Audi Q3 Overview

The new Audi Q3 scored 95 per cent for adult occupant protection and 86 per cent for child occupant protection. In terms of safety assist systems the SUV scored 85 per cent. On the features front, the new Audi Q3 comes with an 8.8-inch touchscreen display that features Audi smartphone interface links customers’ iOS and Android cell phones and places their Apple Car Play or Android Auto environment on the MMI display. Internationally, the 2019 Audi Q3 will be offered with four different engine options – three petrol engine and one diesel unit in combination with front-wheel or quattro all-wheel-drive (AWD).

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The power outputs range from 150 bhp 230 bhp and all engines are four-cylinder direct injection units with turbocharging. Transmission duties will be handled by a 6-speed manual transmission or a fast-shifting 7-speed S tronic is used to transmit the power. The Audi Q3 also features smart driver assistance systems like – adaptive cruise assist, which includes – adaptive speed assist, traffic jam assist and active lane assist. Then there is the Park Assist to steers the SUV automatically into and out of parking spaces, four 360 degree cameras and more.Apply car loan for Audi Q3.

Audi Q3 Look

Visually, the Q3 hasn’t changed much since it saw the light back in 2012. A facelift in 2015 gave it a new grill and headlights but this update is much harder to spot. The all-LED headlights and tail lamps are now joined by a mildly redesigned bumper and some new plastic cladding. And there’s also the new dynamic turn indicators that are working their way into the entire Audi range. And that’s really it as far as the cosmetic changes are concerned this time around.

What should make more of a difference are the two new engines in the range. The new 1.4-litre 150PS TFSI engine from the A3 and the A4 has found its way into the Q3. It should be interesting to see how this petrol behaves in the larger, heavier Q3. Although all these are front wheel drive machines, the Q3 uses a 6-speed dual-clutch gearbox, whereas its siblings use a seven-speed unit. The diesel Q3 is offered in two variants: one 150PS tune driving only the front wheels, while the other, more powerful 184PS tune will sport Audi’s famed Quattro badge and four wheel drive. It is this 35 TDI version of the diesel burner that we had on test along with the petrol 30 TFSI.

Audi Q3 Comfort

The interiors have remained largely unchanged since its debut in 2012. Step inside the Q3 and the age of the design immediately comes to the fore. In today’s age of big central touchscreens that control practically everything, Audi’s old-school dash looks cluttered. The rotary knobs for the dual-zone climate control and the tiny multi-information display wedged between the speedo and tacho don’t look all that premium anymore. However, compare that to the A4’s touch-sensitive climate control interface and the virtual cockpit, and you know the Q3 is due for a generation leap.

But, ignore that for a bit and it comes across as thoroughly practical and usable. The electric seats (now standard across the range) offer a healthy range of travel for reach and height, and the tilt-telescopic adjust on the steering only makes it easier to slip into a comfortable driving position. All doors house a sizeable bottle holder, and there’s a generous 420-litre boot as well.

The rear bench isn’t particularly roomy, but there’s enough space for the average Indian. The Q3 is a strict four-seater in our books. The transmission tunnel that runs through the spine of the floor is quite high which eats into foot room for the middle occupant, and the rear air-conditioning takes up crucial millimetres of knee room. Use it as a car for four, and it doesn’t disappoint. The massive panoramic sunroof adds a sense of space to the cabin.

Again, the basics are in place – the ergonomics are right, the build quality is upmarket and there’s enough space for four and their luggage. It lacks the wow factor that the GLA’s cabin has, but makes up for it by offering practicality.

Technology

Infotainment duties on the top-spec Technology variant are handled by Audi’s ‘MMI Navigation High’ system, paired to an 180W 10-speaker setup. The 6.5-inch screen acts as the command centre and can be controlled using the dial and buttons on the centre console. It isn’t a touchscreen interface, but the upside to that is you can use it on the go without taking your eyes off the road.

While it is easy to get used to, the graphics and the interface does seem dated. Also, what’s particularly surprising is the lack of a USB port. Naturally, there’s no Android Auto or Apple CarPlay on offer either. This means you need to pair your phone via Bluetooth for the music and the calls, and rely on the car’s navigation system. This also forces you to use the 12V socket that’s placed inside the central armrest. Not very convenient. That aside, the infotainment unit does feature an in-built 20GB hard-drive (that can be used to store songs via the Audi ‘Jukebox’) and SD card-based navigation. Check for Audi Q3  in industrynewswire

Audi Q3 Gearbox

30 TFSI Petrol

The new 1395cc petrol engine in the Q3 throws up a few questions. The most obvious of which is one of perception. Could a 1.4-litre engine more commonly seen in small sedans power an SUV? The simple short answer is ‘Yes, it can.’ The longer answer is that, having spent a number of kilometers behind the wheel, we’ve come to realise that it does have some faults but you never feel that it’s underpowered, so to speak. It’s also hard to call a 150PS engine ‘underpowered,’ so we won’t, but it’s the way it delivers that turning power that’s not altogether pleasant.

