Audi, the premium car brand from Volkswagen Group is a well known name in India. Audi India has been known for offering high class, luxurious and technologically advanced cars. This time around, the company is ready with a lavish and sporty SUV, called Audi Q3. It is basically a five door SUV from Audi. Compared to Audi Q5 which is the mid-luxury compact SUV and the true SUV Audi Q7, the Q3 is targeted as more of a lifestyle automobile rather than a full grown off-roader. It shares its year of launch with the arch rival-BMW X1. It debuted in April, 2011 at the Shanghai Motor Show. The car, better known as baby SUV, is built on Volkswagen’s Group A5 (PQ35) platform on which Volkswagen Tiguan and SEAT Tribu are built. The Q3 resides above the proposed Audi Q1 mini crossover. However, till date it is the smallest SUV by Audi. Audi Q3 has come out in just the diesel trims and the company is going to launch Q3 petrol version as per demand. Audi Q3 2.0 TDI is the base diesel variant and the high end variant is named Audi Q3 WCI; both the versions are fraught up with features. Audi launched Q3 with great proud and with this SUV, it managed to showcase how innovative the German engineering is. The brand new Audi Q3 has been blessed with a powerful, strappy and dynamic 2.0 litre of TDI Quattro diesel engine, which is capable of churning out high power output of 177 PS at the rate of 4200 rpm along with 380 Nm of maximum torque at the rate of 1750 to 2500 rpm . This robust and aggressive engine has been coupled well with seven speed S tronic automatic transmission, which makes the ride in this car absolutely wonderful. With the seven speed automatic transmission, the car is successful in delivering a decent mileage of 5.9 to 7 km per litre.
Talking about the pickup and acceleration of the car, Audi Q3 2.0 TDI is not disappointing at all. The car zooms away with a top speed of 132 km per hour and catches the 0 to 62km per hour mark in merely 8.2 seconds, which is certainly noteworthy. The looks of Audi Q3 are totally mesmerizing. The front end of the car features flowing contours with halogen headlights with separate day running lights, smooth bumper and fog lamps. The bold wheel arches fit in 16 inches of aluminium alloy wheels with a tyre size of 6.5J x 16 in the 2.0 TDI variant and 17” 10 spoke aluminium alloy wheels in the high end variant Audi Q3 2.0 TDI WCI. The roof railings are quite prominent, while the heat insulating glass prevents the car body from heating up in summers. The exterior mirrors are electrically adjustable, heater and electrically folding and the headlight range can also be adjusted.
On the inside, one will find the posh leatherette B-grain upholstered seats accompanied by interiors lighting package. The floor mats are present at both rear and front to keep the car clean and the leather wrapped multifunction steering wheel in four-spoke design add on more charm to the front cabin of the car. The inlays are done in truffle beige or monometallic, depending to the interior color, while the luggage compartment has also been provided with mats. Furthermore, the car comes with manual air conditioning system with heater, reversible load floor, electromechanical parking brake, hill start assist, cruise control, Audi music system and electric seat adjustment facility for the driver’s seat and manual height adjustment facility for the front passenger’s seat.Finally the Electronic Stability Program, first aid kit, car jack, ISOFIX child seat mounting warning triangle, full size airbags, with side airbags at the front and rear and head airbag and electronic immobilization device add on to the safety features of Audi Q3 2.0 TDI.
Audi Q3 Mileage
Editor's take : The Audi Q3 comes with a frugal diesel engine, which returns a good fuel economy.
Audi cars are well equipped with all the luxurious features, but along with that they even provide a decent mileage and have a good power; Audi Q3 has 2.0 Litre TDi Quattro diesel engine which is capable of generating 177 PS of power at 4200 rpm and 380 Nm of torque between 1750-2500 rpm . The SUV is capable of delivering a mileage of 17.54 kmpl on the Indian roads which is quite impressive. The Q3 model has diverse driving options which have the direct affect on the fuel consumption. Like the driver’s mode which is fuel economic if compared to the sports mode.
Power of Audi Q3
Editor's take : The power produced by the petrol and diesel, Audis are good not just on paper, but even in the real world.
Audi Q3 Colours
These colors are available with all variants of Audi Q3
Acceleration & Pick-Up
Editor's take : The acceleration produced by the Q3 is decent and the fact that the quattro improves its acceleration wherever two-wheel drive vehicles lose grip.
The car is powered by a 2.0 Litre TDi Quattro diesel engine which can churn out a power of 177 PS at 4200 rpm and 380 Nm of torque between a range of 1750-2500 rpm. This Quattro engine has the 4 wheel drive train to deliver equal power among the 4 wheels. The car has an amazing top speed of 212 kmph and can easily reach to the speed of 100 kmph in just 8.2 seconds . The hydraulic clutch plate in the car powers the front and rear axle very quickly to attain this acceleration.
Audi Q3 Exteriors
Talking about the exteriors of the Audi Q3, the car is bestowed with new and amazing features; it has the 16” Forged aluminium alloy wheels in 7-arm design in the TDI variant and 17 ” Cast aluminium alloy wheels in the 10-spoke design in the WCI variant to give this car a remarkable look. Some of the basic features include the roof rails and the black trim strips. To add to the beauty a single frame grille is added between the wedge shaped Halogen headlamps in the front of the car. The bonnet of the car and the adjustable exterior mirrors with the ORVM’s provide this car a very appealing look. The car is equipped with the heat insulating glass to avoid the entry of direct heat in the car. When it comes to the WCI model which is the high end variant of Audi Q3, the car has some additional features like the light and the rain sensors, the acoustic windscreen to reduce the structural and the airborne noises. There is also LED rear light, headlight washer and the grey tinted windscreen to make the high end variant stand apart.
