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2021 Audi Q3

2021 Audi Q3

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$34,000 — $36,000 MSRP
5 Seats
23-25 MPG
Key specs of the base trim
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Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Smooth, responsive transmission
  • Stable and poised ride
  • Interior quality
  • Front- and rear-seat comfort

The Bad

  • Mediocre fuel economy
  • Firm ride with 19-inch wheels
  • Nose-heavy feel in corners
2021 Audi Q3 exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2021 Audi Q3
  • More standard features for 2021
  • Five-seat subcompact luxury SUV
  • All-wheel drive standard
  • 228-hp turbo four-cylinder engine
  • Eight-speed automatic transmission
  • Digital instrument panel standard

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2021 Audi Q3 Review

from the expert editorial team

What Is the 2021 Audi Q3?

The Audi Q3 is a five-seat subcompact luxury SUV powered by a 228-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. All-wheel drive is standard, as is an eight-speed automatic transmission. Rivals include the Lexus UX, BMW X1 and Volvo XC40.

What’s New on the 2021 Audi Q3?

New standard features include S line exterior trim, power front seats, lane departure warning and steering-wheel shift paddles. 

What Features in the 2021 Audi Q3 Are Most Important?

Standard features include:

  • All-wheel drive
  • 8.8-inch touchscreen multimedia system
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity
  • Tri-zone automatic air conditioning
  • Leather upholstery
  • Heated front seats
  • Power liftgate
  • Panoramic sunroof
  • Automatic high-beam headlights

Available features include:

  • Keyless access with push-button start
  • Audi Virtual Cockpit with 12.3-inch display
  • 10.1-inch touchscreen multimedia system
  • Navigation
  • Bang & Olufsen stereo
  • 360-degree camera system 
  • Blind spot warning with rear cross-traffic alert
  • Adaptive cruise control

Should I Buy the 2021 Audi Q3?

The 2021 Audi Q3 is a well-rounded subcompact SUV that delivers the refinement and luxury of a larger model in a smaller package. It’s stable and poised, and it offers good comfort in the front or rear seats. Gas mileage, however, is disappointing, and its ride is firm with the available 19-inch wheels.

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

8 reviews — Read All reviews
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Value For The Money


by Julie Wright from Palm Harbor, Fl on April 12, 2021

Roomy, state of the art touch screen, cool safety features Audi was our first stop in looking for a new vehicle. It ended up being our only stop. Very happy with my experience snd would highly ... Read full review


Best Bang for the Buck

by Bob S from Greer, SC on March 24, 2021

My Q3 is everything I hoped it would be...... comfort, power, handling, information and looks. Makes driving a dream. Just about everything I wanted was standard equipment in the model I purchased. Read full review


Recalls and crash tests


The 2021 Audi Q3 currently has 0 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2021 Audi Q3 40 Premium

NHTSA rates vehicles using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.

5 Star
Overall Front
4 Star
Overall Side
5 Star
Overall Rollover Rating
4 Star
4 Star
4 Star
Side Barrier
5 Star
Side Barrier Rating Driver
5 Star
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
5 Star
Side Pole
5 Star
Side Pole Barrier combined (Front)
5 Star
Side Pole Barrier combined (Rear)
5 Star
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation. NHTSA provides vehicle safety information such as front- and side-crash ratings and rollover ratings. Vehicles are rated using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.


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


  • Dealer Certification Required

    300-plus-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance


  • View All CPO Program Details

Latest 2021 Q3 Stories

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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.

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