With sharper lines similar to all of the new Audi models, a wealth of sophisticated technology and more space, comfort and technology, the all-new Audi Q3 is here.
We are realising more and more that modern life is a balancing act and the new Audi Q3 is a compact SUV that juggles it all in style. With more space inside, a more striking appearance on the outside and enough SUV road presence to inspire confidence yet compact enough to handle tight urban streets, the new Audi Q3 makes getting it just right look effortless.
There is a choice of Sport, S Line and Vorsprung specifications available at launch with four engine options. Three TFSI and one TDI with power outputs ranging from 150PS to 230PS.
Sport trim highlights include:
• 18” x 7.0J ‘5-double-arm’ design alloy wheels
• LED headlights with daytime-running lights and dynamic rear indicators
• Front Sport seats in Index cloth
• MMI Navigation Plus with MMI touch display
• Audi Virtual Cockpit
• Audi Pre-sense Front with pedestrian and cyclist detection
In addition or replacement to Sport, the S line trim highlights include:
• 19” x 7.0J ‘5-twin-spoke dynamic’ design alloy wheels
• S line exterior styling with Privacy glass
• Front Sport seats with ‘S’ embossed logo in Pulse cloth/twin leather upholstery
• Ambient lighting pack
In addition or replacement to S line, the Vorsprung trim highlights include:
• 20” x 8.5J ‘5-V-spoke star’ design Audi Sport alloy wheels in matt titanium-look, diamond-cut finish
• Matrix LED headlights with dynamic front and rear indicators
• S line bumpers in contrasting Manhattan grey, paint finish
• Black Styling Pack
• Alcantara frequency/Twin leather upholstery
• Bang & Olufsen 3D Sound System
• Driver Assistance Pack
• Extended Ambient Lighting Pack - multi-coloured
The new Q3 displays the same exterior characteristics as all of the new Audi offensive with sharper lines, creases and an instantly Audi recognisable front grille with its octagonal design framed with slimmer LED headlights. LED daytime running lights and dynamic rear indicators are also features.
There is a choice of 11 paint colours available with the option of a contrasting colour finish for the Sport model allowing you to give your new Q3 a touch of your own style.
It is 4,485 millimetres long, making it 97 millimetres longer than its predecessor, and has grown in width by 18 millimetres to 1,849 millimetres, but at 1,585 millimetres it sits five millimetres lower than the first-generation Q3. Its wheelbase, which has been stretched 78 millimetres to 2,681 millimetres, facilitates the inclusion of considerably more knee room, headroom and elbow room.
The interior in the new Q3 is more sophisticated and is complimented by a cabin design which is clearly inspired by Audi's full-size models. The minimalist instrument panel takes centre of attention and is surrounded by a wide chrome strip. It is divided into two levels with the top including the air vents and the bottom encompassing a large octogonal area with black-panel look. A high-gloss black trim surrounds the central element of the new operating concept: the fully digital 10.1 inch MMI touch display.
Supportive sport seats with either full cloth upholstery in Sport models or a combination of cloth and synthetic Twin leather in the S line are standard. In the S line there are two further extra cost upholstery options - full Twin leather or Twin leather and Alcantara – and the latter option is also available for the Sport model. For the first time Alcantara also appears as an option for the surfaces of the instrument panel and the door armrests. They are available in three colours, including a bold orange.
There will be a choice of Sport or S Line specifications available at launch with four engine options. Three TFSI and one TDI with power outputs ranging from 150PS to 230PS.
Entry level will be the 1.5 litre TFSI engine with 150PS and 250 Nm of torque. Using the new Audi naming convention it will be badged as 35 TFSI and will be fitted with a fast-shifting seven-speed S tronic and front-wheel drive with a six-speed manual coming later.
The 2.0 litre TFSI will be named as 40 TFSI and comes with 190PS and 320 Nm of Torque.The remaining TFSI engine is the 45 TFSI with 230PS and 350 Nm of Torque. Both of these options are coupled as standard with the seven-speed S tronic gearbox and use quattro permanent all-wheel drive.
The only diesel engine available is the 2.0 litre unit with 150PS and 340 NM of Torque. This will be named as the 35 TDI model and is initially available with manual transmission and quattro drive. A seven-speed S tronic will be offered in combination with front-wheel drive shortly afterward along with a 2.0 TDI developing 190PS to extend the range.
