2016 Audi Q3

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$23,617–$33,533 Inventory Prices

Key Specs

of the 2016 Audi Q3 base trim shown

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Ride quality
  • Carlike step-in height
  • Front-seat comfort
  • Standard xenon headlights with LED accents
  • Standard heated, power-adjustable front seats

The Bad

  • Backseat thigh support for taller passengers
  • Fuel economy
  • Modest acceleration
  • Cargo area too small for family use
2016 Audi Q3 exterior side view

Notable Features of the 2016 Audi Q3

  • New front-end styling
  • 200-hp, turbo four-cylinder
  • FWD or AWD
  • Seats five
  • Leather upholstery, panoramic moonroof standard
  • Available Audi connect system provides internet access

2016 Audi Q3 Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

The Q3 arrived for 2015 as Audi’s smallest premium crossover, slotting below the Q5. It seats five and comes with a 200-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. It is available with front- or all-wheel drive. Rivals in the growing field of small, premium SUVs include the Acura RDX, BMW X1, Buick Encore and Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class.
New for 2016
For its second year in the U.S. market, the Q3 gets a new grille, headlights and side sills. Front and rear parking sensors and a backup camera are new standard features, and the Prestige model adds full-LED headlights, dynamic rear turn signals, 19-inch wheels and the S Line exterior package.
Significant Standard Features

  • Six-speed automatic transmission
  • Backup camera
  • Panoramic moonroof
  • Xenon headlights and LED running lights
  • Heated leather front seats
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Keyless ignition
  • Aluminum hood and liftgate
  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system

Significant Available Features

  • All-wheel drive
  • 19-inch alloy wheels
  • Audi Connect communications system
  • LED headlights
  • Power liftgate
  • Bose surround-sound audio system
  • Navigation system
  • Blind spot warning system
Vehicle Overview

The Q3 arrived for 2015 as Audi’s smallest premium crossover, slotting below the Q5. It seats five and comes with a 200-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. It is available with front- or all-wheel drive. Rivals in the growing field of small, premium SUVs include the Acura RDX, BMW X1, Buick Encore and Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class.
New for 2016
For its second year in the U.S. market, the Q3 gets a new grille, headlights and side sills. Front and rear parking sensors and a backup camera are new standard features, and the Prestige model adds full-LED headlights, dynamic rear turn signals, 19-inch wheels and the S Line exterior package.
Significant Standard Features

  • Six-speed automatic transmission
  • Backup camera
  • Panoramic moonroof
  • Xenon headlights and LED running lights
  • Heated leather front seats
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Keyless ignition
  • Aluminum hood and liftgate
  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system

Significant Available Features

  • All-wheel drive
  • 19-inch alloy wheels
  • Audi Connect communications system
  • LED headlights
  • Power liftgate
  • Bose surround-sound audio system
  • Navigation system
  • Blind spot warning system

2016 Q3 Video

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Latest 2016 Q3 Stories

What Drivers Are Saying

Exterior Styling
(4.9)
Performance
(4.7)
Interior Design
(4.7)
Comfort
(4.9)
Reliability
(4.9)
Value For The Money
(4.6)

Latest Reviews

(5.0)

This is the BEST car I have ever owned...

by Mike from Chicago on April 4, 2018

This car has tremendous traction in all kinds of weather. It is economical on the highway and looks great the whole time. MMI is such a pleasure to have. Read full review

(5.0)

Sweet little ride but really packs the punch

by acrow from AUSTIN TX on January 30, 2018

After driving a 4Runner, Mercedes crossover , and jeep grand cherokee, the Q3 was by far the best to drive and had all the bells and whistles. It is solidly built, quiet, and smooth. It drives right ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2016 Audi Q3 currently has 2 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2016 Audi Q3 2.0T Premium Plus

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/thigh
good
Lower leg/foot
good
Overall evaluation
good
Retraints and dummy kinematics
good
Structure and safety cage
good

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Small Overlap Front - Driver Side

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/Thigh
good
Lower Leg/Foot
good
Overall Evaluation
good
Restraints and Dummy Kinematics
good
Structure and Safety Cage
good
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / unlimited distance

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Audi

Program Benefits

Comprehensive 300+ point dealer inspection, 24/7 roadside assistance including towing and trip interruption reimbursement, 1 Year/Unlimited Miles Audi Certified pre-owned Limited Warranty coverage, transferability of the Audi Certified pre-owned Limited Warranty to a subsequent private owner, and CARFAX® Vehicle History Report.

  • Limited Warranty

    1 Year / Unlimited Miles

    1 Year/ Unlimited Miles Audi Certified pre-owned Limited Warranty features 1 Year / Unlimited Miles of warranty coverage after the expiration of the new vehicle limited warranty or from the date of sale if the new vehicle limited warranty has expired and coverage honored at over 300 Audi dealerships service centers throughout the U.S., total confidence is yours as you take the road less traveled.
  • Eligibility

    Under 5 years / 60,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a 300+ point inspection.

    See inspection details.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Q3 received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

See also the latest CPO incentives by automaker