Pros: Sporty design, electric capabilities, high-tech interior
Cons: Space in rear, more expensive than regular Q3
The Audi Q3 Sportback is Audis more compact version of the popular Q3 family SUV. We tested the 45 TFSI e plug-in hybrid model on Irish roads.
Audi Q3 Sportback Desig
The Sportback model is designed to offer all the power and functionality of an SUV with the aesthetics and sportiness of a coupé.
From the front, the Sportback isn’t much different to the regular model. It’s got the same lights, grill and bumper as the Q3.
From the side you notice that the roofline dips away sooner giving a more sloped rear window and sharply cut lights.
Audi Q3 Sportback Interior
Inside, the cabin mirrors that of the regular Q3, with a multi-layered dashboard design, metal-effect trims and a sweeping glossy plastic panel that surrounds a 10-inch touchscreen.
Due to the sloping roof at the rear, passenger headroom/legroom in the back has been sacrificed. This has resulted in a bit of a cramped ride for taller adults, but fits children comfortably enough.
The charging cables are easily stored in the boot and don’t take up much of the impressive 530-litre capacity.
Audi Q3 Sportback Range & Battery
From 0% battery the TFSI e can be fully charged in about 3 hours 45 mins using the standard charging cable.
The 45 TFSI e plug-in hybrid combines an electric drive with a 1.4-litre petrol engine.
When you set-off, the car defaults into EV mode, which can give you an all-electric drive of up to 45-50 kilometres, depending on how you drive. This is ideal for short commutes or trips to the shop.
Audi Q3 Sportback Performance
The electric motor delivers that bit of extra power that definitely feels brisk for a car of this size, with a 0-100 kilometres in 7.3 seconds.
The Q3 Sportback offers a comfortable ride with very little road noise, particularly when you are driving in EV mode the cabin is virtually silent.
It’s light steering helps when manoeuvring at slow speeds, but the suspension can feel a little firm over bumps and potholes.
Audi Q3 Sportback Price Ireland
Pricing for the Q3 Sportback starts at €45,420, which is actually slightly more expensive than regular Q3 model.
If you want to go for the plug-in hybrid model like our test car, it starts from €49,180 for the entry-level SE trim.
So should you buy the Audi Q3 Sportback? If you are looking for a great-looking premium compact SUV with electric capability it is just that. But if its practicality you’re after and plan to carry passengers in the back, you might be better off going for the regular Q3 at a slightly cheaper price.