Being a smaller car, the Q2 generally costs less to run than the Q3. According to official figures, the Q2 can manage between 32mpg and 55mpg with a petrol engine, or 47mpg to 68mpg with a diesel. By contrast, the petrol Q3 models can return between 28mpg and 44mpg, and the diesels 40mpg to 56mpg.
It’s a similar story with carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions so, overall, the Q2 is the one for you if low running costs are important. It’ll cost you less at the fuel pumps and, in some cases, annual Vehicle Excise Duty (car tax) charges are lower.
But there is a wildcard in the form of the plug-in hybrid Q3. Official figures give an average of 141mpg to 176mpg, although in the real world what you get will depend on your driving and charging habits. CO2 emissions are just 37g/km to 45g/km and it has an official range of 31 miles on battery power alone. It costs more to buy than a regular Q3 but it could give you usefully lower running costs.