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5-Star: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.
4-Star: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.
3-Star: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.
2-Star: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.
1-Star: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.
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:
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.
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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