Key Specs

of the 2018 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
  • Power driver's seat standard

The Bad

  • Backseat thigh support for taller passengers
  • Fuel economy
  • Modest acceleration
  • Cargo area too small for family use
2018 Audi Q3 exterior side view

Notable Features of the 2018 Audi Q3

  • Heated front seats now standard
  • Five-seat subcompact SUV
  • 200-hp, turbo four-cylinder engine
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • Panoramic moonroof standard
  • Available Audi Connect system provides internet access

2018 Audi Q3 Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

What it is: The Audi Q3 subcompact SUV slots below the compact Q5 but also has seating for five people. It's powered by a 200-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and is available with front- or all-wheel drive. Rivals in the growing field of small, premium SUVs include the BMW X1, Buick Encore and Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class.

New for 2018

An S Line front bumper, door sills and badges are now standard. Heated front seats are also standard.


Latest 2018 Q3 Stories

What Drivers Are Saying

Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(4.8)
Interior Design
(4.8)
Comfort
(4.9)
Reliability
(4.8)
Value For The Money
(4.7)

Latest Reviews

(5.0)

The best of the small luxury SUVs

by cosmo'scar from Chicago IL on April 5, 2018

It has the pep of a sedan, German luxury, the versatility of a larger SUV and great ease of entry and exit. By no means is it entry level with its rich feel and thoughtful conveniences. The twin turbo ... Read full review

(5.0)

2018 Q3 Quattro

by Slurb from AZ on March 5, 2018

Traded in Infiniti for it. Drives much better. So fun to drive I?m putting too many miles on it already. Styling is great but I don?t like front plate holder. 4 cylinder turbo has lots of energy. Audi ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2018 Audi Q3 currently has 0 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2018 Audi Q3 has not been tested.

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, up to 6 yr/100k mile 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

    6 years / 100,000 miles

    Up to 6 yr/100k mile from the original in-service date plus balance of New Vehicle Corrosion Perforation Warranty (12 years), plus the balance of no- charge scheduled maintenance for the remainder of the New Vehicle limited warranty ($85 deductible), Return/Exchange policy may vary.
  • 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