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2018 Audi Q3 review

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Pros

  • High-end materials throughout the interior
  • Smooth ride even on rough roads
  • Quiet cabin at highway speeds

Cons

  • Below-average handling and acceleration
  • Backseat is cramped for adults
  • Infotainment controller is awkwardly placed, with no USB interface

Mileage (EPA estimate)

20 city, 28 highway, 23 combined

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2018 Audi Q3 is quiet, comfortable, and sophisticated

Unlike its competitors like Mercedes-Benz’s GLA 250 and BMW’s X1, the 2018 Audi Q3 comes standard with a platter full of amenities like four-way adjustable, heated leather seats, a rearview camera, parking sensors in the front and back, and a panoramic sunroof. That said, with two trims (Premium and Premium Plus) and feature-laden packages available as options, the availability of those features can vary widely, so it’s important to shop carefully to get the features you want.

Equipped with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine making 200 hp and 207 lb-ft of torque, the Q3 isn’t the quickest in its class, but it’s still adequate. Lightweight steering is a plus for city driving, even if the ho-hum braking and handling detract from the lovely design elements of this upscale crossover. Unfortunately, being based on an older design, this Q3 is missing many modern technologies such as Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™. Additionally, the Q3 doesn’t offer automatic emergency braking and other advanced driver-assist systems.

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What is new for the 2018 Audi Q3?

  • The Q3 is available in a variety of new trims, including the Premium Plus Sport and Premium Sport.
  • The Prestige trim has been discontinued for 2018.
  • The Premium trim now comes with Front Seat Heaters as standard equipment.
  • The Premium Plus trim now comes with Blind Spot Monitor as standard equipment.

2018 Audi Q3 trims

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Premium:

  • 200-hp, 207-lb-ft of torque 2.0L
  • Sunroofs
  • Cruise Control
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • Leather Seats
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Panoramic Sunroof
  • Parking Sensors
  • Power Mirrors
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Premium Sport:

Premium Plus:

Premium Plus Sport:

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5 reasons to buy the 2018 Audi Q3

What We Like

Comfort: Highly adjustable, heated leather seats take center stage in the cabin. Adults fit nicely into both rows of seating in the 2018 Q3, and the middle person in the back row won’t feel like a sardine in a can on short trips. A soft suspension leads to a smooth, steady ride, and the cabin is quiet and peaceful with minimal road noise.

Driving: The Q3 is a breeze to park and steer in urban environments, where it shines. Opting for the Sport package adds a pinch of spunk to the ride with fun steering-wheel-mounted shift paddles along with 19-inch wheels, front sport seats, and selectable driving modes. On the highway, cruise control and other controls are easy to find, reducing stress in driving situations.

Interior: Large front door openings accommodate easy entry and exit, and the doors close solidly. Fit and finish is admirable and clean, matching Audi standards in this segment. The entire cabin is crafted with German precision in mind, and fans of a no-fuss layout will appreciate the simplicity.

What Needs Improvement

Utility: Audi seems to have neglected small storage spaces in the Q3, even if the rear cargo space is on par with its competitors. The console is undersized and door pockets are small, oversights that can be annoying. As a whole, the brand could better utilize the Q3’s interior space for efficiency.

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Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings

4.6 out of 5

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RepairPal gave the Audi Q3 an overall reliability rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Above Average. This rating ranks Audi Q3 13th out of 18 among Luxury Compact SUVs.

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Audi Q3 features and specs

Premium Plus 2WD 4D Sport Utility

Standard Features

  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alloy Wheels
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • Cruise Control
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • Leather Seats
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Panoramic Sunroof
  • Parking Sensors
  • Power Hatch/Deck Lid
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Seat(s)
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Defroster
  • Rear View Camera
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Side Airbags
  • Smart Key
  • Traction Control
  • Turbo Charged Engine
  • BOSE Sound System
  • CD Audio
  • Navigation System
  • Tow Hitch

Drive Wheels

Front Wheel Drive (2WD)

Engine size

2.0L

Horsepower

200

Torque (ft-lbs)

207

Engine type

Turbo Gas

Fuel capacity

16.9

Wheelbase

102.5"

Overall length

172.8"

Width

72.1"

Height

62.5"

Leg room

F 40"/R 31.1"

Head room

F 36.9"/R 37.4"

Front tires

P235/50HR18

Rear tires

P235/50HR18

Seating capacity

5

Transmission

Automatic

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