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Audi Q3 (2011 to 2018)

Expert Rating

Used car score:

59
%
D

This model is no longer on sale or in production, so it doesn't have a New Car Expert Rating score.

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

60
%
D

Safety Rating:

40
%
E

Eco Rating:

-

Reliability Rating:

90
%
A

Running Costs:

58
%
C

How are our Expert Rating scores calculated?

Expert Rating

Used car score:

59
%
D

This model is no longer on sale or in production, so it doesn't have a New Car Expert Rating score.

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

60
%
D

Safety Rating:

40
%
E

Eco Rating:

-

Reliability Rating:

90
%
A

Running Costs:

58
%
C

Summary


The Audi Q3 is a mid-sized SUV/crossover, built on the same platform as the Volkswagen Tiguan. This was the first-generation model, first launched in 2011 and replaced by the current Q3 generation in 2018.

Available with either a manual or automatic gearbox, the original Q3 range was praised by reviewers from launch thanks to its wide selection of both petrol and diesel engines, which were said to be quite economical when compared to class rivals like the BMW X2 and Mercedes-Benz GLA.

The Q3 was also commended for its polite road manners and assured handling, but many journalists commented that this made the car rather dull to drive, with Car Keys concluding that it was “too sensible for its own good.”

Auto Express labelled the Audi Q3 “a competent if uninspiring performer”, while Car said its test drive was a “decent, but hardly memorable drive.”

Overall, reviewers generally agreed that the original Q3 was a car that you buy with your head rather than your heart, particularly as it was slightly cheaper than its BMW and Mercedes-Benz competition at the time.

By the end of the Q3’s production life, however, a few motoring outlets were saying that its infotainment system and interior trim were starting to look dated. “The Audi Q3 is a bit of a dinosaur”, Carwow concluded, “but it still looks good and feels well put together.”

As of May 2024, the first-generation Audi Q3 holds a Used Car Expert Rating of D, with a score of 59%. It scores top marks for its excellent reliability record, but its running costs are merely average and contemporary media reviews were poor. Its safety score is also long out of date compared to newer vehicles.

Q3 highlights

  • Assured handling
  • High-quality interior
  • Wide range of engine choices
  • Comfortable ride quality

Q3 lowlights

  • Rather cramped rear seats
  • A bit dull to drive
  • High boot access
  • Dated infotainment and interior

Key specifications


Body style: Medium SUV
Engines:
petrol, diesel
Price when new:
From £23,745 on-road

Launched: Autumn 2011
Last updated: Winter 2014/15
Replaced: Autumn 2018


Media reviews


Reviews, road tests and comparisons from across the UK automotive media. Click any of the boxes to view.

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Auto Trader

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Autocar

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Business Car

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Car

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Car Keys

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Carbuyer

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Carwow

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Evo

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Green Car Guide

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Honest John

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Parkers

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The Sunday Times

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The Telegraph

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What Car?

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Safety rating


Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

Overall score: 5 stars
Date tested: October 2011
Date expired: January 2018
Read the full Euro NCAP review

Adult protection: 94%
Child protection: 85%
Vulnerable road users: 52%
Safety assist: 86%

Notes on safety rating

The first-generation Audi Q3 was originally tested by Euro NCAP back in 2011 and awarded a five-star safety rating. However, this rating expired in January 2018 and is no longer valid as the car no longer meets the standards required for such a rating. This is normal practice, as Euro NCAP reviews its ratings on most cars annually with most ratings expiring after about six or seven years.

However, if you are comparing a used Audi Q3 to vehicles of similar age, whose ratings will have probably also expired, its safety rating score is still useful.

Eco rating


Independent economy and emissions ratings from Green NCAP

No eco rating

The first-generation Audi Q3 was not lab tested by Green NCAP as its production life pre-dated the organisation’s founding in 2019.

Reliability rating

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Reliability data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by MotorEasy

All data based on MotorEasy average workshop costs for extended car warranty claims

As of January 2024, the Audi Q3 has a very good reliability score of 80%, according to exclusive extended warranty data provided by our partners at MotorEasy. This score covers both this version of the Q3 and the newer (2018 onwards) generation.

Average repair bills are very competitive, at about £350. However, that’s still more than the cost of a used car warranty so that’s worth keeping in mind if you’re looking at a used Q3.

Of particular note is the average gearbox repair bill, which is more than £3,000. However, these problems have been rare to date. Other repair bills are far more reasonable when compared with similar cars from other brands.

If you’re looking at a used Audi Q3, make sure any extended warranty cover you purchase covers all of these potential problem areas.

Running cost rating

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Monthly cost of ownership data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by Clear Vehicle Data

No data yet

As of March 2024, we don’t have independently verified data available for the Audi Q3. Check back again soon.

Awards


Trophies, prizes and awards that the Audi Q3 has received

2012

  • Off Road Magazine Awards – Best Crossover

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Replaced in 2018, the first-generation Audi Q3 is a capable and well-mannered upmarket SUV, but its infotainment and interior are now rather dated.Audi Q3 (2011 to 2018)