Audi Q3 vs Vary Rover Evoque vs Volvo XC40


It looks like virtually each week a brand new premium SUV arrives available on the market. Have a look at the quantity on sale right this moment and it’s no shock that competitors is shut on this sector, with producers releasing ever extra of those massively worthwhile fashions.

Audi was one firm that cottoned on to the recognition of SUVs early on, and it has been providing a convincing automobile within the compact premium SUV class for years, within the form of the Q3. 

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We examined the brand new, second-generation mannequin in the beginning of the 12 months in petrol kind, however diesel engines are nonetheless big sellers at this value level, so the 40 TDI takes centre stage on this take a look at – and it’ll must compete towards our present favorite within the sector, the Vary Rover Evoque. It’s extra upmarket and sensible than ever, however then so is the Q3. 

Each arrived quickly after the Volvo XC40 stole the title of greatest small premium SUV, and the D4 variant is right here on this take a look at as a benchmark to see how the Q3 fares towards some massively gifted opposition.

We’re testing this trio in sportier trims, however which provides the perfect mixture of talents?

Audi Q3

Mannequin: Audi Q3 40 TDI quattro S tronic S line
Value: £38,115
Engine: 2.Zero-litre 4cyl, 187bhp 
Zero-60mph: Eight.Zero seconds
Check economic system: 39.8mpg/Eight.8mpl 
CO2:  147g/km
Annual street tax: £145

We’ve examined the Audi Q3 in petrol kind (Problem 1,556), however now it’s the flip of the diesel to satisfy its hardest contenders. We put the favored 40 TDI quattro S line model with S tronic computerized gearbox by means of its paces right here. It prices £38,115.

Design & engineering

The Q3 was one of many final small Audis to maneuver to the model’s MQB platform, however as a result of the modular chassis has been up to date over time, the Q3 is among the most fashionable automobiles round – together with its engine and security tech.

Audi’s complicated naming technique means the Q3 40 TDI is powered by a 2.Zero-litre four-cylinder turbodiesel that produces 187bhp and 400Nm of torque. Quattro four-wheel drive is customary with this engine, and so is the seven-speed dual-clutch computerized transmission, which Audi calls S tronic. As with its rivals, you get a multi-link axle taking good care of suspension management on the rear, whereas the trio all function strut-type suspension on the entrance.

There are driving modes within the Audi, and should you go for the £750 adaptive dampers, these totally different settings change the suspension’s parameters, together with the steering, engine and gearbox calibration.

Nonetheless, it’s possible that value, tools and high quality can be an even bigger draw on this sector. S line trim will get sat-nav, Audi’s Digital Cockpit show, half-leather upholstery, LED lights, local weather management, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and a great deal of intelligent security package and driver aids, in addition to the choice so as to add extra. You’ll must spend additional on package corresponding to a rear digital camera and heated leather-based seats; the Evoque will get these as customary.

Cabin high quality may additionally increase a number of eyebrows in locations when put next with the Vary Rover’s inside. Some plastics don’t really feel as premium as we’d like, or as the value would recommend. It’s not as noticeable within the areas you don’t contact, however is clear within the locations that you’ll.


Downsized turbocharged petrols are nice and might be fairly environment friendly, however in bigger automobiles such because the Q3, a 2.Zero-litre turbodiesel provides an honest stage of flexibility, and due to this fact makes the Audi simple to drive.

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That confirmed in our efficiency checks. Regardless that this isn’t crucial function of a small SUV, the Q3’s Eight.Zero-second Zero-60mph time was the quickest of this trio, Zero.2 seconds forward of the Volvo. That’s because of standard-fit launch management as a part of the S tronic gearbox, in addition to sharp shifts. Nonetheless, the trade-off is just a little lack of low-speed driveability when manoeuvring in contrast with its typical computerized rivals.

Regardless of its robust dash off the road and full-throttle tempo by means of the gears, the Q3 didn’t show fairly as versatile as its rivals in-gear – though it’s removed from gradual and serves up sufficient punch.

On 19-inch wheels the Q3 displays an issue that afflicts fairly a number of of the automobiles based mostly on the VW Group’s MQB platform – it feels a bit too agency and its damping might be a bit extra forgiving. The Audi fidgets and jostles when put next with its rivals right here.