It’s not the most linear engine and the bump up in torque when the turbo kicks in really gives it a diesel-like character. Pottering around town, everything is fine but you do feel the lack of punch below 2000rpm. It’s much happier over 2500rpm with the real sweet spot around the 3000rpm mark. Audi haven’t equipped this Q3 with paddle gear shifts and we think this is a miss. The petrol is really happy chasing revs when on the move and the paddle shifters would really have helped keeping the engine in its sweet spot. It’s also quite audible in the cabin at idle and this thrummy note increases as the revs rise. It’s never unbearable but is not something you’d expect from a petrol engine in a luxury SUV.

As can be expected it’s not the quickest and in our 0-100 test run it clocked a ho-hum 10.91s. The flip side of that coin is that despite not featuring the more efficient cylinder deactivation technology that’s present in the A3 and A4, it still manages very competitive mileage figures. In the city we managed 10.24kmpl and out on the highway we managed 14.56kmpl.

35 TDI diesel

This is the engine and transmission combination you should put your money on. The diesel mill feels both more refined and linear than its petrol counterpart. There’s loads of usable torque at low revs and it’s delivered consistently in a linear fashion. It feels quite similar to the old engine and that’s not exactly a bad thing as the previous 2.0-litre was quite nice too. It’s also similarly efficient as well, delivering numbers of 12.48kmpl in the city and 18.5kmpl on the highway.

Audi has equipped the more expensive 4×4 35TDI with paddle shifters for its 7-speed S tronic gearbox and while they are a nice addition, this engine with its broad spread of torque hardly needs them. We didn’t use them in town or in our drives on the highway and we even didn’t use them on our performance run, for which Sport was enough. In said performance test the diesel completed the sprint to 100kmph in 8.26 seconds, completely overshadowing its petrol counterpart.

Audi has equipped both cars with its ‘Drive Select’ mode button with ‘comfort’, ‘auto’ and ‘dynamic’. These modes change the throttle and steering response and the gearbox responsiveness. The changes are quite subtle though, and mostly the only thing you will notice in Comfort mode is that the steering is a little lighter than in Dynamic mode. Comfort leaves the steering even lighter and though this makes maneuvering in traffic or parking really easy, we prefered the slightly firmer Dynamic mode.

Audi Q3 Rideing

Inside the city, the Q3’s ride will give you next to no reason to complain. Broken road surfaces are dismissed with a muted thud. More importantly, the cabin doesn’t get upset too easily while dealing with potholes. What’s not so good is that the tyres are slightly noisy. The sound intrudes into the cabin, which does dampen the premium experience a bit.The suspension does have a bias for comfort, which becomes apparent once you start getting up to triple digit speeds. The cabin has a ‘floaty’ feeling, as it exhibits some vertical bobbing. This is particularly apparent in the petrol version, the diesel does fare slightly better. But the bumpiness felt amplified on the Mumbai-Pune Expressway where, in the Q3’s defence, the concrete surface isn’t in the best of shapes to begin with.

In case you’re looking for some driving pleasure, we’d recommend you look elsewhere. The steering (in typical Audi fashion) feels too light and lacklustre. It is clearly set up for convenience and not fun. What we liked is the super light-weight wheel inside the city. It takes next to no effort to manoeuvre the Q3 in traffic, and parking is a no-stress affair. We would have liked the steering to weigh up a bit more as the speeds climbed.It’s a similar story around a set of winding roads. You have to keep guessing what the front wheels are up to. This, in effect, means you have to correct the steering input constantly to make the Q3 corner like you want it to. Being a tall SUV, there’s some body roll as well. It won’t upset the occupants if you go around corners at low speed. However, speed up a bit and the Q3 will cause passengers to reach for the grab handles to stay seated where they are.

Audi Q3 Safety

The Q3 features a total of six airbags that are standard across the range. Also standard are anti-lock brakes with electronic brakeforce distribution and brake assist. Other safety tech includes electronic stability program (ESP), hill-descent control and traction control (ASR). The top-spec Technology variant additionally features a rear parking camera over the standard rear parking sensors.

Audi Q3 Price in Bangalore

Audi Q3 On-Road Price in Bangalore ranges from 41,62,682 to 51,88,430 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 Bangalore. Check for Q3 price in Bangalore at Tryaldrive.

Audi Q3 Bottomline

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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