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The market for SUVs is getting very crowded and Audi offers five of them in different sizes from the little – but, very good Q2 – to the mighty, and soon to be released, Q8; and when the Q4 arrives next there’ll be a Q family of six.
One of the most popular of the Q family has been the mid-size Audi Q3 which competes against other premium cars from BMW, Mercedes and Range Rover, as well as excellent cars such as the latest version of the one that started it all, the Nissan Qashqai.
It’s a typical SUV in that it sits high on big wheels, but is also typically Audi in the slim headlamps and the now familiar radiator grille which is becoming uniform across the Audi range. It looks understated compared to some – the main premium badged rivals such as the Evoque, Merc GLA and the BMW X2 in particular – but some (me included) quite like that. It looks very neat, unfussy and I’m rather taken by the suggestion of coupe styling at the back with those heavily raked D pillars framing the back window.
It’s been said to the point of boredom, but it’s nonetheless worth repeating, that the aesthetics of a car are mainly subjective and in the case of this writer, the Q3 gets the thumbs up in its quiet approach over the more ostentatious looks of some others.
Quality, you take that for granted, elegance too for that matter inside any Audi and the Q3 more than delivers everything you want in those respects. The plastics and materials you touch and see are high grade, the seats are comfortable, the dash and instrumentation looks inviting and the Q3 has that indefinable sense of making you feel very much part of the car as you slip behind the wheel.
The front seats are fine, but the ones behind are not especially good for adults; while that sloping roofline looks sporty it does restrict the headroom available underneath, nor is the boot space the biggest in this sector. I would also urge a note of caution on the spec level because it’s all too easy to start ticking the options list and pushing up the cost. This is a danger when you’re spec-ing up any new car, but you need to pay particular attention with the premium brands.
That said, you can forgive so much when you appreciate touches like the soft glow of hidden illumination in the cabin at night and the tactile experience of those parts you touch or the comfort of the driver’s seat. It is a nice place to be.
This is a little bit old-school Audi and a little bit old-school SUV because the steering can feel a little vague and doesn’t connect to your neural system as effortlessly and faithfully as, say that in the BMW. Point it into a bend and it’s not instantly apparent if the car will follow your anticipated course because the steering and suspension between the front wheels and you filter out some of the messages you need; however, maybe that’s just me talking as someone who enjoys feeling really involved when I’m driving.
What the Q3 does do well, surprisingly so actually, is, providing your car has the smaller diameter wheels, it rides well over all but the worst of our broken roads. SUVs place competing demands on their designers. On the one hand, they need to stiffen the springs and anti-roll bars to prevent motion sickness as the leverage of the raised ride height makes the car wallowy in the bends or when braking. On the other hand, they need to have a reasonably comfortable ride. Some I can think of are utterly defeated by this and are positively unpleasant, but the Audi caught my attention for all the right reasons.
Under the bonnet you have the choice of 1.4 or 2.0 litre petrol engines or a 2.0 diesel. The little petrol engine is for front wheel drive versions only, the 2.0 exclusively with the Quattro drivetrain and the diesel either/or.
The bigger petrol engine is great, a good choice, the smaller one is game, but struggles a little under load. We all know that diesels are being driven out of favour, but the endless torque available from this one is so perfectly suited to an SUV that it is certainly worth a look.
It’s smooth, nicely insulated and with a seven speed semi-automatic ‘box never seems fussy or busy making progress feel relaxed. You have to factor in the fuel economy as well, because comparing like-for-like trim specs, the diesel averages 61 mpg, the 2.0 petrol 42 and the 1.4 48 so there are significant cost savings depending on your mileage.
The Q3 is not the latest car in the Audi model range, or the newest one in this sector, but still has so much in its favour. The styling gets a big tick from me, as does its ride and the interior from the driver’s perspective. Residuals are good which has a big and beneficial effect on finance packages and whole-life running costs.
If you’re thinking of an Audi, you have certain expectations, on quality, performance, styling, of wanting a certain panache that makes you feel good about yourself every time you drive it - yes, even in our traffic and on our roads; then the Q3 may not be perfect, but it does give you all that!
Facts & Figures for the Audi Q3
Model tested 1.4 TFSI Sport S tronic
0 to 60mph: 9 seconds
Top speed: 127 mph
Average mpg: 48
CO2: 136 g/km
Main service: 20,000 miles/24 months
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