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2019 Audi Q3 Performance Review

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Performance: 7.4

The redesigned 2019 Audi Q3 delivers a great driving experience. The turbo-four engine feels lively around town and on the highway, and the Q3 rides smoothly while also providing ample handling prowess. The only performance-related knock is that the Q3 can't match the fuel economy of most of its competitors.

  • "As for the chassis, the Q3 feels much more composed than it did before." -- CNET
  • "… the … Q3 felt peppy, quiet and competent." -- Edmunds
  • "In ride quality, the Q3 shined. It's softer than, say, a VW Tiguan, but not the least bit floaty, exhibiting well-controlled body motions. On the high-speed curves and twisty mountain switchbacks near and around Bressanone (Brixen, if you speak German), the Q3 stayed composed, aided by light-effort steering and pleasingly minimal body roll." -- Kelley Blue Book

Acceleration and Power

The Q3 comes standard with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that puts out 228 horsepower, and it’s paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission. There's just a hint of turbo lag, but that's about the only issue you'll have with the engine. It's quick off the line and has plenty of power for highway driving.

The Q3 gets an EPA-estimated 19 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway. Those are some of the worst ratings in the luxury subcompact SUV class.

  • "On the road, the new Q3 felt refined and peppy, although the turbocharged engine can get a bit grumbly under load in low-rpm situations. At all other times, though, the well-isolated powerplant worked well, propelling the Q3 up to highway speeds with ease and feeling fairly relaxed in its duties around town." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Power is available almost immediately, and the engine continues to pull through the middle of the rev band before running out of steam in the higher rpms. The force-fed mill was docile and civilized when driving through the small towns that dot the region, and it was also eager to run with a little application of the throttle." -- Motor Trend
  • "It helps that the engine is eager to rev. Torque comes low and early, with negligible turbo lag, and the engine gives off a nice, subdued growl at high revs." -- Autoblog

Handling and Braking

Ride comfort is the priority in the Q3, and the Audi soaks up road imperfections with ease. Despite its predilection for comfort, the Q3 can also move; it has sharp steering and sturdy brakes, and there's little body lean around turns.

Add it all up, and you have a comfortable crossover with a dash of sportiness. You can choose between five different modes that can alter the driving dynamics to your liking, and all Q3’s come standard with Audi's Quattro all-wheel drive.

  • For a crossover, the Q3 handles surprisingly well. There's less body roll than you might expect given the higher center of gravity, and turn-in is relatively sharp. Steering … feels a tad artificial, but it's always precise. That precision was welcome on the narrower mountain roads we drove. On the highway, the ride was comfortable even on 20-inch wheels … though the lack of cushioning underfoot was more noticeable as the road got rougher." -- Motor Trend
  • "Over northern Italy's buttery-smooth roads, the busy ride of the last Q3 is absent, due in part to the longer wheelbase. Just the harshest impacts, such as thwacking an exposed manhole cover, reverberate through the cabin… Although the steering effort is feather light and feedback is muffled, inputs through the steering wheel are translated with urgency, the Q3 changing direction gracefully and with minimal body roll. The brakes are much better, too. Gone is the old softness; in its place is a firm, progressive pedal that allows easy modulation." -- Car and Driver
  • "On the road, the Q3 feels genuinely sporty, like a hot hatch in fashionable running shoes. The quick and light steering is paired with a suspension that keeps body roll in check through a corner. The Euro-tuned suspension is firm, some of which is down to the 20-inch wheels, but the benefit is that the Q3 soaks up bumps without bouncing and wallowing. Through the Alps, the Q3 felt planted and could string corners together with surprising grace." -- Autoblog
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