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The Audi Q3 on The Motability Scheme

The Audi Q3 on The Motability Scheme


The Audi Q3 is back on the Motability Scheme for 2021. Let's take a look at how it compares to its competitors.

The Motability Scheme allows individuals with a mobility allowance to lease a new vehicle. You simply exchange a part of or all of your mobility allowance to help you lease a vehicle of your choice at a price that works for you. The payments are then deducted from your mobility allowance every four weeks and it goes directly to the payment of your vehicle. A standard lease lasts three to five years depending on the vehicle, and you get plenty of assistance when it comes to finding the right vehicle.

One of the most popular options for the Motability Scheme is the Audi Q3, one of the most popular sports utility vehicles (SUV) available from Audi. In this post, we’re going to talk about the Audi Q3 specifically from a Motability Scheme point of view and how it compares to other offerings. We’ll also be talking about the features of the car and how they can help people with certain mobility needs.

Audi Q3 from a Motability perspective

The Audi Q3 is a capable SUV that competes with the likes of the Kia Sportage, VW Tiguan, Ford Kuga and Nissan Qashqai to name a few. Motability drivers tend to choose these vehicles for their features, but also because they’re available on the Motability scheme.

These cars are also perfect for modifications that make it easier to use for those with certain mobility needs. As part of the Motability Scheme, it’s possible to have a vehicle pre-fitted with adaptations according to your mobility needs. This can help you access the vehicle, store mobility aids, or even make it easier for you to drive the vehicle.

Overview of the Audi Q3

The Audi Q3 is a medium sized SUV offering from Audi. It is the next size up from the compact Audi Q2 so comes with a slightly higher price tag. The Q3 sits as the perfect target in the premium badge vehicle section on the Motability Scheme and suits many families with its appealing looks, comfortable drive and advanced technology. 

On the road

There are a total of four engine options with the Audi Q3. There’s a single diesel engine at 148bhp which is available in manual or automatic, and the 187bhp version which is automatic-only.

For petrol engines, there’s the 35 TFSI which is a 148bhp 1.5-litre turbo which is at the bottom of the stack. This has front-wheel-drive and a six-speed manual gearbox. The 40 TFSI and 45 TFSI variants are 187bhp and 227bhp versions of a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine. This allows it to cover 0-62mph in just 7.4 and 6.3 seconds respectively. They both have Quattro four-wheel drive and the S Tronic automatic gearbox as standard.

So which engine would be best? The diesel option offers the best fuel economy, but if you want a more powerful option then the 227bhp version is the go-to. However, the 187bhp variants are plenty for most drivers, especially if you’ll be driving in a city where there’s a lot of stopping and starting. If you live in the countryside or think you’ll be driving on open roads on a regular basis, then you can afford to push the engine a bit with the 227bhp option.

You’ll also be pleased to hear that fuel economy for the Audi Q3 is very respectable. The 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine is the most common option under the Motability Scheme. This offers around 43 MPG, but the diesel engine is actually a little better at 48 MPG. In short, you won’t be breaking the bank driving the Audi Q3 around and you’ll have peace of mind knowing that you’ve got a cost-effective vehicle.

Size and space

As an SUV, the Audi Q3 is naturally a large vehicle. It has a generous amount of space in the boot and you’ll find that the seating is fairly spacious. It can fit a total of five people, though the people sitting in the back might feel a little cramped due to the overall size of the car. That’s not to say that it’s not comfortable, but those with long legs or large bodies might find it a bit tight.

One of the biggest reasons to purchase an SUV is that the boot is large enough to hold mobility aids. You’re not going to fit an entire wheelchair in the back without folding it down first, but it’s spacious enough that you won’t need to worry about carrying around the essentials. You also get plenty of legroom which can help a lot with certain mobility needs.

Technically speaking, the boot size of the Audi Q3 is a whopping 530 litres. This is much bigger than its competitors in the Motability category. For example, the Kia Sportage is only 491 litres, Ford Kuga is 475 litres and the Volvo XC40 is only 452 litres. If you need more space, the seats can be folded down to offer an incredible 1,525 litres of cargo space. This is fantastic for larger or multiple mobility aids. This is one of the biggest reasons to pick an Audi Q3 over its competition–it just can’t be beaten in terms of space.

Build quality

As an Audi vehicle, the Q3 exudes quality and it’s truly built to an exceptional standard. This is evident from the interior of the vehicle, but you can also tell that a great amount of detail has been put into the exterior as well.

There are few faults in the surface and you’ll feel the quality as soon as you sit in the vehicle and start driving it. This is also one of the reasons why Audi owners get such a great resale value on their cars years after they buy them. They’re built to a very high standard and they retain value just because of how durable and reliable they are.

