The Audi Q3 is the premium German alternative to the likes of the Range Rover Evoque in the compact premium SUV sector.

At its entry-level price point, Audi’s Q3 SUV is significantly cheaper than Land Rover’s base-model Evoque.

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Mechanically, the Q3 has a lot in common with a regular hatch

Of the two models that undercut the baby Range Rover (this Audi and the BMW X1) , the Q3 is arguably the most stylish. Handily compact and finely finished and detailed – as you would expect from contemporary Audi – the Q3 makes a strong on-paper case for itself.

The Q3 line-up is a simple range to understand. There are two four-cylinder engines on offer, a 2.0-litre petrol and a 2.0-litre diesel. Both engines come in two states of tune.

There are two transmissions: a six-speed manual and a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic S-tronic. Keeping to the theme, Audi offers two trim levels: SE and the sportier S-line.

Diesel versions are offered in front-wheel drive form – the front-wheel-drive, 138bhp SE model marks the entry point into the Q3 line-up – but petrols are four-wheel drive only.

So, does Audi's Q3 have what it takes to compete with rivals like the Evoque and X1? Let's find out.