Audi Q3 Sportback Leasing Guide | Car Leasing Guru

The Best Audi Q3 Sportback To Lease Is:

The 35 TFSI S Line 5dr S Tronic

The Best Alternative Audi Q3 Sportback Is:

35 TFSI S Line 5dr

35 TFSI S Line 5dr / with Comfort and Sound Pack

Or the 35 TFSI S Line S Tronic / with Comfort and Sound Pack


Audi Brand – Market position and perception, competitive pricing and strong residual values – Audi has some of the strongest residual values (RV’s) in the business based on its brand perception.

The ‘S Line’ model has a lot of meaningful specification over and above the lowest spec in the range; the ‘Sport’ model. What Audi has done is find a nice sweet spot on the S Line where the interior and exterior specification provides a strong RV that is reflected in the 2nd hand market, thus making lease or ownership cost-effective over the course of its lifecycle.

We gave the 35 TFSI S Line 5dr S Tronic an 8.9 / 10 in terms of value for money compared with other models in the range. This number is a pure mathematical equation, not our personal opinion.

So if you are searching for Audi Q3 Sportback car leasing deals, cheap car leasing, or just general car leasing comparison, the 35 TFSI S Line 5dr S Tronic is the best one to go for in terms of overall value for money.

We’ve only selected the models that we would actually recommend in this analysis, hence the limited number of options we’ve provided you. There are many more Audi Q3 Sportback models to pick from.

See below for a detailed breakdown:

Car Leasing Guru Score

At Car Leasing Guru, We do not review vehicles, we look objectively in terms of value for money.

The Car Leasing Guru scoring system is based on the overall value a particular vehicle offers.

We do not single out specific terms and mileages, instead, we concentrate on the entirety of a lease over multiple terms and mileages to create an overall score.

This score is converted into a meaningful number between 0 and 10 so that you can better understand which vehicle offers the best value. I’ve included the definition for the category the Audi Q3 sits in, as it got an 8.9 overall.

8.0 to 8.9:

Great – We enthusiastically recommend any vehicle in this category. Seriously impressive value for money; add it to a watchlist and compare against a few other vehicles.

Examples include:

  • Alfa Romeo Giulia Diesel Saloon – 2.2 JTDM-2 190 Speciale 4dr Auto (Score: 8.4)
  • Fiat 500 Hatchback – 1.2 Lounge 3dr (Score: 8.0)
  • Ford Focus Hatchback – 1.0 EcoBoost 125 ST-Line 5dr (Score: 8.3)
  • Nissan Qashqai Hatchback – 1.3 DiG-T N-Connecta 5dr (Score 8.9)

See other scores here:

Audi Q3 Sportback:

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Engine & Gearbox

The current Audi Q3 petrol range comes with a 2.0 engine that produces 150PS on the ’35 TFSI’, 190PS  on the ’40 TFSI’ and 230PS on the ’45 TFSI’ models.

You have the option of a 6-speed manual or the S Tronic automatic gearbox on most models.


There are five specifications to choose from in the Q3 range. The base model ‘Sport’ up to the ‘Vorsprung’. The mid-spec ‘S Line’ easily offers the best value for money when looking at the entire Audi Q3 Sportback range.

The basic ‘Sport‘ model gets:

  • 18″ Alloys
  • LED front and rear lights (with dynamic indicators)
  • front sports seats in cloth
  • MMI navigation plus with touch display
  • Audi Virtual Cockpit
  • pedestrian/cyclist detection

The ‘S Line‘ model gets:

  • 19″ alloys
  • S Line exterior styling pack
  • privacy glass
  • front sports seats
  • ambient light pack

The ‘Edition 1‘ gets:

  • 20″ alloys
  • Matrix LED headlights
  • black styling pack
  • twin leather upholstery
  • extended ambient lighting pack

The ‘Vorsprung‘ gets:

  • 20″ alloys (different style to the Edition 1)
  • panoramic sunroof
  • driver assistance pack
  • B&O 3D sound system
  • Alcantara/leather upholstery

Looking For The Cheapest Lease

Generally, we will always look for the smallest amount you would pay over the course of the lease, at the same time I will also look at how much value the cheapest lease actually offers you.

There is no point in Car Leasing Guru suggesting the cheapest possible lease if all you get is a steering wheel and a windscreen, especially when you might be able to pay £10 per month extra and get a significant increase in the specification, exterior design, engine performance or economy.

In this instance that’s why we’ve picked the S Line model. It offers the most ‘value for money’ in our opinion.

On The Road (OTR) Price

There are a lot of different On The Road (OTR) prices that cover every spectrum of the Audi Q3 Sportback lineup, but we are only looking for the absolute cream of the crop, which is why we have concentrated on the best models in the range in terms of value for money.

You can see the OTR prices for the models below.

Audi Q3 Sportback OTR

Value For Money

Remember, at Car Leasing Guru we do not review vehicles, we look at value for money.

The cheapest of the nine models we’ve selected costs; £32,175. This is the 35 TFSI Sport 5dr. Really good specification as standard, but only a manual gearbox.

Let’s see where we can get more for our money, and not spend an obscene amount more for the privilege.

The car we personally endorse is the 35 TFSI S Line 5dr S Tronic; which costs £35,555.

Pretty easy to spot the difference between the two. The one we endorse comes with an S Tronic Gearbox gearbox in S Line specification.  The S line model comes with everything the Sport model gets PLUS 19″ alloys, S Line exterior styling pack with privacy glass, front sports seats and an ambient light pack.

