Q3

Rogue Sport

Front Rotors

13.4 inches

11.65 inches

Rear Rotors

12.2 inches

11.5 inches

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Q3 has larger standard tires than the Rogue Sport (235/55R18 vs. 215/65R16). The Q3’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Rogue Sport (255/40R20 vs. 225/45R19).

The Q3’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Rogue Sport S’ standard 65 series tires. The Q3’s optional tires have a lower 40 series profile than the Rogue Sport SL’s 45 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Q3 has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 16-inch wheels are standard on the Rogue Sport S. The Q3’s optional 20-inch wheels are larger than the 19-inch wheels on the Rogue Sport SL.

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Q3’s wheelbase is 1.3 inches longer than on the Rogue Sport (105.5 inches vs. 104.2 inches).

Passenger Space

The Q3 has .1 inches more front shoulder room and 2.7 inches more rear legroom than the Rogue Sport.

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

Cargo Capacity

The Q3 has a larger cargo volume than the Rogue Sport with its rear seat up (23.7 vs. 22.9 cubic feet).

A standard locking glovebox keeps your small valuables safer in the Q3. The Rogue Sport doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults, the Q3 has a standard power liftgate, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button, or optionally by just kicking your foot under the back bumper, completely leaving your hands free. The Rogue Sport doesn’t offer a power liftgate.

Towing

The Q3 has a 1500 lbs. towing capacity. The Rogue Sport has no towing capacity.

Servicing Ease

The Q3 uses gas struts to support the hood for easier service access. The Rogue Sport 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.

J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Audi service is better than Nissan. J.D. Power ranks Audi 8th in service department satisfaction (above the industry average). With a 25% lower rating, Nissan is ranked 17th.

Ergonomics

The Q3’s power parking brake sets with one touch and releases with one touch or automatically. The Rogue Sport’s parking brake has to released manually.

The power windows standard on both the Q3 and the Rogue Sport 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 Rogue Sport prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

The Q3’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Rogue Sport’s passenger windows don’t open or close automatically.

If the windows are left open on the Q3 the driver can close them all at the outside door handle or from a distance using the remote. On a hot day the driver can also lower the windows the same way. The driver of the Rogue Sport can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

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 Rogue Sport’s intermittent wipers change speed with vehicle speed, but can’t turn on and off or change speed based on changing rainfall.

The Q3 has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. The Rogue Sport has an automatic headlight on/off feature standard only on the SV/SL.

The Q3’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Heated mirrors cost extra on the Rogue Sport and aren’t offered on the Rogue Sport S.

The Q3 Premium Plus/Prestige’s standard rear and side view mirrors have an automatic dimming feature. These mirrors can be set to automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Rogue Sport doesn’t offer the luxury of automatic dimming mirrors.

The Q3 has a standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. Dual zone air conditioning is only available on the Rogue Sport SV/SL.

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 Rogue Sport doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports? recommends both the Audi Q3 and the Nissan Rogue Sport, based on reliability, safety and performance.

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