Audi Q3 Overview
The Audi Q3 is crafted in the athletic silhouette to showcase company’s excellence of merging beauty and sportiness convincingly. This urban vehicle is very well designed to look vigorous with some impressions of sophistication all across its profile and what makes the Q3 more adorable is the addition of innovative features like the 3D grille, Chrome plated tailpipe and Optional LED headlamps. Moreover, regular features such as Xenon plus headlamps, Front fog lights, LED rear lamps (optional), Electrically adjustable + Heated + Power folding and Auto Dimming ORVMs with LED blinkers, Panoramic glass roof and Aluminium alloy wheels make its appearance more striking. The inside also looks very soothing with the usage of premium leather upholstery, premium plastics and creation of optimum space for the occupants. Added to this, it also gets good space to gobble plenty of touring stuff. The Q3 also gets new elements like Auto drive select, Hill decent control and Power lumbar support that makes it more comfortable to drive.Check for SBI car loan.
Audi Q3 is now offered in 2.0 Litre TDI diesel engine’s dual powering optionsi.e. the TDI Quattro and the TDI S Edition respectively. The 2.0 Litre TDI Quattro diesel engine of the Q3 gets a 7 speed S-tronic automatic gear-box while its 2.0 Litre TDI S Edition is mated to a 6 speed manual transmission. The power and torque churning figures from both the trims are phenomenal. The 1968 cc TDI Quattro motorproduces maximum power of 174.3 bhp at 4200 rpm and maximum torque of 380 Nm at 1750 – 2500 rpm, while the 1968 cc TDI S Edition motor churns maximum power of 138 bhp at 4200 rpm and maximum torque of 320 Nm at 1750 – 2500 rpm. Both the 2.0 Litre TDI Quattro engine with AT and the 2.0 Litre TDI S Edition with MT are mechanized appropriately by the German engineers to return decent mileage i.e. 15.73 kmpl and 17.32 kmpl respectively (as per ARAI).
The Q3 face-lift outshines when it comes to acceleration, pick-up and handling. The 174.3 bhp Quattro TDI engine with 7 speed S-Tronic transmission is an excellent performer on roads and can take a sprint of 0 – 100 kmph in just 8.2 seconds with its top speed being 212 kmph, whereas the 138 bhp TDI S Edition motor with 6 speed manual transmission can cross speed range of 0 – 100 kmph in just 9.9 seconds with its top speed being 202 kmph. In addition, the Q3 offers easy manoeuvring through the responsive power steering that enables it tackle city conditions with ease. Moreover, the passengers can experience the flawless ride with the set of front McPherson Strut and rear 4 – link suspension system.
Audi Q3 Design
As already mentioned above the next generation Q3 test mule which was caught testing was wrapped in heavy camouflage but it definitely looks slightly bigger than its successor. The new generation Q3 is actually also based on a new MQB while its predecessor underpinned Volkswagen grips A5 platform.
Expect the new generation Q3 to get sleeker and sharper design which nowadays are also seen in some new Audi products. Towards the front expect a bigger single frame grille while the headlamps too will be redesigned. Towards the side profile expect new set of wheels and perhaps even more ground clearance. The prototype also gets a sloping roof towards the rear which definitely will add the sporty character to the compact Crossover. Although the rear of the prototype was also covered heavily but the rear profile of the Crossover looked little wider and we expect it to get a restyled taillamps and also a new rear bumper.
Audi Q3 Cabin
Principally, the cabin of the new model remain unchanged since the introduction of the car in the year 2012. The interiors are welcoming and the contemporary design is spot on the moment you step in. The vehicle’s traditional dashboard looks cluttered despite the fact that everything today is controlled via touchscreens. Another down for this update is that the rotary knob of the dual-zone climate control and the small multi-information screen squeezed between the speedometer and tachometer now looks inferior in quality.
Moreover, if we compare it to the sibling A4’s virtual cockpit and touch-sensitive automatic climate control interface, we will realize that this car is definitely generations behind. But the compact SUV is thoroughly practical. And this can be seen in the standard electrically adjustable seats which provides reach and height modification for different individuals and the tilt-telescopic functionality of the steering, both making the driver come into a comfortable driving position. Further, all the doors can now hold sizable bottle while the boot space has been increased to 420 litres. Check for Audi Q3 in Kmindia
Coming to the seating, the rear seats are not as roomy as we expect in a SUV of this stature, best for 4 full-sized adults. This might be because of the high transmission tunnel running through the spine of the surface which taking up middle passenger’s legroom and rear air-conditioning eating significant amount of knee room. But if you use this car as a 4-seater, it will not leave room for complaints. The large panoramic sunroof does add a sense of airiness to the cabin space. Again in terms practicality and ergonomics, everything seems to be right in place, the build quality is fantastic and there is enough space for 4 passengers with their luggage.
The duty of entertainment and information has been shouldered on Audi’s MMI Navigation High system, which is coupled to 180 Watt 10-speakers setup. The 6.5 inch screen which is sadly not a touchscreen can be controlled by dials and buttons located on the centre console. But the good thing is that it can be operated without taking eyes off the road. That said, the graphics are not that crispy and the interface seems to be quite dated. And surprisingly, a Rs. 40 lakhs car doesn’t have Android Auto and Apple CarPlay support as well as no USB port. This lead to the only option of Bluetooth through which you can pair your smartphone for calls and music streaming and you also have to rely on the car’s own navigation system. However, the infotainment does have inbuilt 20GB hard-drive to store songs.
