Bantam-sized luxury SUVs are a trendy and growing niche. Tight European streets and high fuel prices explain their popularity there, but here they promise posh brand cachet and SUV attributes for a more attainable price. Unlike some direct competitors, the little Audi Q3 actually delivers a premium experience in a small package. Just don't expect a bargain price.
Based on the Volkswagen Tiguan, itself not too plebeian, the Q3 is quiet, rides comfortably and has a well-finished interior with comfortable seats and high feature content. The turbocharged four-cylinder engine supplies the goods with smooth, effortless acceleration. But this doesn't make the Q3 a rocket ship and its 22 mpg overall is somewhat disappointing, given the minute size.
In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.Read more about extended warranties