Yahoo! has published a "real world" review of the 2016 Audi Q3. I suppose that is opposed to a "fantasy world" review. Anyway, let me lay out the major points here for you guys.
The 2016 Audi Q3 costs between $33,700 and $42,175. It will compete with vehicles like the Mercedes-Benz GLA Clasee, Lexus NX, BMW X1 and Acura RDX. Cheaper alternatives include the Volkswagen Tiguan, Mazda CX-3, Hyundai Santa Fe Sport and Chevrolet Trax.
In short, the pros are are written as a "luxury car feel and appearance for a relatively normal budget." The cons are the the "engine feels a bit weedy and lacks character."
Now we get to the main part of the review. It answers, "Would I buy it with my own money?"
The Q3 is given a unethusiastic yes from the reviewer. He writes:
The interior is given good marks. There is a great interface and plenty of leather. You don't feel "shortchanged."Maybe, and I’d certainly take it above any of the alternative options listed above, even though said options would save me money. The Q3 drives well and remains plenty practical, but I wouldn’t call it particularly engaging.
The reviewer isn't quite as enthusiastic about the engine though. The 2.0-liter turbocharged four cylinder with 200 horsepower and 207 lb-ft of torque is described as "not quick," but capable of handling everyday bursts of speed.
Steering is nicely weighted thanks to the electric steering, though sport mode may make it too heavy.
Overall the Q3 gets good but not great comments:In many ways it feels like driving a more polished version VW's Tiguan, which isn’t meant as a negative — perhaps it speaks more to the competency of the Q3’s impecunious brother?
In all, I like the Q3. It boasts plenty of luggage space and rear legroom is sufficient for its relatively diminutive frame. Sure, the engine lacks character, but for the price of a loaded Chrysler 200, I’m willing to forgive.