Audi Q3 Facelift First Look Review


Audi Q3 Overview

One of Audi’s highest selling vehicles has got an update. The 2017 Audi Q3 was recently introduced, and now it even gets a 1.4-litre petrol engine. This is the first Audi Q vehicle to get a petrol engine, at least in India. The price of the petrol engine is INR 36 lakhs (on-road, New Delhi). The changes are majorly limited to the addition of new variants and some minor changes too. As the luxury compact SUV are one of the highest selling options, the German luxury automaker has introduced the Q3 with a lesser powerful version of the 2.0-litre diesel engine. There are some more changes in this variant too. Read further to know more about the 2017 Audi Q3 Price in India, Specifications, Variants and other details. Check for Audi Q3  price in Pune at Autozhop.

Audi Q3 Exterior & Style

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 Interior & Space

Principally, the cabin of the new model remain unchanged since the introduction of the car in the year 2012. The interiors are welcoming and the contemporary design is spot on the moment you step in. The vehicle’s traditional dashboard looks cluttered despite the fact that everything today is controlled via touchscreens. Another down for this update is that the rotary knob of the dual-zone climate control and the small multi-information screen squeezed between the speedometer and tachometer now looks inferior in quality. For more details on Audi Q3 check Ubvvn

Moreover, if we compare it to the sibling A4’s virtual cockpit and touch-sensitive automatic climate control interface, we will realize that this car is definitely generations behind. But the compact SUV is thoroughly practical. And this can be seen in the standard electrically adjustable seats which provides reach and height modification for different individuals and the tilt-telescopic functionality of the steering, both making the driver come into a comfortable driving position. Further, all the doors can now hold sizable bottle while the boot space has been increased to 420 litres.

Coming to the seating, the rear seats are not as roomy as we expect in a SUV of this stature, best for 4 full-sized adults. This might be because of the high transmission tunnel running through the spine of the surface which taking up middle passenger’s legroom and rear air-conditioning eating significant amount of knee room. But if you use this car as a 4-seater, it will not leave room for complaints. The large panoramic sunroof does add a sense of airiness to the cabin space. Again in terms practicality and ergonomics, everything seems to be right in place, the build quality is fantastic and there is enough space for 4 passengers with their luggage.

The duty of entertainment and information has been shouldered on Audi’s MMI Navigation High system, which is coupled to 180 Watt 10-speakers setup. The 6.5 inch screen which is sadly not a touchscreen can be controlled by dials and buttons located on the centre console. But the good thing is that it can be operated without taking eyes off the road. That said, the graphics are not that crispy and the interface seems to be quite dated. And surprisingly, a Rs. 40 lakhs car doesn’t have Android Auto and Apple CarPlay support as well as no USB port. This lead to the only option of Bluetooth through which you can pair your smartphone for calls and music streaming and you also have to rely on the car’s own navigation system. However, the infotainment does have inbuilt 20GB hard-drive to store songs.

Audi Q3 Engine & Performance

The 2018 Audi Q3 35 TDI continues to draw power from the same 2.0-litre diesel motor that produces 181 HP of power from 3500-4000 RPM and 380 Nm of torque from 1750-3000 RPM. Featuring Audi’s quattro system, the powerplant comes mated to a 7-speed S-Tronic automatic transmission. This oil-burner is supremely refined with good NVH levels but initially, there is some turbo lag. Step on the gas and once past the turbo lag, the engine pulls cleanly and shows off its strong performer characteristics. The gearbox is quick in its responses but sometimes at low speeds the tranny tends to get a bit confused.

The Audi sprints from 0-100 km/hr in a claimed 7.9 seconds while returning an average fuel efficiency of 11-12 km/l. The ARAI-claimed figure is 15.17 km/l. The vehicle comes with Audi’s Drive Select which offers 4 driving modes – Comfort, Dynamic, Individual and Off-Road mode. The modes alter the driving experience and Dynamic makes the car feel very responsive while in Comfort it drives in a relaxed manner. Off-Road is good in well, off-road conditions and it is a pretty capable car.

Audi Q3 Driving Dynamics

The driving dynamics of the Q3 was certainly one of the best in its segment and it continues to remain the same. The paddle shifts enhance the driving pleasure. The ride is pliant enough and it never feels too stiff or too soft. Audi has been offering the Rough Road package on the Q3. With quattro, the chances to lose grip are also minimal.

Audi Q3 Braking & 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 Pune

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

The 2018 Audi Q3 35 TDI is undoubtedly a very good SUV with a good balance of performance, mileage and ride and handling. Of course, there are some features missing and honestly, it feels a bit outdated after looking at some modern SUVs, especially from Audi itself. So while the Q3 has brought in a lot of sales for its maker in India, the company is likely to bring out the next generation Q3 in the near future and that should help them get even higher sales numbers.

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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