The Q3 is a pleasant SUV that packs luxury and practicality into a small package.
A turbocharged 228-hp, 2.0-liter four-cylinder paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission makes for lively, predictable acceleration and smooth shifts, but the engine can sound raspy.
Handling is sharp and predictable, and the ride skews firm.
All-wheel drive is standard.
The Q3's 23 mpg overall fuel economy is not stellar but at least it takes regular-grade gasoline.
An uncluttered dashboard features well-labeled buttons and an easy-to-use touch screen.
Fit and finish is very good, the front seats are supportive, and the roomy rear seat can slide forward to make more space for cargo.
Oddly, a heated steering wheel is not available.
Thick pillars at the rear hinder visibility, but blind spot warning is optional.