2017 Audi Q3 Premium 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A)

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Pricing Information

MSRP: $31,800
Dealer Invoice: $29,574
Delivery Charge: $950
Used Retail Price: $26,334
Used Private Price: $24,274
Used Trade-In Price: $21,542

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Editor Review

2017 Audi Q3 Review

Introduction

As the smaller sibling to Audi's popular Q5 compact crossover, the 2017 Audi Q3 has the qualities you'd hope to get from any Audi. You'll be quite comfortable driving it, and the cabin is quiet and crafted in high-quality materials. You get plenty of features for your money, too, at least relative to the more expensive Q5. But whether the Q3 is the best subcompact luxury crossover for you might depend on a few other factors.

Though the subcompact Q3 is relatively new for us in the United States (it debuted for the 2015 model year), it's actually been on sale in other countries for a few years before that. This older heritage shows up in a couple areas you might not immediately notice. For instance, the lower trim levels feature the automaker's outdated MMI interface instead of the USB connectivity found across the rest of the Audi lineup. It's a similar story under the hood. The Q3 has one of Audi's older turbocharged four-cylinder engines, and the resulting performance and fuel economy are disappointing.

There are a few other subcompact crossovers that we suggest you also consider. High on the list is the 2017 BMW X1. It offers a larger interior full of the latest technology, plus a sportier driving experience and better fuel economy. The 2017 Lexus NX 200t is another option with superior power and rear seat room, and you can get it with more of the latest advanced safety features as well. Or check out the 2017 Mini Countryman if engaging handling and seemingly endless customization possibilities appeal to you. Overall, the 2017 Audi Q3 might still win you over with its value and good looks, but it's ultimately not as well-rounded as some of its luxury subcompact crossover competitors.

What's New

For 2017, the Audi Q3 has a new Premium base trim level.

Body

The 2017 Audi Q3 is a subcompact luxury crossover available in three trim levels: the new entry-level Premium, the midrange Premium Plus and the top-of-the-line Prestige. All three are offered with a choice of front- or all-wheel drive (a.k.a. Quattro in Audi-speak).

Standard features on the debuting Premium base model include 18-inch alloy wheels, xenon headlights, LED daytime running lights and taillights, automatic headlights and wipers, a panoramic sunroof, roof rails, rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, dual-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, eight-way power and heated front seats (with four-way lumbar), a 60/40-split folding rear seat, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, a USB charging port, and a 10-speaker sound system with satellite radio and a CD player.

Premium Plus models start there and add unique aluminum trim, power-folding outside mirrors, a power liftgate, keyless ignition and entry, heated front seats, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and Audi's proprietary digital music interface with a Lightning (iPhone) adapter cable.

The Prestige starts with all of the above and adds 19-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, Audi's S line styling cues, a blind-spot warning system, a navigation system with online services, and a 14-speaker Bose audio system.

An optional Convenience package for the base Premium trim level adds keyless ignition and entry and the digital music interface. The navigation system is optional for both the Premium and Premium Plus trims.

A Sport Plus package available on Prestige models adds 19-inch alloy wheels, Audi Drive Select (adjustable drive modes for steering and transmission), paddle shifters, and front sport seats with extendable thigh support. A Sport Interior package is the same but excludes the 19-inch wheels. The Premium Plus can be equipped with the Prestige's 19-inch wheels.

Interior

The cabin of the 2017 Audi Q3 is very nice, with styling and materials that seem worthy of the Audi brand. In keeping with the sporting nature of the automaker's lineup, the interior has a distinctly sports car feel thanks to sharp-looking gauges, metal accents and a center stack that's slanted toward the driver. 

When it comes to ergonomics, the Q3's otherwise well-considered layout loses points for climate controls that are awkwardly located low down, in a spot in front of the shift lever. The single large knob that's used to move through the menus of the MMI system is also curiously located higher up on the dash, which can make for an uncomfortably long reach. The other glaring omission is the lack of a USB port for feature-rich smartphone integration, something that's pretty common these days.