It’s definitely not uncomfortable, although, and on smoother surfaces the Audi settles all the way down to an honest sufficient cruise. The marginally firmer trip does at the least give the automobile precision on twistier routes. Its steering is mild however correct, because of the first rate stage of grip, though as with all of those automobiles, the upper trip peak in contrast with a extra typical hatchback means there may be noticeable roll.


The expansion in measurement for this second-generation Q3 means there’s rather more house inside than earlier than. The rear seats slide backwards and forwards, so there’s between 530 and 675 litres of boot house, which is considerably greater than its rivals right here – neither the Evoque or XC40 breaks the 500-litre mark. Plus, the Q3 is the one automobile to get a powered tailgate as customary.

It’s additionally roomier inside, with extra leg and headroom for passengers than the Vary Rover or Volvo. Nonetheless, that’s to not say that both rival feels cramped compared. So whereas the Q3 is the most important automobile on this take a look at, there’s sufficient house in each rivals for it to not be a difficulty. Storage is affordable, however the tray on the backside of the Q3’s centre console isn’t the simplest to get at. 


These three marques commerce on their premium picture, however truly none carried out that nicely within the eyes of homeowners, with Audi taking a middling 16th place in our Driver Energy proprietor satisfaction survey. 

Nonetheless, the Q3 is rather more spectacular in relation to the usual security tech, as a result of autonomous braking with pedestrian detection, lane-keep help, blind-spot warning, LED lights and parking sensors are all customary. You possibly can add the Driver Help Pack for £800, which brings adaptive cruise, visitors signal recognition and high- beam help, though the Q3 scored a full five-star Euro NCAP security ranking with out this additional package anyway.

Working prices

Though the Q3 has the bottom checklist value, it additionally emits essentially the most CO2, at 147g/km, so it sits within the 37 per cent Profit in Form tax bracket. This implies the Audi will value higher-rate earners £5,602 a 12 months to run as an organization automobile. It’s £308 cheaper than the Evoque – the Vary Rover emits much less, at 145g/km, however nonetheless sits within the high 37 per cent bracket, and is pricier so it’ll value £5,910 in firm automobile tax.

The Volvo is nearly as low-cost because the Audi and sits within the 34 per cent band, because of its 133g/km CO2 emissions, so it is going to solely value £5,120 a 12 months.

Testers’ notes

“Customary sliding rear seats transfer backwards and forwards by as much as 150mm, so you may prioritise both boot house or legroom. There’s loads of each within the mid place, but it surely’s a neat function nonetheless.”

Vary Rover Evoque

Mannequin:  Vary Rover Evoque D180 R-Dynamic S
Value: £40,515
Engine: 2.Zero-litre 4cyl, 178bhp 
Zero-60mph: 9.5 seconds
Check economic system: 36.4mpg/Eight.0mpl 
CO2: 145g/km
Annual street tax: £455

The second-generation Evoque is our small premium SUV champ, so it’s the one the Q3 has to beat. We’re testing the D180 in sporty R-Dynamic S trim (our footage present an R-Dynamic HSE) to match the Audi – the Evoque prices from £40,515.

Design & engineering

The primary-generation Evoque captured the creativeness of a legion of patrons, shifting greater than 800,000 examples. Because of this, Land Rover hasn’t rocked the boat with the styling, by subtly evolving the form to tauten up and modernise the smallest Vary Rover’s appears to be like.

Nonetheless, beneath that sharper pores and skin there’s a brand new platform. It’s referred to as PTA, or Premium Transverse Structure, which is an evolution of Land Rover’s D8 platform that’s been designed to just accept delicate
and plug-in hybrid expertise.

This 2.Zero-litre D180 unit boasts 178bhp and 430Nm of torque. That’s 9bhp lower than the Audi however 30Nm extra torque; the latter is usually the extra essential determine for a diesel, and since the Evoque can be 121kg heavier than the Q3, it wants it to match the Audi.

The mild-hybrid powertrain with its 48v electrical system does at the least imply effectivity needs to be improved, because it permits engine-off coasting at as much as 11mph, whereas it additionally supplies as much as 140Nm of torque to present a small increase throughout what Land Rover calls “transient acceleration”. Assume pulling away and mid-speed, mild acceleration. Energy is distributed to all 4 wheels by means of a nine-speed computerized gearbox, a growth for this technology of Evoque.

