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The Top Gear car review:Audi Q3

Overall verdict
It might look car-like, but it’s not car-like enough to drive. It’s competent, but doesn’t shine.


The engines are lovely and so is the cabin


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


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 £35,765
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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