What kind of car is the 2023 Audi Q3? What does it compare to?
The smallest of Audi’s crossover SUVs, the Q3 seats five and powers along with a turbo-4 and standard all-wheel drive. Rivals include the Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class, BMW X1, and the Volvo XC40.
Is the 2023 Audi Q3 a good car?
It earns a TCC Rating of 5.8 out of 10, with fuel economy a sour note. (Read more about how we rate cars.)
What’s new for the 2023 Audi Q3?
Now in the third year of its current edition, the Q3 gets wireless smartphone charging and LED headlights standard, with new wheel designs for all versions.
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Otherwise, the Q3 carries over, with a wind-cheating but unmemorable shape graced by an interior that’s a cut above, both in pixel count and in fit and finish. You’ll remember the Q3 less for its sense of style than for the wash of digital gauges and maps that dance behind the steering wheel when it’s on the go—it’s perfect for the generation raised on iPads.
All Q3 crossovers rely on a 2.0-liter turbo-4 for power, but some are better than others. The Q3 40 has 184 hp, all-wheel drive, an 8-speed automatic, and 3,900 pounds of weight to contend with; the Q3 45 breathes more freely with 228 hp, which lightens its road load a bit. Acceleration’s quick enough, but the Q3’s hallmark performance piece is its deftly tuned steering, which responds intuitively, when the crossover’s big wheels and suspension try to cope with big pavement seams. The SUV-like ride motions are damped well at speed on smooth roads, but get squirrely on under-maintained routes.
Spend up for the heated power front seats: they’re finer and more supportive than the stock chairs. All versions have leather upholstery. The Q3’s back seat gets the thumbs-up, with a sliding mechanism to expand legroom at the expense of cargo space, which remains pretty good nonetheless.
The NHTSA gives the Q3 five stars overall, and blind-spot monitors and automatic emergency braking come standard.
How much does the 2023 Audi Q3 cost?
The $37,995 Q3 40 Premium and $41,295 Premium Plus are stronger values than the $40,395 Q3 45 Premium and $43,695 Q3 45 Premium Plus—but the latter two are the only versions to get the top option packages, which bring the price closer to $50,000.
Where is the 2023 Audi Q3 made?
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