Audi Q3 vs Vary Rover Evoque vs Volvo XC40
It looks as if virtually each week a brand new premium SUV arrives available on the market. Take a look at the quantity on sale in the present day 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 firstly of the 12 months in petrol kind, however diesel engines are nonetheless enormous sellers at this value level, so the 40 TDI takes centre stage on this check – and it’ll must compete in opposition to 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 check as a benchmark to see how the Q3 fares in opposition to some massively gifted opposition.
We’re testing this trio in sportier trims, however which provides the most effective mixture of talents?
|Mannequin:||Audi Q3 40 TDI quattro S tronic S line|
|Engine:||2.0-litre 4cyl, 187bhp|
|Check economic system:||39.8mpg/8.8mpl|
|Annual street tax:||£145|
We’ve examined the Audi Q3 in petrol kind (Subject 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 without doubt one of the most trendy vehicles round – together with its engine and security tech.
Audi’s complicated naming technique means the Q3 40 TDI is powered by a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbodiesel that produces 187bhp and 400Nm of torque. Quattro four-wheel drive is commonplace 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 completely different settings change the suspension’s parameters, together with the steering, engine and gearbox calibration.
Nevertheless, it’s possible that value, tools and high quality will likely be a much 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 equipment and driver aids, in addition to the choice so as to add extra. You’ll must spend additional on equipment reminiscent of a rear digital camera and heated leather-based seats; the Evoque will get these as commonplace.
Cabin high quality may additionally elevate 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 worth 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 vehicles such because the Q3, a 2.0-litre turbodiesel provides an honest degree of flexibility, and due to this fact makes the Audi simple to drive.
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That confirmed in our efficiency checks. Though this isn’t an important function of a small SUV, the Q3’s 8.0-second 0-60mph time was the quickest of this trio, 0.2 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. Nevertheless, the trade-off is a bit lack of low-speed driveability when manoeuvring in contrast with its standard computerized rivals.
Regardless of its sturdy 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 sluggish and serves up sufficient punch.
On 19-inch wheels the Q3 displays an issue that afflicts fairly a number of of the vehicles primarily based on the VW Group’s MQB platform – it feels a bit too agency and its damping may very well be a bit extra forgiving. The Audi fidgets and jostles when put next with its rivals right here.
It’s actually not uncomfortable, although, and on smoother surfaces the Audi settles all the way down to an honest sufficient cruise. The marginally firmer experience does at the least give the automobile precision on twistier routes. Its steering is gentle however correct, because of the respectable degree of grip, though as with all of those vehicles, the upper experience peak in contrast with a extra standard hatchback means there’s noticeable roll.
The expansion in measurement for this second-generation Q3 means there’s way 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 commonplace.
It’s additionally roomier inside, with extra leg and headroom for passengers than the Vary Rover or Volvo. Nevertheless, that’s to not say that both rival feels cramped compared. So whereas the Q3 is the most important automobile on this check, there’s sufficient house in each opponents for it to not be a problem. 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 really none carried out that properly within the eyes of house owners, with Audi taking a middling 16th place in our Driver Energy proprietor satisfaction survey.
Nevertheless, the Q3 is way more spectacular in the case of 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 commonplace. 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 score with out this additional equipment anyway.
Though the Q3 has the bottom record value, it additionally emits essentially the most CO2, at 147g/km, so it sits within the 37 per cent Profit in Type tax bracket. This implies the Audi will price 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 prime 37 per cent bracket, and is pricier so it’ll price £5,910 in firm automobile tax.
The Volvo is sort of as low-cost because the Audi and sits within the 34 per cent band, because of its 133g/km CO2 emissions, so it should solely price £5,120 a 12 months.
“Customary sliding rear seats transfer backwards and forwards by as much as 150mm, so you’ll be able to prioritise both boot house or legroom. There’s loads of each within the mid place, however it’s a neat function nonetheless.”
Vary Rover Evoque
|Mannequin:||Vary Rover Evoque D180 R-Dynamic S|
|Engine:||2.0-litre 4cyl, 178bhp|
|Check economic system:||36.4mpg/8.0mpl|
|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 photos 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. In consequence, 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.
