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The Tucson has standard Active Head Restraints, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Head Restraints system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Q3 doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.
The Tucson’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Q3 doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.
Both the Tucson and the Q3 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact 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, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, daytime running lights, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.
For its top level performance in IIHS driver and passenger-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, roof strength and head restraint tests, with its optional vehicle-to-vehicle front crash prevention system, with its optional vehicle-to-pedestrian front crash prevention system, and its available headlight’s “Good” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Tucson the rating of “Top Pick” for 2020, a rating granted to only 32 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Q3 last would have qualified as a “Top Pick” in 2019.
The Tucson comes with a full 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Q3’s 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 10,000 miles sooner.
Hyundai’s powertrain warranty covers the Tucson 6 years and 50,000 miles longer than Audi covers the Q3. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the Q3 ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.
Hyundai pays for scheduled maintenance on the Tucson for 3 years and 36,000 miles. Hyundai will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Audi only pays for the first scheduled maintenance visit on the Q3.
There are almost 3 times as many Hyundai dealers as there are Audi dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Tucson’s warranty.
To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Tucson has a standard 150-amp alternator. The Q3’s 140-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.
J.D. Power and Associates rated the Tucson first among compact SUVs in their 2020 Initial Quality Study. The Q3 isn’t in the top three in its category.
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2020 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Hyundai vehicles are better in initial quality than Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Hyundai 10th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 72 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 32nd, below the industry average.
From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Hyundai vehicles are more reliable than Audi vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Hyundai 8 places higher in reliability than Audi.
On the EPA test cycle the Tucson AWD with its standard engine gets better fuel mileage than the Q3 (22 city/25 hwy vs. 19 city/27 hwy).
The Tucson stops shorter than the Q3:
60 to 0 MPH
For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Tucson is 1 inch wider in the front and 1.8 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Q3.
The Tucson SE handles at .82 G’s, while the Q3 Premium Plus pulls only .79 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.
The Tucson Limited AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.3 seconds quicker than the Q3 Premium Plus (27.1 seconds @ .64 average G’s vs. 28.4 seconds @ .65 average G’s).
For better maneuverability, the Tucson’s turning circle is 3.5 feet tighter than the Q3’s (34.9 feet vs. 38.4 feet).
The Hyundai Tucson may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 150 to 600 pounds less than the Audi Q3.
The design of the Hyundai Tucson amounts to more than styling. The Tucson has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .33 Cd. That is lower than the Q3 (.36) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the Tucson get better fuel mileage.
The Tucson has 18.2 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Q3 (102.2 vs. 84).
The Tucson has 1.5 inches more front legroom, .4 inches more front shoulder room, 1.6 inches more rear headroom, 2.1 inches more rear legroom and .4 inches more rear shoulder room than the Q3.
The Tucson has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Q3 with its rear seat up (31 vs. 23.7 cubic feet). The Tucson has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Q3 with its rear seat folded (61.9 vs. 48 cubic feet).
The Tucson’s cargo area is larger than the Q3’s in almost every dimension:
Length to seat (2nd/1st)
Maximum trailer towing in the Audi Q3 is limited to 1500 pounds. The Tucson offers up to a 2000 lbs. towing capacity.
The Tucson Value/SEL/Sport/Limited has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Q3 doesn’t offer a remote starting system.
The Tucson’s power window, power lock, power mirror and cruise control switches are lit from behind, making them plainly visible and easier to operate at night. The Q3’s cruise control switches are unlit, making them difficult to find at night and operate safely.
To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Tucson has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the Q3 only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.
Consumer Reports rated the Tucson’s headlight performance “Good,” a higher rating than the Q3’s headlights, which were rated “Fair.”
To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the Tucson Limited offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Q3 doesn’t offer cornering lights.
Both the Tucson and the Q3 offer available heated front seats. The Tucson Ultimate also has standard heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the Q3.
Standard air-conditioned seats in the Tucson Ultimate keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in Summer. The Q3 doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.
On extremely cold winter days, the Tucson Limited/Ultimate’s standard heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The Q3 doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.
The Tucson is available in both front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The Q3 doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.
Insurance will cost less for the Tucson owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Tucson will cost $655 less than the Q3 over a five-year period.
The Tucson will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Tucson will retain 47.11% to 48.69% of its original price after five years, while the Q3 only retains 44.62% to 45.25%.
According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Tucson is less expensive to operate than the Q3 because typical repairs cost much less on the Tucson than the Q3, including $324 less for a water pump, $35 less for front brake pads, $383 less for a starter, $96 less for fuel injection, $476 less for front struts, $465 less for a timing belt/chain and $636 less for a power steering pump.
IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Hyundai Tucson will be $10693 to $11663 less than for the Audi Q3.
The Car Book by Jack Gillis recommends the Hyundai Tucson, based on economy, maintenance, safety and complaint levels. The Audi Q3 isn't recommended.
The Hyundai Tucson outsold the Audi Q3 by over 9 to one during 2019.
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