Audi Q3 Facelift Review & First Drive

Audi Q3 Overview

The Audi Q3 is an SUV offered by the German carmaker in a 2.0 litre diesel engine which is offered with a choice of a manual and an automatic transmission. The automatic is a 7 speed S tronic unit while the manual is a 6 speed gearbox. The 35 TDI is also offered with Audi’s exclusive Quattro all wheel drive system while the 30 TDI S Edition has a front wheel drive. This SUV is available in one variant for each engine option and has a number of exterior, interior and upholstery colour options. The Audi Q3 measures 4,388 mm in length, 1,831 mm in width, 1,608 mm in height and has a wheelbase of 2,603 mm. Other features on the Audi Q3 include cruise control, hill hold assist, reversing camera, audi sound system and electrically adjustable seats.View offers on Audi Cars from Audi dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop

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Audi Q3 Style

The outside of Audi Q3 looks majestic with skilfully carved out slight creases all across the profile and subtle alterations. The built quality justifies the robust image of Audi cars and the athletic design certainly gives it a unique stance. Compared to the predecessor, the Q3 is offered with some fresh features such as 3D radiator front grille, Optional LED headlights and Chrome plated tailpipe. Despite being an entry level crossover in the Audi’s stable, the Q3 comes with exteriors that house premium features like Xenon plus headlamps, Chrome surrounding front grille along with Chrome badge, Front fog lights, Aluminium alloy wheels, ORVMs with Power adjustable + Heated + Power folding and Auto Dimming ORVMs with LED turn indicators, Panoramic roof and Chrome surrounding windows.

Added to this, the extended and curvy hood with creases at the edges and delicate bulges at the wheel arcs make it a sophisticated urban crossover. The Q3 35 TDI Quattro variant is equipped by 17 inches Cast aluminium alloy wheels surrounded by 235/55 R17 size of tubeless tyres, while the Q3 30 TDI S Edition variant gets 16 inches alloy wheels encircled by 215/65 R16 size of tubeless tyres. These broad tyres not only augment the cosmetic charm of the car but also ensure fine road grip even while driving at high speed. Furthermore, the exterior of this compact SUV is also blessed with fine quality paint to give it a premium look.

The auto-maker has offered this luxury crossover in different colour shades that include – Cornea white, Floret Silver, Mythos black, Misano Red, Utopia blue and Tundra Brown.The Q3 is not as big as its elder siblings, but still its appearance on roads looks gigantic. The designers have tried to make it possibly large despite of its limited dimensions. The car measures 4388 mm in length, 2019 mm in width and 1608 mm in height. It also gets a sufficiently large wheelbase of 2603 mm and has ground clearance of 170 mm as well. Besides, this sturdy machine carries kerb weight of 1660 kilograms.

Audi Q3 Space

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.

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 Engine

The Audi Q3 is powered by a 2.0 litre diesel engine with two states of tune. In one format, it generates 174 hp of power at 4,200 rpm and 380 Nm of torque between 1,750 rpm and 2,500 rpm. This version has an automatic transmission while the other variant is mated to a manual gearbox. The manual gearbox trims produce 138 hp of power at 4,200 rpm and 320 Nm of torque. Both engine tunes have generous performance figures for most driving conditions.Transmission available for one version of the Audi Q3 is a 7 speed S tronic automatic gearbox. This transmission is available only on the 35 TDI diesel engine powered variants. This variant also has Audi’s exclusive all wheel drive Quattro system. The 30 TDI S Edition version has a 6 speed manual transmission without Audi’s Quattro system.

The Audi Q3 has a claimed fuel efficiency of 15.73 kmpl for the 35 TDI variants and 17.32 kmpl for the 30 TDI S Edition versions. The company recommends sulphur free diesel for best performance as well as fuel efficiency.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 Driving

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. Check for Audi Q3 in industrynewswire.in

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

In terms of safety, the Audi Q3 SUV is offered with 8 airbags, ABS (Anti lock Braking System) with EBD (Electronic Brakeforce Distribution), hill hold assist, traction control, Audi Multimedia Interface, and tyre pressure monitoring system.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 Cost in Hyderabad

Audi Q3 Ex-Showroom Price in Hyderabad ranges from 33,40,000/- (Q3 30 TFSI Premium AT FWD) to 41,54,250/- (Q3 35 TDI Quattro Technology). Get best offers for Audi Q3 from Audi Dealers in Hyderabad. Check for Audi Q3 price in Hyderabad at Carzprice

Audi Q3 Conclusion

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.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.

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