Audi Q2 vs Q3 – SUV comparison

March 31, 2022 by

If you’re after an Audi SUV, there are plenty to choose from. But which should you buy between the entry Audi Q2 and the slightly larger Audi Q3? Keep reading for a breakdown and comparison to help you decide.

Ultimately, the Audi Q2 is a small SUV, similar to a BMW X1 or Mercedes GLA. The Audi Q3 is slightly larger and is an alternative to the BMW X3 and Mercedes GLC.

Audi Q2 Audi Q3
Engines Petrol:
1.0-litre: 110hp
1.5-litre: 150hp
2.0-litre: 190hpDiesel:
2.0-litre: 150hp
2.0-litre: 265hpDiesel:
2.0-litre: 204hpPlug-in hyrid:
2.0-litre petrol: 299hp
Gearboxes Six-speed manual
Seven-speed automatic
Seven-speed automatic
Six-speed manual
Boot space 405-litres 550-litres
Dimensions Length: 4,191mm
Width: 2,009mm
Height: 1,508mm
Length: 4663mm
Width: 1,893
Height: 1,659mm
Euro NCAP rating Five stars Five stars
Trims and equipment highlights Technik: 16-inch alloy wheels, cruise control, rear parking sensors,
air consitioning 7-inch infotainment systemSport: 17-inch alloy, sat-nav, eight-speaker stereo, red interior trimS Line: 18-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, sports body kit
Sports seats, flat-bottomed steering wheel
Sport: Touchscreen infotainment with Apple CarPlay and Android
Auto, heated leater seats, sat-nav, electric lumbar supportS Line: 19-inch alloy wheels, Alcantara interior trim, Apple CarPlay
and Android Auto, S Line bodykitEdition 1: 20-inch alloy wheels, Virtual Cockpit, Matrix LED
headlights, reversing cameraVorsprung: 21-inch alloy wheels, adaptive suspension,
Panoramic roof, 8.3-inch infotainment system, LED headlights

Audi Q2 vs Q3 styling

Usually, Audi models look very similar to each other but, in the case of the Q2 and Q3, there are more obvious differences. The Q2’s front end is dominated by the usual hexagonal Audi grille featuring a thick frame and flanked by flat headlights. The Q3, on the other hand, gets much more angled headlights and a wider grille giving it bolder features overall.

Another noticeable departure from the Audi norm is the heavy contouring on top of the car’s doors and the contrasting panel that sits behind the Q2’s rear windows, giving the illusion of separating the roof from the car’s body. The Q3 looks more modern, thanks mainly to it’s newer platform. you get more angular headlights, as well as snazzy LED daytime running lights.

The Audi Q3 is larger than the Q2, giving it more presence on the road. However this does mean the Q2 will be easier to drive in town thanks to its smaller dimensions.

Audi Q2 vs Q3 styling
Car Length Width (including door mirrors) Height Wheelbase
Audi Q2 4,191mm 2,009mm 1,508mm 2,595mm
Audi Q3 4,388mm 2,019mm 1,608mm 2,603mm

Audi Q2 vs Q3 interior

The Q2’s interior is starting to show its age now as it was lifted from the previous model Audi A3. It can feature the optional Audi Virtual Cockpit in place of traditional dials. The latest version of Audi’s MMI infotainment system sits atop the dashboard and is controlled by a rotary controller on the centre console.

The Audi Q2’s interior is lifted from the previous generation Audi A3

The Q3’s cockpit is equally well designed and very high quality and, next to the Q2, looks a lot more modern. You can tell that the design comes from Audi’s latest range of cars, as it closely mimics the new Audi A3.

The Audi Q3’s cabin is the more The Q3’s cabin is the more modern looking of the two

Overall, the Audi Q3 has the nicest interior, and it’s better equipped as well. You’ll pay a premium for it however, and the Q2’s cabin is still nicely built.

Audi Q2 vs Q3 boot space
Car Boot space (rear seats up) Boot space (rear seats folded)
Audi Q2 405 litres 1,050 litres
Audi Q3 420 litres 1,325 litres

Audi Q2 vs Q3 driving

The Q2 has a choice of front or four-wheel drive, but cars specced with the latter get a more sophisticated rear suspension setup that improves traction and grip. Adaptive suspension is available as an option, allowing the driver to choose between a comfortable or sporty ride at the touch of a button.

The Q3 can also be chosen in front or four-wheel drive configurations, and can be had with adaptive suspension. However, the S Line trim may bit a bit too harsh for some. Nevertheless, the Q3 handles well enough on country roads, feeling secure and stable. If it’s fu you’re after though, you’ll be better off with something like a BMW X3.

Neither car is a born off-roader, so we’d advise against paying extra for four-wheel drive unless you really need it – the front-wheel drive variants provide more than enough grip for all-season on-road duties.

Audi Q2 vs Q3 engines

The Q2 is available with a range of turbocharged petrol engines between 1.0 and 2.0-litres, as well as a 2.0-litre diesel. There’s a choice of manual or automatic gearboxes, and two or four-wheel drive, so there’s a configuration to suit any buyer.

The Q3 is heavier so loses out on the lower-powered engines. You can have a 2.0-litre petrol with 265hp, as well as a selection of diesels. Manual and automatic gearboxes are available, with the auto being the top choice. It suits the character of the Q3 and makes the drive more relaxed.

Audi Q2 vs Q3 safety and reliability

Both the Audi Q3 and Audi Q2 scored the maximum five stars in their latest Euro NCAP safety tests, so you can rest assured that you and your occupants will be protected in the event of an accident.

As for reliability, there are no horror stories to report with either of these cars. All Audi models come with a three year warranty, with unlimited mileage for the first two years, so any faults that crop up should be dealt with free of charge.

Audi Q2 vs Q3 price and running costs

The Audi Q2 starts from £24,870. At the time of writing, you can get one through carwow from £21,151*

The Q3 sits above the Q2 in Audi’s range, so. it’s no surprise that it’s a touch more expensive. It starts from £31,265, however you can get one through carwow from £30,506* (at the time of writing)

Running costs will depend on which engine you pick, however they are all pretty efficient. The diesels will be best for all-out fuel economy in both these cars, however you should see over 40mpg out of all models.

Audi Q2 vs Q3 verdict

Both the Audi Q2 and Q3 offer high-quality cabins, a wide range of engines and the choice of two or four-wheel drive meaning there’ll be a Q2 or Q3 to suit everyone. Combine this flexibility with good reliability and strong residual values, and both cars make a tempting proposition.

Ultimately, the Q2 is a smaller car than the Q3 so is more suited to buyers who prioritise style over absolute practicality. Equally, its position below the Q3 means it offers a more affordable entry point into Audi ownership.

The Q3 is a slightly bigger car aimed at small families.  It’s also go the best interior and more modern styling overall. You’ll pay a premium for this however, but it may be worth paying the extra.

*Prices correct at the time of writing

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