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Audi Q2 vs. Q3: which is better?

Can’t decide between an Audi Q2 or Q3 SUV? Learn more about these impressive models in our comparison review

The Audi Q2 and Audi Q3 alongside each other

Q2 vs. Q3 Audi models

The Audi Q2 and Audi Q3 are two of the impressive SUVs in Audi’s Q lineup.

They’re both great options if you’re on the market for a practical and spacious model that doesn’t sacrifice on luxuries.

You can also find affordable deals on a used Audi, and this can mean higher-spec models for less than they'd cost brand-new.

Find out how each model fares in our Audi Q2 vs. Audi Q3 comparison, as we weigh up the benefits of each SUV.

Audi Q2 vs. Q3: styling

A comparison showing the alloys and front bumpers of the Audi Q2 and Q3

The Audi Q3 and Q2 models both come from a manufacturer that favours timeless styling with a clear premium edge – so you know they’re both going to look good.

They both have the same Audi-styled touches when it comes to design – think chunky grilles, lots of chrome, and frowning headlights. However, the Q3 gets the largest grille, which is wider than the standard hexagonal option that usually sits on the front of Audi models.

This is fitting, as the Q3 is the larger of the two and favours bolder styling. It features a more-coupé-style body than the sporty, estate feel that the Q2 has going on.

You can also choose different trim levels to boost the look of each model. The Black Edition trim adds touches like black alloys, while the S line offers rear seat privacy glass.

If you want to save money on top-spec trim options, choosing a used Audi Q2 or Q3 model is a great way to get premium options at a lower price.

Audi Q2 vs. Q3: what are they like to drive?

A comparison of the Audi Q2 and Q3 driving

You can get an Audi Q2 or Q3 with a choice of all-wheel drive or front-wheel powertrains, and a choice of petrol and diesel engines. The Audi Q3 also comes as a hybrid so you can maximise your efficient driving.

For another economical option, the Q2 comes with 1.6-litre diesel engine that’s only available on the used car market. The 2.0 TDI model is capable of up to 58.9mpg, according to official statistics.

When it comes to driving, both the Q3 and Q2 feel smooth and agile. They both offer easy steering that makes for a comfortable drive, and a suspension setup that does well for grip.

The Audi Q2 would be better suited for casual family driving and feels at home cruising around town.

When it comes to the difference between the Q2 and Q3, the Audi Q3 might be the better choice if you want something that’s nippy with more powerful engine options. A diesel model like the 2.0-litre 40 TDI model is ideal if you want to lug large loads.

There’s also the Audi Q3 TFSI e model for some hybrid power, which offers up to 31 miles in electric mode.

You’ll also get a choice of automatic Audi Q2 and Q3 models plus classic manuals – each feeling smooth and responsive in its own way.

Audi Q2 vs. Q3: interior and technology

A comparison of the interior in the Audi Q2 and Q3

A luxe Audi interior is something you can be certain of. Both the Audi Q2 and Audi Q3 cabins are sleek, high-quality, and decked out in tech.

The Audi Q2 feels premium throughout, especially with the S Line trim that offers leather-trimmed seats and steering wheel.

In the Q2, a seven-inch MMI infotainment system is perched on the dashboard and acts as the control centre for your car.

The Q3 model offers an interior that feels even fancier. The infotainment system is upgraded to a 10.1-inch touchscreen, and you’ll also get a 10.25-inch Virtual Cockpit with built-in sat-nav.

Both models have options for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity, with the Q3 getting this included as standard.

A comparison of the backseat in the Audi Q2 and Audi Q3

Audi Q2 vs. Q3: bootspace and practicality

These SUVs are built for practicality with a luxury feel, but the Audi Q2 might be the better option if you want something more compact.

The Q2 is Audi’s smallest SUV but still has a comfortable cabin. The rear seats are more suited for smaller passengers, so ideal if you travel with kids.

You’ll also get a 405-litre boot in the Q2, which is smaller than the Renault Captur and the BMW X1 but still generous for daily use.

The Audi Q3 is a huge step-up if you need space, offering 675 litres in the boot with the seats pushed forward and a spacious cabin.

If your family is growing and getting taller, this one might be the better choice for rear-seat comfort.

Both cars are massively practical overall despite their luxury feel – they feel hard-wearing and high-quality, so you know they’ll stand up to daily use.

This high-quality can mean that repairs are more expensive, as premium cars require premium parts. The advantage is that this increases the reliability of your vehicle and you should need to make fewer repairs in the long run.

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Audi Q2 vs. Q3: safety and reliability

It’s good news when it comes to safety – both the Audi Q3 and Q2 were awarded a full five-star safety rating on their most recent Euro NCAP test.

The Audi Q2 was last crash-tested in 2016 so the rating has officially expired, but models still come with a brilliant range of safety tech to give you peace of mind on your travels.

Both cars come with Audi Pre-Sense System that closes the windows and tightens seatbelts if it senses an accident, and you can also add features like adaptive cruise control, traffic sign recognition and a 360-degree camera.

They score well for reliability too, gaining positive reviews from drivers and performing well in consumer reliability surveys.

Audi has a reputation for producing high-quality machines that can be depended on, so you know you’re getting a car you can trust.


Audi Q2

Length: 4208mm

Width: 1794mm

Height: 1508mm

Boot space: 405-litres

Audi Q3

Length: 4484mm

Width: 1856mm

Height: 1616mm

Boot space: 530 to 675-litres

Verdict: Audi Q2 vs. Audi Q3: which should you buy?

The Audi Q2 and Audi Q3 are both brilliant SUVs in their own right. They’re gorgeously-designed, have some impressive engine offerings, and do well for safety and reliability.

You might prefer a Q2 if you don’t want too much extra space but want a luxury SUV that’s a practical choice. It’s great for smaller families, with a good-sized boot and a comfortable cabin.

If you like the Q2, you could also consider the BMW X1 or the Citroen C5 Aircross for a lower price point option.

If you need more room than the Q2 can offer, the Audi Q3 is a seriously spacious option that has a massive boot and plenty of space in the cabin. It’s also available as a hybrid for improved efficiency.

If you’re considering an alternative to the Q3, you could consider the Ford Kuga or Mercedes-Benz GLA.

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