2017 Audi Q3
The 2017 Audi Q3 is a luxury compact SUV with seating for up to 5 people. It features an upscale cabin with luxury leather seating and quality materials used throughout. It comes with a sunroof as standard which makes the cabin feel more spacious although the rear seating area is rather cramped in the back seats.
The Audi Q3 has less power than other rivals in the same class comes with a 4-cylinder 200 horsepower engine. On top of this the Q3 has the lowest fuel economy in the luxury SUV class with only 20 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway.
The 2017 Audi Q3 comes as either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. The 2017 model comes with a new base trim and heated mirrors and tailgate now come as standard on the Premium Plus models. This year the Prestige trim has the option of adding the Sports Plus Package.
As for performance the Audi Q3 is a mixed bag. On the one hand it has agile steering due to its small size and it feels stable around corners. It also handles bumps in the road admirably. Acceleration and power is underwhelming as the Q3 comes with a smaller engine then it’s competitors. The Q3 uses a turbocharged 2.0 liter 4-cylinder engine that makes 200 horsepower.
“When it comes to engine performance, the Q3 is no more than adequate. The turbocharged four-cylinder engine has a nice, refined feel to it, never drawing attention to itself with undue noise or vibration, but acceleration is disappointingly lackluster for a luxury-branded vehicle.” – Edmunds
Fuel economy is lower than others in the class and it gets an EPA estimated 20 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway. Compare this to the Infiniti QX30 which gets 24 mpg in the city and 33 on the highway and you’ll see that the Q3 is behind par.
The turbocharged engine is paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission. Front wheel drive is standard and you have the option of upgrading to all-wheel drive. Acceleration is OK for regular driving but not enough if you really need to build up speed quickly. The ride quality is good with a generally smooth and comfortable ride. It feels a little sporty and the all-wheel drive version helps with traction.
Metal trim accents and leather seating are standard on the Audi Q3 which has an exceptional interior cabin. There’s plenty of legroom and headroom for the front driver and passenger although riding in the back may feel a little cramped.
The Q3 is the only small luxury SUV to come with a sunroof as standard. A sunroof in other luxury SUVs will normally cost anywhere up to an extra $3,000. The cargo space is below average for the class with 17 cu.ft. of space in the rear trunk with 48 cu.ft. of space when the rear seats are folded down.
One complaint about the Q3 is the infotainment system which has a knob control positioned high on the dashboard. Some say the positioning of the knob is awkward to reach and makes using the infotainment system difficult. Otherwise the menus and navigation of the infotainment system are clear and easy-to-use.
The 2017 Audi Q3 comes in 3 trims, the Premium, Premium Plus and Prestige. The Premium has a starting price of $31,800 and comes with leather seats, sunroof and rearview camera. The mid-level trim, the Premium Plus has a MSRP of $34,500 and the Prestige has a starting price of $39,200.
The 2017 Audi Q3 is a decent luxury subcompact SUV that doesn’t quite match up to its competitors. Some other options in the same class are the 2016 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque, the 2017 Infiniti QX30 or the 2017 BMW X1. The Infiniti QX30 has the lowest base price of $29,950 while the Range Rover Evoque has the highest starting price of $41,475.