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7.8

Overall

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Critics' Rating: 7.5
Performance: 7.5
Interior: 7.5
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.2
Safety: 10.0
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2017 Audi Q3 Review

The 2017 Audi Q3 has great safety scores and a comfortable ride. However, this SUV ranks toward the back of the luxury subcompact SUV class. It has a cramped back seat, awkward infotainment and climate controls, and a shortage of high-tech features.

Pros & Cons

  • Comfortable ride
  • Quality interior materials
  • Awkward infotainment controls
  • Cramped rear seat

2017 Audi Q3 Overview

Is the 2017 Audi Q3 a Good Used SUV?

The 2017 Audi Q3 is a decent pick if you’re shopping for a used luxury subcompact SUV. The Q3 fits easily into tight parking spaces, and it has a comfortable ride over broken pavement. It also boasts a handsomely styled cabin and high safety scores. Still, there are better options in this class. The 2017 BMW X1 has more seating and cargo space, as well as an easier-to-use infotainment system. The 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLA offers superior engine performance and a wider array of advanced safety features. You may want to consider these alternatives before opting for the Audi.

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How Much Is the 2017 Audi Q3?

You can expect to pay between $23,900 and $35,000 for a used 2017 Q3. These figures are based on over 300 listings for the 2017 Audi Q3 on our site. The average price is $28,600. Prices vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2017 Audi Q3 Cost to Own?

The Q3’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be $28,700 – or around $5,750 per year. That’s average for the luxury subcompact SUV class.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Q3?

The 2018 Audi Q3 starts at $32,900 and can exceed $37,900 in top trim levels. Since there were no major changes for the 2018 model year, you can save a lot of money by opting for a comparable 2017 model.

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If you would prefer a new SUV, you’ll find plenty of less expensive nonluxury options. The highly rated 2018 Mazda CX-3 is a new subcompact SUV that starts at just $20,110. The upscale and much roomier 2018 Honda CR-V and 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan are new compact SUVs that start at around $24,500.

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Which Model Year of the Audi Q3 Is Best?

The first-generation Audi Q3 spans the 2015 through 2018 model years, and it saw very few updates over the years. The most notable updates arrived for 2016 in the form of new headlights and a restyled grille. Otherwise, you’ll find comparable features and performance in all four model years of this generation. You can save the most money by opting for 2015 Q3 and 2016 Q3 models.

On the other hand, you may want to wait for the redesigned 2019 Q3. This fully redesigned model boasts more cargo space, an even higher quality interior, the popular Apple CarPlay and Android Auto systems, and more advanced safety features like adaptive cruise control.

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How Reliable Is the 2017 Audi Q3?

The 2017 Q3 has an above-average predicted reliability rating of 3.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

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2017 Audi Q3 Recalls

At the time of this writing, there are two recalls for the 2017 Q3 involving software issues with the side marker lights and brake lights, which may not illuminate properly. Before buying a used Q3, make sure this recall has been addressed.

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Which Used Audi Q3 Model Is Right for Me?

The 2017 Audi Q3 is available in three trim levels: Premium, Premium Plus, and Prestige. All share the same 200-horsepower turbocharged engine. The well-equipped Premium trim is the best value in this lineup. It comes with a 7-inch display screen, a rearview camera, Bluetooth, satellite radio, CD player, a USB port, remote keyless entry, dual-zone automatic climate control, leather seats, a panoramic sunroof, rain-sensing windshield wipers, parking sensors, and 18-inch alloy wheels.

The Premium Plus trim adds heated front seats, proximity keyless entry, and a power tailgate. The Prestige trim adds a navigation system, a 14-speaker Bose stereo, and blind spot monitoring. Notably, some of these features were also optional on the Q3’s lower trims.

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Certified Pre-Owned Audi Q3 Warranty

Audi CPO vehicles receive the balance of the original four-year/50,000-mile new-car warranty, then enjoy an additional one-year/unlimited mileage comprehensive warranty. The two warranties differ in important ways, and there may be additional services like roadside assistance, so read the Audi’s warranty page carefully. Audi CPO models must pass an inspection covering 300-plus points. Despite this extra coverage, rivals like Infiniti and Mercedes-Benz have certified pre-owned programs that are more comprehensive.

