Although there’s nothing new about family SUVs, the Audi Q3 was one of the first to combine such compact dimensions with a premium off-roader aesthetic. This formula has worked wonders for Audi, with more than 1.1 million (and counting) sold since it arrived in 2011. For context, Audi’s TT sold a little over half that amount during two decades on sale.
However, this second-generation Q3 joins a marketplace that’s a world away from the one that the first-generation car occupied back in 2011, with rivals such as the BMW X1, Mercedes GLA, Range Rover Evoque and the award winning Volvo XC40 all hungry for a slice of that same premium family SUV pie. You can even choose it in a sleek coupé form as the Q3 Sportback, which we've reviewed separately.
The Q3 certainly looks like it has everything it needs to compete, including a technologically advanced infotainment system, a range of modern driver assistance systems, a generous amount of interior space and imposing exterior styling influenced by the range-topping Q8. It even has one of the largest boots in the class.
Under the bonnet are a range of petrol and diesel engines that produce between 147bhp and 223bhp. Depending on the engine you choose, you can opt for front-wheel drive, a quattro four-wheel-drive powertrain and a six-speed manual or a seven-speed dual clutch S tronic automatic transmission.
Over the next few pages, we’ll look at all aspects of the Q3, including how it compares with key rivals. Should you decide the Q3 is the car for you, head over to our New Car Buying page to see how much we can save you.