Inside high quality has additionally taken a noticeable step on. The cabin is the plushest of this trio, and the supplies are good, befitting of the Vary Rover title. Whereas it’s £2,400 greater than the Audi and £2,280 pricier than the Volvo, it simply feels extra premium, which matches a part of the way in which to justifying its price ticket. This value hole is lessened while you think about that a number of the Evoque’s package is optionally available on its rivals, plus Land Rover is focusing closely on PCP finance.

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The checklist of ordinary package even in R-Dynamic S spec features a 10-inch touchscreen with nav, whereas Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are each fitted as customary – a earlier Land Rover weak level. You additionally get full leather-based, heated seats, good security package, parking sensors and a reversing digital camera, LED lights and local weather and cruise management included. Sadly, gadgets like a digital sprint (£500) are additional.


Land Rover’s D180 diesel is much more refined than Audi’s 40 TDI, and regardless of the Evoque carrying higher mass, the motor’s additional torque is noticeable. It pulls nicely from low revs, with the mild-hybrid increase subtly serving to out within the background. The nine-speed gearbox does a very good job of constructing acceleration really feel potent sufficient because of having extra –and due to this fact shorter – ratios. As well as, it retains a lid on engine revs, and adjustments up easily.

You possibly can see the good thing about these shorter ratios and the additional torque, as a result of the Evoque was faster than the Volvo in all of our 50-70mph in-gear checks. In actual fact, the Vary Rover took 7.5 seconds to finish this take a look at in seventh, whereas the Volvo did it in the identical time in sixth. The PTA platform means the Vary Rover’s trip high quality could be very clean. It doesn’t iron bumps out, however reacts to them with a comparatively mushy contact that the Q3 typically lacks. The XC40 sits between the 2.

The Evoque’s weight does come into play although, and whereas it helps clean out the trip, making the automobile really feel comparatively settled, this isn’t essentially the most dynamic machine. The steering has a pleasant weight and there’s good grip. However then, as SUVs, these automobiles are extra about luxurious in an reasonably priced bundle than dealing with, which is the place the Vary Rover shades its rivals.


A rise in measurement for this second-generation Evoque isn’t as pronounced as with the Q3, and whereas that exhibits in relation to rear-seat house – the Evoque is a bit more cramped than the Audi, with barely much less head and legroom because of the low roofline and styling – the 472-litre boot continues to be an honest measurement. 

That’s 12 litres extra space than the Volvo provides, and sufficient room for 4 individuals’s luggage. Because it stands, you wouldn’t wish to carry 5 individuals for any greater than brief journeys, as a result of the again seat isn’t the largest.

There’s a twin cup-holder and storage space behind the gearlever, with a canopy that acts as a tray on your cellphone. Behind this there’s an enormous, lidded bin and armrest. The glovebox and door bins are affordable.


A results of 20th in our 2019 proprietor satisfaction survey for Land Rover isn’t precisely nice for a automobile sporting a Vary Rover badge, whereas the model isn’t precisely identified for its reliability both. However let’s deal with security, as a result of the Evoque R-Dynamic S will get autonomous braking, lane hold help and visitors signal recognition for a full five-star Euro NCAP ranking.

Blind-spot warning is obtainable as a part of a £1,000 Drive Pack, which additionally provides adaptive cruise and high-speed emergency braking.

Working prices

The Vary Rover badge holds loads of weight on the used market, and our consultants predict that the Evoque will maintain on to essentially the most cash of our trio after three years or 36,000 miles. It’s predicted to retain 55.Three per cent, or £22,401, though the Audi comes shut with a retained worth of 52.Four per cent – or £19,976.

The Volvo trails these two and doesn’t break 50 per cent, retaining an anticipated 48.6 per cent of its worth after three years, which equates to £18,575.

Testers’ notes

“Most automobiles on this class are purchased on PCP finance, and regardless of its larger checklist value the Evoque appears to be like like good worth. Land Rover is pushing this technique of buy closely with the brand new automobile.”

