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2015 Audi Q3 Review

The 2015 Audi Q3 ranks near the top of the luxury compact SUV class on the strength of excellent safety and reliability ratings, as well as relatively low projected ownership costs.

Pros & Cons

  • Top-notch reliability rating
  • Excellent crash-test scores
  • Opulent interior
  • Low projected ownership costs
  • Cramped second row
  • Below-average cargo space for class
  • Firm ride quality
  • Rivals are more fun to drive

2015 Audi Q3 Overview

Is the 2015 Audi Q3 a Good Used SUV?

Yes, the 2015 Audi Q3 is a sensible choice among used luxury subcompact SUVs. You can't beat the Q3's combination of reliability and safety ratings in the class, and its average list price and ownership costs are attractive as well. It has a high-end cabin and a decent list of standard and available features. On the downside, the Q3 has limited back-seat space, and it isn't as smooth or engaging to drive as some rivals.

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How Much Is the 2015 Audi Q3?

Based on around 200 listings for the 2015 Audi Q3 on our site, the average price is about $24,500. Prices range from about $19,800 to around $28,900 and vary depending on the vehicle's features, mileage, condition, and location.

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How Much Does the 2015 Audi Q3 Cost to Own?

The Q3’s five-year estimated costs for gas, insurance, maintenance, and repairs are projected to be around $28,900, or $5,780 per year, which is slightly below average for the class.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Q3?

Audi is fully redesigning the Q3 for the 2019 model year. In addition to a revamped interior and exterior, the SUV is a few inches longer and wider. This gives it a bit more passenger and cargo space. The 2019 Q3 comes with Audi's next-gen dual-screen infotainment system and features that were previously unavailable in the Q3, like Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Until the redesigned 2019 Q3 is available, you may want to check out the 2018 Audi Q3. It's similar to the 2015 Q3, but with prices ranging from around $33,000 to almost $39,000, the 2018 Q3 may not be worth the extra money compared to a 2015 model.

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There aren't any new luxury subcompact SUVs you can buy that fall within the price range of a 2015 Q3. Instead, consider a highly rated new compact SUV like the 2019 Mazda CX-5. This Mazda's starting price of $24,350 is in line with the average prices of an older Q3. You get a lot for your money with this Mazda, with standard features like a 7-inch touch-screen infotainment system, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and low-speed automatic braking. The CX-5 has one of the most upscale cabins in the class, and you can enhance it even more with options like Nappa leather seats.

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Which Model Year of the Audi Q3 Is Best?

Audi launched the Q3 for the 2015 model year. To save some money, stick with the inaugural 2015 model instead of a similar 2016 Q3 or a 2017 Q3. A rearview camera and parking sensors became standard in the Q3 for 2016, so you may find some 2015 models without those features.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Audi Q3?

The 2015 Audi Q3 has a perfect reliability rating of five out of five from J.D. Power.

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2015 Audi Q3 Recalls

At the time of writing, there are two recalls for the 2015 Q3. Side marker lights may not illuminate, potentially making the vehicle less visible at night and increasing the risk of a crash. Also, the sunroof may continue to close when the vehicle is shut off, which could endanger occupants.

Before buying any used vehicle, make sure all recalls have been addressed.

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Which Used Audi Q3 Model Is Right for Me?

The 2015 Audi Q3 is available in two trims: 2.0T Premium Plus and 2.0T Prestige. Both come with a 200-horsepower turbocharged engine, and both trims can be had with front- or all-wheel drive.

If you can afford the Audi Q3 Prestige and its likely higher price tag, that's the way to go. It includes navigation, parking sensors, a rearview camera, and blind spot monitoring, as well as some features not available in the base Audi Q3 Premium Plus, like a Bose stereo and Audi Connect services.

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What Does Audi's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Audi offers a certified pre-owned program for cars five years old or less and with fewer than 60,000 miles. Qualifying vehicles bought under the new-car warranty period have coverage until five years from the vehicle’s original in-service date, with no mileage limitation. Certified pre-owned Audis purchased after the four-year new-car warranty has ended receive an additional one-year/unlimited-mileage comprehensive warranty. This is not an extension of the new-car warranty. The two warranties differ in important ways, so read Audi’s warranty page carefully. Audi CPO models must pass a 300-plus-point inspection.

