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7/10
Overall verdict

The Top Gear car review:Audi Q3

£26,095£36,745
7/10
Overall verdict
It might look car-like, but it’s not car-like enough to drive. It’s competent, but doesn’t shine.
 

For: 

The engines are lovely and so is the cabin

Against: 

It's a bit predictable and feels surprisingly bigger than it actually is

Overview

What is it?

Audi has cleaved open another gap in its mega portfolio to create the slightly predictable Q3. It’s a posh crossover that’s bigger and taller than the A3 but – despite appearances – not quite as full-figured as the Q5. So it’s a smallish hatchback jacked-up to look like an SUV, while still looking like a hatchback. Sort of. You know what it is: think Audi Q3 vs BMW X1. It’s designed mostly for tarmac, but the raised ride height and optional four-wheel-drive will do a decent job of treading over a relatively rough track.

It was facelifted early last year, earning it a bolder front end that looks not unlike the big Q7. Engines were tweaked and a 1.4 TFSI introduced.

Highlights from the range

Title 0–62 CO2 MPG BHP Price
The fastest
2.0 TDI [184] Quattro Black Edition 5dr
7.9s 146g/km 50.4 184 £35,165
The cheapest
1.4T FSI SE 5dr
9.2s 127g/km 51.4 150 £26,095
The greenest
2.0 TDI SE 5dr
9.6s 117g/km 62.8 150 £27,635
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