Audi Q3 (2011-2018) review - Practicality, comfort and boot space
It's a comfortable and practical package, but the Q3 is let down by rear seats that don't fold flat
The Audi Q3 is only available as a five-door, five-seater, and thanks to its more upright body, it’s a more practical choice than the Range Rover Evoque. The high-set driving position gives you a good view of the road and the sports seats are comfortable, but the bus-like angle of the steering wheel feels a bit odd.
In general, for a car that doesn’t take up much more space on the road than the average family hatchback, it’s a very comfortable and pleasingly practical package.
Its roof is 3cm lower than the Evoque’s, but the Q3 stands a significant 114mm higher than the GLA. It’s wider than both cars; the Audi is 2,019mm wide, while the Evoque measures 1,635mm and the GLA 1,804mm wide.
If you’re looking for an ‘in-house’ comparison, the Q3 is 75mm longer, 234mm wider and 183mm taller than the five-door Audi A3 Sportback.
Leg room, head room & passenger space
In terms of passenger comfort, adults are looked after pretty well in the Q3. Two grown-ups will be very comfortable in the back, although a third won’t be quite as much at ease due to the restricted legroom caused by the central transmission tunnel. Isofix child seat mounting points are part of the standard package.
The elevated ride height makes getting in and out easy, particularly for less athletic occupants, and once inside the high roofline and large side windows ensure the cabin feels bright and airy (even more so if you specify the optional panoramic glass roof). The car also features lots of practical storage space, including large cup-holders and usefully wide door bins.
The boot isn’t the biggest in the crossover class, at 460 litres, but Audi has replaced the fixed parcel shelf with a rolling load cover to boost access. On higher-spec models, you also get a powered tailgate, which opens wide and leaves a flat load lip.
One criticism levelled at the Audi Q3 could be that while the boot space expands to 1,365 litres, the back seats don’t fold fully flat, so sliding things in and out is unnecessarily difficult. However, if you do need to carry longer items, Audi offers a folding front passenger seat as an option on the Q3.
The maximum towing capacity of the Audi Q3 varies between 1,800kg and 2,000kg, depending on the model. Drivers have a good variety of petrol and diesel engines to choose from depending on what they would like to tow, starting with the 148bhp 1.4-litre petrol, which will pull 1,800kg, before going all the way up to the 181bhp 2.0-litre diesel, which will tow 2,000kg.
In this review
- 1Audi Q3 (2011-2018) reviewThe Q3 offers Audi's premium feel in a high-riding compact crossover package
- 2Engines, performance and driveThe Audi Q3 crossover hasn’t turned its back on its hatchback roots – it’s agile, powerful and fun to drive
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running CostsIf you want decent fuel economy and low CO2 emissions, the front-wheel-drive versions of the Q3 really deliver
- 4Interior, design and technologyTried and tested platform offers plenty of tech, but the Audi Q3 doesn't quite feel up to the minute
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot space - currently readingIt's a comfortable and practical package, but the Q3 is let down by rear seats that don't fold flat
- 6Reliability and SafetyThe Audi Q3 ticks all the boxes on the safety front, and owners rate it highly, too