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Critics' Rating: 7.8
Performance: 7.8
Interior: 7.7
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.4
Safety: 10.0
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2015 Audi Q3 Review

The 2015 Audi Q3 can't keep up with competitors that are more engaging to drive, get higher predicted reliability ratings, and have easier-to-use tech features.

Pros & Cons


  • High-end interior
  • Excellent safety scores


  • Hard-to-reach infotainment and climate controls
  • Stiff ride

2015 Audi Q3 Overview

Is the 2015 Audi Q3 a Good Used SUV?

The 2015 Q3 is a mediocre used SUV. It has adequate engine power, decent handling, and average fuel economy. The cabin is upscale, but it is not very roomy, has little cargo space, and features hard-to-reach infotainment system controls.

Used 2015 Audi Q3 Performance and Interior

A turbocharged four-cylinder engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission powers all Q3 models. The Q3 has enough power for trips across town, though it doesn't feel quite as quick as rivals at higher speeds. The Q3 gets up to 20 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway, whether equipped with front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive (which Audi calls Quattro). The Q3's fuel economy estimates are on par with other luxury subcompact SUVs. Unlike some competitors that feel sporty, the Q3's handling isn't quite as precise. It has tight steering, but there is some body roll when going around curves. The ride is a bit firm, too.

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Even though the Q3 is Audi’s entry-level SUV, it still has the top-tier materials of its larger, more expensive siblings. The front seats, which are upholstered in leather, will keep you well-supported on long trips. Tall drivers may wish for more head- or legroom, however. The rear seats are cramped (which is typical for a subcompact SUV), so adults may only be comfortable during short drives across town. The outboard second-row seats each have a full set of LATCH child-seat connectors, while the middle rear seat has an additional upper tether anchor.

All Q3 models have satellite radio, dual-zone automatic climate control, a panoramic sunroof, Bluetooth, and the MMI infotainment system. You operate MMI using a control knob, but unlike the controllers in most luxury vehicles, the Q3's knob is on the center stack rather than the console. This makes it hard to reach, but the MMI system is otherwise reasonably intuitive to use. The controls for adjusting climate settings are mounted low on the center stack, so it's difficult to quickly change the fan speed while on the go. The Q3 has less overall cargo room than some competitors.

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Used 2015 Audi Q3 Prices

Prices for the used 2015 Q3 start around $27,000 for the base Premium Plus model with front-wheel drive and top out around $30,000 for an all-wheel-drive Prestige model. Pricing is dependent upon vehicle condition, mileage, and location.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Audi Q3?

With a rating of three out of five, the 2015 Q3 has average predicted reliability compared to all vehicles on the market.

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How Safe Is the Q3?

The 2015 Q3 has excellent crash test results, with a top rating of Good in every category tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Some models may have a rearview camera, parallel park assist, or blind spot monitoring. 

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Should I Consider Another Used Q3?

The Q3 was introduced as an all-new model for the 2015 model year. The 2016 model saw some minor styling tweaks and added a rearview camera and parking sensors as standard equipment. Otherwise, there are few differences between the 2015 and 2016 models. 

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Which Used Audi Q3 Is Right for Me?

Most buyers will be happy with the long list of features that comes standard in the base Premium Plus model, but if you can afford to step up to the Prestige, you'll get a 14-speaker Bose audio system, a built-in Wi-Fi hot spot, and navigation – which uses Google Earth 3D maps.

You may also want to consider a certified pre-owned Q3 for added peace of mind. Audi CPO vehicles receive the balance of the original four-year/50,000-mile new-car warranty, then enjoy an additional two-year/50,000-mile comprehensive warranty. The two warranties differ in important ways, and there may be additional services like roadside assistance, so read the Audi warranty page carefully. Audi CPO models must pass an inspection covering 300-plus points.

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2015 Audi Q3 and Other SUVs to Consider

Which Is Better: 2015 Audi Q3 or 2015 BMW X1?

The BMW X1 is a significantly better luxury subcompact SUV than the Q3. Not only does it feel like a small sport sedan from behind the wheel, it also gets better fuel economy and has a potent six-cylinder engine option for those who crave more power. There's more cargo space in the X1, allowing you to haul more stuff than you could with the Q3. The X1 has a higher predicted reliability rating as well, and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named it a Top Safety Pick+.

Which Is Better: 2015 Audi Q3 or 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class?

The Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class has a cramped second row and little cargo space like the Q3, but it is a better SUV. The GLA-Class has a cushioned ride and stays level and composed around turns. The cabin is elegantly styled and fitted with top-shelf materials, like real wood and leather trim pieces. The infotainment system has an easy-to-use console-mounted control knob, and there are more advanced safety features available, like forward collision warning and driver drowsiness monitoring. The GLA-Class also earns one of the highest predicted reliability ratings in the class.

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