Volvo XC40 

Mannequin: Volvo XC40 D4 AWD R-Design Professional
Value: £38,235
Engine: 2.Zero-litre 4cyl, 187bhp 
Zero-60mph: Eight.2 seconds
Check economic system: 37.5mpg/Eight.2mpl 
CO2:  133g/km
Annual street tax: £145

It was solely launched in 2018, however the Volvo XC40 is the oldest automobile on this take a look at. We’ve made it a category winner previously, and it’s a pure rival to the Q3, not least on value. We’re testing a D4 R-Design Professional mannequin costing £38,235 to see the way it fares.

Design & engineering

The XC40 is the primary and up to now solely Volvo to be constructed on its CMA Compact Modular Structure. Like Audi’s MQB and Land Rover’s PTA, this can be a scalable platform that’s based mostly round front-mounted transverse engines, with MacPherson strut entrance suspension and a multi-link set-up on the rear to accommodate four-wheel drive.

The D4 unit has 187bhp and 400Nm of torque, whereas the one choice is an eight-speed computerized. Nonetheless, we all know the power of this set-up, as a result of the XC40 is certainly one of our favorite compact SUVs and a former Auto Categorical award winner.

Inside, the digital dashboard and nine-inch pill infotainment system nonetheless impress. High quality is sweet – though the supplies in a number of areas don’t match the Evoque’s – whereas the design is funky however purposeful. You get practically as a lot package as within the Audi, whereas the XC40 is cheaper than the Evoque, at £38,235.

The tools checklist consists of parking sensors, lane-keep help and autonomous braking, local weather and cruise management, half-leather heated seats, LED lights, nav and a digital sprint. In contrast to its rivals you need to pay £300 for the smartphone connectivity pack, including Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, whereas a reversing digital camera is £375. Wi-fi charging can be £175; it’s £150 on the Audi and never accessible on the Evoque.


Even on our R-Design Professional’s 20-inch wheels, the XC40 rides actually properly. It’s sweeter than the fidgety Q3, and virtually as clean because the Evoque in virtually as many conditions. The Volvo has strengths in some areas the place the Vary Rover is weaker, and vice versa.

Over smaller, extra fixed bumps, the XC40 feels just a bit extra absorbent than the Evoque, however over harsher intrusions the tables are turned. Both means, each automobiles ship a very good trip.

The XC40’s D4 engine is just a little rougher than the Evoque’s mild-hybrid unit, although, and is extra akin to the Q3’s 40 TDI for refinement. No engine is especially noisy or intrusive, however within the Volvo you get just a little extra percussion from beneath the bonnet at larger revs than within the Vary Rover, whereas the Evoque revs out extra easily, too. Efficiency was good although, as a result of the XC40 all however matched the Q3 from Zero-60mph, taking Eight.2 seconds, which was 1.Three seconds sooner than the Evoque.

Nonetheless, as we’ve seen, the mid-speed flexibility afforded by a diesel SUV’s torque is usually extra essential. Right here the Volvo beat the Audi and was a lot nearer to the Vary Rover in our 50-70mph acceleration checks. Nonetheless, with seven, eight and nine-speed gearboxes within the Q3, XC40 and Evoque respectively, there are gearing variations, which account for the slight variation in occasions. Realistically, all three provide sufficient efficiency.

This implies it comes all the way down to the way in which the automobiles drive. The Volvo is sweet, steering sweetly with enough grip, but it surely looks like there’s extra roll than within the Audi or Vary Rover, and it’s rather less safe.

The Evoque feels extra secure, with weightier steering and higher physique management, but it surely doesn’t sacrifice trip consolation consequently.


A lofty roofline means rear passengers sit extra upright within the XC40, which in flip frees up legroom. It’s higher than within the Evoque, and on the same stage to the Q3. The Volvo is spacious up entrance, too, with loads of storage and areas which might be extra accessible than the Audi’s trays.

There’s 460 litres of boot house, which is 12 litres down on the Evoque and the smallest right here. Nonetheless, given its uniform form, there’s nonetheless loads of usability on provide. Solely an extended journey away absolutely loaded will actually stretch it. Fold the seats down, and with 1,336 litres there’s truly extra space than within the Evoque, at 1,156 litres. The Q3 trumps each with 1,525 litres in its most spacious configuration.

