Audi Q2 Vs Audi Q3: Moneyshake Compares< Back to blog
Looking for a premium, compact SUV on a budget? The Audi Q2 and Audi Q3 are two great options. Both are award-winning models, with the former having one of the best interiors in the small SUV class. Slightly bigger – the Q3 has less of a sporty, slick design, but is brilliant at offering class-leading space and comfort.
Want to find out more about the differences between the Q2 and Q3? We pit these two plush family cars against one another to help you decide which one is best.
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Audi has been accused many times of making models that look very similar to one another, but this isn’t so for the Q2 and Q3.
The smaller, more athletic Q2 looks very different to the larger Q3 from the front. When you look at the grille of the Q3, you’ll notice that the hexagonal shape differs slightly from the Q2’s, which has a more rectangle-shaped grille and chequered bars for a more striking look. On top of this, the headlights on boths cars differ too – the Q3’s are flat, while the Q2 gets angled ones for a meaner look.
Accentuating the sportiness of the Audi Q2 is the use of a newer platform than its bigger brother Q3. The result is that the Q2 gets more sculpting for its body, whereas the Q3 is based on an older platform, which still looks sporty. 17in alloy wheels, a diffuser in grained anthracite and a bumper with wheel arch trims and side sill trims with grained black matt are all standard features.
When it comes to size, the Audi Q3 is a whopping 300mm longer and 100mm taller than the Q2. By no means does this make the Q2 impractical though (we’ll explain how size differences impacts practicality and performance of both these cars later on.)
Interior design and space
As we mentioned earlier, the interior of the Audi Q2 is one of the best in the business. Even though it was lifted directly from the previous generation Audi A3, this is actually good news. Why? Well, there are handy physical shortcut buttons and switches in easy-to-reach places that make it very functional.
This isn’t the standout part of the Q2’s cabin though. That merit goes to the Virtual Cockpit which essentially digitises the driver display behind the steering wheel, using an impressive 12.3in screen with sharp graphics. Backing this up is a central 8.3in touchscreen infotainment system which is one of the best in its class. The simple rotary controller is far less distracting than some other rivals’ setups, while it comes with all the essential features you’ll need – Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity, DAB radio and USB sockets.
Endless personalisation options for the Audi Q2’s interior, plus the quality of the soft-touch materials on top of the dash, are fantastic. Only the Mini Countryman can claim to have an interior styled this good.
Similarly, the Audi Q3 feels far from cheap inside. However, it doesn’t hit the same level of premium quality like the Q2 does. There are more cheap-feeling plastics further down in the car below the air conditioning controls and around the gearstick.
Nevertheless the Q3 does have a trick up its sleeve that gives it an advantage over the Q2: comfort. Features such as dual-zone automatic climate control and a silver cloth headlining are things absent from the Q2’s equivalent Technik specification.
The Audi Q3 is the clear winner when it comes to interior space and has the true SUV feel when you step inside. Head, leg and shoulder room is very generous in the back for people who are over six foot. Most importantly, taller passengers in the back won’t feel their knees pressed up against the back of the front seats.
As standard, all Q3 models get the flexible 40/20/40 split folding rear seats too. And with its 530-litre boot, the individually-folding rear seats come in handy for when you’re carrying more luggage than people.
There isn’t the same level of space or flexibility in the Q2, but this is to be expected seen as though it’s more compact. You’ll still be able to fit a couple of six-footers in the back, though leg and head room is tighter. A silver lining is that, unlike the Q3, a centre rear armrest with integrated cupholders is standard.
Moving round to the cargo area of the Q2 and it really isn’t a bad size – 355 litres in total. Unforunately, 40/20/40 split folding rear seats are only available on the top-spec Vorsprung trim, but you could save money by choosing a Q3 if you really wanted this function.
Performance and price
Both the Audi Q2 and Q3 are available with front or four-wheel drive (badged ‘Quattro’). Every Q2 has a firm, sporty suspension which stops you from being thrown about when you go through corners. Despite this, when you get up to motorway speeds in the Q2, it still feels composed and smooth.
Top-spec Vorsprung trims are available with an adaptive suspension which allows you to choose between a soft or firm ride.
We’d recommend avoiding the firmer suspension setup in the Audi Q3 which features in the likes of the S Line spec. It’s a shame that it feels too harsh because this is one of the best-looking versions of the Q3.
Engines are strong across both models, with turbocharged petrol units starting with 1.0-litre and 2.0-litre sizes.
The Q3 is the only one to offer a 1.4-litre plug-in hybrid engine which would be a fantastic option for a company car. Its combined fuel economy of 141mpg and low CO2 emissions (44g/km) make it a cheap business lease option thanks to it falling into the lower end of the BiK (Benefit-in-Kind) tax bracket.
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