The Audi Q3 takes typical Audi attributes such as style, quality and inimitable brand prestige into a popular class: the compact crossover. As such, it’s unsurprising to see so many on the roads each day.
This does make it hard to find a colour in Audi‘s palette that’ll let your new Q3 stand out – but carwow is here to help you choose. Read through our guide below, peruse the pictures, and see what kind of deals we can fetch for you on a brand new Q3.
It’s worth noting that on the range-topping Audi RS Q3, its paint shades – Shell White, Floret Silver, Glacier White, Mythos Black, Samoa Orange, Daytona Grey, Misano Red and Sepang Blue are all free.
Non-metallic, solid, or ‘standard’ colours as Audi likes to call them, are the Q3′s zero-cost paintwork options. There are just two basic colours, but if you want to keep your Q3 simple and your budget low, both are worth a look. Importantly, both are popular shades that won’t cause you embarrassment in the Tesco car park.
Shell White (£0)
White is very much in-vogue right now, but on the Q3 it actually looks a little plain. Our best suggestion here is to avoid picking the £100 “full paint finish” option, which whites-out the wheel arches, side skirts and lower bumper trim. The whitewashed effect is less appealing than the more rugged unpainted sections, which also break up the Q3′s large flanks a little better than the all-white look.
Brilliant black (£0)
Anybody, they say, looks good in black, and the same is true for the Q3. As a solid colour, it lacks the shine of Audi’s Mythos Black metallic, but under the UK’s dreary skies few people are likely to notice. Given that you don’t pay a penny extra for Brilliant Black, it’s worth a shot.
Metallic paint is almost a default option for new car buyers, and Audi’s £525 range of hues is pretty much par for the course as far as extra costs go. Small metallic flakes in the paintwork help the shades pop in the sun, and give them a bit more depth compared to their non-metallic counterparts. Provided you don’t pick something too “out there”, metallic paint will help ensure strong resale value too.
Floret Silver (£525)
Inconspicuous but simple, Floret silver is almost the default choice for Audi owners. The Q3 works well in this shade, but if there’s a downside it’s that you’ll probably see a dozen identical models on your morning commute.
Platinum beige (£525)
This shade seems particularly light-sensitive. Audi’s configurator image is pretty accurate in perfect lighting conditions, but on the road Platinum Beige can be hard to differentiate from a regular silver. Still, there’s a bit more depth to it and it won’t be quite as common, so it’s worth considering.
Mythos black (£525)
A good alternative to the non-metallic Brilliant Black, Mythos Black combines the depth and class of a black paint with a metallic texture. It suits the Q3′s shape and is always a strong choice as far as resale value is concerned. Just remember that black cars look terrible when dirty, so you’ll need to be handy with a sponge!
Samoa Orange (£525)
Want a lively colour for your Audi Q3, a shade that stands out? Then considered your prayers answered – Samoa Orange is bright, looks good, and is a proper attention-grabber. Like the smaller A1, this particular shade of metallic orange works well in conjunction with the vehicle’s styling.
Tundra brown (£525)
The 1970s are back – sort of. Brown is once again springing back into fashion on cars, though this time it’s all about metallics rather than dull British Leyland shades. Brown is earthy and has an air of quiet expense, which might suit those looking for a mature yet distinctive shade for their Q3.
Monsoon grey (£525)
Monsoon grey works brilliantly on the Q3. Despite preconceptions of the colour grey it’s far from dull and – helped by the metallic shine – it’s a great alternative to the default whites and silvers. Grey has a neat way of picking up ambient light, too: mean and moody when the skies are dull, but deep and lustrous when it’s blue overhead. Pair it with dark alloys, and you have a winner in your hands.
Cobalt Blue (£525)
It might not be as eye-catching as some of the brighter colours here, but catch it on a sunny day and Cobalt Blue looks classy and expensive. It works well with Audi’s range of silver-painted alloys – they add a bit of contrast – but under duller skies the shade can fade to an indistinct black, so may not be to all tastes.
Glacier White (£525)
An alternative to plain white, this metallic shade of white looks better on the Audi Q3. It’s got an icier appearance than the plain Shell White, and it’s a little more sharp, modern and fashionable as a result. Worth the extra £525, we reckon.
These are hard to miss. Pearl finish paints come with a trademark shine, which is slightly more than what the metallic paints offer. Audi has two such colours (apart from the exclusive and custom paints) for the Q3.
Misano red (£525)
Hurrah – a truly bright, vibrant shade! Misano Red looks great on the Q3, particularly on sportier trim lines like the S Line package, but isn’t quite as pearlescent as we’d like. Consider it simply a bright, vibrant red that you have to pay extra for, and you’ll be happy enough.
Daytona grey (£525)
Available only on the S Line models, Daytona Grey is darker shade than the metallic Monsoon grey, and doesn’t look too bad next to the S Line’s larger alloy wheels and distinctive chrome trimmings. At the same time, it’s not the best option for making your Q3 stand out in the school-run queue.
Sepang blue (£0)
A pearlescent shade? For free? Yes, but only if you’ve bought the range-topping RS Q3, because that’s the only model Sepang Blue is available on. That’s a shame, because it looks awesome on the compact Q3 – a deep pearlescent royal blue that really highlights the RS model’s chunky body kit.
Audi Exclusive colours
Are you sitting down? You’ll need to be when you tick the box for one of Audi’s hundred or so exclusive shades, because each one costs £2,025. It’s a pity they’re so expensive because the Exclusive range opens up so many interesting options that should be available to all – vibrant blues, greens, a raft of classy browns, a handful of beautiful purples and more. If you’re one of those rare types who keeps a car until it crumbles then the extra joy you’ll get from a really personalised colour could be well worth the two-grand asking price. But if you chop and change every few years, you’ll never see return on that huge investment.
What to know more about the Q3?
You can read more about Audi’s popular crossover in our full Audi Q3 review section. Here you’ll find more photos, aggregated critics’ reviews, engine statstics and more.