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Critics' Rating: 8.1
Performance: 7.4
Interior: 8.6
Safety:
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2019 Audi Q3 Review

The redesigned 2019 Audi Q3 finishes near the top of our luxury subcompact SUV rankings. This small crossover is the total package: It's enjoyable to drive, it has a top-quality interior, and it provides plenty of creature comforts for its occupants.

Pros & Cons

  • Posh, spacious cabin
  • Easy-to-use infotainment system
  • Sporty and comfortable driving dynamics
  • Poor fuel economy for the class

Is the Audi Q3 a Good SUV?

Yes, the fully redesigned Audi Q3 is a good luxury subcompact SUV. The Q3’s turbo-four engine feels quick in any driving situation, and this Audi delivers a smooth ride and solid handling. Inside, you'll find arguably the most luxurious interior in the class, with two rows of adult-friendly seats and a lengthy list of standard and available tech features. The Q3 also earns an excellent predicted reliability rating.

Some rivals may be more athletic or more fuel-efficient, and some can rival the Q3's interior quality, but almost no other small luxury SUV provides the all-around appeal of this Audi.

Should I Buy the Audi Q3?

No matter what you're looking for in a luxury subcompact SUV, chances are that this Audi offers it. And if the all-around quality of the Q3 isn't enough of a selling point, consider that this crossover is priced comparably with many other vehicles in the segment, making it a good value. Still, it never hurts to comparison shop, so you may want to see how the Q3 stacks up against alternatives like the BMW X1 and Mercedes-Benz GLA.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Audi Q3?

Audi completely redesigned the Q3 for the 2019 model year. The 2019 edition has a new engine that puts out 28 more horsepower and 51 more pound-feet of torque than the previous generation’s, and Quattro all-wheel drive now comes standard.

New standard features include a sunroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, a heated driver's seat, and the MMI infotainment system with an 8.8-inch touch screen. New available features include wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a surround-view parking camera, and parallel and perpendicular park assist.

If you can live without those upgrades, a used Q3 is worth considering. Previous generation Q3s are still very good SUVs, and they'll likely cost much less than a new one. Check out our 2018, 2017, and 2016 Audi Q3 reviews to help make your decision. You can also check out our Used Car Deals page to learn about savings and discounts on used vehicles.

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How Much Does the Audi Q3 Cost?

The 2019 Q3 starts at $34,700, and the range-topping Prestige S trim starts at $42,900. At both ends of the spectrum, the Q3’s price is in the middle of the pack compared to its rivals.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Audi dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Audi deals page.

Audi Q3 Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Audi Q3 or BMW X1?

The BMW X1 is one of the Q3's primary challengers for the top spot in our luxury compact SUV rankings. The X1 gets better fuel economy than the Q3, while delivering superb performance from its punchy engine (it has the same horsepower rating as the Audi's engine). It also offers excellent handling.

Inside, the BMW looks great, but it doesn't quite match the Audi's quality and style. The X1 does have two rows of spacious seats and more cargo space than the Q3, however. Both vehicles get stellar predicted reliability ratings. At the end of the day, there's a lot to like about these two, and there really isn't a wrong choice.

Which Is Better: Audi Q3 or Mercedes-Benz GLA?

The Mercedes-Benz GLA is more fuel-efficient than the Q3, but its ride doesn’t feel as smooth or as athletic as the Audi's. The Q3 features a more opulent interior, with more rear-seat space and a bigger cargo hold than the GLA. It also gets a higher predicted reliability rating. The GLA is a good SUV, but the Q3 is the obvious pick here.

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Q3 Interior

How Many People Does the Q3 Seat?

The Q3 seats five people on two rows of comfortable seats. Make no mistake, the Q3 is a small crossover, but both rows of seats have enough room for adult passengers. Also, the rear seats slide and recline, which isn't the case with every competitor.

Q3 and Child Car Seats

The Q3 has two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors on the rear outboard seats, as well as an upper tether on the rear middle seat.

Q3 Interior Quality

The new Q3’s interior feels markedly superior to the outgoing model. Premium materials cover nearly every inch of the cabin, and it looks stylish. Few competitors can match the feel of this Audi's plush interior.

Q3 Cargo Space

The Q3's cargo space is a mixed bag. This Audi gives you 23.7 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats, which is more than you'll get in many competitors. However, its maximum capacity of 48 cubic feet with the rear seats folded down is subpar for a luxury subcompact SUV.

Q3 Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

Standard features include the MMI infotainment system with an 8.8-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, four USB ports, Bluetooth, a 10-speaker audio system, and HD Radio.

Available features include Audi's Virtual Cockpit, wireless device charging, and an upgraded MMI system with a 10.1-inch touch screen, navigation, satellite radio, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and a 15-speaker Bang & Olufsen audio system.

The incredibly user-friendly MMI infotainment system features a responsive touch screen with crisp graphics, a simple interface, and center-stack controls that are easy to reach. Additionally, it offers features that you won't find in every class rival, such as handwriting recognition and wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity.

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Q3 Performance

Q3 Engine: Eager and Enjoyable

This Audi crossover features a 228-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine and an eight-speed automatic transmission. Whether you're cruising around town or jetting down the highway, the Q3 never feels overwhelmed, and its acceleration is reasonably quick.