Up front, occupants will enjoy roomy accommodations with well-shaped seats that provide firm support. In back, the seats themselves are fine, but the lack of available legroom — 31.1 inches as compared to 36.1 inches in the Lexus NX 200t — means they're realistically only suited to young children.

When it comes to hauling stuff in addition to people, the Q3's cargo hold offers just 16.7 cubic feet of capacity behind the rear seats. With those rear seats folded down, cargo capacity expands to a more reasonable 48.2 cubic feet.

Powertrain

Every 2017 Audi Q3 comes with a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder engine rated at 200 horsepower and 207 pound-feet of torque. It's matched to a six-speed automatic transmission and either front- or all-wheel drive.

EPA-estimated fuel economy for the 2017 Audi Q3 checks in at 23 mpg combined (20 city/28 highway), which is below average for this class of vehicle.

In Edmunds testing, an all-wheel-drive Q3 accelerated to 60 mph in 8.0 seconds, a slow time compared to direct rivals such as the BMW X1 and Lexus NX 200t.

Driving

You'll like the 2017 Audi Q3's ride quality. Even with the larger 19-inch wheels, the Q3's soft suspension delivers a smooth, quiet and fuss-free experience on the highway. This is the Q3 at its best, though. When going around turns, the Q3 exhibits a fair amount of body roll, which, in combination with overly light and numb steering, makes it less fun to drive than other popular subcompact luxury crossovers. It's worth noting that the optional Sport package doesn't include any suspension changes, so all Q3 models will exhibit this same weakness.

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.

Safety

Standard safety equipment for the 2017 Audi Q3 includes stability and traction control, front side airbags, side curtain airbags, front and rear parking sensors, and a rearview camera. The Technology package adds a blind-spot monitoring system.

During Edmunds braking testing, an all-wheel-drive Q3 came to a stop from 60 mph in 122 feet, about average for the segment.

In crash tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the 2017 Q3 received the highest rating of Good in the small-overlap and moderate-overlap front-impact tests. It also earned a Good score for the side-impact, roof strength, and head restraint (whiplash protection) tests.

Pro

Rides comfortably on rough roads; quiet at highway speeds; high-quality materials inside the cabin; cargo capacity beats some competitors; plenty of available features.

Con

Not the best option in the class for dynamic performance; ranks at the back of the pack for fuel economy; tight rear seating for adults; less-than-ideal infotainment control placement.

Bottom Line

When it comes to luxurious interior design and a smooth ride, the 2017 Audi Q3 delivers. You'll also like how this baby Audi's sharp styling mimics that of the more expensive Q5. But read more to learn how the veteran Q3 stacks against newer rival crossovers.

Manufacturer's Warranty

Type: Roadside
• Maximum Years: 4
• Years Limited/unlimited: L
• Miles Limited/unlimited: U
• Start Date: May-26-2016 10:10 AM
• End Date: 09-Sep-2099

Type: Drivetrain
• Maximum Years: 4
• Years Limited/unlimited: L
• Miles Limited/unlimited: L
• Start Date: May-26-2016 10:10 AM
• End Date: 09-Sep-2099
• Maximum Mileage: 50000

Type: Free Maintenance
• Maximum Years: 1
• Years Limited/unlimited: L
• Miles Limited/unlimited: L
• Comments: No Charge First Scheduled Maintenance.
• Start Date: May-26-2016 10:10 AM
• End Date: 09-Sep-2099
• Maximum Mileage: 10000

Type: Basic
• Maximum Years: 4
• Years Limited/unlimited: L
• Miles Limited/unlimited: L
• Start Date: May-26-2016 10:10 AM
• End Date: 09-Sep-2099
• Maximum Mileage: 50000

Type: Rust
• Maximum Years: 12
• Years Limited/unlimited: L
• Miles Limited/unlimited: U
• Start Date: May-26-2016 10:10 AM
• End Date: 09-Sep-2099

