Audi Q3 Facelift Review & First 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 Exterior & Style

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 Interior & Space

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.View offers on Audi Q3 in Mumbai at Autozhop.

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

Under the hood, Audi Q3 like its forerunner gets a 2.0 Litre TDI diesel engine which is mechanized through the injectors that ensure fine and precise distribution of fuel without any power lag. This 1968 cc diesel motor comes in two different power outputs i.e.To know more information on Audi Q3 visit Pasear-w

the TDI Quattro and TDI S Edition. Its 1968 cc 35 TDI Quattro diesel engine tossespeak power of 174.3 bhp at 4200 rpm and peak torque of 380 Nm at 1750 – 2500 rpm. This motor is linked to a 7 speed Dual clutch S-tronic Automatic Transmission that offers swift gear shuffling without any disruption of power supply. On the other hand, the 1968 cc 30 TDI S Edition motor produces maximum power of 138 bhp at 4200 rpm and peak torque of 320 Nm at 1750 – 2500 rpm. This particular variant of the Q3 comes mated to a 6 speed manual transmission.

In last few decades, Audi has turned out to be an epitome of building not only powerful but also the most fuel efficient luxury cars. The credit for this remarkable success goes to its innovative technology.The Q3 retains the same 2.0 Litre TDI diesel engine that is mechanized through the excellent combination of turbocharging and direct injection that not only enables it with superior driving dynamics but also ensures better fuel efficiency. The 2.0 Litre TDI 35 Quattro diesel engine delivers mileage of 15.73 kmpl, while the 30 TDI S Edition diesel mill returns mileage of 17.32 kmpl (As per ARAI).

Audi Q3 Driving Dynamics

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 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. Check car loan for Audi Q3 at Fincarz.

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 Price in Mumbai

Audi Q3 On Road Price is 40,29,025/- and Ex-showroom Price is 34,73,000/- in Mumbai. 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 Verdict

The Audi Q3 is an SUV offered by the German carmaker in a 2.0 litre diesel engine which is offered with a choice of a manual and an automatic transmission. The automatic is a 7 speed S tronic unit while the manual is a 6 speed gearbox. The 35 TDI is also offered with Audi’s exclusive Quattro all wheel drive system while the 30 TDI S Edition has a front wheel drive. This SUV is available in one variant for each engine option and has a number of exterior, interior and upholstery colour options. The Audi Q3 measures 4,388 mm in length, 1,831 mm in width, 1,608 mm in height and has a wheelbase of 2,603 mm. Other features on the Audi Q3 include cruise control, hill hold assist, reversing camera, audi sound system and electrically adjustable seats.

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