Review - Audi Q3

By Alexi Falson on 26 Jul 2021
image for Review - Audi Q3 The Audi Q3 is one of the most stylish compact SUVs on the market, offering an attractive mix of technology, practicality and sportback-styling, it hopes to hook buyers looking for an SUV shape while offering liveability without huge proportions.

It’s a mix of a hatchback and a larger SUV shape, packed with safety and entertainment technology in a high quality offering from one of the leading German manufacturers.

But just how good are the Audi Q3 and Q3 Sportback models, and is it the perfect compact SUV for you and your family? Let’s find out. 

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Audi Q3 (35 TFSI) Specifications

Model Date 2021
Model Q3
Series F3 MY21
Variant 35 TFSI
Transmission 6 SP AUTO DUAL CLUTC
Drive FWD
Engine TDFI
Engine capacity 1395
Engine configuration DUAL OVERHEAD CAM / 16 valves
Engine RPM 5000 / 1500
Cylinders T4
Torque 250
KW 110
Fuel tank size 58.0
Fuel usage specs 7.2 / 0.0
CO2 164
ANCAP security rating 5

For more details and other variants, check Audi Q3 car page.

How Much Does It Cost?

The Audi Q3 has three model variants, with the lineup kicking off at $47,600 for the entry-level Q3 35 TFSI, with the stylish Q3 35 TFSI Sportback priced from $50,450. The range moves to the Q3 40 TFSI and S Line and Sportback variants, which are priced around $55,200, $59,950 and $62,450 respectively. Finally, the range-topping Audi RSQ3 range is priced from $89,900 and $92,900 for the RSQ3 Sportback model. 

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What Features Does the Audi Q3 Have?

The entry-level Audi Q3 35 TFSI and Sportback models come with a number of tech and luxury features, like a set of 18-inch alloy wheels, adaptive LED headlights with a LED daytime running lamps, a 10.25-inch digital display for the driver and 10.1-inch infotainment system with DAB radio, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support, six-speaker audio system, Qi wireless phone charging, rear view camera, leather upholstery, dual-zone climate control, ambient lighting package, aluminium roof rails, powered boot lift, heated mirrors, hill descent control as well as Audi Connect Plus and a number of active safety features that we’ll cover later in this review.

Stepping up to the Q3 40 TFSI adds a more powerful engine and features like a set of 19-inch alloy wheels, heated folding mirrors, wheel-mounted paddle shifters, 10-speaker Audi sound system, adjustable drive modes and an automatic dimming rear-view mirror. Opting for the Q3 40 TSI S Line adds 20-inch alloys, adaptive cruise control, 12.3-inch driver display, S Line styling package, sport seats, alcantara upholstery, semi-autonomous parking and a surround-view camera.

Finally, Audi’s range-topping RSQ3 adds a significantly more powerful engine, sports exhaust and suspension system with adaptive dampers, metallic paint finish, RS body styling, matrix LED headlights, three-zone climate control, RS sport seats and a Bang & Olufsen 3D sound system.

Range Features:

  • 18-inch Alloys
  • 10.25-inch Driver’s Display and 10.1-inch Infotainment System
  • Adaptive LED headlights
  • Rear View Camera
  • Leather Upholstery
  • Powered tailgate
  • 20-inch Audi Sport Alloys (40 TFSI S Line & above)
  • Surround-View Camera with Parking Assist (40 TFSI S Line & above)
  • RS Sport Exhaust & Suspension (RSQ3)
  • Matrix LED headlights (RSQ3) 

Audi Q3 Colours

Mythos Black Metallic Navarra Blue Metallic
Chronos Grey Metallic Nano Grey Metallic
Tango Red Metallic Florett Silver Metallic
Pulse Orange Solid Glacier White Metallic
Ibis White Solid

Is it Comfortable to Drive?

The Audi Q3 offers a higher riding position than the car it is based on, giving the driver the benefits of a raised driving position in a relatively small package. Overall, the base model Q3 is a supremely comfortable compact SUV, and the flagship RSQ3’s adaptive damper system allows the driver to select the quality of the ride they’re looking for. The entry-level 35 TFSI has a modest power output, so if you’re looking to get up and moving quickly, you’re probably best suited for the 40 TFSI which receives a more powerful engine, but keep in mind that the economy figure will rise. 

