John Diether
Automotive Editor - April 26, 2017

Expert Rating

3.5 (Good)
20 City / 28 Highway

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2018 Audi Q3 OVERVIEW

The Q3 may be Audi's smallest crossover, but it doesn't skimp on features or refinement. Instead, it makes a strong play for buyers who prioritize luxury and value over all-out utility.

What's New for 2018

The Q3 receives a mildly restyled front end and new option packages. The top-shelf Prestige has been dropped, but its features are now available on the other trims.

Audi Q3

Choosing Your Audi Q3

The Q3 earns our respect for its high-quality interior and smooth, quiet running. From inside, it's easy to forget that this is an entry-level luxury vehicle. With the rear seat folded, cargo space maxes out at a modest 48 cubic feet, but that's on par with other subcompact crossovers.

Every Q3 carries a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that supplies 200 horsepower and 207 lb-ft of torque to the front wheels. Audi's quattro all-wheel drive system is available for $2,100.

The A3 now comes in just two trim levels, but each gets some extra equipment and options this year:


Comes well equipped from the start with features like leather upholstery, heated power front seats, a panoramic sunroof, front and rear parking sensors, and a 10-speaker sound system with satellite radio. The exterior gets silver roof rails, LED running lights and taillights, and 18-inch wheels. The base Q3 is priced from $33,875, including a $975 destination charge. The optional Convenience Package ($1,350) tacks on keyless ignition, a power liftgate, aluminum interior trim, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. Models so equipped are eligible for a Navigation Plus Package ($2,100) and a $1,000 Sport Package with selectable driving modes, shift paddles, front sport seats, and 19-inch wheels.

Premium Plus

Gets the contents of the Premium Package as standard, plus blind spot monitoring, power-folding side mirrors, LED headlights, and silver exterior trim. The Navigation Plus Package and Sport Package continue as options. Exclusive to the Premium Plus is a Sport Plus Package, which supplies sportier exterior trim and unique wheels for $750. A 14-speaker Bose sound system is a standalone $850 option.

Wood interior trim can added to either model for $350.

CarsDirect Tip

When equipped with the Convenience Package, the Premium feels like a complete luxury vehicle. We suspect most buyers will be happy stopping their build there. The only compelling reason to spring for the Premium Plus is its bind spot monitoring, or possibly the optional Bose system.

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