Audi Q3 Facelift First Drive & Gearbox

Audi Q3 Overview

Five years is a long time in the life of any model, so you have to hand it to the team at Audi for doing their bit to keep their small SUV, the Q3, fresh and relevant over the years. What you see here are two of the three new versions of the refreshed Audi Q3 line-up. The one in red is the all-new 30TFSI that uses a 150hp, 1.4-litre, four-cylinder turbo-petrol. The engine is the one you’d find under the hood of the A4 and the refreshed A3, but, unlike the smaller of the two sedans, there’s no cylinder-on-demand tech here. This new petrol Q3 features a six-speed dual-clutch gearbox but is front-wheel drive only. Request a Test Drive for Audi Q3 in Hyderabad at Tryaldrive


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Audi Q3 Exterior & Style

The Audi Q3 S is christened “S” but then it is the most basic Q range SUV sold in India. The famous LED lights and washers are not present and also you won’t find a panoramic sun roof but then this baby SUV is not boring at all instead it has its share of funk.It all begins with the cherry red paintjob which gives the S tag some meaning. It looks as dynamic and strong as a normal Q3. There are some angles where the S also manages to make its elder sibling look dull. Reading no LEDs on the Q3 S makes it loose it sheen but when you see it in skin, the Mustang inspired multi layered headlights are gorgeous to look at.

The S gets a generous chrome surround on the radiator grille along with the glittering vertical slats. There is an aluminium finished front bash plate which makes this SUV look rugged. The media car came in with Pirelli Scorpion tyres which are of 235 / 55 R17. These look super stylish especially the black glossy wheels paired with the spicy red paint-job makes it look very racy.The wheel flares are subtle and the fenders are finished in matte plastic cladding and so are the side running board. The longish nose of the bonnet and the silhouette of the C-Pillar gradually flowing to the rear makes the Q3 look very dynamic. The roof gets Al finished roof rails too.

The tail lights don’t blink as quickly as the LEDs but I am still not complaining because even the conventional set looks very impressive. The different cells of the tail light make it look as aggressive and edgy as that on the Q3. There is no separate S badging on the car which does not distinguish it from the standard Q3.

Audi Q3 Interior & Space

Like the outside, the inside of the revamped Audi Q3 crossover also looks exquisite. The dashboard looks seamless with the usage of premium quality plastics and unique designing. In addition, the company has intelligently placed a big foldable MMI Display in the centre of the dashboard that gives it a unique stance from inside. No matter where you are or how long the journey is, Audi has bestowed this luxury crossover with Bluetooth interface and entertainment bliss of Audi music interface to connect your iPod or MP3 player. Plus the sky view through the Panoramic glass roof is another engaging feature of this car.

Despite falling in the compact crossover category the car maker has wisely created adequate space inside. Both the front and rear cabins offer sufficient legroom, headroom and shoulder width to accommodate comfortably. Added to this, the front row seats are offered with height adjustment feature which ensure better road visibility and premium level comforts. Space for luggage storage is also in abundance as the company has offered it with a boot space of 460 litres which can be further increased by folding the rear seats. Moreover, leather wrapped seats and leather covered steering wheel in the 4-spoke design are additional luxury factors of the Q3.

Refurbished Audi Q3 is this time loaded with many fresh features for raised up comforts and easy manoeuvring such as Power lumbar support, Auto drive select and Hill decent control.The instrument console is also a much watch element of this car that looks sober in terms style and is contemporary in terms of functionality. It gets the inbuilt Colour Driver’s Information System (DIS) with a 7 inches colour display that avails information from the driver assistance system. To add on, technology is further exposed by the installation of features such as MMI Navigation Plus and Audi parking system with rear reversing camera.

Audi Q3 Engine & Gearbox

Before getting the Q3 S, ran a quick look at the specs and they looked very less compared the standard Q3 Quattro. The displacement of the engines remains same but the Q3 S has been detuned. The company has killed close to 30 Horses from the 2.0 TDI Quattro and also reduced the torque by 60Nm.The racing red Q3 S arrived and the black wheels and Pirelli Tyres got me totally hooked on to it. Previously, I had mentioned about the goodies being absent in this cost constraint model but then all of that was distant vague memory. The absence of LEDs does not make this car look bare but instead gives it a different character.

After being floored with its impressive exteriors, it was time to step in and start our drive experience. Realization struck when the Start/Stop system was missing. Got the engine cranked and the grunty diesel engine started revving.The star attraction of the Q3S is its manual transmission. I had always wondered about the feeling of driving an expensive premium manual car and the Q3 S was close enough. The plush auto stick has been ditched for a stubby 6 speed manual gear stick. Without the auto gear stick, climate controls and other luxuries it was an Audi sans pampering.

All this changed when the vehicle was in motion. The engine picks up speed in a very short time. The power and torque figures are comparatively less but then even the weight of the Q3S has been dropped considerably. The 4 Cylinder in-line TDI engine produces 140 Hp at 4200 rpm and 320Nm of torque at 1750 to 2500 rpm. The 7-Speed S-Tronic transmission has been substituted by a 6 Speed manual gearbox.The engine feels rev friendly and holds on to the torque delivery for a very long time. Even on 3rd gear, the engine keeps pulling till the red line limit. The gear shifts are very impressive and smooth. They are very short in nature and precisely downshift and upshift as and when needed. The clutch however does not feel in tandem with the gearbox as it takes some efforts and in city traffic the clutch is too tedious to go through.

Audi Q3 Driving Dynamics

The Audi Q3 deals with bumps at low speeds well, but of the two Q3s, it’s the diesel that has the better overall ride. It drives with a bit more heft and moves around less too, and this translates into more confidence at speed. The diesel also has the marginally more feelsome steering but it’s still no great shakes with a degree of looseness you’d be happier without. Quattro all-wheel drive does add in a degree of grip and off-road ability but few owners are likely to put their prized possessions through muck.The Q3 is a tremendous performer on roads and showcases extreme performance when run on the highways. The company has loaded it with a tried and tested diesel engine that generates sufficient power both in the Quattro as well as the S Edition variants. Acceleration of this compact SUV is quite appreciable although not as good as the rivals or elder siblings.The Quattro variant can cross speed slot of 0 – 100 kmph in just 8.2 seconds with the top speed of 212 kmph, while the S Edition variant has the potential to cover 0 – 100 in mere 9.9 seconds with the top speed of 202 kmph.

Audi Q3 Braking & 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 Chennai

Audi Q3 Ex-Showroom Price in Chennai ranges from 33,40,000/- (Q3 30 TFSI Premium AT FWD) to 42,25,000/- (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 Bottomline

Audi Q3 face-lift comes with relaxing interiors, stylish exteriors and refined motor that makes it a great car in the luxury compact SUV segment..The Q3S competes with SUVs like Toyota Fortuner, Chevrolet Captiva and Honda CRV. With its premium badge, Audi wants to entice aspiring D segment customers to enter the premium SUV bandwagon. The Fortuner and Captiva may be higher on features and performance but then as a brand they do not come close to Audi.Moreover, even at high speed of over 100 kmph the diesel engine remains silent. The Audi’s advanced technology has further enabled it to perform admirably with the minimal fuel consumption. Plus the introduction of few fresh and much needed features makes it a good compact SUV to consider. However, prior buying a road test of the rivals is much obligatory.

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