A common complaint of compact SUVs is that they’re not the most comfortable car on the road, mostly due to their small proportions. In this respect, Audi has created an extremely comfortable urban cruiser that is perfect for work commutes and a weekend away. The cabin is extremely quiet, with Audi’s attention to driver and passenger comfort clearly on display. The Q3 is easy to drive, simple to park and can navigate the tight confines of a car park with ease, meaning it’s the perfect companion for a run around the urban jungle. The smooth transmission takes care of the gears without a problem, offering seamless shifts that you’ll barely feel behind the wheel. All up, the Q3 is a comfortable and competent compact SUV that clearly separates itself from its competitors in terms of relaxing driving dynamics.

Is it Practical and Spacious?

Audi is widely known as one of the leading manufacturers of comfortable, high-quality interiors, and the Q3 is no exception. The driver is treated to a large digital dashboard, while the passengers can use the entertainment and navigation on the 10.1-inch infotainment system housed in a sophisticated and modern interior aesthetic. The front of the cabin is extremely spacious, welcoming the driver and front passenger into a set of comfortable seats with a host of storage spots for loose items. The side doors can accommodate large drink bottles, with two more cup holders on offer in the centre of the cabin.

One of the most common complaints that compact SUVs receive is that very few can actually accommodate passengers larger than children in the rear of the cabin. Thanks to Audi’s clever packaging, the rear seats of the Q3 can comfortably seat fully-grown adults with enough head and leg room for a long journey without complaints. The Q3 also has easily-accessible ISOFIX mounts for child seats with doors that open wide for easy installation. In terms of cargo storage, there is a massive boot for the compact SUV market, with more than 530L of boot space in the rear of the Q3.

Overall, the Q3 will have no trouble in accommodating a family and their belongings for a holiday road trip, or a trip to the supermarket with the back seats brimming with kids. 

Is it Safe?

The Audi Q3 has been awarded ANCAP’s maximum five-star safety rating, with the base model packed with a number of key safety features. As standard, the Q3 35 TFSI includes hill descent control, autonomous emergency braking, parking system with front and rear sensors and a rear-view camera, cruise control, lane departure warning and lane change assist. A number of key safety features like the surround-view camera, semi-autonomous parking assist and adaptive cruise control, however, are reserved for the more expensive variants, so if you’re looking for a full safety suite, be prepared to pay extra.

Is it Fuel Efficient?

Audi’s Q3 range features three different engine options, with economy figures ranging from acceptable to moderately thirsty, compared to its competitors. The base, and most economical model, is rated at 7.2L per 100km, while the mid-range variant returns figures of 8.2L per 100km, and the range-topper rated at 8.9L per 100km. Considering there are a number of compact SUVs on the market that return figures anywhere.

Our Verdict: Is the Audi Q3 Worth it?

Typically with compact SUVs, owners are required to make some sacrifices, usually in the form of reduced practicality and comfort in the rear of the cabin. The Q3, however, goes to prove that compact SUVs can truly be comfortable and accommodate a family and their belongings. The Q3 is an extremely competent compact SUV that will impress new owners with its looks, technology, practicality, safety and comfort on the road. If you’re looking to add a compact SUV to your garage, don’t forget that you can get a free quote and see how much OnlineAuto can save you on your next car, or call us on 1300 719 925

Five Specs You Need to Know

  1. 18-inch Audi Alloys as Standard
  2. Impressive Rear Cargo Storage (530L)
  3. Two High Definition Displays (10.1-inch Infotainment & 10.25 Driver’s Display)
  4. Economy Ranges From 7.2L Per 100km to 8.9L Per 100km
  5. Five Star ANCAP Safety Rating


  • High Quality Interior
  • Class-Leading Rear Occupant Space and Comfort
  • Smooth engine and transmission combination


  • Some Safety Features Not Included on Base Model
  • Thirsty Engine Lineup
  • Expensive Options Packages

OnlineAuto Rating: 7.5/10

What are the Audi Q3’s Competitors?

Audi Q3

Volkswagen Tiguan
Mazda CX-5
Toyota RAV4
Audi Q2


Alexi Falson

Alexi is an automotive journalist and road tester hailing from Byron Bay. He has an affection for both cars and motorbikes, a great admiration for the simplicity of old-school engineering, and a fascination of new technology making its way to modern cars. When he's not road testing, you'll find him surfing, hiking or helping people find their dream cars.

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