June 18, 2015: Audi India has launched the facelift version of Q3 compact luxury SUV at Rs. 28.99 lac (Ex-Showroom New Delhi). The 2015 model year vehicle is coming with added features, aesthetic uplift along with no mechanical changes. The SUV gets a new single-frame grille, Audi calls it '3D-effect Singleframe' grille. The new grille is finished in satin chrome and merges with the headlamps (LED headlamps are optional). It is pulled by the same 2.0-liter 35 TDI 4-cylinder oil burner. The engine musters out 174 bhp @ 4200 rpm and 380 Nm of max torque extracted in-between 1750-2500 rpm. The engine is mated to a 7-speed dual clutch automatic transmission. Moreover, with this facelift Audi has offered paddle shifters with the Q3.
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|Variants||Fuel Type||Transmission||Engine Description||Mileage||Power|
|30 TDI S Edition||Diesel||Manual||1968cc
||14.25||17.32||138.13bhp @ 4200rpm|
|35 TDI Quattro Premium||Automatic||1968cc
||12.0||15.73||174.33bhp @ 4200rpm|
|35 TDI Quattro Premium Plus||Automatic||1968cc
||12.0||15.73||174.33bhp @ 4200rpm|
The German brethren are always good at designing luxury vehicles and it proved yet again with the facelift version of Audi Q3. This is the model that took the entry level luxury SUV segment by a storm with sales as expected by the company. It was first introduced in year 2011 and since then, its variant portfolio has received updates with special and limited editions. Now, it has received some minor tweaks to its exteriors that takes pushes its exterior elegance to the next level. This will eventually augment the competition in the entry level SUV segment. The firm has retained all the existing variants like S Edition, Premium and Premium Plus. There are no changes made in terms of its technical specifications and it continues to have a 2.0-litre TDI mill. This gives output in two-states-of-tune. The quattro gets the powerful version that produces 174bhp, and the same motor in Q3 S churns out 138bhp. As for the transmission, the S Edition gets a six speed manual gearbox, while the top end option has a seven speed S Tronic automatic gearbox.
On the outside, its front facade gets a major cosmetic update and is more angular than its outgoing model. For the first time, this SUV is introduced with LED headlights for better illumination. The bumper has a new design with pronounced air ducts. It also gets a new 3D radiator grille too gets a minor tweak with added chrome inserts. Aside from minor tweaks to its rear bumper and taillight cluster, the entire rear facet is still the same. The fenders are mated with a new set of alloy wheels. Coming to the insides, this latest version gets the same old design, but with some minor modifications. It gets a lot of brushed metallic inserts that emphasizes its sporty appeal. It also has an updated infotainment system with navigation unit, an in-built 20GB hard drive and 2 SD card slots. The steering wheel is now mounted with paddle shifters that adds to the excitement. This takes on the likes of Mercedes Benz GLA and BMW X1 in its class.
Being one of the best sellers from this brand, it has got all the looks and style that can leave anyone mesmerized at the first glance itself. With this facelift, its appearance is improved and now, its frontage appears more angular and sharp. The headlamps are now based on LED technology, and the radiator grille gets a stylish 3D effect. The iconic logo in the center and the frame, both gets a neat chrome polish. The bumper is also slightly revised with pronounced air ducts. This SUV gets a spanking new set of alloy wheels, and the side skirts add to its sporty appeal. Apart from these, there are no changes made in its side profile. At the rear, its tail light cluster gets LED touch, and the bumper has undergone a minor tweak.
Its length stretches to around 4388mm and the width measures 2019mm with external mirrors included. With a height of 1608mm, it ensures ample head space inside. The wheelbase of 2603mm is quite good, whereas its front and rear tread comes to 1571mm and 1575mm respectively. Besides these, it has 11.8 meters minimum turning radius and 170mm ground clearance.
Internal changes in this 2015 version are minor. The manufacturer has crafted it exceptionally well with new 3D aluminum inlays that takes the place of wooden inserts, which are in its outgoing model. The dashboard is ergonomically styled and the sporty steering wheel is now mounted with new paddle shifters. An important change is the addition of navigation system and a rear view camera. A panoramic sunroof is present only in its top end. The regular aspects include well laid seats, which are adjustable at front in its top of the line variants. Also, a foldable rear seat is incorporated thus, making way for more luggage. Besides these, a four way lumbar support is there for front seats with horizontal and vertical adjustment facility. Its new steering wheel is wrapped with fine leather and the dashboard is highlighted with chrome accents. The instrument cluster has an electronic speedometer, trip odometer, and a fuel gauge. A 1.5-litre bottle holder is present at front, and a storage compartment is there in the front center console. Availability of a 12V accessory socket is a plus point as it aids in keeping electronic devices always charged. The LED interior light package, illuminated glove box compartment, floor mats in velour, assist grips, and radio remote control are standard.
