Audi did not just hustle the look of the Q3 for this second generation. Behind its more muscular features, the renewal of the Audi compact SUV becomes bigger, more welcoming and borrows some of the technological content of the flagships of the range.
It really changes, for once! This is the first remark that comes to mind when we discover this new Q3. In recent years, Audi has acquired a reputation for duplicating the same coating in different sizes, while at the same time changing the appearance of each new generation. Of the old Q3, which was still dating from 2011, the newcomer keeps vaguely the inclination of the amount C. The flanks are marked, the silhouette more stocky , reinforced by the ribs pronounced above the wheel arches . Much more dynamic, this new Q3.
He needed it: in the face, the niche of compact SUVs has become ultra-rich. BMW X1 / X2, and Volvo XC40 among the latest arrivals, are in commercial form. Not to mention the Mercedes GLA, Range Rover Evoque (certainly end of life) and Jaguar E-Pace which nibble market share.
What remains in Q5?
Given that it is extending 10 cm (4.49 m now), the Q3 is one of the big jigs of the category . It is closer to his big brother (4.66 m for Q5) and stands out more clearly Q2 (4.19 m). Obviously, the Q5 remains larger, better motorized and crested at all levels (in tariffs, too).
The cabin is one of the main points of progression, thanks to the longer wheelbase of 8 cm : reclining bench (sliding standard on 15 cm), two adults have a comfortable space, a reclining backrest , and the trunk has a very respectable capacity of 530 l . Even 675 l by advancing the bench (and logically losing space to the legs). At the maximum, the folded backrest frees 1,525 l of loading volume and a flat floor. The family qualities have been particularly neat, so to forget the reproaches that stuck to the first Q3 … and give it some air against the Q2.
The presentation is making a giant leap, too. The alcantara inserts along the dashboard, the angled design, oriented towards the driver, offer a certain cachet to the driving position. The assembly of the assembly is millimeter, as usual.
Much less austere than the predecessor, in any case: the arrival of the digital instrumentation (standard, for once) and the 10-inch touch screen from the Audi A6 / A7 bring a welcome techno atmosphere. The graphics are neat, the GPS offers a tactile input area to enter the address of the fingertip (gadget, but intuitive!) … The system is however less elaborate, without haptic feedback (the “virtual click” under the fingertips), and the ventilation remains devolved to conventional controls. Easier to grasp than the all-digital big sisters, it’s a good thing.
On the road, less out
Q3 will stay more on the macadam, like most of its congeners. Although all-wheel drive is available, the majority of sales will be represented by the 35 TFSI in single traction. Its reduced ground clearance will not allow it more than a few all-way getaways.
The adoption of the MQB platform is accompanied by driving aids already seen on the latest models of the Volkswagen Group (for a fee for some). Semi-autonomous assistance in traffic jams for example, or peripheral 360 vision cameras, pedestrian detection…
For those who are not looking for performance at all costs, the small 1.5 l 150 hp entry-level 35 TFSI (new and incomprehensible nomenclature Audi …) perfectly fulfills his office, at least with the box S-Tronic . Gentle walking, proper acceleration and sobriety are required (about 6.5 l / 100 readings). With family and luggage, in the mountains, the report will be a little less brilliant. A little fair in raises, he runs out of steam at high speed and prefers a smooth ride. All the car invites, in any case: soundproofing, direction, suspension skilfully calibrated … everything leans towards the comfort of walking!As long as you’re content with 18-inch wheels or, if the 19-inch rims of our S Line version tempts you (delirious on a compact SUV, the Q3 even offers huge 20-inch wheels), check the controlled suspension box. Here, we even enjoy a hint of dynamism and a nice balance, in the most sporting mode …
Same thing with the high-end gasoline 45 TFSI (2.0 TFSI 230 hp) : comfort premium. However, this “4 legs” does not lack of going to take the Quattro and the 1,620 kg of the beautiful baby that became the Q3. Upmarket rhymes here with mass gain. Lively and energetic, but linear … and noticeably more greedy as soon as you ask for it (about 12 l / 100 in mountainous terrain). Its neutral sound does not invite anyway, anyway. This engine also exists in a less powerful version (190 hp) probably almost as effective. After a few kilometers, we say that the chassis would easily cash the hypothetical 5 cylinder of a future RS Q3 !
Prices for the new Q3 will begin at € 33,500 in basic finishing, with the 1.5 TFSI associated with the S-Tronic box . Inflation seems therefore limited given the fairly complete standard equipment. Opposite, BMW starts its X1 to 32,650 € in sDrive 18i (140 hp) and Volvo asks 31,350 € for the XC40 T3 (156 hp). Barely cheaper, but they are satisfied at this price of a manual gearbox and a three-cylinder, less pleasant than the 1.5 Audi.
Audi Q3 45 TFSI Specification Sheet
- Engine : 4 cylinders, petrol, 1,984 cc
- Power : 230 hp at 5,000 rpm
- Maximum torque : 350 Nm at 1,500 rpm
- 0 to 100 km / h : 6.3 s
- Maximum speed : 233 km / h
- Dimensions (L / W / H) : 4,484 / 1,856 / 1,616 m
- Wheelbase : 2,680 m
- Safe : 530 / 1.525 dm3
- Weight : 1.620 kg
- Consumption noted : 10.5 l / 100 km (mixed course)
- Emissions : NC
- Bonus / malus : NC
- Price from : 33.500 euros
- Tried model price : NC