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2019 Audi Q3 Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

The redesigned 2019 Audi Q3 delivers the same amenities, quality and technology as larger, more expensive models in the brand’s lineup, putting Audi’s smallest SUV in a good position to take on newcomers to the growing class.

By Mike Hanley

Sometimes luxury isn’t about having the most extravagant or unique feature but instead is established by delivering the same amenities, quality and technology as larger, more expensive models in a brand’s lineup. That’s what the redesigned 2019 Audi Q3 subcompact luxury SUV does, putting Audi’s smallest SUV in a good position to take on class newcomers like the Volvo XC40 and Lexus UX. At Audi’s invitation we traveled to Nashville, Tenn., to see what the new Q3 is like to drive. (Per our ethics policy, Cars.com pays for its own airfare and lodging at such automaker-sponsored events.)

Related: Here’s Everything We Know About the New Audi Q3

Larger than its predecessor in all key measurements, the Q3 comes standard with all-wheel drive and a 228-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that works with an eight-speed automatic transmission. It went on sale earlier this month with a starting price of $35,695, including a $995 destination charge. I tested a Q3 S Line Premium Plus model with an as-tested price of $43,295.

Powerful Enough

The Q3’s drivetrain makes decent power that’s good enough to prevent the SUV from feeling sluggish, but it’s not strong enough to make the Q3 feel quick. The T5 version of the XC40 and the BMW X2, by comparison, deliver gutsier acceleration while the UX 200 feels the slowest of the group.

Helping the Q3 considerably is its responsive automatic transmission; the gearbox willingly kicks d...

Sometimes luxury isn’t about having the most extravagant or unique feature but instead is established by delivering the same amenities, quality and technology as larger, more expensive models in a brand’s lineup. That’s what the redesigned 2019 Audi Q3 subcompact luxury SUV does, putting Audi’s smallest SUV in a good position to take on class newcomers like the Volvo XC40 and Lexus UX. At Audi’s invitation we traveled to Nashville, Tenn., to see what the new Q3 is like to drive. (Per our ethics policy, Cars.com pays for its own airfare and lodging at such automaker-sponsored events.)

Related: Here’s Everything We Know About the New Audi Q3

Larger than its predecessor in all key measurements, the Q3 comes standard with all-wheel drive and a 228-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that works with an eight-speed automatic transmission. It went on sale earlier this month with a starting price of $35,695, including a $995 destination charge. I tested a Q3 S Line Premium Plus model with an as-tested price of $43,295.

Powerful Enough

The Q3’s drivetrain makes decent power that’s good enough to prevent the SUV from feeling sluggish, but it’s not strong enough to make the Q3 feel quick. The T5 version of the XC40 and the BMW X2, by comparison, deliver gutsier acceleration while the UX 200 feels the slowest of the group.

Helping the Q3 considerably is its responsive automatic transmission; the gearbox willingly kicks down under part and full throttle to make the most of the engine’s power, and the transmission makes smooth, predictable shifts.

Audi Drive Select is standard and includes five selectable driving modes: Comfort, Auto, Dynamic, Individual and Off-Road. The Comfort setting doesn’t help the drivetrain’s cause; gas pedal response is lazy, which makes the modestly powered four-cylinder seem even more lethargic. Selecting the Sport setting, however, heightens gas pedal response without making it feel too jumpy.

The EPA rates the Q3 at 19/27/22 mpg city/highway/combined, which trails comparable versions of the BMW X1 (25 mpg combined) and XC40 (26 mpg combined). The UX 200, which comes only with front-wheel drive, is way in front with a rating of 33 mpg combined. The Q3 does take regular gas, which is something of an equalizer according to the EPA’s fuel-cost estimates (the X1 and XC40 use premium).

Confident Cruising

Many small SUVs aren’t that enjoyable to drive on the highway, but the Q3 doesn’t fall into that camp. It’s stable and poised with the confidence-inspiring feel of a larger vehicle. Light-effort steering is direct and precise, which adds to the Q3’s highway manners. Get above 65 mph, however, and wind and road noise intrude.