Audi Q3 is a well proportioned SUV. This SUV looks a like a grown-up hatchback car along with higher ground clearance. The SUV has a length of 4385mm, which makes it a bit shorter than Nissan Sunny and also six centimeters shorter than its arch rival BMW X1. However, Audi Q3 is more spacious than X1. The width and height of Audi Q3 are 1831mm and 1608 mm respectively which provides more head room space as compared to the BMW X1.
Audi Q3 Interior
Editor's take : The interiors of the Q3 are stylish and trendy when compared to other vehicles. The space is decent in both the row, but a bit tight for the second row passengers.
As we all know that Audi is known well for offering luxurious cars with gracefully designed interiors. All the features provided in the car as per the expectations. The materials used in designing the interiors of the car are of high quality to give a lavish and a comfortable look. The seat upholstery is L-grain/leatherette B-grain with the interior lightning package, front and rear floor mats and luggage compartment mat. The Leather covered multifunction steering wheel in 4- spoke design, the gear shift paddles on the S-tronic model are quite impressive. The interior of the car has Monometallic or truffle beige colour with the headlining done in cloth. When we move over to the WCI variant there are only few changes which include the High gloss package and Inlays in Walnut balsamic brown. The interior lightning is also changed from the normal lights to the LED lights to make it look more pleasing.
Audi Q3 Engine and Performance
Editor's take : The 2.0-litre diesel engine on the Q3 has good performance. The transmission shifts quickly and is even highly economical, when cruising on the highway in the top cog.
Audi India is quite geared up to launch its much awaited SUV, Audi Q3 in the Indian car market. So far, Audi Q3 is expected to be rolled in only diesel variant. This variant will come with 2.0 litre of TDI diesel motor, which would comfortably churn out immense power of 174 PS of peak power at 4200 rpm along with 38.74kgm of peak torque at 1750-2500 rpm . The engine would be coupled with seven speed DSG automatic gearbox with S-Tronic. The power is sent to all four wheels via Quattro that aids the SUV in delivering a power packed performance on the road.
The Audi Q3 comes with a 16” Forged aluminium alloy wheels in 7-arm design in the TDI variant and 17 ” Cast aluminium alloy wheels in the 10-spoke design in the WCI variant . This car has a dynamic S line sports suspension which is available as a no cost option. The addition of this new suspension in the SUV have reduced the by 20mm.
Braking & Handling
Editor's take : The Q3 drives like a car and even handles like one. The ride is supple and Audi has struck the correct balance between ride and handling.
The car comes with the Quattro four wheel drive system which means the driver will have ample of grip when driving the car. The car has electromechanical power brakes which include the parking brakes, auto release function to assist when pulling away and emergency braking function on all four wheels. The car has a dynamic suspension system which is based on the set of interconnected hydraulic cylinders. So this system does not engage itself in the normal driving conditions when the hydraulic pressure is equal on all the 4 tyres, but in the off road conditions, the suspension system activate when it detects that a wheel has dropped. The hill assist system engages automatically when detects a slope and then holds the car stationary for two seconds after the driver releases the brake to give him time to apply throttle.
Handling & Safety
Editor's take : The Q3 comes loaded with various features like ABS, airbags, ESP and this being a quattro, it generally doesn’t run out of traction on a road.
The company has taken great care of the safety of its passengers, Audi Q3 comes with an Electronic Stabilisation Program (ESP) which includes the ABS, EBD, ASR and EDL , all these features works together to avoid any skidding and provide the driver more control over the steering wheel. The car has Driver, front passenger, front side and head airbag system to avoid any serious injuries during the accidents. The other features to ensure safe driving conditions include the front and rear fog lights, light and rain sensors, rear parking sensors, central remote locking, seat belt monitoring and the Thatcham Category 1 alarm and immobiliser. The handling includes the 7-speed S-tronic automatic gearbox with power steering which can be adjusted according to the height and reach of the driver.
Stereo & Accessories in Audi Q3
Editor's take : The Q3 gets in dash system, Audi’s MMI, leather seats and all the frills that one expects from a luxury vehicle.
The infotainment section of Audi Q3 has also been paid great attention as the infotainment devices make our journey more enjoyable and soothing. The car is equipped with an Audi audio system with a 6.5 inch manually retractable display screen ; the car has 8 passive speakers with a total output of 80 Watts . It has the Audi music interface which allows us to connect our Apple iPhone and iPod, USB storage media and MP3 players. This stereo system also has Bluetooth interface for phone connectivity and Bluetooth audio streaming. It has a concert radio which includes a CD drive, two SDHC memory cards, MMI operating logic, speed dependent volume control and the TP menu which automatically saves the traffic news when driving. The car also has the Driver’s Information System (DIS) – which includes the 3.5 inch monochrome display on the dashboard, this screen shows the radio frequency or the track title, telephone control menu and the other display information such as the navigation. This DIS also includes the on board trip computer with short and long- term trip memory, outside temperature display, digital speedometer and some other features. It also has the voice control system for key telephone and radio functions.
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Pros & Cons
Audi Q3 Pros :
Trendy design, WLAN hotspot, side-assist system, affordable price and perfect combination of quality/price ratio
Audi Q3 Cons :
Lower engine power in some designs, Engine sound