Nevertheless, underneath that sharper pores and skin there’s a brand new platform. It’s known as PTA, or Premium Transverse Structure, which is an evolution of Land Rover’s D8 platform that’s been designed to simply accept gentle
and plug-in hybrid expertise.
This 2.0-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 necessary determine for a diesel, and since the Evoque can also 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 must be improved, because it permits engine-off coasting at as much as 11mph, whereas it additionally offers as much as 140Nm of torque to offer a small increase throughout what Land Rover calls “transient acceleration”. Assume pulling away and mid-speed, gentle acceleration. Energy is distributed to all 4 wheels by means of a nine-speed computerized gearbox, a growth for this era 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 works a part of the way in which to justifying its price ticket. This value hole is lessened whenever you think about that a number of the Evoque’s equipment is non-obligatory on its rivals, plus Land Rover is focusing closely on PCP finance.
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The record of ordinary equipment even in R-Dynamic S spec features a 10-inch touchscreen with nav, whereas Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are each fitted as commonplace – a earlier Land Rover weak level. You additionally get full leather-based, heated seats, good security equipment, parking sensors and a reversing digital camera, LED lights and local weather and cruise management included. Sadly, objects 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 properly from low revs, with the mild-hybrid increase subtly serving to out within the background. The nine-speed gearbox does an excellent job of creating 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 modifications 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. Actually, the Vary Rover took 7.5 seconds to finish this check in seventh, whereas the Volvo did it in the identical time in sixth. The PTA platform means the Vary Rover’s experience high quality could be very clean. It doesn’t iron bumps out, however reacts to them with a comparatively smooth contact that the Q3 generally lacks. The XC40 sits between the 2.
The Evoque’s weight does come into play although, and whereas it helps clean out the experience, 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 vehicles are extra about luxurious in an reasonably priced package deal 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 the case of rear-seat house – the Evoque is a bit more cramped than the Audi, with barely much less head and legroom as a result of 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 folks’s luggage. Because it stands, you wouldn’t need to carry 5 folks 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 in your telephone. 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 carrying a Vary Rover badge, whereas the model isn’t precisely recognized for its reliability both. However let’s deal with security, as a result of the Evoque R-Dynamic S will get autonomous braking, lane maintain help and visitors signal recognition for a full five-star Euro NCAP score.
Blind-spot warning is on the market as a part of a £1,000 Drive Pack, which additionally provides adaptive cruise and high-speed emergency braking.
The Vary Rover badge holds loads of weight on the used market, and our specialists 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.
“Most vehicles on this class are purchased on PCP finance, and regardless of its increased record value the Evoque appears to be like like good worth. Land Rover is pushing this methodology of buy closely with the brand new automobile.”
|Mannequin:||Volvo XC40 D4 AWD R-Design Professional|
|Engine:||2.0-litre 4cyl, 187bhp|
|Check economic system:||37.5mpg/8.2mpl|
|Annual street tax:||£145|
It was solely launched in 2018, however the Volvo XC40 is the oldest automobile on this check. 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, it is a scalable platform that’s primarily based 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 possibility is an eight-speed computerized. Nevertheless, we all know the energy of this set-up, as a result of the XC40 is considered 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 nice – though the supplies in a number of areas don’t match the Evoque’s – whereas the design is funky however practical. You get practically as a lot equipment as within the Audi, whereas the XC40 is cheaper than the Evoque, at £38,235.
The tools record contains 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 it’s important 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 also 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 vehicles ship an excellent experience.
The XC40’s D4 engine is a bit 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 a bit extra percussion from underneath the bonnet at increased 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 0-60mph, taking 8.2 seconds, which was 1.Three seconds sooner than the Evoque.
Nevertheless, as we’ve seen, the mid-speed flexibility afforded by a diesel SUV’s torque is usually extra necessary. Right here the Volvo beat the Audi and was a lot nearer to the Vary Rover in our 50-70mph acceleration checks. Nevertheless, 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 instances. Realistically, all three supply sufficient efficiency.
