Audi Q3 Performance & First Drive

Audi Q3 Overview

Further updating its 2017 line-up, Audi India today launched the facelifted 2017 Audi Q3 in the country starting at Rs 34.2 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). This is Audi’s third launch for the year 2017 after the A3 Cabriolet facelift and the new-gen A4 diesel, both of which went on sale in India last month. As for the new Audi Q3 facelift, the crossover-SUV comes with better styling, new features and a pair of new 2.0 litre TDI engines in different states of tune – 138 bhp and 174 bhp. Expanding the petrol line-up for the domestic market, the 2017 Audi Q3 SUV has been launched with the 1.4 litre TFSI petrol engine priced at Rs 32.20 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). The new petrol version of the SUV joins the 2017 Q3 2.0 litre TDI diesel that was introduced in the country few weeks ago and comes with a subtle facelift and several upgrades for the new model year. Unlike the 2017 Q3 diesel, which is available in both Front Wheel Drive (FWD) and Quattro options, the new petrol version is only offered in the FWD setup.Book a test drive for Audi Q3 in Hyderabad at Tryaldrive

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Audi Q3 Design & 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 Cabin & Comfort

The interiors see no change, with Audi waiting for the full update to make major changes to the Q3. Despite that the Q3 still feels properly rich and lavish in terms of materials and build. But the design is starting to show its age, especially so when you compare it to its siblings. On some fronts where Audi has led the charge earlier, the age is hard to miss. For instance, the display screen on the top of the dash feels small. We also noticed that the resolution of the small information screen in the centre of the instrument cluster in the lower specced 30 TFSI is also from a time long past. We’re also now used to the new circular air con vents that are part of the new Audi look, and the old rectangular black slats also add to the ‘been there seen that’ feeling.

The aging looks aside, the space is well thought out and practical and actually features the largest boot in its class. You pay for this extra boot space with passenger space. While the Q3’s rear bench is easily usable for two adults, it won’t feel ultra-spacious.The high transmission tunnel also makes the Q3 better at dealing with four adults rather than five. While space is at a premium the luxury can’t be questioned, with leather seats and electronic adjust for reach and height on all trim levels. The front seats are comfortable and supportive up front but a little on the firmer side on the rear bench.Audi has equipped an array of comfort features in the Q3, here are some of the vital fitments-climate control, deluxe automatic air conditioner with sun position, multi-function steering wheel with gear shift paddles, power adjusting & power folding heated ORVMs with automatic glare action on driver’s side etc.

Audi Q3 Engine & Gearbox

Under the hood, Audi Q3 like its forerunner gets a 2.0 Litre TDI diesel engine which is mechanized through the injectors that ensure fine and precise distribution of fuel without any power lag. This 1968 cc diesel motor comes in two different power outputs i.e.the TDI Quattro and TDI S Edition. Its 1968 cc 35 TDI Quattro diesel engine tossespeak power of 174.3 bhp at 4200 rpm and peak torque of 380 Nm at 1750 – 2500 rpm. This motor is linked to a 7 speed Dual clutch S-tronic Automatic Transmission that offers swift gear shuffling without any disruption of power supply. On the other hand, the 1968 cc 30 TDI S Edition motor produces maximum power of 138 bhp at 4200 rpm and peak torque of 320 Nm at 1750 – 2500 rpm. This particular variant of the Q3 comes mated to a 6 speed manual transmission.

In last few decades, Audi has turned out to be an epitome of building not only powerful but also the most fuel efficient luxury cars. The credit for this remarkable success goes to its innovative technology.The Q3 retains the same 2.0 Litre TDI diesel engine that is mechanized through the excellent combination of turbocharging and direct injection that not only enables it with superior driving dynamics but also ensures better fuel efficiency. The 2.0 Litre TDI 35 Quattro diesel engine delivers mileage of 15.73 kmpl, while the 30 TDI S Edition diesel mill returns mileage of 17.32 kmpl (As per ARAI).

Audi Q3 Ride & Handling

The ride quality of the Q3 is on the firmer side when compared to its silky smooth Q brethren – the Q5 and the Q7. That said it’s still perfectly composed over any obstacle you will encounter in town. From small to large bumps you remain quite isolated and comfortable. There is also very little vertical or lateral movement from uneven surfaces too. There are some differences in the way the petrol and diesel behave on the road and out on the highway the petrol tends to feel a little flighty, due to some unnerving bouncy vertical movement at high speed, and this may be down to its lighter kerb weight; the diesel on the other hand with a heavier kerb weight and four wheel drive is unsurprisingly more planted on the highway.

The steering is quite light and this is excellent when navigating through city traffic and parking in tight spaces, but when you up the pace through a set of corners you’ll soon find it lacks any feedback. The chassis is quite nice when pushed, with the suspension handling any challenge our bumpy roads care to throw its way. There is a little bit of body roll when you push the car but this too is controlled and soon you can learn to trust the front and let the suspension handle the rest. The petrol engine with its gruff rumble and desire to rev is quite nice when your evil twin shows up behind the wheel, but it’s again let down by the lack of pedals that would have allowed better use of the gearbox while keeping both hands on the wheel. The diesel with its smooth spread of 380Nm of torque is again the more fun of the two even when you’re hooning around.

Audi Q3 Safety & Security

Audi Q3 is equipped with plenty of braking and safety features for driving control and passenger protection. The primary braking of the wheels is operated by the Ventilated Disc front and Solid disc rear brakes. Moreover, this luxury compact SUV is also equipped with advanced braking features like Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Electric Braking System (EBS), Traction Control and Electronic Stability Programme.Furthermore, for the first time, the Q3 compact SUV comes equipped by a Hill Decent Control for additional control while driving on terrain conditions. For passenger care and car security, it also comes loaded with features such as Airbags (Driver frontal airbag, Driver side airbag, Front passenger frontal airbag, Front passenger head airbag, Front passenger side airbag and Rear passenger side airbags), Child proof locks, 3-point inertia-reel seat belts for all seats, Seat belt reminder and Side-on collision protection.

Audi Q3 Cost in Chennai

Audi Q3 Ex-Showroom Price in Chennai 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 Chennai. Check for Audi Q3 price in Chennai at Carzprice

Audi Q3 Conclusion

With the introduction of the new petrol engine and by skimping on some features like a reverse parking camera, paddle shifters and the higher resolution instrument cluster screen, Audi has managed to keep the low entry price for the Q3 range similar in the hopes of attracting a few more buyers. But really the pick of the bunch is the new diesel. It’s a much more pleasant driving experience, is quattro equipped and also doesn’t skimp out on features that the petrol misses. If you feel that the badge on the car is worth sacrificing some creature comforts for, and you’re sure you will never feel the urge to mash that throttle pedal, and with no one wiser that your pride and joy is slightly lacking in displacement, the petrol (five lakhs cheaper than the diesel) may make enough sense.

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