Audi Q3 Hatchback First Drive & Gearbox

Audi Q3 Overview

The Audi Q3 marks as the gateway for the German carmakers in the SUV line up in the country. It is also among the highest selling models for the Ingolstadt based manufacturer in the subcontinent. The Audi Q3 is mainly designed for the young and enthusiastic customers and priced very sensibly. Audi Q3 SUV gets the stylish exteriors and is highlighted with smooth headlamps and fitted body shell. The all-new 2017 Audi Q3 is crafted with minute athletic details to show the company’s excellence of merging the sportiness and beauty together. The vehicle was first brought into the subcontinent back in the year 2012, following the company provided the mid-life facelift in 2015 and now again in the year 2017 it get subtle update inside and out. The new 2017 Audi Q3 gets new features as well as a new engine to keep the customers pampered. View offers on Audi Cars from Audi dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop

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Audi Q3 Look

For a naïve, it’s close to impossible to spot the visual difference between the latest and the 2015 version. But there are just two major changes on the outside. First is the revised front bumper with the faux air-inlet slightly bigger than before. Secondly, the additional cladding gives the car a typical SUV look. Almost everything else remains ditto to the previous version. The all-LED headlights look smooth as always with the daytime running lights grabbing your attention instantly. The front features a black hexagonal grille surrounded by matte silver beautifully connecting to the headlamps.

The side profile continues to sport the 10-spoke alloy wheels with the same dynamic stance. The car seamlessly blends the SUV stance with a coupe-like structure. What’s cool at the derriere are the turn indicators that blink sequentially in the direction of the turn. The LED taillights go well with the tailgate while the profound tailpipes look quite similar to Yeti. Overall, there are subtle changes when it comes to aesthetics but the car remains unmistakably Audi. It might not have the same flair as of Mercedes Benz GLA Class as of now, but the crisp lines and the upright stance is unquestionably impressive. In simple words, it seems Q3 looks more like a scaled-down Sports Utility Vehicle rather than a blown-up hatch.

Audi Q3 Comfort

Inside the Audi Q3, the upholstery is available in two colour options, Black and Pistachio Beige. The Audi Q3 has a dual zone air conditioning system and electrically adjustable front seats with the driver memory function. The steering wheel, which is also wrapped in leather comes with steering mounted audio, phone and cruise controls. All Audi Q3 variants are offered with Audi Multi Media Infotainment System.

Inside the cabin, the new Audi Q3 gets instrument panel which is divided into two levels: the top part includes the air vents; the bottom section incorporates the large octagonal area with its black-panel look. The instrument panel varies the motif of the Singleframe and is surrounded by a wide chrome strip. The high-gloss black trim surrounds the central element of the new operating concept: the MMI touch display. Together with the air conditioning controls underneath, it is tilted 10 degrees toward the driver. The pushbutton module for the lighting functions, which replaces the rotary control on the predecessor model, is slotted into the panel to the left of the steering wheel. Other top extras include the two-zone air conditioning, the auxiliary heating, the heated steering wheel and the panoramic glass sunroof.

Audi Q3 Gearbox

This car will be offered in India in two engine options. The first one is the tried and tested 35TDI engine that has a cubic capacity of 1968cc and offers 143 hp power and 320 nm of torque. This diesel engine is mated with a 6-speed S-tronic transmission and offers a top speed of 224km/h. It’s quick too as it can do a 0-100km/h dash in under 10 seconds.

But what’s interesting here is the new 1.4 litre 35TFSI petrol motor that the new q3 will be offered in. The 1395cc petrol engine produces 150 hp power and 250 nm of torque. There is a 7-speed S tronic transmission on offer with this one and together the company says that it will return you a fuel efficiency of 19.20 km/l. With us, driving in the city and open roads, it returned us a fuel efficiency in excess of 15km/l at all times.

The new petrol engine also comes with Cylinder on Demand. This gives the new Audi q3 a dual character. In city driving it utilises just two cylinders and when you need power all four cylinders are in action.This also makes the car highly fuel efficient. The new A3 even with two cylinders running during low to medium loads does not give an impression of being an underpowered car. But while driving it does feel a little on the lighter side of things.Ride quality on the new A3 is as German as it can get. It’s comfortable, sporty and gives you optimum driving feedback with both the engines.

Audi Q3 Driving

Quattro defines the Q3, it’s what gives it its fantastic agility and sports cars like maneuverability. Add in the front subframe from the TT, the hood and hatch, lower wishbones and wheel carriers all made of aluminum to offset the weight of the four wheel drivetrain, and what you get is a SUV that weighs 1585kg (kerb), thus the dynamics of a sporty car. The suspension is setup stiffly, but not so much to make driving it long distance an uncomfortable affair. The stiffness reduces body roll and is even better at gliding over bad surfaces. You really don’t sense the firmness until you’re at slow speeds in the city and happen to go over a really bad stretch of tarmac. In that case the suspension can get all rattly.

The electromechanical power steering is very light and will find a lot of admirers. It even gains weight as speeds increase but is lifeless and lacks the feel you’d get from a hydraulic unit. It’s not a bad thing and the only ones to be affected by this will be the enthusiasts who will find it to be too light. For all other purposes this steering works wonderfully especially when its allied to the short 2.7 metre turning radius that makes swinging this SUV around in traffic buttery smooth. This is an incredibly well poised car and feels stable at all speeds and in all situations. It’s very confident at high speeds on the national highways and slices through corners effortlessly. Overall comfort is not something you will have any complaints about. The seats are supple but supportive and the cabin well insulated from the elements so wind noise and engine clatter is almost negligible.

Audi Q3 Safety

The Audi Q3 comes equipped with all-disc brakes with tech like ABS with EBD and emergency brake assist system. The pedal is also well calibrated. As a result, you get strong performance from the SUV while simultaneously maintaining composure under hard braking conditions.Further, the safety is boosted through 6-airbags, electronic stability program, traction control, hill descent control as well as rear parking camera with sensors. The car also provides side-on collision protection, Integrated head restraint system and Electronic Differential Lock (EDL) as part of the overall safety package.

Audi Q3 Cost in Hyderabad

Audi Q3 Ex-Showroom Price in Hyderabad ranges from 33,40,000/- (Q3 30 TFSI Premium AT FWD) to 41,54,250/- (Q3 35 TDI Quattro Technology). Get best offers for Audi Q3 from Audi Dealers in Hyderabad. Check for Audi Q3 price in Hyderabad at Carzprice

Audi Q3 Conclusion

Audi Q3 is available in three different variants in the country: Premium, Premium Plus and Technology. As far as the pricing is concerned, its base trim Premium is available at the price tag of Rs. 34.73 lakh for the petrol and Rs. 36.53 lakh for the diesel variant. Its premium plus model is tagged at Rs. 39.68 lakh while the top-of the line trim technology is offered at the price tag of Rs. 42.88 lakh, ex-showroom. Audi Q3 Design Edition 35 TDI Quattro is tagged at Rs. 40.76 lakh. The vehicle competes against similar stalwarts in the segment including BMW X1, Mercedes-Benz GLA and Mini Countryman.

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