2019 Audi Q3 vs. 2019 Lexus UX Series

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The Q3’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The UX Series doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

Both the Q3 and UX Series have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The Q3 has power child safety locks, allowing the driver to activate and deactivate them from the driver's seat and to know when they're engaged. The UX Series’ child locks have to be individually engaged at each rear door with a manual switch. The driver can’t know the status of the locks without opening the doors and checking them.

To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the Q3. But it costs extra on the UX Series.

The Q3 Prestige has a standard Top View Camera System to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The UX Series only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

Both the Q3 and the UX Series have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, post-collision automatic braking systems, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

The Q3’s corrosion warranty is 6 years longer than the UX Series’ (12 vs. 6 years).

There are over 26 percent more Audi dealers than there are Lexus dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the Q3’s warranty.

Reliability

The Audi Q3’s engine uses a cast iron block for durability, while the UX Series’ engines use an aluminum block. Aluminum engine blocks are much more prone to warp and crack at high temperatures than cast iron.

Engine

The Q3’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 59 more horsepower (228 vs. 169) and 107 lbs.-ft. more torque (258 vs. 151) than the UX 200’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

The Q3 has 5.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the UX Series Hybrid’s standard fuel tank (15.9 vs. 10.6 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Q3 has 3.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the UX Series’ standard fuel tank (15.9 vs. 12.4 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Q3’s brake rotors are larger than those on the UX Series:

Q3

UX Series

Front Rotors

13.4 inches

12 inches

Rear Rotors

12.2 inches

11.1 inches

The Q3’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the UX Series are solid, not vented.

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Q3 has larger standard tires than the UX Series (235/55R18 vs. 225/50R18). The Q3’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the UX Series (255/40R20 vs. 225/50R18).

The Q3’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the UX Series’ 50 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Q3 offers optional 20-inch wheels. The UX Series’ largest wheels are only 18-inches.

The Q3 has a standard space-saver spare tire so you can replace a flat tire and drive to have the flat repaired or replaced. A spare tire isn’t available on the UX Series; it requires you to depend on its run-flat tires, which limits mileage and speed before they are repaired. If a run-flat is damaged beyond repair by a road hazard your vehicle will have to be towed.

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Q3’s wheelbase is 1.6 inches longer than on the UX Series (105.5 inches vs. 103.9 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Q3 is 1.2 inches wider in the front and .9 inches wider in the rear than on the UX Series.

Passenger Space

The Q3 has 2.4 inches more front headroom, 1.6 inches more front shoulder room, 1.3 inches more rear headroom, 3 inches more rear legroom and 2.2 inches more rear shoulder room than the UX Series.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Q3’s rear seats recline. The UX Series’ rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

The Q3 has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the UX Series (23.7 vs. 21.7 cubic feet).

Towing

The Q3 has a 1500 lbs. towing capacity. The UX Series has no towing capacity.

Servicing Ease

The Q3 uses gas struts to support the hood for easier service access. The UX Series uses a prop rod to support its heavy hood. It takes two hands to open the hood and set the prop rod, the prop rod gets in the way during maintenance and service, and the prop rod could be knocked out, causing the heavy hood to fall on the person maintaining or servicing the car.

Ergonomics

The power windows standard on both the Q3 and the UX Series have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Q3 is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The UX Series prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

The Q3’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The UX Series’ standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

The Q3 Prestige’s Park Steering Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The UX Series doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends both the Audi Q3 and the Lexus UX Series, based on reliability, safety and performance.

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