The Look 

The Drive

On Board Computer

Camera & Parking

Seats & Rear Bench 

Cup Holders & Cubby Holes

Boot

Safety (Euro NCAP) 

Fabulous, stylish mid-range family SUV

Starting price: £29,380

Pros

3 boosters in the back

Can fit a travel system in boot

1 x ISOFIX front passenger seat

Large touchscreen

Flush boot for ease

Air vents in the back

Cons

Cupholders could be better positioned

Intro

What a fabulous family SUV! The Q3 has a stylish and sleek look about it, which Audi have down to a fine art with all their cars. The Q3 comes in 5 trims: Technik, Sport, S Line, Black Edition and Vorsprung. We drove the Sport in automatic and loved it. The drive was smooth and easy and being seated in a high position meant we felt safe, whilst providing great visibility of the road. It is worth noting that the Q3 doesn’t have Smart Entry, meaning it is not keyless when you start the car. 

Interior

The interior of the Q3 is comfortable and stylish with a central, enormous 10.1 inch high-definition touchscreen. We love a large infotainment system! It is extremely easy to manipulate and is simple to use. It includes the all-important smartphone integration, which means accessing your phone and accessories is also incredibly easy. Audi have also incorporated a digital speedometer and rev counter which they call the “Audi Virtual Cockpit,” making driving feel that little bit more luxurious.

The dual climate control means there will be no arguments about being too hot or cold between the driver and the passenger and there are also air vents in the back, providing additional comfort for the kiddies. 

If you’re after a rear-view camera to take the stress out of parking on the school run, you will need to budget for the “Comfort and Sound pack.” At a whopping £1,195 you will get the rear-view camera as well as park assist technologies and a Bang & Olufsen 3D Sound System (so at least the nursery rhymes will sound fantastic!)

Rear parking sensors come as standard, as does cruise control. The wing mirrors are a good size and provide great visibility. There is a button to fold them in when inside the car, but they don’t fold in automatically when locking externally. 

Seats & Passenger Space

The synthetic wipeable seats are comfortable and stylish, with plenty of leg room in the front for the driver and passenger. However, if leather seats are on your “must-have” list, which let’s be honest are a must with kids and their mucky paws, you’ll need to budget a further £1075.00! 

In the back, 3 booster seats fit easily on the rear seat (2 large and one smaller booster in the centre), so perfect for growing families, or playdates and car shares! Here you’ll also find 2 ISOFIX points. If heated front seats are a priority to keep you toasty in the winter, you will need to budget a further £1,195 for the “Comfort and Sound pack” we described above. 

Cups & Cubby

The cupholders are central in between the driver and passenger seat and a good size, if only they were placed under the dashboard, they would be in the perfect spot!  Sadly, you’ll have to manoeuvre your arm slightly to grab your coffee. The glove box is a good size and there’s even a cubby hole for your sunglasses just below the steering wheel. If you’d like a central armrest with cupholders in the back for the kids, it will set you back an additionally £125.  However, the door bins are a good size and perfectly adequate.  There are also 2 USB ports in the front, but sadly none in the rear.

Boot Space

The Q3 boot is a great size for a mid-range car, at 460 litres. It comes with a powered tailgate (boot button) so opening and closing is easy when you haven’t got that third arm! We managed to fit a stroller with the larger wheels in, but only at an angle. However, there was plenty of space left for school bags, shopping and other family paraphernalia. The boot floor can be made flush, providing much easier access when getting pushchairs and prams in and out. There’s no lifting up and over. The boot floor can also be lowered to provide further additional room.  

Summary

So, what can we say? – You can always rely on Audi to produce fabulous cars and the Q3 is no exception, we absolutely loved it. It’s stylish, sleek with a luxurious feel both inside and out. It is big enough for everyday family needs and was a pleasure to drive. If you’re ok with the additional costs for the essential extras, then go for it!

Child seats used in this review – 1 x Halfords Essentials Booster (width 39.5cm) 1 x Graco Booster Basic (width 40cm ) 1 x Monterey 2 Booster (width 49.5cm)

Boot Capacity - Kate and Claire

Boot Capacity

460 Litres

Car Dimensions - Kate and Claire

Dimensions

4845 mm (L) x 1849 mm (W) x 1585 mm (H)

Miles per Gallon - Kate and Claire

Miles per gallon

32.5 – 51.4

Range - Kate and Claire

Range

N/A

Speedometer - Kate and Claire

Speed

0-60 mph in 9.3 secs