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2020 Audi Q3 Review

The 2020 Audi Q3 earns a spot near the top of our luxury subcompact SUV rankings thanks to its chic cabin, enjoyable driving dynamics, and abundance of intuitive technology.

Pros & Cons

  • Posh, spacious cabin
  • Easy-to-use infotainment system
  • Engaging ride
  • Great predicted reliability rating
  • Poor fuel economy for the class

Is the Audi Q3 a Good SUV?

Yes, the Audi Q3 is a good luxury subcompact SUV. It feels quick in most driving situations and offers both composed handling and a smooth ride. Inside, you'll find arguably the most opulent cabin 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 have sportier handling or better gas mileage, but almost no other small luxury SUV provides the overarching appeal of this Audi.

Should I Buy the Audi Q3?

The Q3 should absolutely be on your short list of luxury subcompact SUVs. It’s affordable, luxurious, comfortable, and well-equipped. That said, there are a few other options worth considering. See how the Q3 stacks up against alternatives like the sportier BMW X1 and more fuel-efficient Mercedes-Benz GLA.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Audi Q3?

With no major changes to the 2020 Q3, most shoppers should choose the redesigned 2019 model instead. You'll get the latest updates and innovative features, and you'll likely pay less for them.

As part of the 2019 redesign, Audi added a new engine that puts out 28 more horsepower and 51 more pound-feet of torque than the previous generation’s. The 2019 Q3 also gained standard Quattro all-wheel drive and standard features like a sunroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, a heated driver's seat, and the MMI infotainment system with an 8.8-inch touch screen. Newly available features included Android Auto, wireless Apple CarPlay, a surround-view parking camera system, and parallel and perpendicular park assist.

If you can live without these goodies and want to save more money, previous generation Q3s are also a good option. Check out our 2017 Q3, 2018 Q3, and 2019 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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This 2020 Q3 review incorporates applicable research for all models in this generation, which launched for 2019.

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How Much Does the Audi Q3 Cost?

The 2020 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 about average for the class.

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Audi Q3 Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Audi Q3 or BMW X1?

The BMW X1 gets better fuel economy estimates 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. However, the X1 has more passenger and cargo space than the Q3. Both vehicles get stellar predicted reliability ratings. You can't go wrong with either of these SUVs. Your choice will come down to whether you prefer the Audi's comfort and luxury or the BMW's dynamic performance.

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

The Mercedes-Benz GLA has better fuel economy than the Q3, but it lacks the Audi’s athleticism and smooth ride. The Q3 also boasts a more opulent interior than the GLA, with more rear-seat space and a bigger cargo hold. Additionally, the Audi has a higher predicted reliability rating than the Mercedes. The GLA is a good SUV, but the Q3 is a better one.

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Q3 Interior

How Many People Does the Q3 Seat?

The Q3 seats five people on two rows of comfortable, leather-wrapped seats. Inside, this Audi feels larger than it looks. There’s enough space for 6-footers in both rows, and the sliding and reclining rear seats give back-seat passengers extra flexibility.

Q3 and Child Car Seats

There are two complete sets of LATCH connectors for the rear outboard seats and an upper tether for the middle seat.

Q3 Interior Quality

The Q3’s modern cabin has sleek styling, excellent build quality, and top-notch materials. Few competitors can match this level of interior charm.

Q3 Cargo Space

Behind the rear seats, the Q3 has a good amount of storage space: 23.7 cubic feet. However, the maximum capacity of 48 cubic feet is on the low side for the segment.

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.

The Q3 is available with several cutting-edge features, including Audi's Virtual Cockpit, wireless device charging, and an upgraded MMI infotainment system. Virtual Cockpit is a 12.3-inch digital screen that displays navigation and media info along with the driver’s gauges. The enhanced MMI system comes with a 10.1-inch touch screen, navigation, satellite radio, wireless Apple CarPlay, and a 15-speaker Bang & Olufsen audio system.

The user-friendly MMI infotainment system features a responsive touch screen with vibrant graphics, a simple interface, and center-stack controls that are easy to reach.

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Q3 Performance

Q3 Engine: Eager and Enjoyable

The Q3 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 one of the only areas 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. 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 have the driving dynamics of some of its classmates, but it has accurate steering and sure-footed handling, the latter thanks to its Quattro all-wheel-drive system. 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 2020 Q3 has an excellent 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

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2020 Q3 the highest rating of Good in all six crashworthiness tests. The Q3 also earned the highest rating of Superior for front crash prevention. Headlights in the Premium Plus and Prestige trims received Good ratings for forward visibility, while the Premium trim's headlights earned the lowest rating of Poor.

Q3 Safety Features

Standard driver assistance features include a rearview camera, Audi Pre Sense Basic (which 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 system, and parallel and perpendicular park assist.

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Q3 Dimensions and Weight

The 2020 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 2020 Q3 in Hungary.

Which Audi Q3 Model Is Right for Me?

The Q3 is available 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 the Quattro all-wheel-drive system.

The base Q3 Premium model comes with a healthy number of standard features, including a large infotainment display, multiple USB ports, and smartphone integration. The Premium Plus model is a better choice for most shoppers, however, since it has more active safety features, as well as a few extra niceties like a hands-free liftgate. It also offers several infotainment upgrades that you can't get in the base trim.

Audi Q3 Premium

The Q3 Premium (MSRP $34,700) comes standard with leather upholstery, heated and 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. 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 (MSRP $42,900) comes standard with the Virtual Cockpit, adaptive cruise control, a surround-view parking camera system, 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 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

The 2020 Audi Q3 delivers engaging performance, a comfortable ride, a luxurious cabin, and plenty of user-friendly technology. This luxury subcompact SUV has something for everyone and merits serious consideration from anyone seeking a small luxury crossover.

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." -- Autoblog (2019)
  • "…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 (2019)
  • "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 (2019)

Buying

Expert Advice

Last Updated: January 16, 2020

Middling Sales: The Audi Q3 placed in the middle of the pack at the end of the 2019 luxury subcompact SUV sales race. Dealerships sold 11.9 percent fewer Q3 models in 2019 compared to 2018. At the end of the year, the Mercedes-Benz GLA had outsold the Q3 by about 50 percent, and the dominant Cadillac XT4 had it beaten by more than 2 to 1.

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