The all-new Audi Q3 launched this year (2018), has left lovers of this premium auto brand literally awestruck. While the model was launched in India way back in 2012, the improvements introduced around 2015 followed by a serious facelift in 2017 has enhanced the relevance and efficiency of this luxury SUV to a whole new level. The new Audi Q3 is almost 97mm longer than its predecessor which converts to enhanced leg space in the interiors. This though is only the beginning of the list of advantages that this latest rollout has in store for buyers. The Audi Q3 is available in 4 variants… 30 TSFI Premium (petrol), 30 TDI Premium FWD, 35 TDI Quattro Premium Plus and 35 TDI Quattro Technology.
Among the most arresting exterior features of the Audi Q3, the hexagonal grille and the stately alloy wheels are perhaps the most outstanding. In terms of dimensions, the vehicle is 4388mm long, 1831mm wide and 1608mm tall with a ground clearance of 170mm making it spacious enough for an entry-level luxury SUV. However, the cargo volume of 460ltrs may be a concern for many that expect a little more space for in premium SUVs. The Audi Q3 is currently available in India in 5 different colours, Cortina White, Floret Silver, Mythos black, Misano Red and Hainan Blue.
The interiors of the Audi A3 lives up to its brand name in every way possible. The 5 seat interior gets a posh boost with light coloured leather upholstery, leather steering wheels and plenty of boot space. LED interior lighting package, 3.5 inch monochrome TFT display, automatic climate control, remote fuel lid opener, rear seat center armrest, rear parking sensors, voice control and extended safety features like 6 airbags and keyless entry and vehicle stability control system are some of the other cherished interior features of the Audi Q3 which makes it worth its cost.
The engine capacity of the Audi Q3 ranges from 1365 to 1968cc that offer an average mileage of 15.17 Kmpl to 18.91 Kmpl. In its TDI Quattro Diesel engine, the SUV can reach a maximum power of 181bhp @ 3500 to 4000 rpm with maximum torque of 380Nm at 1750 to 3000rpm. The TFSI petrol version, on the other hand, is powered with a 1395cc engine that can reach a max power of 147.51 bhp at 5000 to 6000 rpm and max torque of 250Nm at 1500 to 3500rpm.
The Audi Q3 is priced in India between 34.73 lakhs to 42.88 lakhs and compared with BMW X1 and Mercedes Benz GLA.
While there are innumerable reasons to invest in Audi Q3, here are 3 that are outright irresistible… • Superior make and performance • Design relevance that is here to stay • Extended safety and comfort features that make them compatible with Indian roads
• You may be a little disappointed with the cargo volume • Mileage, especially in the TFSI, could be better • There are borderline premium auto brands that offer flashier inputs at a lesser cost.