Q3 Gas Mileage: Below Average

Fuel economy is perhaps the only performance area where the Q3 doesn't rank among the class leaders. With ratings of 19 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway, it ranks as one of the least fuel-efficient vehicles in the luxury subcompact SUV class. For comparison, the all-wheel-drive versions of the BMW X1 and Mercedes-Benz GLA earn 22/31 mpg and 23/31 mpg, respectively.

Q3 Ride and Handling: An All-Around Winner

The Q3 may not be quite as dynamic as some of its classmates, but it handles well and feels agile thanks to accurate steering and the sure-footedness you get from Audi's Quattro all-wheel drive. The Q3 also impresses from a comfort standpoint. Even when the pavement gets rough, the ride feels serene.

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Q3 Reliability

Is the Audi Q3 Reliable?

The 2019 Q3 gets an outstanding predicted reliability rating of 4.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

Audi Q3 Warranty

Audi backs the Q3 with a four-year/50,000-mile warranty.

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Q3 Safety

Q3 Crash Test Results

Neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has crash tested the 2019 Q3.

Q3 Safety Features

Standard driver assistance features include a rearview camera, Audi Pre Sense Basic (helps protect occupants by rolling up windows and tightening seat belts if it detects an imminent collision), and Audi Pre Sense Front (a type of forward collision warning) with pedestrian detection.

Available active safety features include front and rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, a surround-view parking camera, and parallel and perpendicular park assist.

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Q3 Dimensions and Weight

The 2019 Q3 is 14.9 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 3,905 to 3,916 pounds.

Where is the Audi Q3 built?

Audi builds the 2019 Q3 in Hungary.

Which Audi Q3 Model Is Right for Me?

The Q3 comes in three trims: Premium, Premium Plus, and Prestige. Every trim comes standard with a 228-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine, an eight-speed automatic transmission, and Audi's Quattro all-wheel-drive system. Each trim has an S line variant (it's standard in the Prestige) that adds 1-inch larger wheels and different styling elements.

The best value in the lineup is the Premium Plus trim. It only costs about $3,000 more than the base model, and you get several additional standard features, including active safety technologies. The Premium Plus also offers several infotainment upgrades you can't get in the base trim.

Audi Q3 Premium

The Q3 Premium has a base price of $34,700 ($36,000 for the S line). Standard features include leather upholstery, heated front seats, power-adjustable front seats, sliding and reclining rear seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, a panoramic sunroof, and the MMI infotainment system with an 8.8-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, four USB ports, Bluetooth, a 10-speaker audio system, and HD Radio.

Standard active safety features include a rearview camera, Audi Pre Sense Basic, and Audi Pre Sense Front with pedestrian detection.

The Convenience package ($1,600) adds satellite radio, front and rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and lane departure warning.

Audi Q3 Premium Plus

The Q3 Premium Plus starts at $37,800 ($39,100 for the S line). In addition to the base trim's features, the Premium Plus comes standard with a hands-free power liftgate, wireless device charging, satellite radio, remote start, front and rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and lane departure warning.

The Driver Assistance package ($800) adds adaptive cruise control, and the Navigation package ($2,000) includes navigation, Audi’s Virtual Cockpit, and a 10.1-inch touch screen. You can also add a 15-speaker Bang & Olufsen audio system for $850.

Audi Q3 Prestige

The Q3 Prestige sports a starting price of $42,900 and comes standard with the S line styling. The Prestige has Audi's Virtual Cockpit, adaptive cruise control, a surround-view parking camera, and parallel and perpendicular park assist. Infotainment features include an upgraded MMI system with a 10.1-inch touch screen, handwriting recognition, navigation, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and a 15-speaker Bang & Olufsen audio system.

Sport seats are available for $500.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Audi dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Audi deals page.

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The Final Call

Audi redesigned the Q3 for the 2019 model year, and it is substantially improved over the previous version. The new Q3 delivers engaging performance and provides a top-notch interior with plenty of user-friendly technology. This small crossover has something for everyone, and it merits serious consideration from any luxury subcompact SUV shopper.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

  • "The 2019 Q3 is a real sweetheart. It distills Audi's strengths – handsome designs, engaging dynamics and a premium feel – into a compact package. Unlike the outgoing model, it feels like a true Audi rather than a Volkswagen with a thin applique of Ingolstadt veneer, and it doesn't compromise functionality, visibility or refinement in favor of overcooked styling and a discount interior like the GLA or X2. If crossovers are the new norm, the 2019 Q3 is step in the right direction and a marked improvement over the outgoing model. It's a crossover that's nearly as good to drive as any hatchback." -- Autoblog
  • "Obviously, I'll need time with a proper US-spec Q3 to give my full opinion on it, but based on my abbreviated experience with this tester, the Q3 launches itself to the top of the pile in a segment full of hungry buyers. Its tech and driving dynamics feel superior to the Volvo XC40, and it looks much better than the BMW X2 (although, to be fair, that isn't hard)." -- CNET
  • "With more vehicles entering the class, it's only natural that competition spurs improvements. Take the new 2019 Audi Q3, which differentiates itself from other models with high-end technology and premium materials and design that are familiar from the brand's more expensive offerings." -- Edmunds
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