Among luxury car manufacturers, Audi’s CPO program is one of the best, according to our research. It's rivaled only by Lexus and Infiniti.

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How Safe Is the Q3?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2015 Audi Q3 the highest score of Good in five crash tests. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has not tested this SUV.

The 2015 Q3 doesn't come standard with any driver assistance features. A rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, and blind spot monitoring are available.

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2015 Audi Q3 Versus the Competition

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

The 2015 BMW X1 leads the luxury subcompact SUV class in overall performance, with brisk acceleration from both engine options and engaging handling that makes it feel like you're driving a smaller car. However, the Audi has better safety and reliability ratings that catapult it over the X1 in our rankings. Both of these SUVs have a high-end interior and straightforward features, but they come up short in rear-seat passenger space. On average, the X1 costs several thousand dollars less than the Q3. Go with the X1 if you're after sporty driving dynamics. Choose the Q3 if you can pay a little more and would like the peace of mind that comes with excellent safety and reliability ratings.

Which Is Better: 2015 Audi Q3 or 2015 Audi Q5?

The 2015 Audi Q5 is a luxury compact SUV. It offers more passenger and cargo space than the smaller Q3, but it will likely cost you thousands of dollars more, both upfront and in projected ownership costs. The Q5 ranks low in its class because of a poor reliability rating, but it is a solid SUV. The larger Audi's handling is agile and sporty, and there are several powertrains to choose from, including a hybrid and the performance SQ5. If you're set on one of those models or need the extra space, the Q5 is a good buy. If not, save some money and go with the Q3.

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2015 Q3 Performance

How Does the 2015 Audi Q3 Drive?

The 2015 Audi Q3 features a 200-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Models come with either front-wheel drive or Quattro all-wheel drive. This SUV has enough power for everyday driving, though it doesn't feel quite as capable as its rivals at higher speeds, and its handling isn't quite as precise as some sporty competitors. It has tight steering, but there is some body roll when going around curves. Additionally, the ride is a bit firm.

Does the 2015 Audi Q3 Get Good Gas Mileage?

The 2015 Q3 gets an EPA-estimated 20 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway. Those values are low for the handful of SUVs in this class. For example, the 2015 BMW X1 returns an estimated 23 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway with its standard turbocharged four-cylinder engine.

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2015 Q3 Interior

How Many People Does the 2015 Q3 Seat?

The Q3 may be Audi’s entry-level SUV, but it has the top-tier materials of its larger, more expensive siblings. The front seats are supportive, though taller drivers may long for more head- and legroom. The rear seats are cramped, but that's par for the course with a subcompact SUV.

Standard features include leather upholstery, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, heated front seats, and 12-way power-adjustable front seats.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2015 Audi Q3?

There are two complete sets of LATCH child car-seat connections on the Q3's rear outboard seats, as well as a tether anchor on the rear middle seat. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the system the second-highest rating of Acceptable for ease of use. The lower anchors are easy to find and access, but the tether anchors can be confused for other hardware.

2015 Audi Q3 Features

All Q3 models have dual-zone automatic climate control, a panoramic sunroof, proximity keyless entry, and push-button start. The standard MMI infotainment system has a 7-inch display, Bluetooth, a 10-speaker stereo, HD Radio, and satellite radio. Available features include navigation, a 14-speaker Bose surround-sound system, Audi Connect services, and a Wi-Fi hot spot.

A control knob is used to operate the MMI system, but unlike the console-mounted controllers in most luxury vehicles, the Q3's knob is on the center stack. This makes it hard to reach, but the system is otherwise reasonably intuitive. The controls for adjusting climate settings are mounted low on the center stack, making it difficult to quickly change the fan speed on the go.

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2015 Audi Q3 Dimensions

Audi Q3 Cargo Space

The 2015 Audi Q3 has 16.2 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats and 48.2 cubic feet with the rear seats folded. Those values are low for the luxury subcompact SUV class. A 60/40 split-folding rear seat is standard, and a power liftgate is available.

2015 Q3 Length and Weight

The Audi Q3 is 14.4 feet long. It has a curb weight of 3,494 pounds with front-wheel drive and 3,682 pounds with Quattro all-wheel drive.

Where Was the 2015 Audi Q3 Built?

Audi built the 2015 Q3 in Spain.

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