Audi Q3 Hatchback First Drive

Audi Q3 Overview

There is no doubt in the fact the Q3 is one of the most preferred compact luxury crossovers of the world. Be it its overall dimension, handling capability or the level of comfort the Q3 has been a crowd favorite. Audi recently introduced the Q2 as well which has been positioned below the Q3 and is an equally interesting vehicle. But coming back to the Q3, Audi introduced the compact Crossover back in 2011 and it went on sale in the Indian market in 2012.

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In a recent image we can watch Audi already started testing what seems to appear like the second generation Q3. Although the test mule that was spotted in heavy camouflage but the reports states that the next generation Crossover appears to be bigger and longer than the current generation Q3. Although not much details are available at this moment but we have tried to gather all the information available at this moment and providing you our first impression of the next generation Q3. View offers on Audi Cars from Audi dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop.

Audi Q3 Exterior

Things haven’t changed drastically in this small lil SUV as it still looks more macho than the Mercedes Benz GLA and definitely more enthusiastic than the BMW X1. Audi has given it a mid life facelift and thus it gets certain modern elements but still maintains its earlier charm.At front, there is a crisper looking three dimensional single frame radiator grille sporting new edges around its shape with a contrasting brushed aluminium finish. The streamlined headlamps intrude this arrangement neatly. The fog lamp pockets too have got a new design except for a small change i.e. they no longer feature fog lamps as the headlight cluster gets LED day time running lamps. The creases and contours on the front make it look wider than before.

To the side, everything remains same as before except for new 5 spoke 17 inch alloy wheels. These wheels maintain the edgy theme and look neat compared to the ones offered earlier. The side skirts get a minor change whereas other features and traits are carried over. The Q3 has always looked more appealing than its rivals because it is not a faux looking SUV with fake muscular additions, instead its overall shape and size is properly scaled down from bigger SUVs like the Q5 and even the Q7.There are sequential turn indicators which illuminate within two-tenths of a second at rear with new LED tail lamps, much like the ones offered in their flagship luxury and sport offerings. The rear bumper gets a new shape with a diffuser and chrome layered twin exhaust pipes. Also, buyers can avail the new Q3 in three brand new shades.

Audi Q3 Interior

The interior too remains largely unchanged and continues with the dual-tone black and beige upholstery with Aluminium Tangent inlays. While we have no complaints with regards to the quality of the materials used, the cabin itself feels dated. In terms of features, the baby Audi gets a panoramic sunroof, cruise control, MMI infotainment system with Bluetooth connectivity, electrically adjustable front seats, automatic climate control and rear AC vents. What is really surprising is the fact that we’re in 2018 and the Q3 still doesn’t get even a single standard USB port! Both the front and rear seats are comfortable and offer good support. Headroom is generous in the rear seat while the knee room is limited. Having said this, the cabin can accommodate 4 adults as the transmission hump at the rear seat will make the third passenger feel he/she is uninvited. The 460-litres boot is well-shaped and is class leading.

Audi Q3 Engine

Although no details are available about its drivetrain yet but the reports states that the next generation Q3 might borrow the same drivetrain from the second generation Volkswagen Tiguan. The powertrain range will include both three and four cylinder enginesavailable in both petrol and diesel variant. If the reports are right then the Q3 will get a 2.0 Litre 200 Hp turbocharged engine which will be paired to a 6 speed automatic gearbox however there will perhaps be also an option of a S tronic dual clutch gearbox as well.If everything goes according to plan then Audi might also add a completely new plug-un hybrid system as well which promises to offer excellent fuel efficiency. For more info on Audi Q3 check tamc2011.com  

The Audi sprints from 0-100 km/hr in a claimed 7.9 seconds while returning an average fuel efficiency of 11-12 km/l. The ARAI-claimed figure is 15.17 km/l. The vehicle comes with Audi’s Drive Select which offers 4 driving modes – Comfort, Dynamic, Individual and Off-Road mode. The modes alter the driving experience and Dynamic makes the car feel very responsive while in Comfort it drives in a relaxed manner. Off-Road is good in well, off-road conditions and it is a pretty capable car.

Audi Q3 Driving

he German auto giant hasn’t altered the suspension of the Q3 and it rides and handles the same as before. There is nothing to complain about as the ride is very stable and the SUV soaks up almost every undulation on our roads. It is also fun to drive and takes corners in its stride, of course you cannot expect sedan-like handling but considering it’s an SUV, body control is very good. What’s bad is that the steering lacks feedback. It is very light at low speeds though. However, the brakes do a great job of bringing the car to a halt while the grip from the Bridgestone tyres is excellent.

Audi Q3 Safety

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 Hyderabad

Audi Q3 On-Road Price in Hyderabad ranges from 40,34,973 to 50,17,733 for variants Q3 30 TFSI Premium AT FWD and Q3 35 TDI Quattro Technology respectively. Audi Q3 is available in 4 variants and 6 colours. Below are details of Audi Q3 variants price in Hyderabad. Check for Audi Q3 price in Hyderabad at Carzprice.

Audi Q3 Conclusion

There are no official words from Audi yet as if when they are planning to launch the next generation Q3 but offcourse it won’t come out in view of the public until next year. You can expect the upcoming Q3 to be lot more styling and in line with the current generation Audi styling while also expect some new things like a new infotainment system and more comfortable seats inside. The drivetrain lineup also looks powerful as well as will focus on fuel efficiency at the same time.

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