Audi is venturing into a new market segment: The Q3 is a premium SUV in a compact-category form. It is sporty, efficient and versatile – an urban vehicle that is equally comfortable on or off the road. Every aspect of the Audi Q3 – the body, the drivetrain, the chassis and the assistance and multimedia systems – showcases the brand’s expertise in all fields of technology. Many of its solutions are straight from the luxury category.
Design and body
The Q3 is immediately recognizable as the youngest member of the Audi family. The coupe-like lines are an expression of its sporty character. Sharp edges frame elegantly arched sheet metal surfaces, and distinctive lights accentuate the front and rear. The wedge-shaped headlights are optionally available with xenon plus units and LED daytime running lights, which Audi also combines with LED tail lights.
The low roof line, which begins dropping rather early, and the very flat D-pillars underscore the dynamics of the Audi Q3. Add-on parts are available in a number of variants – customers can choose between black, anthracite or the body color. There is also a choice of two exterior packages.
The base version of the Audi Q3 weighs just 1,445 kilograms (3,185.68 lb). Its rigid, safe and quiet occupant cell integrates a number of ultra-high-strength steels. Both the engine hood and the tailgate are made of aluminum. As is typical of the Q models from Audi, the undivided tail lights are integrated into the tailgate, which wraps around the pillars. At just 0.32, the coefficient of drag is unusually low.
The Audi Q3 offers ample room for all five passengers and sets new standards for ergonomics and workmanship. A wide variety of materials and colors for the interior, some of which are completely new, offers customers countless possibilities for expressing their own personal style. The wrap-around, a large arc extending from one front door to the other, is a design feature borrowed from the large Audi model series.
The luggage compartment of the compact SUV has a capacity of 460 liters (16.24 cu ft), which can be increased to 1,365 liters (48.20 cu ft) by folding down the split rear seat backs. A roof rail is standard. Many useful options, including a luggage compartment package and a load-through hatch, make the Q3 even more versatile in everyday use.
The Audi Q3 offers the choice of two TDI and two TFSI engines. The four-cylinder engines combine direct injection with turbocharging, an energy recovery system and a start-stop system. With power outputs ranging from 103 kW (140 hp) to 155 kW (211 hp), these engines are as efficient as they are powerful. The Q3 2.0 TDI with 103 kW (140 hp) and front-wheel drive averages 5.2 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (45.23 US mpg).
Audi pairs all engines with an output of above 125 kW (170 hp) with quattro permanent all-wheel drive, which uses a hydraulic multi-plate clutch. The seven-speed S tronic comes standard with the most powerful TDI and TFSI engines.
The ultra-compact and fast-shifting dual-clutch transmission showcases an innovation that enhances efficiency even further. When coasting, it allows the Audi Q3 to free-wheel when the “Efficiency” mode of Audi drive select is active. Shift paddles on the steering wheel are optionally available.
The chassis of the Q3 – featuring a four-link rear suspension, electromechanical power steering and wheels measuring between 16 and 19 inches in diameter – is the fruit of great design labor. An electromechanical parking brake and hill hold assist are standard, with hill-descent assist to be available later. Audi drive select enables the driver to adjust various technology modules, including the optional active shock absorbers, in four stages to suit his or her individual driving style.
The Audi Q3 comes generously appointed with a long list of standard equipment, including the chorus audio system, air conditioning and a comprehensive package of restraint systems. Audi also offers a choice of optional equipment taken directly from the luxury category, including the adaptive light system for the xenon plus headlights, the high-beam assistant, the panoramic glass roof, the LED interior lighting package and power-adjustable front seats.
The range of driver assistance systems is without peer in this vehicle category. The park assist system maneuvers the vehicle into tight parking spots autonomously. All the driver has to do is accelerate and brake. The system also detects and warns of obstacles to the sides. Audi side assist employs radar to help change lanes, and Audi active lane assist makes slight steering corrections as necessary to help stay in the lane. The speed limit display recognizes important traffic signs.
Audi offers a comprehensive range of modular infotainment components. Topping the range of options is the hard-drive navigation system MMI navigation plus, which displays high-resolution 3D graphics on a fold-out 7.0-inch color monitor. The Bose surround sound system delivers 465 watts of power to 14 speakers.
Coming soon – under the heading of Audi connect – is the Bluetooth online car phone paired with a WLAN hotspot to provide the Q3 with Internet connectivity. The new Audi online traffic information service provides the driver with precise, current information about how heavy traffic is on the selected route.
The equipment, data and prices specified in this document refer to the model range offered in Germany. Subject to change without notice; errors and omissions excepted.
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