The new Audi Q3 is big on style, technology and Luxury.
The SUV segment is one of the top-selling segments and every automotive brand wants a piece of the action! Audi has recently launched the all-new Q3 which is smaller than it’s bigger brother the Q5 but big on technology, style and luxury.
The new Q3 features the design language we’ve seen on the Q8, A large octagonal grille on the front with a redesigned front bumper with larger air vents (on the S-line Trim) as well as LED headlights which are standard on all models. Matrix LED headlights are available as an optional extra. Alongside you notice the strong creases which are quite similar to Q8 and the upcoming A6. We found the new Q3 to have more presence than it’s predecessor, making it a beautiful small SUV and a great statement piece. Our test car had the Chronos grey metallic colour in the S line trim which was the perfect combination for us, As we found The popular Turbo Blue colour to be a very loud colour and doesn’t make sense on premium SUV like the Q3.
The cabin of the Q3 has is well-built, There’s high-quality material all-round, leather is standard across the range and aux-suede insert on the dashboard as well as on the door panels adds a sporty feel to it. The driving position is improved and the dashboard is driver-orientated making it more user-friendly, Gone is the control knob used in the previous model in favour of a 8.8 touchscreen ( a 10.1-inch touchscreen is optional) infotainment system with features such as Voice Command, Apple Carplay and Android Auto. We were very sceptical about it at first, once we got to use it, we found it to be highly intuitive.
There’s a full suite of driver-assistance tech and safety features such as lane-keeping assist, automated emergency braking, and adaptive cruise control, hill descent control and 360-degree cameras. Our test car had the parking assist system as well the 360-degree camera which came in handy especially when parallel parking in tiny spaces.
Practicality is relative good in the as the cup holders are big in enough large drink, the door bins are big enough to fit a 1-litre bottle, There’s enough headroom and legroom. The rear seats recline and move forward and back so you can sit comfortably. the boot capacity is 503 litre the same as that you’d find in the Mazda CX-5 and the Kia Sportage this is quite impressive for such a small SUV.
Engines, Ride and Handling
From Launch, The Audi Q3 35 TFSI model will be offered which is powered by a 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine which produces 110kW of power and 250Nm of torque Mated to an S-Tronic gearbox. The steering feels light and makes it easy to drive and park the Q3. The suspension is a bit firm and surprisingly does a good job at does suppressing some of the worst road imperfections. One complaint we’ve about the car is the transmission when you put your foot to the floor the transmission isn’t quite responsive and as a result, you get a lot of engine noise from the car especially when driving on the freeway.
The all-new Audi Q3 is priced as follows:
- 35 TFSI S Tronic R565 000
- 35 TFSI advanced S Tronic R585 000
- 35 TFSI S line S Tronic R599 000
- Prices include a 5 year/100 000KM freeway plan