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- Compact size. You get to drive a compact sized vehicle, but you get to sit up higher. No need to buy a lumbering truck or look for an oversized parking space just because you want a better view of the road.
- Ride and handling are very good. Audi does a nice job of making cars that handle well on the types of roads people actually use them on. You can get a car that corners flatter or has more grip, and pay for it in ride quality. But the Q3 delivers a firm, comfortable ride, and precise, predictable cornering and handling on normal urban and suburban roads— where most of us drive every day. It soaks up bumps and road imperfections well, and goes exactly where you point it. A good balance.
- Easy to get in and out of.
- Upscale interior. Even though the Q3 is at the low end of the Audi price list, the interior is still that of a luxury car. It comes with standard, heated leather seats, and a huge sunroof. Combine that with a quiet ride, and it feels like a definite class higher than the CR-Vs and RAV4s of the world.
- Comfortable, if firm seats.
- Power is smooth and feels ample from the 2.0 liter, 200 hp four-cylinder engine.
- Cruises comfortably and smoothly on the highway.
- Rear view camera is standard. You can get optional blind spot monitoring (get it).
- Optional adaptive headlights turn with the steering wheel to light where you’re going.
- Great sound from the optional Bose sound system.
- Finally! An Audi with a USB plug! Fantastisch!
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- Cozy. While the driver’s left shoulder has enough room, you sit a little close to the left shoulder of your passenger. Rear seat room is adequate, but not at all luxurious. And cargo room is pretty minimal behind the rear seats. This is more of a vehicle for a couple than a family.
- Mileage is not great. EPA says 20/28 with 23 mpg combined. We got closer to 16 in real city driving, and 21 combined. And it takes premium fuel.
- No forward collision warning system with automatic braking available. You can get that in a Subaru Forester. Audi should have it.
- Rear visibility is pretty lousy. Standard rear view camera works well, and helps.
- Twist knob on the multi media controller (for the information screen) is counter intuitive. Turn it to the right to scroll down, and it scrolls up. It got us every time for a week.
- Gets pricy with options. Loaded up, the Q3 can top 40K.
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