One level that’s value mentioning is that regardless of the automobile’s form, over-the-shoulder visibility within the XC40 is extra restricted than in both of its rivals. Visibility out of the rear window within the Evoque isn’t nice – to protect the automobile’s styling – however at the least the £315 ClearSight digital rear view mirror helps get round this. It’s intelligent expertise that works nicely.


Volvo is understood for its security tech, and the XC40 advantages from the identical options as bigger fashions within the vary. It will get AEB, collision warning and pedestrian and bike owner detection, plus seven airbags, which is similar because the Evoque and yet one more than the Q3. 

You possibly can add Volvo’s Intellisafe Encompass pack for £600, which brings blind-spot warning, lane help, cross visitors alert and autonomous braking in reverse. Even with out this pack, the XC40 is a really protected automobile that scored a full five-star Euro NCAP ranking.

Though its efficiency in our Driver Energy proprietor survey wasn’t nice, Volvo’s 13th-place end was three above Audi and 7 forward of Land Rover.

Working prices

The XC40 returned 37.5mpg on take a look at, which equates to an annual gasoline invoice of £1,909 over a median of 12,000 miles. The heavier Evoque couldn’t fairly match the XC40, with a results of 36.4mpg – this implies you’ll spend an additional £57 on the pumps over a 12 months’s driving, which isn’t an excessive amount of. The Q3 managed 39.8mpg, which equates to yearly gasoline payments of £1,794.

Testers’ notes

“The XC40 and Q3 are available beneath £40,000, so value £145 for street tax. The Evoque’s checklist value breaks £40okay, so it attracts the £310 levy, but it surely’s a light hybrid so it prices £455 a 12 months, reasonably than £465.”


First place: Vary Rover Evoque

The Evoque retains its crown as our favorite small premium SUV. Its inside feels essentially the most upmarket, whereas the trip consolation and refinement are sensible, too. It’s additionally the perfect automobile to drive, and it combines this with respectable working prices, plenty of tech, sufficient practicality and first rate efficiency. It’s a terrific all-rounder, which is what automobiles on this class must ship above anything.

Second place: Volvo XC40

Whereas the XC40 misplaced to the Q3 in petrol kind, it has turned the tables in D4 auto trim. That’s as a result of it’s a really elegant and extra refined automobile. It’s not fairly as sensible, but it surely nonetheless provides greater than sufficient usability, and the infotainment is powerful, too. It’s extra comfy, extra environment friendly on paper and nicer to drive, whereas its particular person really feel and sense of character actually assist to spice up its enchantment.

Third place: Audi Q3

There’s a very good stage of package, nice infotainment and sufficient efficiency within the Q3, however the engine isn’t as refined as its rivals’, the gearbox shouldn’t be fairly as clean and the trip is lumpier. It’s sensible, however its rivals aren’t precisely poor, and as that is such a close-run take a look at, little issues make the distinction. The Audi doesn’t really feel as high-quality as its rivals, however continues to be a sensible choice

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New: BMW X1 

Mannequin: BMW X1 xDrive20d M Sport
Value: £38,145
ngine: 2.Zero-litre 4cyl, 187bhp

The BMW X1 is feeling its age compared to this trio, however its infotainment continues to be very good and it’s nice to drive. Easy engines and gearboxes complement the bundle, whereas the 505-litre boot means there’s lots
of practicality, too.

Used: Audi Q5 

Mannequin: Audi Q5 40 TDI Black Version
Value: £39,000
Engine: 2.Zero-litre 4cyl, 187bhp

For roughly the identical value as a brand new Q3 you may have a high-spec Audi Q5 with the identical powertrain displaying round 1,500 miles on the clock – which is hardly something. The Q5 is extra spacious and extra upmarket, so it’s value contemplating.