This implies it comes all the way down to the way in which the vehicles drive. The Volvo is nice, steering sweetly with ample grip, however it appears 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, however it doesn’t sacrifice experience consolation in consequence.
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 an identical degree to the Q3. The Volvo is spacious up entrance, too, with loads of storage and areas which are 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. Nevertheless, given its uniform form, there’s nonetheless loads of usability on supply. Solely a protracted journey away totally loaded will actually stretch it. Fold the seats down, and with 1,336 litres there’s really 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 properly.
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 bicycle owner detection, plus seven airbags, which is identical because the Evoque and another 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 secure automobile that scored a full five-star Euro NCAP score.
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.
The XC40 returned 37.5mpg on check, 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.
“The XC40 and Q3 are available underneath £40,000, so price £145 for street tax. The Evoque’s record value breaks £40okay, so it attracts the £310 levy, however it’s a light hybrid so it prices £455 a 12 months, quite 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 experience consolation and refinement are sensible, too. It’s additionally the most effective automobile to drive, and it combines this with respectable operating prices, a lot of tech, sufficient practicality and respectable efficiency. It’s an incredible all-rounder, which is what vehicles 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 stylish and extra refined automobile. It’s not fairly as sensible, however it 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 an excellent degree of equipment, nice infotainment and sufficient efficiency within the Q3, however the engine isn’t as refined as its rivals’, the gearbox will not be fairly as clean and the experience is lumpier. It’s sensible, however its rivals aren’t precisely poor, and as that is such a close-run check, little issues make the distinction. The Audi doesn’t really feel as high-quality as its opponents, however continues to be a sensible choice
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Mannequin: BMW X1 xDrive20d M Sport
Engine: 2.0-litre 4cyl, 187bhp
The BMW X1 is feeling its age compared to this trio, however its infotainment continues to be excellent and it’s nice to drive. Easy engines and gearboxes complement the package deal, whereas the 505-litre boot means there’s loads
of practicality, too.
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Mannequin: Audi Q5 40 TDI Black Version
Engine: 2.0-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 exhibiting 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)||£22,401/55.3%||£18,575/48.6%||£19,976/52.4%|
|Annual tax legal responsibility std/increased price||£2,955/£5,910||£2,560/£5,120||£2,801/£5,602|
|Annual gasoline price (12okay/20okay miles)||£1,966/£3,277||£1,909/£3,181||£1,794/£2,990|
|Price of 1st/2nd/third service||£480/£586/£753||£285/£455/£285||£170/£385/£170|
|Engine||4cyl in-line/1,999cc||4cyl in-line/1,969cc||4cyl in-line/1,968cc|
|Peak energy/revs||178/2,400 bhp/rpm||187/4,000 bhp/rpm||187/3,500 bhp/rpm|
|Peak torque/revs||430/1,750 Nm/rpm||400/1,750 Nm/rpm||400/1,750 Nm/rpm|
|Transmission||9-spd auto/four wheel drive||8-spd auto/four wheel drive||7-spd DCT/four wheel drive|
|Gas 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|
|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/baby/ped./help/stars||94/87/72/75/5 (’19)||97/87/71/76/5 (’18)||95/86/76/85/5 (’18)|
|0-60/30-70mph||9.5/10.6 secs||8.2/10.1 secs||8.0/8.Zero secs|
|30-50mph in third/4th||N/A/3.7secs||3.5/4.2 secs||3.2/4.7 secs|
|50-70mph in fifth/sixth/seventh/eighth/ninth||5.6/6.4/7.1/9.5/15.2s||5.5/6.6/8.8/12.2s/N/A||6.1/8.7/15.2s/N/A|
|Prime velocity/rpm at 70mph||127mph/1,650rpm||130mph/1,600rpm||137mph/1,900rpm|
|Auto Categorical economic system/vary||36.4mpg/432 miles||37.5mpg/445 miles||38.9/553 miles|
|Precise/claimed CO2/tax bracket||208/145g/km/37%||202/133g/km/34%||190/147g/km/37%|
|Auto field/lane maintain/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/dwell companies||Sure/£500/sure/sure||Sure/sure/sure/sure||Sure/sure/sure/sure|