The Audi Q3 is the ideal car for those looking to have a commanding view of the road, but still be able to park up easily at the local supermarket. With decent levels of technology and legendary build quality, the Q3 is the perfect car for young families, as well as older drivers who are looking for a bit more space. However, with a vast amount of trim levels and specifications to choose from, picking the right Audi Q3 can be tricky. That’s why we’ve picked out three of the best, taking into account three different price points.
The smart choice for saving money – Audi Q3 SE
The SE sits at the base of the Q3 specifications, but still comes with a decent amount of standard equipment. On the outside you’ll find 17-inch alloy wheels, alongside full Xenon headlights with daytime running lights.
Brightening up the exterior are aluminium roof rails and aluminium window trims, which add to the Q3’s already dynamic styling.
Inside, there’s front sports seats with electric lumbar adjustment, and ISOFIX child seats mounting for all of the rear seats. These seats, incidentally, fold completely flat providing owners with an even bigger load area.
The SE also comes with Bluetooth phone connection and a DAB radio with 8 speakers. Rear parking sensors are also fitted as standard, meaning that those not used to a slightly larger car will be able to park with ease.
The Audi Q3 does command a premium over other makes even in base specification, with the SE retailing at £24,965 for the 2.0-litre diesel engine.
The smart choice for those on a budget – Audi Q3 S-Line
For those looking for a slightly more premium image and a few more buttons to press, the S-Line Q3 is the best choice. It builds on the already impressive level of equipment fitted to the SE.
To begin with, the 17-inch alloy wheels on the SE are replaced for larger 18-inch twin spoke design units. All weather LED with dynamic rear indicators are now also added, which have an even better reach in bad conditions when compared to the standard lights. You’ll see a headlight washer system added, too.
Along with a rear spoiler, the S-Line is treated to a full-body paint finish, which applies to front and rear bumpers, as well as the wheel arch trims. This gives the Q3 an image that would usually be seen on much larger and more expensive vehicles. There’s added S-Line logos as well.
A power-operated rear tailgate makes access to the boot much easier, which will come in handy when loading much larger items.
You’ll also find a leather interior with S-Line embossing on the front seat headrests, as well as a leather-trimmed multifunction steering wheel giving access to the car’s major controls via the wheel.
With the extra equipment on board, there is an added premium with the Q3 S-Line coming in at £29,055.
The smart choice for technophiles – Audi Q3 S-Line Plus
If you’re looking for as many buttons to press as possible, then the Q3 S-Line Plus is the right car for you.
On the outside, those already-large 18-inch wheels from the S-Line come out, and are replaced by 19-inch ones, giving the Q3 an even more purposeful look. With automatic high beam assist, driving at night becomes even less of a chore.
Privacy glass helps with security, as well as giving the Q3 a discreet look. Although the S-Line Plus trim gives an added look to the exterior, it’s inside that the change can really be seen.
Now, drivers will find seats trimmed in perforated alcantara upholstery, with S-Line embossing on the front seats. A perforated leather gear knob also adds to the sporty look of the interior. An auto-dimming rear view mirror is also fitted, which helps with night time driving.
The biggest benefit of the S-Line Plus specification is the MMI navigation system that comes fitted as standard, which incorporates a full mapping system as well as DAB radio and Bluetooth phone connection. This can be operated via the wheel mounted controls, or the voice control system allowing the driver to change tracks or accept calls without having to take their eyes off the road.
The S-Line Plus does come with a larger price tag than even the S-Line, retailing at £32,835 before options.
After completing his university studies in English and Creative Writing in Cardiff, Jack is now a full time motoring writer at Blackball Media. His love of cars stems from his childhood years when he began to live and breathe all-things automotive.
March 18, 2016