If you are looking for a compact SUV as a used car, you will find a large selection. For example, BMW X1, Ford Kuga, Mercedes GLA, Kia Sportage or Honda CR-V are available here - but the Q3 from Audi. At least it does very well in the general inspection.
With the Q3, Audi has a popular SUV in its range that is technically based on the VW Tiguan. In the main inspection (HU), the second edition shines in particular.
"The new model has a perfect start with third place in the defect ranking," writes the "Auto Bild Tüv Report 2023". The predecessor is also considered tough. But the first quirks overtake him.
The first generation of the Audi Q3 rolled into dealer showrooms in 2011. In 2015 there was a slight facelift with design retouches, the engines were consumption-optimized, the top model RS Q3 got a performance peak.
The second edition was launched in autumn 2018 with a wheelbase that was eight centimeters longer and a sliding rear seat – the compact SUV should be more family-friendly.
The Q3 is a five-door compact SUV with the familiar look and high body. Since 2019 it has also been built as a Sportback, which is what Audi calls the hatchback versions.
At the market launch, Audi emphasized that this hardly changed anything in terms of space, only the loading volume with the rear seat folded down was lower.
Dimensions (according to ADAC)
"Atypical" for an SUV, the Q is "very robust", writes the "Auto Bild TÜV Report 2023". This is particularly evident on the chassis, where drive shafts and steering in particular leave a good impression at the HU. Rust hardly ever occurs, play on the wheel suspensions is well below average.
The lighting components also perform better than many other models in the class. Foot and parking brakes as well as brake lines and hoses are just as reliable as the exhaust system. The emissions test (AU)? No problem. The second Q3 in particular often passes the check without any problems.
Broken springs and defective dampers are discovered comparatively often from the third general inspection at a vehicle age of seven. Already at the second appointment, worn brake discs are often a problem. Oil loss in the engine and transmission occurs in exceptional cases in eleven-year-old Q3s at the fifth HU.
With regard to its breakdown statistics, the ADAC writes: "The Q3 performs well to very well in all years." According to the club, no statistically relevant breakdown areas have emerged.
Market prices (according to "DAT Marktspiegel" by Deutsche Automobil Treuhand with statistically expected kilometers):