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Audi Q3

(2018 - present)

Expert Rating

New car score:

68
%
B

Used car score:

70
%
A

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

67
%
C

Safety Rating:

75
%
B

Eco Rating:

68
%
A

Reliability Rating:

90
%
A

Running Costs:

55
%
D

How are our Expert Rating scores calculated?

Expert Rating

New car score:

68
%
B

Used car score:

70
%
A

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

67
%
C

Safety Rating:

75
%
B

Eco Rating:

68
%
A

Reliability Rating:

90
%
A

Running Costs:

55
%
D

Summary


The Audi Q3 is a mid-sized SUV/crossover, available as both a conventional SUV and a more sleekly-styled Q3 Sportback version. The current model is the second generation and was launched in 2018.

The Q3 has received middling reviews from the UK motoring media, with the regular SUV model scoring better than the sleeker Q3 Sportback model. Base models are also described as underpowered.

Most reviewer have praised its quality and technology systems, however it has been criticised for not being as enjoyable to drive or as comfortable as other cars in its class, like the Volvo XC40 or Range Rover Evoque.

The Audi Q3’s New Car Expert Rating score of B (68%) as of March 2024 is good, with its low CO2 emissions (helped by the plug-in hybrid model) and historically strong reliability making up for poor running costs. As a used car, the Q3 scores an A (with a marginally better calculation of 70%).

Key specifications


Body style: Medium SUV and Coupé SUV
Engines: petrol, diesel, plug-in hybrid
Price: From £35,040 on-road

Launched: Autumn 2018
Last updated: Summer 2019
Replacement due: TBA


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Safety rating


Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

Overall score: 5 stars
Date tested: December 2018
Read the full Euro NCAP review

Adult protection: 95%
Child protection: 86%
Vulnerable road users: 76%
Safety assist: 85%

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Eco rating


No eco rating

As of March 2024, the Audi Q3 has not yet been lab tested by Green NCAP.

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 March 2024, the Audi Q3 has an excellent reliability score, according to workshop data provided exclusively to The Car Expert by our partners at MotorEasy. This score covers both the current version of the Q3 and the previous (pre-2018) generation.

To date, average repair bills for the Q3 have been quite low, at about £350. Suspension problems are the most common faults, although they’re relatively inexpensive with an average repair bill of about £250. Engine problems are also reasonably common, but again they’re nowhere near as expensive to fix as most cars with an average repair bill of about £700. Gearbox bills have been very expensive, but seem to be rare.

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

Fuel consumptionAverageScoreVariationScore
Petrol models38 mpgD31 – 45 mpgC – E
Diesel models47 mpgC38 – 57 mpgB – D
Plug-in hybrid models149 mpgA141 – 177 mpgA – A
CO₂ outputAverageScoreVariationScore
Petrol models170 g/kmC142 – 209 g/kmB – D
Diesel models160 g/kmC131 – 196 g/kmA – D
Plug-in hybrid models44 g/kmA37 – 46 g/kmA – A
Battery rangeAverageScoreVariationScore
Plug-in hybrid models28 milesE27 – 31 milesE – E
Insurance groupAverageScoreVariationScore
All models29C23 – 50B – F

Running costs for the Audi Q3 range are a mixed bag, according to data provided exclusively to The Car Expert by our commercial partner, Clear Vehicle Data.

Fuel economy is disappointing for petrol models but decent for diesel-engined versions. The plug-in hybrid models look amazing on paper, but this is largely thanks to ridiculous EU/UK government lab tests that are completely inadequate for plug-in hybrids. There is no way you will ever travel for 149 miles on a single gallon (4.5 litres) of fuel and some electricity…

The battery range of the plug-in hybrid model is not great compared to most rivals, offering only around 28 miles in real-world electric-only driving. It means that most households could do some of their weekly driving without using any petrol, but not all without consistent daily recharging.

Insurance costs are pretty average, based on data from the UK’s insurance group assessor, Thatcham Research.

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The Audi Q3 has received generally good media reviews, and has shown to be reliable. Running costs are not good enough, however.Audi Q3