on the freeway. These numbers are just like rivals such because the X1 and Volvo XC40. The Q3 45 is rated for 21 mpg metropolis and 28 mpg freeway, however once we ran one on our 75-mph freeway fuel-economy route it earned 31 mpg. For extra details about the Q3’s gasoline financial system, go to the EPA’s web site.
Inside, Consolation, and Cargo
The Q3’s cabin addresses all of our complaints about that of the outgoing model, with a a lot improved driving place, a user-friendly format of its controls, and finer supplies. Its standout customary options embrace a panoramic sunroof, leather-based upholstery, heated entrance seats with eight-way energy changes and lumbar help for the motive force. Extra luxurious choices embrace ambient inside lighting, a totally digital gauge cluster, and contrasting microsuede on the dashboard and doorways. The cabin can also be extra spacious than the earlier model, however its again seat nonetheless lacks enough legroom to maintain adults snug on lengthy slogs. We managed to suit six carry-on suitcases within the cargo space and one other 12 baggage with the rear seats folded. These are each lower than we match within the X1 however on par with the Jaguar E-Tempo.
Infotainment and Connectivity
Audi equips most Q3 fashions with an 8.8-inch touchscreen MMI infotainment system that options Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. A bigger 10.1-inch touchscreen can also be obtainable with the identical content material. We discovered the interface to be enticing and principally straightforward to function attributable to its massive icons and haptic suggestions. Nonetheless, its low place on the dashboard may be distracting. High choices embrace SiriusXM satellite tv for pc radio, wi-fi charging, and a 15-speaker, 680-watt Sonos stereo system.
Security and Driver-Help Options
The Q3 presents a variety of driver-assistance expertise, resembling computerized high-beam headlights and automatic emergency braking. For extra details about the Q3’s crash-test outcomes, go to the Nationwide Freeway Visitors Security Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance coverage Institute for Freeway Security (IIHS) web sites. Key security options embrace:
- Normal automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection
- Normal lane-departure warning
- Accessible adaptive cruise management
Guarantee and Upkeep Protection
Audi offers a aggressive restricted and powertrain guarantee on each Q3. Nonetheless, it lacks a complimentary scheduled upkeep plan which each BMW and Jaguar supply.
- Restricted guarantee covers 4 years or 50,000 miles
- Powertrain guarantee covers 4 years or 50,000 miles
- No complimentary scheduled upkeep
2019 Audi Q3
front-engine, all-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door hatchback
PRICE AS TESTED
$44,990 (base worth: $35,695)
turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 16-valve inline-4, iron block and aluminum head, direct gasoline injection
121 cu in, 1984 cc
228 hp @ 5000 rpm
258 lb-ft @ 1700 rpm
8-speed computerized with guide shifting mode
Suspension (F/R): multilink/multilink
Brakes (F/R): 13.4-in vented disc/12.2-in vented disc
Tires: Bridgestone Potenza S005, 255/40R-20 101Y AO
Wheelbase: 105.5 in
Size: 176.6 in
Width: 72.8 in
Peak: 64.1 in
Passenger quantity: 94 cu ft
Cargo quantity: 24 cu ft
Curb weight: 3915 lb
Zero to 60 mph: 7.4 sec
Zero to 100 mph: 19.3 sec
Zero to 120 mph: 34.0 sec
Rolling begin, 5–60 mph: 8.3 sec
High gear, 30–50 mph: 3.8 sec
High gear, 50–70 mph: 5.3 sec
Standing ¼-mile: 15.7 sec @ 91 mph
High velocity (governor restricted, mfr’s declare): 130 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 160 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad: 0.91 g
Noticed: 21 mpg
EPA FUEL ECONOMY
Mixed/metropolis/freeway: 22/19/27 mpg
Extra Options and Specs