This latest version is packed with several innovative aspects that ensure high level of comfort to its occupants. This list starts with the automatic air conditioning unit, which cools the cabin in no time. The driver information system, with a 3.5 inch TFT color display screen, provides essential information all through the drive. It tells about the radio frequency, outside temperature display, tailgate open warning indicator and a few other notifications. The cruise control function is one more interesting aspect in it. Besides these, it also includes Audi drive select system, which is currently available in a few of its existing models also. Both the sunvisors at front have vanity mirrors, whereas its electrically adjustable door mirrors have electrical adjustment function. Additional aspects in it are rear parking aid, auto release function, power windows, electrically adjustable front seats, front center armrest, foldable rear seat, assist grips, inside rear view mirror and LED lighting package. The manufacturer is also giving some of the optional features like a panoramic sunroof that brings in fresh air and sun light and has paddle shifters that are mounted on its steering wheel.
This five door SUV model has two rows with enough space to accommodate five passengers. Its first row has a head room of 1019mm and a shoulder space of 1417mm. The second row has a headroom of 969mm and a shoulder space of 1362mm. Also, it is also fitted with a massive fuel tank of 64 litres.
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.
No changes in its technical specifications bring us to the point that the one with a 6-speed manual transmission will achieve the same top speed as the outgoing model, which is around 202 Kmph. And it can accelerate from 0 to 100 Kmph in only about 9 to 10 seconds. Meanwhile, those with a 7-speed S tronic automatic transmission, require approximately 8.2 seconds to break the 100 Kmph speed limit and attains nearly 212 Kmph maximum speed.
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.
What drives this robust SUV is a 2.0-litre diesel engine, which is so far, one of the best on Indian roads. This is the same 1968cc motor that is present in its predecessor and gives out two different outputs. It is compliant with EU4 emission standards. It is based on a double overhead camshaft valve configuration, which comes with four cylinders and 16 valves. It is supplied fuel through a common rail injection system. The maximum power delivered in its Quattro trims is 174.3bhp with a torque of 380Nm, and they are based on all wheel drive system. These are skillfully paired with a 7-speed S tronic automatic transmission gear box. In the 'S' Edition, it belts out 138.1bhp, 320Nm torque and is coupled with a 6-speed manual transmission gear box.
This newly launched SUV is available with a 2.0-litre mill under its hood that produces two different outputs. This version has the ability to produce a mileage of about 15.73 Kmpl, under standard driving conditions. The S Edition has the ability to give away a peak mileage of 17.32 Kmpl (as per ARAI certification).
This prevalent version is fitted with a 1968cc drive train that runs on a 4-cylinder configuration. Its mid and high end trims produce 174bhp and generates torque of 380Nm. However, the same in its stripped-down version (Q3 S) churns out 138.1bhp in combination with a torque of 320Nm.
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 MMI infotainment system is an interesting feature in this facelifted version. It has a single CD player, SDHC memory card reader and Aux-In socket. This latest one is now blessed with a 20GB inbuilt hard drive, two SD card slots and a navigation system too. It is bestowed with a music interface and Bluetooth connectivity for audio streaming. The top end options also have a 6-channel amplifier, around ten high quality speakers and a sub woofer also. Moreover, a driver information system has a high resolution color display screen. With the help of its Audi music interface, its passengers can easily connect their iPods or MP3 players. Some useful accessories are also provided as standard with this model series. These include parking system plus, headlight cleaning system, panoramic sunroof, attractive body graphics on the outside, and so on.
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.
This new version carries the same braking system, which is in its outgoing model. Disc brakes are the choice of this company for both its front and rear wheels. To further boost this mechanism, it is offered with anti-lock braking system, electronic brake force distribution and brake assist function. When it is about suspension, a McPherson spring strut system is affixed on its front axle with lower wishbones and aluminum sub frames. Meanwhile, a 4-link type of system is assembled on the rear one and has a separate spring arrangement. Moreover, it also includes a highly responsive steering system that improves handling in any road condition, without affecting its stability.
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.
Coming to the protective aspects, it comes equipped with a number of features that guarantee enhanced protection. All these are incorporated with anti-lock braking system and electronic brake force distribution. The list also include traction control, parking sensors with reverse camera, airbags for driver and front passenger, side-on collision protection, child proof locks for rear doors, and three point inertia-reel seat belts with force limiters as well as belt tensioners. In addition to all these, it has the regular stuff such as first aid kit, warning triangle, electronic stabilization program, electronic vehicle immobilization device, seat belt reminder, integrated head restrained system, hill start assist and central locking system.
In its new avatar, its Quattro trims are equipped with a set of 17 inch cast aluminum wheels in a fresh design, which enhances the look of its side profile. These rims are covered with tubeless tyres, which bears the size 235/55 R17. Whereas its S Edition is just stunning with a set of 16 inch forged aluminum wheels, which have radial tyres of size 215/65 R16. Along with this, a spare wheel is also offered as a replacement for flat tyre.
1. New external appearance is more appealing.
2. Availability of numerous safety aspects is an advantage.
3. Addition of paddle shifters augments the driving experience.
4. It offers ample cabin space.
5. Reliable engine performance.
1. Design of dashboard doesn't carry the modern look.
2. Handling characteristics can be further improved.
3. Price tag is expensive.
4. Rear head room is not so spacious.
5. A few more interior changes should be made.
|30 TDI S Edition |
|35 TDI Quattro Premium |
|35 TDI Quattro Premium Plus |
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