2018 Q3 New Car Test Drive
The Audi Q3 is a five-seat compact crossover that's more compact than the BMW X1, Mercedes-Benz GLA, or Mazda CX-3. At 172.6 inches, the Q3 is only a foot longer than a Mini Cooper hatchback. The Fiat 500X is a rival, too.
It might be compact, perky and maybe even a bit stubby, but its styling aspires to the larger Audi Q5 that is 10 inches longer. The 2017 Audi Q3 is in the third year of its generation. There are no significant changes for the 2017 Q3 lineup, though there are some trim-level revisions.
Its engine is a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder making 200 horsepower and 207 pound-feet of torque, mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission.
The Q3 handles well but its priority is ride and comfort, more than crisp cornering. For a compact, its fuel mileage is unimpressive, with an EPA-estimated 20/29 mpg City/Highway, or 23 mpg Combined.
Quattro all-wheel drive is available, or front-wheel drive. Fuel economy ratings are the same.
The Q3 rates top crash-test scores from the IIHS. A rearview camera and parking sensors are standard, while options include blind spot monitor and automatic park assist.
The 2017 Audi Q3 ($31,800) is the new base model, with 12-way power front seats, a panoramic sunroof, and LED running lamps and taillamps. The Premium Plus model adds heated folding mirrors and a power liftgate. The Prestige has a more premium audio system, navigation, blind-spot monitors in-car 4G LTE data services with Audi Connect, and Audi's Multi-Media Interface. (Prices are MSRP and do not include destination charge.)
Quattro all-wheel drive is available.