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John Diether
Automotive Editor - January 9, 2015

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4.5 (Excellent)
20 City / 29 Highway

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2015 Audi Q3 OVERVIEW

Compact luxury crossovers have been such a hit with buyers that automakers are confident there's room to go even smaller. Enter the Audi Q3, a plush little jewel that's 10 inches shorter than the brand's already-compact Q5. Of course, there are limitations to a crossover of this size, but as a lifestyle vehicle for couples and singles, the Q3 is quite compelling.

What's New for 2015

The Q3 is an all-new model.

Choosing Your Audi Q3

When it comes to riding comfort and interior refinement, the Q3 does an excellent job of emulating its larger siblings. Cargo space comes in at 48 cubic-feet, which is par for the course in the smallest class of crossover. All examples are outfitted with a 2-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine good for 200 horsepower and a six-speed automatic transmission. Audi's Quattro all-wheel drive system is available across the board.

What the Q3 might lack in size, it makes up for in standard equipment. Both trim levels deliver a lot of luxury for the price:

Premium Plus

Gets you a leather interior with heated front seats, a panoramic sunroof, keyless ignition, Bluetooth phone and audio, and a 10-speaker sound system with satellite radio. Outside are automatic xenon headlamps and wipers, LED running lights, roof rails and 18-inch wheels. The Navigation Plus package tacks on a navigation system with voice controls, a larger display screen and Audi's MMI (Multi Media Interface) control system. The Driver Assistance package adds a rearview camera, blind spot monitoring, and front and rear parking sensors.


Includes all of the above equipment and options as standard, plus a power liftgate, auto-dimming power-folding side mirrors, stainless steel sill plates and a 14-speaker Bose audio system. You also get the Audi Connect system, which provides a Wifi hotspot and web-based navigation and services.

Both models are eligible for a Sport package with selectable driving modes, paddle shifters and front sport seats. 19-inch wheels are a standalone option.

CarsDirect Tip

The Q3 is a complete luxury vehicle from the get-go, so options aren't as essential as they are on many competitors. We do, however, recommend the Sport package, which adds a healthy dose of fun for only $550.

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