There is a £3,380 difference between the two vehicles from the manufacturer’s list price.

Ok, well what does that mean?

It means that you may be looking at the vehicle we’ve recommended and thought that you will have to pay £3,380 over the course of a lease in order to get that vehicle.

That’s incorrect.

You pay a proportion of that value. The more desirable the items in the vehicle, the more value is assigned to those items in the 2nd hand market.

The S Tronic gearbox, S Line exterior styling pack, and privacy glass hold (proportionally) a lot more value than you would otherwise think they do.

Our point here is that you may think that you’ll be paying more overall because the vehicle is more expensive to buy, but I will prove that is not the case, and you can actually get a vehicle that’s more expensive with more specification for a small proportion of the actual cost of the vehicle.

Take a look at the graph below. Look at the most basic engine, gearbox, specification in the far left column; the 35 TFSI Sport 5dr. Now take a look at the 4th column from the left; the 35 TFSI S Line S Tronic 5dr. Specifically, look at the numbers at the top of the graph for a 24-month lease @ 10,000. 

The sport model will cost you £9,489 over a 24-month lease, and the S Line will cost you £9,869. A £380 difference.  £380 divided over 24 months is only £15.83 per month, or 4-5 coffee’s from Starbucks. This is why we recommend the 35 TFSI S Line S Tronic 5dr. You get A LOT more for your money, such as more specification and an automatic gearbox.

FYI: Mileage is calculated per annum. 24 m 20k2 = 24 months @ 40,000 miles.

Audi Q3 Sportback Total Lease Costs

The Maths Bit

Let’s look at this in a different way. I’m going to select two like-for-like vehicles and you’ll be able to see how proportional “value” is assigned to that vehicle. You can do this same exercise for the vehicle we personally recommend as well. Try it yourself and you’ll be able to see how much more you can get for your money.

Bottom line is that you can spend an extra £4.37 per month and get an ‘S Line’ model over the equivalent ‘Sport ‘model.

Example models:

On The Road

35 TFSI Sport 5dr | £32,175


35 TFSI S Line 5dr | £33,975

The difference in the On The Road Price = £1,800

Next, we’ll look at how much you would pay over a 2 year lease, doing 10,000 miles a year. (use graph above as a reference)

Total Lease Costs

35 TFSI Sport 5dr | £9,489


35 TFSI S Line 5dr | £9,534

The difference in the Total Lease Cost (over 2 years) = £105

Monthly payment: £105 / 24 months = £4.37

Lots of different numbers going on there, so let me explain.

What this tells us is that there is an OTR price difference of £1,800 between the two vehicles, but you would actually only be spending an additional £105 over the course of the lease.

This is because the S Tronic gearbox with all the exterior and interior updates that come with the S Line specification adds value to the vehicle. £1,695 worth of value to be specific. (£1,800 – £105). This means that all those little bits such as the 19″ alloys, privacy glass, exterior lighting pack etc, they are “worth” £1,695 at the end of a 2 year lease.

The key is to pick a vehicle that has lots of meaningful specification.

Percentage Of List

The ‘percentage of list’ is the difference between the capital cost (OTR price) and the Residual Value (RV). This shows, at a glance, exactly where value is attributed as a percentage. The lower the number, the better the percentage of list. This is usually a good indication of “value for money”.

Looking at the percentages within the graph below, you can see that they run at around 27-31% or so for a 2 year lease, up to 35-39% on a more realistic 3 year lease. This means you will be paying between 27% to 39% of the total value of that vehicle before you hand it back. You can pay substantially more depending on which model you pick.

Leasing companies normally don’t read the percentage of list in this way, they actually read it in the opposite way. They would say that the vehicle has 65% of its value left, not that someone would spend 35% of the vehicle’s value. This is because they want to know what the value of the vehicle is at the end of its lease and make any adjustments where necessary from a financial risk perspective. Just makes the calculation easier on their end.

The percentage can give you a good indication of “value” but it also needs to be double-checked against the ‘On The Road’ price. Otherwise, a Ferrari would look like good value for money if we didn’t double-check the overall price and only looked at the percentage of list…

*miles per annum (e.g. 24m / 20k = 40,000 miles)

Our Decision

Hopefully, the process outlined above gives you some indication on why we picked the 35 TFSI S Line 5dr S Tronic over the other models.

It has the lowest percentage of list at 2 years (27.8%), and it also has one of the lowest overall costs over the course of a lease. If you pick a longer-term, the monthly payments would be less, because you are spreading the cost, but if you want to get the most value for money, then it is best to get the 35 TFSI S Line 5dr S Tronic model.

Why The Difference In Price?

This is all to do with something called the Residual Value, or RV for short. This is a price that’s assigned to a vehicle at the end of its useable life.

From a leasing perspective, the end of its useable life is at the end of its term, because the leasing company is simply going to sell that vehicle, and it’s going to have another life with another customer. So the end of the useable life from a leasing perspective is essentially however long you lease that vehicle for, and they’re trying to understand the value at the end of the lease.

You will have to make the judgment on whether the 35 TFSI S Line 5dr S Tronic model is worth it over the course of a 2 year lease compared with the rest of the line-up. For us, it is, but the decision rests with you.

Thank You!

This is just some basic analysis that will hopefully help you understand the value of an Audi Q3 Sportback lease a little better.

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