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There’s not much that’s new about the 2015 Audi Q3. This small crossover has already been on sale in Europe for four years, and its platform and powertrain are shared with the aging Volkswagen Tiguan. But despite the Q3’s age, Audi’s timing is impeccable. This used to be the type of niche crossover that only made sense in Europe, but Audi is bringing the 2015 Q3 to the U.S. just in time to catch the oncoming wave of small luxury crossovers such as the Mercedes-Benz GLA and Lexus NX.
The Q3 quickly found success here in the second half of 2014; more than 3,000 buyers snagged the first Q3s to hit American dealerships in spite of a quiet rollout without much advertising or fanfare. Are these buyers on to something, or is the Q3 just a temporary placeholder until Audi comes up with something new for this hot segment?
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Haute couture on wheels

The A3 sedan proved last year that an entry-level Audi need not be a compromise, and the 2015 Audi Q3 gives off a similarly strong first impression. There’s nothing about the Q3’s clean, high-style look that jumps out, but its attractive proportions and tasteful chrome detailing give off all of the same prestige and richness you’ll find in the upper reaches of Audi’s lineup. In other words, spending around $7,000 more for a Q5 won’t get you any more curb appeal.
What you do give up with the Q3 is size. Compared to a Q5, the smallest Audi crossover is 10 inches shorter, 2 inches narrower, and almost 3 inches lower overall. This small footprint makes it ideal for driving around town, but the cramped interior makes us question whether this crossover offers any more usability than a compact hatchback. There isn’t much room in the rear seat, and the paltry cargo area offers only 16.7 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats. That’s less than you’ll find in the trunks of many midsize sedans. The Q3 is really more of a fashion accessory than anything else. It’s stylish and trendy, but hardly practical. At least the interior materials are up to snuff, with plush leather for the seats and nicely grained, soft-touch plastics for the dashboard.
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Soul of a hot hatch

If the 2015 Audi Q3 isn’t much more than a stylish, raised hatchback, at least it still drives like a good hatchback. The relatively low beltline makes for clear visibility out front, and it’s easy to place the car thanks to its diminutive size and accurate steering. Despite the combination of a short wheelbase, a tall profile, and a relatively plush ride, handling is tighter than you’d expect, prompting a few editors to even compare it with a Volkswagen GTI. That’s no surprise, considering it shares its PQ35 platform and 2.0T engine with the previous generation of VW’s hot hatch. “There’s a nimbleness and zip to this car that I wish other small crossovers exhibited,” associate Web editor Jake Holmes noted.
Like all of its key rivals -- the BMW X1, Mercedes-Benz GLA, and Lexus NX -- the Audi Q3 is powered by a 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Two hundred horsepower in a 3,682-pound crossover doesn’t exactly make the Q3 feel fast, but the smooth-shifting, responsive automatic transmission means the power is always readily available in day-to-day driving.
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A few wrinkles

The 2015 Audi Q3 begins to show its age when you start to look at elements such as fuel economy and technology. Its combined fuel economy of 23 mpg seems low for such a small vehicle, and it lags behind the Mercedes-Benz GLA’s 27 mpg and the BMW X1’s 26 mpg.
We also weren’t thrilled with the Audi’s infotainment system, which uses the company’s last-generation MMI software. It’s a bit of a stretch to reach the high-mounted, small control knob on the dash, and the interface itself isn’t nearly as responsive or intuitive as the company’s newer systems. It’s also a letdown that our $38,625 Premium Plus model doesn’t have a backup camera unless you pay another $1,400 for the Driver Assistance package.
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An Audi through and through

These small shortcomings are hardly deal breakers for the 2015 Audi Q3, and the overall package is a compelling one despite its age. Plus, the recently announced refresh for the 2016 Q3 looks to iron out some of the Q3’s wrinkles with an updated powertrain and a few styling changes inside and out.
This Audi crossover is much more than its humble underpinnings would suggest, thanks to smart styling, solid driving dynamics, and a richly trimmed interior. As senior editor David Zenlea put it, “The Q3 looks, feels, and goes down the road like an Audi.” Don’t be fooled by its relative-bargain pricing and compact-car roots; the Q3 is a worthy addition to the Audi lineup, and a fully competitive entry in this trendy new segment.

2015 Audi Q3 Specifications

On Sale: Now
Price: $33,425/$38,625 (base/as tested)
Engine: 2.0L turbocharged DOHC 16-valve I-4/200 hp @ 5,100-6,000 rpm, 207 lb-ft @ 1,700-5,000 rpm
Transmission: Six-speed automatic
Layout: 4-door, 5-passenger, front-engine, AWD crossover
EPA Mileage: 20/28 mpg city/highway
L x W x H: 172.6 x 79.5 x 62.6 in
Wheelbase: 102.5 in
Weight: 3,682 lb
2015 Audi Q3
2015 Audi Q3

New for 2015

The Audi Q3 is an all-new model for the 2015 model year, but since the crossover has been on sale for years in Europe, a refreshed model arrives for the 2016 model year.

