2018 Audi Q3 Review Full Specs


2018 Audi Q3 Review Full Specs

2018 Audi Q3 offers a fun alternative to getting into a compact luxury car, but with more utilities. Versus its rival, it provides the driving comfort and refinement of more interiors, but fewer fuel efficiency. Due to U.S. drivers trading their sedans for SUVs, new types of small crossovers reap the benefits. Enter the 2018 Audi Q3, the entry model in the Audi utility vehicle line.

Q3 embraces a simple model strategy, offering one powertrain, front wheel drive or all-wheel, and three models: Premium, Premium Plus, and Prestige.
Q3 matches the Audi crossover styling cues, but in smaller packages. It looks a bit fat, but interesting and must be well aged. Inside, it’s not as high as the other Audis, but the black dash stretch is broken down by metal pieces and infotainment screens. The infotainment system is not as easy as controlling other Audi MMI versions, but still has many functions, such as spotlights like Google Earth maps.

Limited interior space. The front seats are the best place, although standard panoramic sunroof robs the headroom for higher occupants. The rear seats offer limited head and knee space for anyone whose height is more than 6 feet. This cargo area is quite useful, especially with the back seat folded down.

A 200-horsepower turbo-4 pair to a 6-speed automatic. Acceleration is very thin but not fast. Q3 has a lot of grip, and good driving quality. Average fuel economy in the city of 20 mpg, 28 highways, 23 combined. In Q3, Audi fits the front seats with heat power, satellite radio, and alloy wheels. We recommend an optional sports chair. Also offered Bose audio services, navigation, and 4G LTE.
Safety is a mixed bag. Q3 does not offer advanced collision warnings, and has not experienced all of the current collision tests, but its performance runs well in the collision tests it has undergone.

2018 Audi Q3 Review Full Specs

2018 Audi Q3 Review Full Specs

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2018 Audi Q3 Styling


Audi Q3 plays the familiar crossover shape on a smaller canvas, creating a stubbier yet attractive look. As a small crossover at the bottom of the range, the 2018 Audi Q3 straddles the middle ground between the A3 Sportback (hatchback) and the larger Q5 brother. It does not falsify new pathways for Audi’s design: it adopts familiar cues to a smaller canvas.

Q3 looks almost predefined. It should conform to the crossover and Audi limits. That means the height of the roof, length, and overall shape must be in accordance with the formula, as well as other familiar gratings and cues. The result is a neat, albeit somewhat odd crossover that should be aging well enough. At the front, the Q3 grille sits low, flanked by narrow headlamps that balance the intake that looks big enough for this vehicle. This year the base model also gets a front bumper that looks steeper front and door frames. The pelvis is heavily carved, and the glass is slimmer than Q5. Tailgate wraps around the back, and the LED taillights provide an attractive rear signature.

Inside, the dashboard is a muffled black expanse, with a trim surface and a metallic soft touch. The atmosphere is not like other upscale Audis, but still has a premium look and feel. Unlike other Audis, the middle screen does not slip away, possibly because of space constraints, and its control is moved from the center console to the middle stack.

2018 Audi Q3 Review Full Specs


2018 Audi Q3 Performance


2018 Q3 is agile and its powertrain is responsive around town, but not too fast.

2018 Audi Q3 keeps the performance simple. Only one engine and transmission is offered, and Audi has only a single suspension setting. The only option is between the front-and all-wheel drive.

This suspension has a four-link rear setup with front struts and a fast power steering power steering. It does not provide much feedback from the road like the BMW X1, but the steering is responsive and fast enough, the ride is muffled well, and the handling is nimble. The overall feeling is actually more sporty than the X1, but the ride is not as strong as you find in the Mercedes-Benz GLA. This is a good balance. Powertrain consists of a turbo-4 2.0-liter powered 200 hp and 207 lb-ft of torque mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission. This machine is very well tuned and responsive, and the transmission has the gear with the correct distance and gives a convincing shift.

All 207 lb-ft of torque is available with 2,000 rpm, and it helps to get out of traffic first. However, around 3,500 pounds, Q3 is heavier than it looks and ran 0-60 mph carrying a 7.8 second pedestrian with a front-wheel drive or 8.2 seconds with an all-wheel drive. The top speed is 130 mph, but you may need the patience to achieve it. If strength and performance are the goal, Mercedes-AMG GLA 45 is the only choice in this class.

2018 Audi Q3 Review Full Specs

2018 Audi Q3 Review Full Specs


2018 Audi Q3 Comfort & Quality


2018 Audi Q3 offers optional sport seats and interior utility modisum such as small crossovers.

With a length of only 172.6 inches, the Audi Q3 is just one foot longer than the Mini Cooper hatchback, giving it a rather small cabin. Still, this has enough room for a passenger, a couple, or even an urban parent with one or two small children.

Despite its size, Q3 has more shoulder space than some rivals, and the center console does not rob much knee space. Still, the best place to be in Q3 is the driver’s seat, and, shortly, the front passenger seat. The driving position is natural and the seats comfortable. The available sports chairs are a must-have for their extra support. Unfortunately, anyone who is over 6 feet tall will find that a standard panoramic sunroof is cut into the headroom. The rear seats are lined comfortably for adult passengers. Here, the 6-footer will find their knees clinging to the front seat and their heads touching the headliner.

With the rear seat, Q3 has 16.7 cubic feet of cargo space behind the cargo area. That’s about as much as a trunk of a sedan, but the measurement is brought up to the ceiling, so it’s not that roomy. It will be more useful with the rear seats folded, as it expands to 48.2 cubic feet of space. That’s enough for a couple of roll-aboards and some quiet bags or groceries a week for the family.
In terms of interior quality, Q3 sits at the bottom of the Audi range. It’s not as bad as it sounds, Audi makes a nice interior. However, it looks a bit flashy, and the material is generally good, but not as rich as you get with other models.

2018 Audi Q3 Review Full Specs

2018 Audi Q3 Review Full Specs


2018 Audi Q3 Features


The basic Q3 equipment is generous enough, but the higher line models and options bring the price to the Q5 region. Audi offers Q3 with front wheel drive or steering wheel and in Premium, Premium Plus, and Prestige trim levels. It comes with good basic and optional equipment, and the infotainment system is also good.

All models now come standard with an exterior S-line trim, which includes front bumper and different front door frames, plus S badging line. Standard equipment on the Premium model includes 12-way power-adjustable front seat (heated for 2018), keyless ignition, rear-view camera, 10-speaker AM / FM / CD audio system, satellite radio, USB port, Bluetooth connectivity, panoramic sunroof, LED rear lights and street lights during the day, and 18-inch alloy wheels. The new Comfort package for Premium comes with power liftgate and auto-dimming rearview mirror with compass.

Premium Plus models add power liftgate; heated, power folding side mirrors; full LED light; LED back light; and, new to 2018, blind-spot monitors.

All models now come standard with an exterior S-line trim, which includes front bumper and different front door frames, plus S badging line. Standard equipment on the Premium model includes 12-way power-adjustable front seat (heated for 2018), keyless ignition, rear-view camera, 10-speaker AM / FM / CD audio system, satellite radio, USB port, Bluetooth connectivity, panoramic sunroof, LED rear lights and street lights during the day, and 18-inch alloy wheels. The new Comfort package for Premium comes with power liftgate and auto-dimming rearview mirror with compass.

2018 Audi Q3 Review Full Specs

Premium Plus models add power liftgate; heated, power folding side mirrors; full LED light; LED back light; and, new to 2018, blind-spot monitors.