2021 Audi Q3 vs. Its Competition

2021 Audi Q3
Aaron Cole Aaron Cole Managing Editor

The Audi Q3 most often competes with the GLA Class from Mercedes and X1 from BMW.

The X1 is our pick to drive, and a new GLA is on the way.

The Cadillac XT4 is slightly larger than the Q3, but not as fun to drive.

The Acura RDX has a gutsy turbo-4 and 10-speed that are compelling, but its infotainment is confusing.

The Volvo XC40 is the stylish pick of the bunch, but it is smaller and could be too cute for many buyers.

2021 Audi Q32021 Audi Q3
2020 Acura RDX2020 Acura RDX
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2020 BMW X12020 BMW X1
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2020 Cadillac XT42020 Cadillac XT4
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2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC 63 S Coupe first drive review2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC Class
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2020 Volvo XC402020 Volvo XC40
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Quick Specs
The 2021 Audi Q3 is bulky but not brash, with good tech and space inside for passengers and gear.
The 2020 Acura RDX is a stylish, strong-performing crossover SUV worthy of a place on any shopping list.
The 2020 BMW X1 welcomes crossover shoppers into the luxury brand with a good price and nice features.
The 2020 Cadillac XT4 hits the compact-crossover mark, but be prepared to spend up for optional extras that ought to be standard by now.
The 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class is comfortable and quiet, with few rivals in among small luxury crossovers.
The 2020 Volvo XC40 honed in on the Netflix and Stitch Fix crowd, with smart dynamics and style and an all-in subscription plan.
MSRP From     
Gas Mileage     
20 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy23 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy
Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Turbocharged Gas I4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4
EPA Class     
Small SUV 4WDSmall SUV 2WDLarge CarsSmall Sport Utility VehicleSmall SUV 2WDSmall SUV 2WD
Style Name     
Premium 40 TFSI quattroFWDsDrive28i Sports Activity VehicleFWD 4-Door LuxuryGLC 300 SUVT4 FWD Momentum
All Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
Passenger Doors     
Body Style     
quattro Sport UtilitySport UtilitySports Activity VehicleSport Utility VehicleSport UtilitySport Utility
Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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