The Audi Q3 is kind of an vital automobile within the German carmaker’s Indian portfolio. The infant SUV has acquired large success and though it’s a 5-year-old SUV, well timed updates have saved the Q3 related. This yr, the Q3 acquired a facelift and the refreshed line-up additionally will get a brand new petrol and diesel motor. Now we have two of the three variants on check right here. The pink Q3 has the brand new 1.4-litre 30 TFSI petrol motor that additionally does obligation within the new A4 and A3. The blue Q3 has the brand new 2-litre TDI motor that develops 184PS and will get Audi’s legendary quattro all-wheel system. The third variant, the 30 TDI, has the identical 2-litre diesel motor that is detuned to 150PS and is accessible within the front-wheel-drive format solely.
Design and options
The Q3 cuts a good-looking determine and the silhouette stays the identical within the 2017 Q3 as effectively. The updates embrace a redesigned bumper, massive fake air dam and a few extra plastic cladding. The cladding on the doorways options streaks that look distinctive and a lot better than featureless plastic on the perimeters of the door. The replace additionally consists of normal 17-inch alloy wheels in addition to LED headlamps and taillights as normal throughout the vary. The Q3 additionally will get dynamic flip indicators, which is steadily turning out to be a signature Audi characteristic.
The interiors stay unchanged and that is not a nasty factor in any respect. The cabin structure is ergonomic with each change and button falling at hand, with ease. The brand new Q3 additionally will get dual-zone local weather management as normal.
The seats are agency and fairly supportive, particularly those on the entrance, and there’s ample house for 4 adults. That mentioned, the sloping roofline eats into the headroom for rear passengers.
The 35 TDI Quattro Know-how’s dual-tone beige and black interiors seems to be way more premium than the black solely inside within the petrol Q3
The match and end is as anticipated in a German luxurious automobile, and general the cabin has a way of premiumness, regardless of being an entry-level Q mannequin.
The Q3 30 TFSI and 30 TDI are solely out there within the Premium trim whereas the 35 TDI might be chosen in both the Premium Plus or Know-how trims. The Premium variants characteristic an all-black inside, with darkish wooden end inserts alongside the dashboard. The seats are electrically adjustable, and there is additionally a panoramic sunroof, a characteristic that is one in all my private favourites.
The Premium Plus mannequin will get aluminium inserts as an alternative of wooden, which seems to be much better, in my books. The range-topping 35 TDI Know-how additionally will get dual-tone beige and black interiors, paddle shifters and a reverse digital camera.
The display screen decision of the infotainment system-cum-MMI show is crisper too, and also you additionally get a full-colour MIFD display screen, situated in between the rev and speedo dials on the instrument panel.
That mentioned, the infotainment system doesn’t get Android Auto or Apple CarPlay which is a downer, and the obtrusive omission of keyless entry and push-button begin on a automobile system is solely past me.
Engine and efficiency
The graceful, 1.4-litre TFSI petrol motor within the Q3 develops 150PS at 5,000-6,000rpm and 250Nm between 1,500-3,500rpm. Whereas the figures could seem paltry for the worth of an SUV, it is a nice shock to find that the petrol Q3 by no means feels as if it is run out of breath. That is evident within the 9.5s it took to cowl the 0-100kmph sprint. The 6-speed, dual-clutch transmission additionally does a superb job of maintaining the Q3 within the energy band always. The Q3 will get 4 driving modes – Effectivity, Consolation, Auto and Dynamic, every altering the steering, acceleration and shift factors. Consolation and Auto is good for commutes within the metropolis, however if you’re within the temper for some enjoyable, the Dynamic mode provides faster acceleration because the shift factors strikes to the redline, making full use of the engine’s energy.
Effectivity, because the title suggests, optimises the aforementioned parameters to ship the absolute best gasoline financial system. The gearbox, on this mode, shifts to the subsequent gear just below 2,000rpm and when you carry off to coast, the revs drop to 800rpm, thereby saving each drop of gasoline. Which is why there isn’t any shock that petrol Q3 returned 10.7kmpl within the metropolis and 15.8kmpl on the freeway, which is definitely fairly spectacular. The determine, nevertheless, I presume, may have been even higher if Audi would’ve not skipped the 1.4 TFSI’s Cylinder On Demand characteristic. The system shuts off two cylinders whereas cruising between 90-125kmph or at low speeds (25-40kmph) and this characteristic is accessible within the 2017 A3 sedan.
Whereas the petrol is actually good, the 35 TDI engine is the one which takes the cake. What hits you first is the sheer refinement of this motor, and the best way the tacho needle races to the redline.
After which there’s the efficiency. The 184PS, 380Nm engine propels the Q3 from 0-100kmph in simply 8.1 seconds, and our checks revealed that in-gear acceleration too is faster than the petrol Q3. Whereas efficiency has improved, gasoline effectivity surprisingly stays just about the identical as what the earlier Q3 returned. At 12.9kmpl within the metropolis and 18.1kmpl on the freeway, the diesel Q3’s effectivity can also be at par with its phase rivals.
RIDE AND HANDLING
The Q3 is ready up barely on the stiffer aspect, therefore low-speed trip just isn’t one in all its robust factors. That mentioned, trip high quality improves to fairly an extent as speeds rise, and bump absorption is fairly good too. The diesel Q3, once more, outscores its petrol sibling in the case of trip and dealing with.
Whereas the additional weight does assist at higher excessive velocity stability, the good quattro system offers the diesel Q3 stupendous dealing with prowess. The place the petrol Q3 felt a tad twitchy when cornering arduous, the diesel Q3 feels planted and holds its line. Attacking the identical set of corners, I may go considerably quicker than the petrol Q3.
However, whereas I used to be grinning from ear to ear within the corners, I solely wished the steering provided a bit of extra join. The quattro system additionally permits for gentle off-roading, however I do not actually see anybody taking their prized possession off the crushed observe.
The Audi Q3 is kind of a well-rounded product. The refreshed styling retains the Q3 related, and the brand new TFSI and TDI motors provide an amazing mix of efficiency and effectivity. The petrol Q3 is priced at Rs 39.5 lakh (on-road, Mumbai) which is nice worth for the package it provides. Nonetheless, the Q3 35 TDI expertise, at Rs 53.95 lakh (on-road, Mumbai), could seem a bit expensive. That mentioned, if you’re available in the market for a compact German SUV, the Q3 makes a powerful case for itself.
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