Vehicle Overview

The Audi Q3 is a compact luxury crossover that fits below the Q5 as the smallest SUV in the automaker’s lineup.

Summary

The 2015 Audi Q3 is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter I-4 that makes 200 hp and 207 lb-ft of torque, and gets paired with a six-speed automatic that drives the front wheels, but can be equipped with all-wheel drive. The Q3 manages an EPA-estimated 20/29 mpg city/highway in FWD trim, and 20/28 mpg in AWD.
Notable features include a panoramic power sunroof, HID headlights, LED daytime running lights and LED taillights, side assist (blind spot warning), standard dual-zone climate control, a 7-inch infotainment screen, parking system with rearview camera, and MMI navigation plus, which integrates Google Earth imagery and provides Wi-Fi access for up to eight devices.
The 2015 Audi Q3 has not been evaluated by the NHTSA or the IIHS.

What We Think

Just like the A3 sedan, buying an “entry-level” 2015 Audi Q3 doesn't need to be a compromise. In a Driven review of a 2015 Audi Q3 2.0T we said, “There’s nothing about the Q3’s clean, high-style look that jumps out, but its attractive proportions and tasteful chrome detailing give off all of the same prestige and richness you’ll find in the upper reaches of Audi’s lineup. In other words, spending around $7,000 more for a Q5 won’t get you any more curb appeal.”
Inside, however, the Q3 is much smaller than the Q5, and features a small second row with just 16.7/48.2 cubic feet of cargo space with the seats in place and folded, while the Q5 boasts 29.1/57.3 cubic feet with the rear seats up/folded. Being the enthusiastic group we are, we pointed out, “The relatively low beltline makes for clear visibility out front, and it’s easy to place the car thanks to its diminutive size and accurate steering. Despite the combination of a short wheelbase, a tall profile, and a relatively plush ride, handling is tighter than you’d expect, prompting a few editors to even compare it with a Volkswagen GTI.”
The Q3 has been on sale for nearly four years in Europe, and there are several areas where this shows more obviously. Fuel economy isn't leading the segment, the infotainment system isn't the most recent one offered by the automaker, and a rearview camera is part of a $1,400 Driver Assistance package. A refresh for 2016 looks to address the majority of our complaints, and leads us to recommend waiting a little bit longer for the updated powertrain and some standard feature tweaks. If you absolutely cannot wait, the Q3 won't be something to be ashamed of, as “the Q3 looks, feels, and goes down the road like an Audi.”

You’ll Like

  • Powerful 2.0T engine
  • Attractive styling
  • Panoramic sunroof

You Won’t Like

  • Fuel economy isn't class leading
  • Last-generation infotainment system
  • Rearview camera part of pricey package

Key Competitors

  • Mercedes Benz GLA-Class
  • BMW X1
  • Lexus NX
  • Acura RDX
  • Lincoln MKC

Rating

4
2015 Audi Q3 Front View On Road
Audi and Mercedes-Benz are in a back-and-forth battle over entry-level luxury, with new sedan and crossover entrants looking to reel in new and youthful buyers. The Audi A3 and Mercedes-Benz CLA sedans kicked off the competition, and now the 2015 Audi Q3 will join the mix against the Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class. The 2015 Audi Q3 will start at $33,425 including destination fees.

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2015 Audi Q3 Specifications

Quick Glance:
Engine
2.0L V6Engine
Fuel economy City:
20 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
29 MPG
Horsepower:
200 hp @ 5100rpm
Torque:
207 ft lb of torque @ 1700rpm
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control
  • Sunroof
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer RearABS
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Locking Differential (optional)
  • Limited Slip Differential (optional)
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front
  • Airbag Side Rear (optional)
  • Radio
  • CD Player
  • CD Changer (optional)
  • DVD (optional)
  • Navigation (optional)
Vehicle
50,000 miles / 48 months
Powertrain
50,000 miles / 48 months
Corrosion
Unlimited miles / 144 months
Roadside
Unlimited miles / 48 months
Maintenance
5,000 miles / 12 months
Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:50
Component
VISIBILITY:SUN ROOF ASSEMBLY
Summary
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (Volkswagen) is recalling certain model year 2015 Audi Q3 vehicles manufactured April 4, 2014, to November 5, 2014. If the vehicle is turned off while the sunroof is closing, the sunroof may continue to close instead of stopping. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) 118, "Power-Operated Window, Partition, and Roof Panel Systems."
Consequences
If the sunroof is closing while the vehicle is shut off and a vehicle occupant is in its path, there is an increased risk of injury.
Remedy
Audi will notify owners, and dealers will update the sunroof control module software, free of charge. The recall began on April 13, 2015. Owners may contact Audi customer service at 1-800-253-2834. Volkswagen's number for this recall is 60C1.
Potential Units Affected
3,646
Notes
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc.


NHTSA Rating Front Driver
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NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
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NHTSA Rating Front Side
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NHTSA Rating Rear Side
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NHTSA Rating Overall
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NHTSA Rating Rollover
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IIHS Overall Front Crash
N/R
IIHS Overall Side Crash
N/R
IIHS Rear Crash
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IIHS Roof Strength
N/R

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