Standard Features

Audio Features - Standard Speakers

• Total Number Of Speakers: 10
• Watts: 180
• Subwoofer: 1

Audio Features - Audio System

• Memory Card Slot
• Cd Player: Single CD Player
• Cd Mp3 Playback
• Usb Connection
• Radio: AM/FM HD Radio
• Satellite Radio
• Months Of Provided Satellite Radio Service: 3
• Consumer Generic Feature 0: USB Inputs

Cargo Dimensions

• Cargo Capacity, All Seats In Place (cubic feet): 16.7
• Cargo Capacity, Rear Seat Down Or Removed: 48.2
• Max Cargo Capacity: 48.2

Mobile Connectivity

• Bluetooth: Bluetooth

Instrumentation

• Clock
• External Temperature Gauge: External Temperature Display
• Tachometer
• Tire Pressure Monitoring System: Tire Pressure Monitoring
• Trip Computer

Misc. Exterior Features

• Exterior Camera: Rear View Camera
• Rear Spoiler
• Roof Rack

Doors

• Liftgate Window: Fixed
• Number Of Doors: 4
• Rear Door Type: Liftgate

Exterior Lights

• Daytime Running Lights
• Front Fog Lights: Front Fog/driving Lights
• Headlights Auto Delay: Auto Delay Off
• Headlights Dusk Sensor: Dusk Sensing
• Rear Fog Lights
• Xenon Headlights: Xenon High Intensity Discharge

Front Passenger Seat

• Height Adjustable Passenger Seat: Height Adjustable
• Number Of Passenger Seat Power Adjustments: 8
• Passenger Seat Adjustable Lumbar: Power Adjustable Lumbar Support

Steering

• Power Steering: Electric Power Steering

1st Row Seats

• 1st Row Seat Type: Bucket
• 1st Row Upholstery: Leather
• Adjustable Seat Headrest: Height Adjustable Headrests
• Number Of 1st Row Headrests: 2
• Seat Whiplash Protection: Whiplash Protection System

Interior Dimensions

• 1st Row Head Room: 37.0
• 1st Row Leg Room: 40.0
• 1st Row Shoulder Room: 55.8
• 2nd Row Head Room: 37.4
• 2nd Row Leg Room: 31.1
• 2nd Row Shoulder Room: 53.6 in.

Spare Tire/Wheel

• Spare Tire Mount Location: Inside
• Spare Tire Size: Temporary

Power Outlets

• Power Outlet(s): 12V

Exterior Dimensions

• Overall Height: 62.6
• Overall Length: 172.8
• Overall Width With Mirrors: 79.5
• Overall Width Without Mirrors: 72.1
• Wheelbase: 102.5

Windows

• Heated Windshield Washer Jets
• Intermittent Front Wipers: Variable Intermittent
• One Touch Windows: 4
• Power Windows
• Rain Sensing Front Wipers: Rain Sensing
• Rear Defogger
• Rear Wiper: Rear Window Wiper

Steering Wheel

• Audio Controls On Steering Wheel: Audio Controls
• Phone Controls On Steering Wheel
• Steering Wheel Adjustments: Tilt And Telescopic
• Steering Wheel Trim: Leather

Storage

• Center Console: Front Console With Storage
• Cupholders Location: Front And Rear
• Door Pockets Location: Front And Rear
• Seatback Storage: Front Seatback Storage

Sunroof

• Extended Sunroof
• One Touch Power Sunroof: One-touch Power Sunroof
• Sunroof: Power Glass

Parking Aid

• Parking Sensors: Front And Rear Parking Sensors

Seating Configuration

• 1st Row Seating Capacity: 2
• 2nd Row Seating Capacity: 3

Air Conditioning

• Front Air Conditioning: Automatic Climate Control
• Front Air Conditioning Zones: Dual
• Rear Heat: Rear Ventilation Ducts

