The Audi Q3 comes at a cheaper price than models like the Land Rover Evoque and is a more stylish option against the Range Rover. It comes with two four-cylinder engines: 2.0-litre diesel and petrol units, along with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic S-tronic and six-speed manual. Two trim levels, the S-line and SE, come as the Q3’s variations. Given its standard features and affordable price, how will the rest of the Q3’s features stand against the high end competitors in its class?
The Q3 has a more refined shape in terms of styling. It measures 4.4m in length and measures 250mm shorter than the Q5. It’s also smaller in size next to the Volkswagen Tiguan. Overall it’s much smaller than expected and its look not intended for the average customer. But it definitely impresses in terms of its discreet yet handsome look. Plus its design is smart, with its clamshell tailgate and gently sloping D-pillars. These features make it appealing to anyone who doesn’t like the look of the boxy 4x4s. Its hatch is a wraparound closure like most larger SUVs; this feature typically seen in the S-line trim or SE spec variations.
The interior sports a dashboard that’s set high, with the lower and upper sections positioned slightly away from occupants. The matt black centre console has a handsome, polished finish, and its brushed buttons and soft-touch trim fit seamlessly with this portion. If you’re looking at the interior from a traditional SUV vantage point, the Q3 is compact enough as a tall hatchback. Children will have no problems fitting into the rear space. Boot space is adequate at 460 litres.
The Q3 engines are four 2.0-litre units at 138 or 174 bhp for the turbodiesels and 167 or 208bhp for the petrol. The 174bhp diesel performs well on a low rev range and has 280lb ft of torque from 1750rpm. The engines are insulated, preventing noise within the cabin. Even when you rev the engine harder you won’t hear a peep as it’s hushed and only echoes from a distance if heard from inside.
The 138bhp unit, despite its maximum output exhausted at 4200rpm, does not leave you wanting. The impressive 236lb ft torque allows for effortless driving, proving it to be a willing performer on the road. Plus it has a recorded 62mph sprint time at 9.9 seconds, but the 174bhp is much faster at 8.2 seconds.
Unfortunately the petrols aren’t as impressive. Even with the 2.0 petrol able to arrive at 62mph in 6.9 seconds, it’s not as characterful as the diesel options. The coasting feature takes some time to get accustomed to. Until you are able to drive smoothly with it, you will face problems with its challenging cadence. But once you’ve overcome this hurdle, you’ll be arriving at efficient gains.
The Q3 is impressive on most road conditions, but it isn’t as smooth along off-road surfaces. It’s a more practical car to take along everyday journeys and common pathways. Ride quality still could use more improvement and has yet to reach the same level as its rival class leaders.
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