Audi Q3 Hatchback First Look & Test Drive

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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. The latter comes with Audi’s quattro system and a price tag of Rs 37.2 lakh (Both ex-showroom, Delhi)

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.

Audi Q3 Look

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 Comfort

Like the outside, the inside of the revamped 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.Check for Audi Q3 price in Hyderabad at Tryaldrive.

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 Transmission

Using the same engine as the Q7, the Q5 petrol is badged 45 TFSI and outputs 252 HP and 370 Nm from its 2.0-litre motor, claiming a sprint time of 6.3 seconds from 0-100 km/hr, the top speed is rated at 237 km/hr. There is some lag lower down but once you get past 2200 RPM, the turbo kicks in full flow and offers some serious mid-range performance. Power continues in the top-end too as it screams to its 6500 RPM redline. There are 6 drive modes on offer and in Dynamic mode, the motor feels more eager and holds on to the redline in each gear.To know more info on Audi Q3  check Thebigtrak

The petrol Q5 is mated to a 7-speed Dual Clutch Transmission which is quick but jerky compared to the torque converter unit found in the Q7. You can use the gear-lever or the paddle shifters to manually take control of the shifts. The fuel-efficiency is 8 km/l in the city and 10 km/l on the highway.The Q5 comes equipped with Audi’s famed Quattro all-wheel-drive system which ensures grip at all times, even when driving in the rains with the Traction Control off, there is no wheel spin. Ride quality on the Q5, with adaptable dampers, is stellar. In Dynamic mode, the suspension stiffens up and the handling becomes tighter, body roll being well contained. However, the steering doesn’t offer the best feel and feedback.

The Audi Q5 petrol makes a strong case for itself. The petrol engine is more refined and more powerful than the diesel counterpart and it will appeal to the driving enthusiasts. Audi targets to sell more than 50% of its cars with a petrol engine by the end of this decade and we think the Q5 is a good start for that target. The only sore point is that the petrol-powered Q5 has average fuel-efficiency (compared to the diesel) but if you don’t drive a lot and want a more refined driving experience, the petrol Q5 is the one to go for.

Audi Q3 Driving

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.

While driving, the Audi Drive Select feature is another speciality of this car which allows the car to run on any of the three modes i.e. Comfort, Auto and Dynamic. Usually, the drivers would love to drive on the Comfort mode which makes the steering wheel light and softens the suspension set up. For those who look for speedy expeditions and race tracks, the Dynamic drive select will does its best. Not to forget that suspension system of this SUV is highly responsible and soaks all the bumps and pot holes efficiently. Furthermore, the gearbox is very light to handle and offers gear shuffling effortlessly and when used with the paddle shifters there is no time lag. While driving on high speed on the Dynamic drive select the body roll is minimal that makes this compact SUV a great machine to drive.

Audi Q3 Safety

Safety equipment includes six-airbags, hill descent control, child proof locks, electronic differential lock, electronic stabilization control, anti-lock-braking system to name a few.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 Price in Hyderabad

Audi Q3 On Road Price is 41,95,497/- and Ex-showroom Price is 34,73,000/- in Hyderabad. Audi Q3 comes in 6 colours, namely Utopia Blue,Mythos Black,Tundra Brown,Florett Silver,Cortinia White,Misano Red. Audi Q3 comes with FWD with 1395 CC Displacement and 4 Cylinders with Maximum Power 148 bhp@5000-6000 rpm and Peak Torque 250 Nm@1500-3500 rpm DRIVE TRAIN FWD and reaches 100 KMPH at 8.9 seconds . Audi Q3 comes with Automatic Transmission with FWD .

Audi Q3 Final Word

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.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.