Top Gear reviews the Audi Q3 S-Line 1.5 TFSI

In Europe, small-engine Audi Q3 variants are going to sell like crazy. Thanks to ever-stricter growing emissions and efficiency regulations, along with the high price of fuel, European markets love small-engine cars and crossovers. Therefor, a car like the Audi Q3 will be very popular in its 1.5 TFSI spec (I refuse to use Audi’s ridiculous 35, 45, 55 naming scheme). In this new review from Top Gear, we learn whether or not it’s any good.

Top Gear seems to feel a bit lukewarm on the Q3. It certainly has its charms; with its interesting looks, good interior technology and good engine. However, if falls a bit short in other areas; such as its clunky transmission, firm ride and less than stellar interior materials. So it gets a bit of an average score.

However, we’re not sure there’s a better contender in the segment, at least not yet. The BMW X1 is good looking enough and it handles better than the Q3 but its interior is boring and lacks interesting technology. It’s also less practical. The Volvo XC40 is less practical, with worse tech and worse to drive. Though it is better looking, inside and out. The Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class is worse in pretty much every single way.

The only real contender we see that can properly take down the Audi Q3 is the new Range Rover Evoque, which looks seriously good. Aside from that, the Audi Q3, at least to us, seems like the best car in the segment. Though, we’ll withhold proper judgement until we actually drive it. However, from a far, it looks good, has a great looking interior, class-leading technology, a relatively sporty drive and impressive practicality. All for an affordable price.

While it’s certainly not perfect, it seems as if any sort of complaints about it can also be thrown at a lot of its competitors as well, while they don’t have as many of the Q3’s positives. And this is coming from someone who hated the previous-gen Q3, by the way.

Nico DeMattia

I've been in love with cars since I was a kid, specifically German cars. Now I get to drive them talk about them on the internet.