Seatbelts

• 2nd Row Center Seatbelt: 3-point Belt

Suspension

• Front Spring Type: Coil Springs
• Front Stabilizer Bar: Stabilizer Bar
• Front Suspension Classification: Independent
• Independent Suspension: Four-wheel
• Rear Spring Type: Coil Springs
• Rear Stabilizer Bar: Stabilizer Bar
• Rear Suspension Classification: Independent

Specifications

• Curb Weight (lbs): 3494
• EGE City MPG: 20
• EGE Combined MPG: 23
• EGE Highway MPG: 28
• EPA City MPG: 20
• EPA Combined MPG: 23
• EPA Highway MPG: 28
• Fuel Capacity (gallons): 16.9
• Manufacturer 0 60mph Acceleration Time (seconds): 7.8
• TCO Curb Weight (lbs): 3494
• Turning Diameter (feet): 38.7

Brake System

• Antilock Braking System: 4-wheel ABS
• Braking Assist
• Front Brake Type: Ventilated Disc
• Rear Brake Type: Disc

Drive Type

• Driven Wheels: Front Wheel Drive

Misc. Interior Features

• Cruise Control
• Floor Mat Material: Carpet
• Floor Mats

Collision Safety System

• Post Collision Safety System: Post-collision Safety System

Driver Seat

• Driver Seat Adjustable Lumbar: Power Adjustable Lumbar Support
• Height Adjustable Driver Seat: Height Adjustable
• Number Of Driver Seat Power Adjustments: 8

Security

• Anti Theft Alarm System: Remote Anti-theft Alarm System
• Engine Immobilizer
• Power Door Locks: Remote Keyless Power Door Locks

Airbags

• Head Airbags: Front And Rear
• Passenger Airbag Deactivation: Occupant Sensing Deactivation
• Side Airbags: Dual Front
• Side Curtain Airbag Rollover Sensor: Side-curtain Airbag Rollover Sensor

2nd Row Seats

• 2nd Row Center Armrest: Folding With Pass-thru
• 2nd Row Seat Type: Bench
• Adjustable 2nd Row Headrests: Height Adjustable Headrests
• Folding 2nd Row: Split Folding
• Number Of 2nd Row Headrests: 3

Mirrors

• 1st Row Vanity Mirrors: Dual Illuminated Vanity Mirrors
• Turn Signal Side Mirrors: Turn Signal In Mirrors
• Exterior Mirror Adjustment: Power
• Heated Exterior Mirrors: Heated

Tires - Premium/Premium Plus

• Rear Tire Width: 235
• Tire Type: All Season
• Rear Tire Diameter: 18
• Rear Tire Profile: 50

Wheels - Premium/Premium Plus

• Rim Type: Alloy
• Rear Wheel Diameter: 18
• Rear Wheel Width: 7.0

Available Options

Option/Package Availability MSRP/Invoice
Audi Guard Wheel Lock Kit All$115 / $106
Homelink - Black All$295 / $274
Sport PackageAudi drive select; Front sport seats with extendable thigh support; 3-spoke multifunction sports steering wheel with shift paddles All$550 / $510
Audi Guard All-Weather Floor MatsSet of 4 black rubber mats with Q3 logo All$180 / $168
First Aid Kit All$50 / $48
Convenience PackageAudi advanced key; Audi music interface with Lightning adapter cable Premium$850 / $792
Rear Load Edge Paint Protection Film All$125 / $117
Delete Front License Plate Holder All$0 / $0
Paint Protection Film All$600 / $558
Audi Cargo BoxCollapsible fabric storage box for trunk with Audi rings logo All$75 / $70
Audi Beam-RingsLower door trim LED light displaying Audi logo (4 rings) All$250 / $234
Heated Front Seats Premium$500 / $466
Audi Guard Cargo MatDurable trunk liner with Q3 logo All$160 / $149
Audi Guard Protection Kit All$305 / $284
Audi MMI Navigation Plus PackageAudi connect with online services; Audi MMI Navigation plus; Color driver information system with trip computer Premium$2,100 / $1,954
Black Cloth Headliner All$0 / $0
Stainless Steel Pedal CapsStainless steel replacement accelerator pedal and brake caps All$160 / $149
Homelink - Silver All$295 / $274