Vary Rover Evoque D180 R-Dynamic S Volvo XC40 D4 AWD R-Design Professional Audi Q3 40 TDI quattro S tronic S line
On the street value/complete as examined £40,515/£40,515 £38,235/£41,005 £38,115/£40,125
Residual worth (after 3yrs/36,000) £22,401/55.Three% £18,575/48.6% £19,976/52.Four%
Depreciation £18,114 £19,660 £18,139
Annual tax legal responsibility std/larger price £2,955/£5,910 £2,560/£5,120 £2,801/£5,602
Annual gasoline value (12okay/20okay miles) £1,966/£Three,277 £1,909/£Three,181 £1,794/£2,990
Ins. group/quote/VED 30/£497/£455 30/£563/£145 30/£432/£145
Value of 1st/2nd/third service £480/£586/£753 £285/£455/£285 £170/£385/£170
Size/wheelbase Four,731/2,681mm Four,452/2,702mm Four,484/2,680mm
Top/width 1,649/1,996mm 1,658/1,910mm 1,856/**mm
Engine 4cyl in-line/1,999cc 4cyl in-line/1,969cc 4cyl in-line/1,968cc
Peak energy/revs  178/2,400 bhp/rpm 187/Four,000 bhp/rpm 187/Three,500 bhp/rpm
Peak torque/revs  430/1,750 Nm/rpm 400/1,750 Nm/rpm 400/1,750 Nm/rpm
Transmission  9-spd auto/4 wheel drive Eight-spd auto/4 wheel drive 7-spd DCT/4 wheel drive
Gasoline tank capability/spare wheel 54 litres/£165 54 litres/£150 63 litres/house saver
Boot capability (seats up/down) 472/1,156 litres 460/1,336 litres 530-675/1,525 litres
Kerbweight/payload/towing weight 1,816/674/2,000kg 1,698/515/2,100kg 1,695/585/2,200kg
Turning circle 11.6 metres 11.Four metres 11.Eight metres
Primary guarantee (miles)/restoration 3yrs (limitless)/3yrs 3yrs (60,000)/3yrs 3yrs (60,000)/3yrs
Driver Energy producer/seller pos 20th/28th 13th/ninth 16th/22nd
NCAP: Grownup/youngster/ped./help/stars 94/87/72/75/5 (’19) 97/87/71/76/5 (’18) 95/86/76/85/5 (’18)
Zero-60/30-70mph 9.5/10.6 secs Eight.2/10.1 secs Eight.Zero/Eight.Zero secs
30-50mph in third/4th N/A/Three.7secs Three.5/Four.2 secs Three.2/Four.7 secs
50-70mph in fifth/sixth/seventh/eighth/ninth 5.6/6.Four/7.1/9.5/15.2s 5.5/6.6/Eight.Eight/12.2s/N/A 6.1/Eight.7/15.2s/N/A
High pace/rpm at 70mph  127mph/1,650rpm 130mph/1,600rpm 137mph/1,900rpm
Braking 70-Zero/60-Zero/30-0mph  50.9/37.5/9.9m 49.Zero/35.7/Eight.9m 49.5/36.Eight/9.6m
Noise exterior/idle/30/70mph 74/44/60/73dB 75/46/61/73dB 75/47/60/71dB
Auto Categorical economic system/vary 36.4mpg/432 miles 37.5mpg/445 miles 38.9/553 miles
WLTP mixed  38.2-41.5mpg 39.Eight-44.1mpg 37.7-38.7mpg
WLTP mixed  Eight.Four-9.1mpl Eight.Eight-9.7mpl Eight.Three-Eight.5mpl
Precise/claimed CO2/tax bracket 208/145g/km/37% 202/133g/km/34% 190/147g/km/37%
Airbags/Isofix/parking sensors/cam Seven/sure/sure/sure Seven/sure/sure/£375 Six/sure/sure/£395
Auto field/lane hold/blindspot/AEB Sure/sure/£1,000*/sure Sure/sure/£600*/sure Sure/sure/sure/sure
Local weather ctrl/cruise/leather-based/warmth seats Sure/sure/sure/sure Sure/sure/half/sure Sure/sure/£250/£300
Met paint/LEDs/keyless/pwr tailgate £670/sure/£400/£415 £575/y/£650*/£650* £575/sure/£400/sure
Sat-nav/digi sprint/DAB/stay companies Sure/£500/sure/sure Sure/sure/sure/sure Sure/sure/sure/sure
Wi-fi charging/CarPlay/Android No/sure/sure £175/£300/£300 £150/sure/sure