2018 Audi Q3 vs. Its Competition

2018 Audi Q3
Kirk Bell Kirk Bell Senior Editor

Luxury automakers are getting into the small crossover game with mixed results.

The BMW X1 features a front-drive platform like the Q3, but it doesn’t feel as premium as Audi’s entry even though it may have more room.

The Mercedes-Benz GLA offers a much sportier AMG edition, but the standard GLA 250 rides too harshly.

The Infiniti QX30 is a clone of the QX30 mechanically with styling all its own and without the high-performance model.

For about the same price as a Q3, you can have the Acura RDX, which is larger, offers V-6 power, and is more refined.

At the lower end of the spectrum is the Buick Encore, which is small and fairly fun to drive, but offers little power and has awkward styling and no cachet.

2018 Audi Q32018 Audi Q3
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2018 Acura RDX2018 Acura RDX
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2018 BMW X12018 BMW X1
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2018 Buick Encore2018 Buick Encore
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2018 Infiniti QX302018 INFINITI QX30
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2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA200d (Euro-spec)2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA Class
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Quick Specs
The 2018 Audi Q3 offers a fun-to-drive alternative to the entry compact luxury car, but with more utility. Versus its rivals, it delivers more ride comfort and interior refinement, but less fuel efficiency.
Consider the 2018 Acura RDX if you’re after a budget-conscious crossover that rides and drives well.
The 2018 BMW X1 is a compelling crossover pick for a budget BMW buyer who can’t do without a roundel.
The 2018 Buick Encore does the pint-size crossover thing well, although it lacks some safety tech and gets pricey with options.
The 2018 Infiniti QX30 stands apart from the crowd based on its styling, but it’s also worth considering for its zippy handling.
The 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class blends hatchback with crossover, with better than mixed results.
MSRP From     
Gas Mileage     
20 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy24 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Premium Unleaded V-6Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Turbocharged I4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
EPA Class     
Compact CarsSmall SUV 2WDLarge Cars2WD Sport Utility VehicleCompact CarsSmall SUV 2WD
Style Name     
2.0 TFSI Premium FWDFWDsDrive28i Sports Activity VehicleFWD 4-DoorBase FWDGLA 250 SUV
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
Passenger Doors     
Body Style     
Sport UtilitySport UtilitySports Activity VehicleSport Utility VehicleSport UtilitySport Utility
Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomaticAuto-Shift Manual w/ODAuto-Shift Manual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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