Audi Q3 Performance
The carmaker is offering a new engine with the SUV and i.e. the 1.4L turbocharged petrol mill that has been a part of many other Volkswagen-Audi cars. The powertrain produces 150PS and 250Nm of max torque, the same output it gives in the A3 and A4 sedans. Talking about the performance, push the engine start/stop button and the noise levels are a little higher contrary to the expectations and continues to be audible when the car moves on. However, if you are driving in the mid-range, the car is convenient to potter around the city.
The turbopower is more than enough to carry the 2-tonne SUV and it doesn’t come until you press the accelerator pedal hard. For most of the overtaking part, a gentle throttle input is more than enough to pass over. There are four different driving modes available in the Drive Select namely ‘Efficiency’, ‘Comfort’, ‘Dynamic’ and ‘Auto’ made for different driving conditions. Auto mode works fine in most everyday driving conditions while in the Dynamic mode the car seems to be enthusiastic to lunge ahead. Comfort tunes the suspension setting a bit to offer better riding experience.
The S-tronic transmission is really a gem of the overall package. The 6-speed automatic dual-clutch gearbox is swift in responding to the throttle inputs. Unlike the diesel Q3, the petrol variant does not feature paddle shifters. However, it won’t be missed much as the gearbox is able to read your mind. Coming to the diesel version, the engine comes in two state of tunes viz 150PS/340Nm and 183PS/380Nm. The power is transferred to the wheels via Quattro AWD system. The engine now comes with increased power output of 7PS and additional 130Nm of torque. Though the increased power is not noticeable, the added torque shows its true colour on the highways. Power delivery is excellent and there is no turbo lag that would make you stuck in the traffic. The sound is unusually likeable but it can be muffled through moderate music volume. The diesel engine is substantially silent which will surely work in the car’s favour.
The carmaker has applied a number of technologies such as power-saving alternator, start/stop system and regenerative braking for bettering fuel efficiency and lower emissions. The efficiency can also be capitalized by switching into the ‘Efficiency’ mode which dulls the throttle input a bit.The diesel Audi is available in both FWD and Quattro system which makes a big difference in term of fuel economy. Where the FWD variant delivers ARAI certified 18.51kmpl, the Quattro AWD drive returns 15.17kmpl. The petrol powered Q3 is also fuel efficient as it can deliver 16.9kmpl.
Audi Q3 Riding
The Q3 is a tremendous performer on roads and showcases extreme performance when run on the highways. The company has loaded it with a tried and tested diesel engine that generates sufficient power both in the Quattro as well as the S Edition variants. Acceleration of this compact SUV is quite appreciable although not as good as the rivals or elder siblings.The Quattro variant can cross speed slot of 0 – 100 kmph in just 8.2 seconds with the top speed of 212 kmph, while the S Edition variant has the potential to cover 0 – 100 in mere 9.9 seconds with the top speed of 202 kmph. Book Audi Q3 Test Drive.
While driving, the Audi Drive Select feature is another speciality of this car which allows the car to run on any of the three modes i.e. Comfort, Auto and Dynamic. Usually, the drivers would love to drive on the Comfort mode which makes the steering wheel light and softens the suspension set up. For those who look for speedy expeditions and race tracks, the Dynamic drive select will does its best. Not to forget that suspension system of this SUV is highly responsible and soaks all the bumps and pot holes efficiently. Furthermore, the gearbox is very light to handle and offers gear shuffling effortlessly and when used with the paddle shifters there is no time lag. While driving on high speed on the Dynamic drive select the body roll is minimal that makes this compact SUV a great machine to drive.
Audi Q3 Safety
The Audi Q3 comes equipped with all-disc brakes with tech like ABS with EBD and emergency brake assist system. The pedal is also well calibrated. As a result, you get strong performance from the SUV while simultaneously maintaining composure under hard braking conditions.Further, the safety is boosted through 6-airbags, electronic stability program, traction control, hill descent control as well as rear parking camera with sensors. The car also provides side-on collision protection, Integrated head restraint system and Electronic Differential Lock (EDL) as part of the overall safety package.
Audi Q3 Price in Hyderabad
Audi Q3 On-Road Price in Hyderabad ranges from 41,95,497 to 51,79,464 for variants Q3 30 TFSI Premium AT FWD and Q3 35 TDI Quattro Technology respectively. Audi Q3 is available in 4 variants and 6 colours. Below are details of Audi Q3 variants price in Hyderabad.View offers on Audi Q3 at Autozhop.
Audi Q3 Verdict
Audi Q3 face-lift comes with relaxing interiors, stylish exteriors and refined motor that makes it a great car in the luxury compact SUV segment. What do we think about Audi Q3?
Moreover, even at high speed of over 100 kmph the diesel engine remains silent. The Audi’s advanced technology has further enabled it to perform admirably with the minimal fuel consumption. Plus the introduction of few fresh and much needed features makes it a good compact SUV to consider. However, prior buying a road test of the rivals is much obligatory.
Audi Q3 is available in three different variants in the country: Premium, Premium Plus and Technology. As far as the pricing is concerned, its base trim Premium is available at the price tag of Rs. 34.73 lakh for the petrol and Rs. 36.53 lakh for the diesel variant. Its premium plus model is tagged at Rs. 39.68 lakh while the top-of the line trim technology is offered at the price tag of Rs. 42.88 lakh, ex-showroom. Audi Q3 Design Edition 35 TDI Quattro is tagged at Rs. 40.76 lakh. The vehicle competes against similar stalwarts in the segment including BMW X1, Mercedes-Benz GLA and Mini Countryman.