Available Colors

Audi Q3 Exterior Colors:

Misano Red Pearl Effect
 
Monsoon Gray Metallic
 
Mythos Black Metallic
 
Cortina White
 
Glacier White Metallic
 
Hainan Blue Metallic
 
Utopia Blue Metallic
 
Florett Silver Metallic
 
Brilliant Black
 
Cuvee Silver Metallic
 

Audi Q3 Interior Colors:

Black
 
Rock Gray
 
Chestnut Brown
 

Safety Features

Traction control
Xenon high intensity discharge headlamp
Remote anti-theft alarm system
Tire pressure monitoring
Dusk sensing headlamps
Engine immobilizer
Front and rear head airbags
Turn signal mirrors
Dual front side-mounted airbags
2 front headrests
Stability control
Rear center 3-point belt
Auto delay off headlamps
Child seat anchors
4-wheel ABS
Ventilated front disc / solid rear disc brakes
Post-collision safety system
Rear height adjustable headrests
3 rear headrests
Emergency braking assist
Front fog/driving lights
Passenger airbag occupant sensing deactivation
Rear door child safety locks
Daytime running lights

IISH Information
(Insurance Institute for Highway Safety ratings)

Side impact test - Good

Roof Strength Test - Good

Rear crash protection/head restraint - Good

IIHS Small Overlap Front Test Results - Good

IIHS Moderate Overlap Front Test Results - Good

Mechanical Features

Engine: 2liter
Cylinders: 4
Displacement: 1984
Horsepower: 200
Valves: 16
Torque: 207
Fuel: Premium Unleaded (recommended)
Transmission: 6 speed AUTOMATIC
Drive Type: Front Wheel Drive

Recalls

Audi Q3 Recalls Issued - 2017

Recall Number: 17V400000
Component Description: EXTERIOR LIGHTING:BRAKE LIGHTS
Manufacturered From: to
Owner Notification Date:
Number of Vehicle Affected: 24,754
Consequence: A vehicle approaching from behind may not have any warning that the vehicle is stopping, increasing the risk of a crash.
Corrective Action: Audi will notify owners, and dealers will update the vehicle software, free of charge. The recall began July 31, 2017. Owners may contact Audi customer service at 1-800-253-2834. Volkswagen's number for this recall is 45G6.
Description: Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (Volkswagen) is recalling certain 2016-2017 Audi Q3 vehicles. If the parking brake is used during emergency braking, the brake lights on the vehicle will not activate. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 108, "Lamps, Reflective Devices, and Associated Equipment."
Recall Number: 16V642000
Component Description: ELECTRICAL SYSTEM: SOFTWARE
Manufacturered From: 2014-04-13 to 2016-06-28
Owner Notification Date: 2016-10-31
Number of Vehicle Affected: 79,895
Consequence: If the side marker lights do not illuminate, the vehicle may be less visible at night, increasing the risk of a crash.
Corrective Action: Audi will notify owners, and dealers will upload revised software to correct the issue, free of charge. This recall began November 2016. Owners may contact Audi customer service at 1-800-253-2834. Volkswagen's number for this recall is 97CB.
Description: Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (Volkswagen) is recalling certain model year 2016 TT roadster, A3 cabriolet, A3 sedan and A3 e-tron, 2016-2017 TT coupe, 2017 A4 sedan and Q7 and 2015-2017 Q3 vehicles. The affected vehicles may have been programmed with new software that inadvertently makes the side marker lights inoperative in conjunction with the parking lights or the headlights. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 108, "Lamps, Reflective Devices, and Associated Equipment."