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Review: The Audi Q3 Sportback plug-in aims to tap into the appetite for SUVs but comes at a high price point

Audi’s attractive Q3 Sportback majors on style and can match key rivals in its category, but the plug-in hybrid variant is pricey — and the savings on the road may not be enough to justify the cost

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Audi Q3. Picture by Paddy McGrath.

Audi Q3. Picture by Paddy McGrath.

Audi Q3 interior Picture by Paddy McGrath.

Audi Q3 interior Picture by Paddy McGrath.

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Audi Q3. Picture by Paddy McGrath.

These days, there seem to be two kinds of motorists — those who drive an SUV and those who want to drive one. They now make up over 50pc of new cars sold, and sales show no signs of slowing down. Our test car, the Audi Q3 TFSI e — a plug-in hybrid with up to 50km of pure electric driving — aims to tap into this lucrative segment and is just one of a host of electric cars offered by the brand.

The 2022 Q3 comes in two varieties: a regular SUV or a Sportback version with coupé styling. Both are available with a choice of two trim levels, SE and S-Line. Our test car came in the S-Line, which adds a more rugged styling package combined with red metallic paintwork, and will look good in any driveway. But don’t be fooled by its robust looks; this is a car for those who like to tackle shopping centres, not sand dunes.


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