Audi Q3 review - MPG, CO2 and running costs
The Q3's economy figures are decent, while running costs should be appropriate to each model’s performance
Fuel economy is respectable across the Q3 range although, of course, if you pick one of the hotter models and drive it hard, you can expect a penalty at the pumps.
The diesel engines are the most frugal, and the lower power 148bhp diesel found in the 35 TDI Technik will reach up to 56.5mpg on a WLTP test. The punchiest 187bhp diesel engine is capable of returning 42.8mpg - thanks to the 4x4 penalty.
CO2 ratings across the range are average at best. The 148bhp 35 TDI engine with the automatic S tronic gearbox offers the lowest emissions at 131g/km, although the 35 TFSI Sport auto version isn’t too far behind producing 146g/km of CO2. The highest ratings are unsurprisingly for the 40 TFSI and 45 TFSI which emit from 184g/km and 195g/km respectively.
If you opt for the new 45 TFSI e plug-in hybrid, you can look forward to cheaper company car Benefit-in-Kind tax thanks to its low 44-45g/km CO2 emissions, and if you keep the battery charged you'll get up to 31 miles in electric-only mode. Quoted fuel economy is 176.6mpg, but as soon as the battery runs down you can expect overall economy to plummet.
The entry-level 35 TFSI in Technik specification falls into group 23 for insurance, which should mean reasonable premiums. Moving up through the range brings significantly more expensive insurance costs, however. The 227bhp 45 TFSI, in fashionable S line trim, sees a rise to group 33, while the same car with the top Vorsprung equipment level is in group 36.
Those spending between £50k-£60k on the RS Q3 model probably won't be put off by group 41-42 insurance.
The Audi Q3 will hold onto a decent chunk of its original value, retaining around 56-60 per cent of its original value over three years and 36,000 miles of ownership. The Sportback models fare a little better at 60-63 per cent.
In this review
- 1Audi Q3 reviewPremium quality and style, plus impressive practicality and class-leading tech, make the Audi Q3 an appealing small SUV
- 2Engines, performance and driveMuch improved ride comfort makes the latest Audi Q3 a real contender for class honours
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running Costs - currently readingThe Q3's economy figures are decent, while running costs should be appropriate to each model’s performance
- 4Interior, design and technologyWith typically stylish design inside and out, the Audi Q3's onboard tech is equally impressive
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spaceThe Audi Q3 is bigger than the previous model, which means useful extra room for passengers and luggage
- 6Reliability and SafetyThe Q3 gets top marks for safety, but reliability reports aren’t great across the Audi range