Trim levels and technology

The Audi Q3 is available in Technik, Sport, S Line, and Black Edition trim levels. While there are many differences when it comes to trim levels, they won’t affect the overall usability of the vehicle. For example, the Black Edition features 19” x 8.5J ‘5-twin-arm’ design Audi Sport alloy wheels with a matt titanium look compared to the 17” x 7.0J '5-twin-spoke' design alloy wheels of the Technik.  While this looks fantastic, it’s also not going to affect the overall performance from a Motability perspective. However, we recommend that you visit a dealership if possible to get a look at each trim level.

All of these versions come with the latest safety technology and features, making it a great purchase regardless of which trim level you pick. The Audi Q3 also includes satellite navigation built-in to make it easy to drive around and reach your destination, and also Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone compatibility. This makes it easy to pair the Audi Q3 with your smartphone device for additional features like hands-free in-car calling which makes it much safer for you to use certain features of your phone while you’re on the road. As an added bonus, the Audi Q3 can also switch between a regular FM radio and a digital DAB reception automatically based on the circumstances.

In terms of assist systems, the Audi Q3 is one of the top competitors in its class. With rear parking sensors as standard on all trims, you’ll have no trouble with tight manoeuvres. You also get access to Audi’s Side Assist blindspot monitoring system and also a lane departure warning function that can help you stay aligned with the road. It also includes some autonomous features such as an automatic braking system and optional adaptive cruise assist. This works together with the S Tronic auto transmission system and takes advantage of the adaptive speed assist, traffic jam assist, and active lane assist features.

For a full list of the differences in trim levels, we suggest visiting the official Audi Q3 page to compare trim levels.

In conclusion, the Audi Q3 is a fantastic SUV for all of your mobility needs and is one of the best options on the Motability Scheme. It has the most spacious boot when compared to competitors, has meaningful engine options and different trim levels to suit your preferences. It’s economical, it looks fantastic, and it has excellent build quality which makes it a durable long-lasting choice.

Audi Q3 Motability considerations

Now let’s cover Motability considerations with the Audi Q3.

In order to help you choose the right vehicle for your mobility needs, it’s important to consider the accessibility measurements. These can be searched on the Motability website, but let’s take a look at them in the context of the Audi Q3.

There are three different measurement considerations to keep in mind.

Getting in and out

Getting in and out focuses on four different measurements. These are:
•    Door opening angle
•    Door width
•    Door sill height to the round
•    Door sill height to the floor of the car

The door opening angle of the Audi Q3 is 62°, the door sill height to the ground is 429mm and the door sill height to the floor of the car is 98mm. There is currently no door width documented.

Travelling in the vehicle

When travelling in the vehicle, measurements such as seated headroom can help you figure out if the car has enough space for your body. This might be a concern if you’ll be using a high seat or transferring to and from a wheelchair. The important measurements are:
•    Seated headroom
•    Seat height

For the Audi Q3, the seated headroom when getting in is around 728mm. The seat height is currently not documented but is adjustable.


Lastly, the size of the boot can be important for storing accessibility aids.

The length of the Audi Q3’s boot is 895mm if the seats are up. If the back row of seats is folded, this extends to 1660mm. The vertical height of the boot opening is 784mm and the width of the boot is 1002mm at the narrowest point and 1120mm at the bottom. This is a spacious boot that provides plenty of space for accessibility aids and other items.

These measurements are taken from the Research Institute for Disabled Consumers Car Database. Unfortunately, some of these measurements may be out of date or need updating due to slight differences in the construction of a vehicle and trim levels. If possible, we suggest that you visit a car dealership or speak to a specialist such as Swansway Garages if you’d like updated measurements or if you’d like to inspect the vehicle yourself. It can help if you bring your mobility aids with you to see if the Audi Q3 is compatible with your needs or the size of your accessibility aids. You can also see if it’s comfortable getting in and out of the car.

If you’d like to learn more about vehicle accessibility measurements, take a look at the official Motability website for diagrams and exact measurements for more information or the Research Institute for Disabled Consumers Car Database for measurements for specific cars.


The Audi Q3 is a fantastic option if you’re looking for a vehicle on the Motability scheme that is stylish, flexible, durable and perfect for your mobility needs. Regardless of your personal needs, the Q3 is suitable for a variety of situations and circumstances. It can be had at a fantastic price with the Motability Scheme and with recent technological upgrades and improvements in comfort, we can highly recommend the Audi Q3.

If you’d like to learn more about the Audi Q3 or the Motability Scheme, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our experts at Swansway Garages for more information. We’d be happy to assist you in picking the perfect Motability Scheme vehicle for your needs and can assist with accessibility measurements and features to meet your needs.

Simply contact us today to speak to a friendly member of our team.

Swansway Audi locations are in Carlisle, Blackburn, Preston, Crewe, Stoke and Stafford.

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