Audi Q3 Owners & Service Manuals

Audi Q3: Special driving situations

Driving uphill and downhill

When driving uphill, downhill, or at high altitudes, note the following information:

  • Drive slowly and carefully.
  • Do not try to turn around if you cannot safely drive on an incline or hill. Instead, drive in reverse.
  • When driving down hills, you can activate the hill descent control if you press the brake pedal while driving in "D" gear. The automatic transmission will select a gear suitable for driving down the hill and will attempt to maintain the speed at which the vehicle was traveling at the time the brake pedal was pressed. Press the brake pedal if necessary. The hill descent control will switch off once the hill levels out or you press the accelerator pedal.
  • Utilize the engine braking effect when driving downhill by selecting the "S" driving program. This especially applies when towing a trailer. This reduces the load on the brakes.
  • Apply the brakes in intervals and do not press the brake pedal continuously.
  • Use the hill descent assist if necessary.


  • Only drive on inclines that your vehicle is designed to handle. Do not exceed the hill climbing ability of your vehicle. Your vehicle could tip or slide.
  • Do not drive at an angle on steep inclines and hills. If your vehicle is about to tip, you must immediately start steering in the direction of the downward slope to reduce the risk of an accident.
  • Always be ready to brake when using the hill descent control function.

Offroad driving

Your vehicle is not an offroad vehicle. Note the following points when driving offroad:

  • Drive slowly and carefully.
  • To reduce the risk of underbody damage, pay attention to the vehicle's ground clearance and drive across raised areas of the ground with the wheels on one side of the vehicle, instead of allowing the center of the vehicle to pass over the raised areas.
  • To reduce the risk of becoming stuck, drive through sandy or swampy areas at a steady speed and without stopping, if possible.

If necessary, use the following functions:

  • Audi drive select offroad mode
  • Hill hold assist
  • Limit ESC


Only drive in terrain that is suitable for the vehicle and your driving ability.

For the sake of the environment

Avoid actions that are damaging to the environment.

Show respect for the natural environment and remain on marked routes.


Clean your vehicle after driving offroad. Dirt and stones falling off your vehicle can affect other road users.


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