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How Safe Is the Q3?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2017 Q3 a top score of Good in all crash tests. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration did not test the 2017 Q3. All models come standard with a rearview camera, along with front and rear parking sensors. Blind spot monitoring is available. Most competitors in this class offer more safety features.

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2017 Audi Q3 Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2017 Audi Q3 or 2017 BMW X1?

The 2017 BMW X1 and Audi Q3 both rate highly for crash safety and predicted reliability, and each impresses with top-notch cabin materials. The BMW outshines the Audi in most other areas though. The X1 provides zippier acceleration, a much roomier back seat and cargo area, simpler infotainment controls, more advanced safety features, and higher fuel economy (up to 23/32 mpg). The X1 is the better choice.

Which Is Better: 2017 Audi Q3 or 2017 Audi Q5?

The 2017 Audi Q5 is the larger sibling of the Q3. It’s about 10 inches longer, which translates to more backseat and cargo space. The Q5 also offers more safety features like forward collision warning, and it provides stronger acceleration, especially in its 3.0T and SQ5 trims. It’s by no means a great SUV – the Q5 rates poorly for predicted reliability – but it is more capable than the Q3 at hauling people and cargo.

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2017 Q3 Performance

How Does the 2017 Audi Q3 Drive?

The 2017 Q3 has a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 200 horsepower. A six-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive are standard; Quattro all-wheel drive is available. The engine feels and sounds refined, but it’s not all that punchy or fuel-efficient. The Q3 gets up to speed with acceptable zip and offers adequate passing power on the highway. The six-speed automatic delivers smooth – but somewhat slow – gear changes.

The Q3 has responsive steering, and it feels reasonably agile and stable around corners. A tight turning radius and tidy dimensions make it an easy SUV to park as well. However, this Audi’s excellent ride quality earns it the most praise. Its suspension soaks up rough pavement nicely at both city and highway speeds.

Does the 2017 Audi Q3 Get Good Gas Mileage?

The Q3 gets low fuel economy for a luxury subcompact SUV, returning just 20 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway.

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2017 Q3 Interior

How Many People Does the 2017 Q3 Seat?

The Audi Q3 is a 2-row SUV with seating for up to five. The front seats are comfortable and provide fine support for longer road trips. There’s good visibility for the driver to the front and rear as well. The rear seats are short on legroom for adults, though there’s sufficient room for kids and teens in back. Leather seats are standard; heated front seats are available. The Q3’s interior has a clean design and quality materials. The cabin also does a fine job of filtering out road and wind noise at higher speeds.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2017 Audi Q3?

The Q3 has two full sets of LATCH connectors for securing child car seats. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the system the second-highest rating of Acceptable for overall ease of use, but it noted that some of the tether anchors could be confused for other hardware.

2017 Audi Q3 Features

The Q3 comes standard with a 7-inch infotainment screen, a rearview camera, satellite radio, USB port, and Bluetooth. Available features include a navigation system, a Bose stereo, and a Wi-Fi hot spot. The infotainment controls consist of a main rotary dial surrounded by buttons. Unlike most other Audi models, however, these controls are located on the dashboard rather than on the center console, making it tricky to adjust some functions. It’s a similar story with the climate controls, which are mounted low on the dashboard and behind the shift knob. Overall, the control layout feels a little awkward.

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2017 Audi Q3 Dimensions

Audi Q3 Cargo Space

The Q3 has 16.7 cubic feet of cargo space behind its rear seats, and 48.2 cubic feet with these seats folded, which is about average for the luxury subcompact SUV class.

2017 Q3 Length and Weight

The Q3 is 14.4 feet long and has a curb weight of between 3,494 and 3,682 pounds.

Where Was the 2017 Audi Q3 Built?

Audi built the 2017 Q3 in Spain.

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