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The best Audi Q3 alternatives

December 18, 2015 by

The Audi Q3 is a proving very popular thanks to its high driving position, abundant interior space and upmarket image. Like all Audis, it’s impeccably well made and feels a cut above most other similarly-sized SUVs. If you aren’t taken with the Audi, however, there are some other premium SUVs that are just as capable.

We’ve put together a list of Q3 alternatives that deliver the same mixture of luxury, prestige and practicality. Remember to spec up your choice on our new car deals page to see how much carwow could help you save.

Range Rover Evoque

The baby of the Land Rover’s line up, the Range Rover Evoque draws influence from its larger siblings but condenses it into a desirable, compact SUV package. Build quality is top notch and leather and wood can be specified for the luxurious cabin. There’s a big boot too, with 550 litres on offer compared to the Audi’s 420.

While its low-slung body means it can’t match rugged SUVs off-road, its clever four-wheel-drive system makes light work of the occasional jaunt off the beaten track. Thanks to its premium aspirations, the Evoque is more expensive than the Q3 – expect to pay around £5,000 more for an equivalent model.

Spec up your perfect one in our Range Rover Evoque deals page – you’ll get great prices from the best Range Rover dealers.

Volkswagen Tiguan

Volkswagen’s new Tiguan will build on the outgoing car’s already fantastic build quality and abundant interior space. The all-new Tiguan looks spectacular thanks to bold styling and an even more practical cabin than before.

There’ll be a range of engines to choose from including a plug-in hybrid GTE model. We expect the new car to cost around £23,000 – potentially making it better value than the Q3.

With a new model on the way, there are often big discounts on the outgoing model – spec up the current one in our Volkswagen Tiguan deals page to see how much you could save.

Mercedes GLA

The A-Class-based Mercedes GLA is a comfortable and luxurious crossover. While it isn’t as capable off-road as some rivals, the added ride height means it’s still a doddle to drive around town. While it remains classy, the interior isn’t quite up to the quality of the Audi and the layout may put off some buyers.

A range of powerful petrols and diesels make up the engine selection, but most people will find the 2.1-litre diesel adequate. While it isn’t the fastest model, it’ll return more than 65mpg. It’s the only model available with a manual gearbox, too – pick a faster GLA and you get a smooth seven-speed automatic as standard.

Use our Mercedes GLA deals page to get great deals from Mercedes-approved dealers nationwide.

Lexus NX

The Lexus NX is the Japanese company’s attempt to tap in to the premium SUV market in Europe and, to some extent, it succeeds. The stylish interior can compete with the best European offerings while, under the bonnet, you have the option of a hybrid system. Pick it and you get great fuel efficiency and just a £30 annual road tax bill.

The NX falls down somewhat behind the wheel – it isn’t uncomfortable, but the overall experience lags behind the German cars Lexus hopes to take on. Nevertheless, there’s loads of space for rear passengers and standard equipment levels are generous. The striking front end means you’ll stand out in the car park, too.

If you like its looks, try our Lexus NX deals page to see how much carwow can help you save.


The BMW X1 offers a perfect mix of SUV practicality and sporting ability. This is a driver-focused crossover offering limited body roll, engaging handling and unflappable stability. There’s 505 litres of cargo room available in the boot, making it noticeably bigger than the Q3.

The least powerful 2.0-litre diesel produces 150hp and will return almost 70mpg – the perfect mix of performance and economy. Fitted with the four-wheel drive option, the X1 will take slippery lanes and icy roads in its stride.

Check out the savings on our BMW X1 deals page.

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