Audi Q3 provides a pleasing mix of SUV practicality and hatchback driveability that is wrapped up in a crisply styled and prestige-badged– if a little conservative – body.
The smallest Audi 4×4 provides a fun driving experience, a genuine refinement and an engaging thanks to engineering and solid design. Impeccable Audi is build quality that is reflected in a cabin that also has the truly premium feel.
With the desirable ‘four rings’ badge on nose and a full range of safety kit, the Audi Q3 is considered as an unsurprisingly in strong demand.
What are downsides of this car? This is not cheap.
The Q3 is offered in the booming small premium SUV sector of Audi, and it can figure out the BMW X1, Mercedes GLA and Range Rover Evoque as rivals.
It is considered as a smaller version of the Audi Q3, but in 2015, the Audi tidied up the rear end, added extra equipment and added a fresh nose.
Every engine also has been improved, providing a boost of up to 13.5 per cent in lower emissions and fuel efficiency. There are two petrol options for this car in the standard (non RS) Q3: an all-wheel-drive 178bhp 2.0-litre and a two-wheel-drive 148bhp 1.4-litre with Cylinder on the Demand technology. Besides, the diesel line-up comprises a high-powered 182bhp version and a 148bhp 2.0-litre TDI with either four or two wheel drives.
The Audi Q3 crossover hasn’t turned back on the hatchback roots – It is powerful, agile and fun to drive.
Due to decent body control and strong grip, the Audi Q3 feels composed and agile. The combination of excellent visibility, compact dimensions and well weighted controls which help inspire confidence when you drive it on the crowded city streets and twisty back roads.
The standard Drive Select system can allow the drivers to adjust the throttle response and steering weight.
But, the sharp handling goes with a price: the Audi Q3 was from fidgety low-speed ride and a firm like other compact SUVs. You should not buy a Q3 if you want a mud-plugger.
The diesel engines are really more refined than the petrol alternatives, especially when accelerating hard or idling, although tyre, engine noise and wind aren’t intrusive in version. It makes for relaxed cruising. In addition, in the Audi Q3, the gearboxes, the standard six-speed manual and the twin-clutch S tronic automatic are very excellent.
With the quattro system delivering 335bhp through four wheels of Audi, in just 4.8 seconds, the flagship model can sprint from 0-62mph. Especially the performance is matched by stiffened and lowered suspension that gave the RS Q3 impressive engaging handling and cornering grip.
The Audi Q3 is just available as five-seater, a five-door. It is considered as a more practical choice than the Range Rover Evoque. You will have a good view of the road thanks to the high-set driving position and the sports seats are very comfortable, but you will feel a bit odd with the bus-like angle of the steering wheel.
In general, the Audi Q3 is a very pleasingly practical and comfortable package.