Audi Q3 Review
Audi Q3 is the smallest SUV produced by the German conglomerate. It is based on the Volkswagen Group's A5 (PQ35) platform which is also shared by the VW Tiguan, Skoda Yeti and Seat Tribu. The vehicle was introduced for the first time in year 2011 and has been under production at Audi's 3 facilities across the globe including Spain, China and India. It boasts the same engine which the Tiguan also offers that has 200 bhp power output developing enough flat torque which is actually needed for an SUV. When seen from the outsides, the Audi Q3 borrows a dropped off design from its elder siblings. The Audi A3 and the Q3 have a similar platform and thus, the SUV here also gets the dynamics of a sedan while cruising at a good height.
Engine, mileage & variants
The Audi Q3 is powered by a 1.4 liter TFSI petrol engine which is a mild performer, but better than the earlier engines on duty. It may look underpowered on specification sheet, but it is good on the performance terms. It is not supposed to be taken as a hardcore performer over the off roads as it is not supposed to behave like that. However, the torque produced with it is just fine to pull the load. The 150 hp of power produced between 5000 rpm to 6000 rpm is assisted with 250 Nm of torque which arises between 1500 rpm to 2500 rpm. The S-tronic 6-speed automatic gearbox is comfortable to use in traffic conditions. It crosses the 100 kmph mark from naught in 8.9 seconds which is commendable for an SUV. The mileage that this engine offers is a decent 21 kmpl for a diesel engine.
The Audi Q3 is the smallest among its competitors as far as dimensions are concerned. It borrows almost the complete architecture from its elder siblings. It has well defined steeps at the either ends for improved aerodynamics and this can be found in all the SUVs from the stated German company. The Q3 measures 4385 mm of length and 1831 mm of width with 1608 mm of height. The wheelbase over which the SUV is based is 2603 mm long. The most striking feature of Q3 which distinguishes it from others is the Audi Singleframe hexagonal grill and sturdy bumpers at the front end. At the rear, it is more like the Q5, but slightly shrunk.
The cabin is a lot similar to the Q5 and the A3; its like both the vehicles have been mixed to create the Q3. People familiar with these two vehicles will find it easy to notice. The dashboard is equipped with a 7-inch screen to serve the MMI functionalities for the driver. Seating area is spacious and it is supportive at times. The fabric used for the seat wrapping is premium in quality and it is also available for leather upholstery on demand. The luggage area given to the Q3 is 460 liters which stretches to 1365 liters on folding down the rear bench.
Safety, Braking and Miscellaneous
The McPherson Strut at front and multi link beam at the rear provides decent ride quality. Despite having a not so talented suspension system, the Q3 manages to go easy with different scenarios and events. They are mount over the rigid support at the front while the rubber bushes are getting them hinged at the rear. The characteristics inside are not meant for an SUV and you wont feel like you are driving an SUV. The Q3 is just 170 mm above the ground level and with this, the sporty stance seems to have taken a back seat.
Q3 is an entry-level SUV that will give you the desired road presence along with some comfortable interiors. But if you plan to take your vehicle off the road, this should not be the first choice.