The brand new Q3, a compact luxury SUV from Audi, is a sporty, efficient and versatile urban vehicle with impressive engine dynamics and technology. The Q3 is the smallest member of the Audi Q family of SUVs. It was one of the most anticipated vehicles in recent times since it brought down the cost of entry to the four ringed club. Equipped with a powerful and efficient engine and Quattro technology, the Audi Q3 has been one of the strongest selling vehicles in the Audi fleet in India.
The Audi Q3 is equipped with a single engine option, but that will definitely be no reason for disappointment because it truly is a gem of a motor. The unit is a 2.0 litre, 4 cylinder, turbocharged diesel engine that churns out 177 bhp if power and a maximum torque output of 380 Nm @ 1750-2500 rpm. Audi couples the engine with a hydraulic multi-plate clutch and the 7-speed, S-Tronic automatic gearbox. The power is then channelled to all 4 wheels through the legendary Quattro permanent all wheel drive system. The refinement level of this diesel engine is very high and the Q3 can sprint to 100 kph from a dead stop in 8.2 seconds and hit a maximum speed of 212 kph. However there is a less powerful Q3 S with a manual gearbox and front-wheel drive which offers decent performance also.
The Audi Q3 has a striking appearance and definitely stands out from the crowd. It comes shod with 17 inch alloy wheels. The exterior body is muscular and flaunts a dominant chrome front grille flanked by LED headlight clusters. The roof rails, heat-insulating glass, black trim strips and electrically adjustable, heated and electrically folding exterior mirrors exude sophistication. The rear of the car is equally striking and features LED tail lamps. The turn indicators are dynamic and illuminate sequentially in the direction of the turn. Light and rain sensors, acoustic windscreen, Audi Drive Select and headlight washers also feature in the standard equipment list. The spacious interior is very well appointed with leather seat upholstery and an interior lighting package. The car offers leather wrapped multifunction steering wheel with a 4 spoke design and cupholders.
There is also a dual zone climate control system, front seats with lumbar support, hill start assist, electromechanical parking brake, a folding rear seat back, front centre armrest and cruise control are the other features along with Bluetooth connectivity and driver information system. The car also gets with a sound system with a 20GB on-board hard drive and 2 SD card slots, voice recognition, panoramic sunroof, driver information system with colour display, a deluxe automatic air conditioning system with sun sensor and electrically adjustable front seats. The available MMI Navigation Plus system lets customers operate a wide range of different media and convenience functions. The Q3 is equipped modern safety features like the Electronic Stability Program (ESP), space saving spare wheel, Park Assist function with display and first aid kit and warning triangle, multiple airbags at the front and rear, ABS, a rear view camera.
The Q3 gave people a lot more access into the Audi world of terrific quality and brilliant driving dynamics. The car became an overnight hit after its launch and Audi has not had much to work on afterwards. However, not keen to rest on their laurels and to help it take on stronger rivals, Audi has now let out the new Q3. And make no mistake, it is better than it ever was.