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Audi Q3 SUV - Small 4x4 Reviews

Audi Q3 4x4 Crossover Review - Audi's standard Q3 is the smallest of their SUV range but its engine spec and posh interior trim are unparalleled at this level - even though the chic crossover is bigger and taller than the A3.

You would be forgiven for describing the small 4x4 as rather predictable, but the German firm has created one of the best high performance crossovers available in the United Kingdom.

The smallest Audi 4x4 Q3 SUV shares most of the familiar styling and technical specifications as its siblings in their three-tiered range. Somewhat surprisingly, when you review the fine details, you will also recognize some shared hardware from the supermini A1. Nevertheless, it seems to lack the full-figure of the Q5.

Perhaps the most striking feature of this smallish hatchback is the badge which it displays. This is the smallest Audi car with the RS badge and it is the only 4x4 Q production which has also been turned into an RS model.

Essentially the small SUV car is designed for tarmac roads, but you are unlikely to be disappointed by its raised ride height and optional four-wheel-drive if you wander over rough tracks. You shouldn't be fooled into leaving this one behind. The sizeable upgrades to the engine specification, interior and exterior design styling, including the uprated suspension, have substantially marked this as one to consider if you are looking to buy a small 4x4 car in the UK.

Audi Q3 Specification

Audi Q3 Small 4x4 Car ReviewAudi's Q3 hatchback has a surprisingly large stature if you compare it to other small 4x4 cars on the market.

You might need extra vigilance through tight streets and parking it may be a challenge for some drivers.

There is no doubt that the added suspension height is a benefit of a small crossover, but it has been reviewed as a bit clumpy over some of the Uk's urban obstacles.

That said, the car is definitely pleasant to handle around corners but the electric power steering felt weak.

It is definitely a small Audi car but the Audi Q3 4x4 has an enviable array of engines, starting with the 140bhp 2.0-litre diesel with four-wheel drive. Nevertheless, most reviews of this model strongly suggest upgrading to the quieter 177bhp Quattro version of the same engine.

The petrol alternative is a 2.0-litre turbo with 4WD and either 170 or 211bhp. Although they are both smooth and reasonably nippy, the middle diesel engine specs appear to provide the best mix of economy, performance, and usability for its owners. It easily hits the sweet spot between running costs and performance with 47.9mpg and CO2 emissions of 156g/km.

Audi 4x4 Q3 Interior Trim

Audi Q3 Interior Design and TrimThe inside layout of the Audi Q3 is smart yet functional.

In fact, you would be forgiven for thinking there is as much space as the bigger Q5 - because there almost is.

It is worth noting that the biggest difference is that the engine is mounted across the engine bay in the Q3, whereas it sits lengthways in the Q5.

All Q3's get climate control as standard for the model and it was good to see a proper phone and iPod interface inside the cabin.

Optional extras include an entertainment screen and communications displaying the satellite navigation.

Rating the Audi 4x4 Q3 Crossover

Audi cars are not usually cheap to buy and this one follows the line. Experts suggest caution when choosing from the options list to reduce the risk of losing on your investment when you sell the car. The train of thought seems that low-to-medium levels of accessories is a wise decision.