All Q3s have a fixed suspension, but the SUV comes with a choice of wheels: standard 18-inch alloy wheels with all-season tires, available 19-inch wheels with all-seasons or 20-inch wheels with summer tires. Our Q3 had the 19-inch wheels, and the mostly smooth roads and highways in and around Nashville didn’t do a lot to test the setup’s ride comfort. However, the few stretches of rough pavement we did encounter produced a firm, bumpy ride.

The Q3 didn’t much care for the winding country roads that made up most of our route. Tossing it into a corner induced moderate body roll, but worse than that revealed the SUV’s nose-heavy feel. Unlike the X2, the Q3 doesn’t urge you to drive faster. Selecting Sport mode tightens the steering a bit, which improves cornering feel, but it doesn’t change the sense that the Q3 is more at home cruising on the highway than tackling backroads.

Class-Up Cabin

The Q3’s cabin doesn’t break any new ground from a design or technology standpoint, but it’s successful because it feels just as nice as the interiors of Audi’s compact Q5 and three-row Q7 SUVs. There are a few areas that have slightly lower-grade trim, like the slab of plastic where the center console meets the dashboard, but the materials and controls otherwise look and feel as nice as what’s in the Q3’s larger siblings.

The defining elements of the Q3’s cabin are its digital instrument cluster and center touchscreen, both of which are standard. A $2,000 Navigation Package upsizes both screens and adds Audi’s Virtual Cockpit technology. Virtual Cockpit lets you customize the appearance of the cluster and brings Google Maps satellite imagery to the instrument panel. Other standard features include Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone connectivity, dual-zone automatic air conditioning, a panoramic moonroof and a power liftgate.

Heated leather front bucket seats are also standard, and they were comfortable for a day of driving. The side bolsters of the regular seats don’t do much to hold you in place in corners, but the Q3 S Line’s available Sport Interior Package includes sport seats with more substantial side bolsters.

The Q3’s backseat is more comfortable than you might expect. The 40/20/40-split bench seat slides forward and backward, and the backrest reclines. Headroom is good, and the panoramic moonroof helps the space feel airier.

In the Market

Luxury brands have long used compact sedans to court new buyers, but in a market revolving more and more around SUVs, it’s models like the Q3 that’ll increasingly become consumers’ introduction to luxury brands. For Audi, the new Q3 makes a good first impression overall, and it should appeal to both first-time luxury buyers and shoppers wanting to downsize from a larger luxury vehicle.

Cars.com’s Editorial department is your source for automotive news and reviews. In line with Cars.com’s long-standing ethics policy, editors and reviewers don’t accept gifts or free trips from automakers. The Editorial department is independent of Cars.com’s advertising, sales and sponsored content departments.

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.6
8 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.9)
Performance
(4.6)
Interior Design
(4.9)
Comfort
(5.0)
Reliability
(4.8)
Value For The Money
(4.6)
(5.0)

Incredible car

by Japes from st augustine on October 8, 2020

LUXURY!!!! The first line Audi switched from the stand alone mmi screen to integrated dash. upgraded engine. can't beat this smaller SUV for a luxury vehicle Read full review

(5.0)

New purchase of preowned Audi Q3

by SCOTT from chicago on July 9, 2020

I really like this car. The only surprise is that it does not have a CD player. It is taking some time to learn all the features of this vehicle, but I learn something new everyday. Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2019 Audi Q3 currently has 1 recall


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2019 Audi Q3 2.0T Premium

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

Child Seat Anchors (Latch)

Ease of Use
good

Crash Avoidance and Mitigation

Front Crash Prevention
superior

Head Restraints and Seats

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

Headlights

Overall Rating
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

Small Overlap Front - Passenger Side

Overall Evaluation
good
Structure and Safety Cage
good

Small Overlap Front - Passenger Side - Driver Injury Measures

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/Thigh
good
Lower Leg/Foot
good
Restraints and Dummy Kinematics
good

Small Overlap Front - Passenger Side - Passenger Injury Measures

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

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Audi

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / unlimited distance

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    5 model years or newer/less than 60,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    1 year/unlimited miles after expiration of new vehicle limited warranty or from date of sale if the new vehicle limited warranty has expired

  • Powertrain

    N/A

  • Dealer Certification Required

    300-plus-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

  • View All CPO Program 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.*

Latch or Latch system

Infant seat

Forward-facing convertible

(second row)

Rear-facing convertible

Booster

(second row)

* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.
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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.

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