The Look 

The Drive

On Board Computer

Camera & Parking

Seats & Rear Bench 

Cup Holders & Cubby Holes

Boot

Safety (Euro NCAP) 

Good looking and versatile

Starting price: £32,800

The Pros

Solid car

Good sized cabin

Practical boot space

Easy and relaxed drive

Cons

Rear parking cameras are an upgrade

Extras push up price tag

Intro

Whether you outgrowing a small car or down grading form a large SUV this is a perfect mid-sized family car. The Audi Q3 is good looking and yet still very practical to cope with the demands of everyday life. There are 2 different model designs within the Q3 range. Take a look at the Audi website to compare the standard look versus the more racy Sportback models.

We test drove the Q3 45 TFSIe S tronic which is a Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV) 2022 and rivals the Volvo XC40 and Jaguar E-Pace. With 95% of UK journeys being less than 25 miles then the PHEV is a great option. The Q3 can travel up to 30 electric miles before switching to fuel and, with driving around town (stop / start), it was amazing how much energy we produced from braking to extend our mileage. Very efficient. For ease you can pop the car into auto hybrid mode and thankfully the tech will work out the best efficiency for you. Charging will take just shy of 4 hours or around 6 hours (overnight) from a 3-pin wall plug.

The exterior was in a rather sporty burnt orange colour; however, the entry model comes in white and it will cost an additional £575 to choose from the Audi colour palette. However, if you really want something bespoke and to stand out then for a price, £2,600 to be exact, you can opt for your own personalised colour.  Hot pink? Downpipe grey?

The Q3 has 4 models starting with the entry level Technik at £32,800 (petrol or diesel) and the Plug-in Hybrid starts at £40,560. Plenty to choose from!

The Q3’s steering is responsive and making it a great car to manoeuvre easily around tight bends to small parking spaces.  With the Black edition you get a flat bottom steering wheel which looks a bit like a squashed pretzel!  We loved it though. So much neater and easier to turn.  You now have to opt for the Comfort and Sound package at £1195 to have heated seats, Audi parking system and rear view camera.  With a premium car it would have been good to see at least the rear camera as standard.  The parking camera itself, if you enjoy using one, is clear and definitely helps prevent knocking into any hidden bollards or hazards.  Standard models have folding mirrors, Audi pre-sense which from experience can you make you jump, along with lane departure warning. All in all, this is a comfortable, solid and quiet car to drive.

Interior

A spacious interior to keep all customers happy and privacy glass comes with every model.  Although it’s always entertaining when our children wave energetically from the back of the car, when leaving a friend’s house, only for no one to see their flapping arms!

There are plenty of vents to keep everyone at the right temperature and the climate controls are simple dials which are easy to operate when driving.

The infotainment screen of 10.1 inches (entry level) is neatly built into the dashboard at a convenient angle for the driver. So you do not have to overstretch and stab at the screen when on the move The icons are clear and intuitive. Our only complaint was that the screen did get quite dirty really quickly and that was without the assistance of any children!  All models now have the digital drivers display at 10.25 inches (upgrade 12.3 inches) which are clear and look even better during a night drive. Plus have a 3D navigation map. Additionally, there is good functionality on the steering wheel which allows you to keep your eyes safely on the road ahead.  The gear changer on the automatic was okay, but we would have preferred a more sleek and modern design.

On plus the sound system is fab.  Whether you are alone and want to belt out a dance classic or entertain smaller people, with the help of Roald Dahl, then the surround sound is great.

Seats & Passenger Space

We loved the comfort of the front seats and, like the steering wheel, there is plenty of adjustment to find the perfect spot to have a good commanding view of the road.

Leg and head room in both the front and back was good.  Potentially 3 adults could squeeze on the back bench for a shorter journey.  The car has 3 isofix points (2 in the back and 1 on the front passenger seat).  However, with two car seats or baby seats in the rear then only a very small bottom can squeeze in the middle seat.  The rear seats also have the functionality to move back and forth if you need to grab more space in the boot.

For the passengers the windows open all the way down and thankfully the rear doors have a wide opening which is so helpful when trying to strap toddlers and babies into their seats.

We would recommend upgrading from the cloth fabric to the twin leather trim at £950.  It will take the stress out of all the forecasted spillages, dirty finger marks, muddy shoes and the obligatory squashed raisins.

Cups & Cubby

Storage spaces are fairly good in the car.  Albeit that Audi and so many manufacturers call it an ‘upgrade’ to have a pocket on the back of the front seats. For £210 you can grab yourself the pockets along with secret storage compartments under the front seats.

The door bins are of a good size in all four doors.  In the front there are 2 cupholders along with a space for your phone / keys in front of the gear changer.  To the left of these there are a USB and USB C port. There is a small space underneath the arm rest and the glove box will just about house a packet of wipes and some emergency sweets.

In the rear there is a storage space either side of the bench which would be good to store an iPad, phone or snacks on a long journey. If the middle armrest is pulled down then there are a further 2 handy cup holders.

Boot Space

The boot capacity is 530 litres on the petrol / diesel models and 380 litres on the PHEV.

It’s a practical shape allowing a buggy to be loaded perfectly width ways.  There is a very small load lip and a scuff plate which will prevent scratches from loading scooters in through to doggy claws.

All models have the electric tailgate button which makes life so much easier when you have your hands full and only one to make one trip from the car when its pouring with rain.

There are also a couple of netted pockets at the side of the boot to stop small items rolling around.

Summary

If you are looking for a premium, solid SUV which if not too big, but has a good cabin size and useful boot space then you can’t go wrong with the Q3.

A versatile car for the family.

Car seats : Joie Trillo 2/3 (ember) : width 55cm

Baby seat : Maxicosi CabrioFix (depth 71.5cm / width 44.5cm)

Starting Price     : £32,800 (Petrol / Diesel)

: £ 40,560 PHEV

( £ 45,700 Black Edition PHEV)

Car Dimensions - Kate and Claire

Dimensions

4484 (L) x 2024 (W) x 1616 (H)

Boot Capacity - Kate and Claire

Boot Capacity

380 litres (PHEV)

530 litres (Petrol / Diesel)

Backseat Size Kate and Claire Reviews

Backseat Dimensions

Miles per Gallon - Kate and Claire

Miles per gallon

148.7

Range - Kate and Claire

Range

30 miles electric

Speedometer - Kate and Claire

Speed

0-62mph 7.3 (PHEV)

9.3 (Petrol / Diesel)