AUDI Q3 2016: Moderately Priced Sedan

 

Fast Facts:

1. Price: $42, 000

2. Seats: 5

3. Engine: 1.39L turbo 4-cycle

4. Transmission: FWD, 6-speed dual clutch

5. Mileage: 5.8 Liter/ 100 km

Quattro 2.0 Turbo Engine

Audi Q3 2016 is equipped with 2.0 liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine, capable of generating 207 lbs-ft of torque and 200 horsepower. Its engine is comparable to Volkswagen Golf GTI, but focused on fuel efficiency and overall drive. Equipped with six-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel-drive system, Audi Q3 is heavier in comparison to Volkswagen GTI.

The weight is felt as Audi Q3 accelerates and turns. On the other hand, it lacks the pristine feel and comfort in comparison to latest BMW and Mercedes offerings. It’s touted as a crossover vehicle, assimilating sports car and conventional sedan. Audi Q3 is factory fitted with sports wheels, sports stylized interior and most importantly, range of driving modes, including Sport, Dynamic and Auto-drive modes. These driving modes are inherently identical, offering little change in driving.

Any consequent shift in throttle response and steering were barely noticeable. Saving grace is sports program, revving up the throttle response up a notch, igniting turbo mode.

Audi Q3 2016 provides an average of 23 miles/ gallon (28 on highway and 20 in city limits), lagging behind BMW and Mercedes.

Comparing the fuel economy, Audi’s Q3 2016 EPA rating is similar to Audi Q5. On the other hand, BMW X1 takes the lead with its 2.0 liter turbo four-cylinder engine, capable of generating 28 horsepower extra than Audi Q3. This sedan segment is intensely competitive.

 

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Interior

Audi Q3 attempts to compete with Mercedes-Benz GLA-250 and BMW with its premium designed interior, design and exterior. Audi isolates its passengers from exterior road and engine noise, comparable to comforts of BMW and Mercedes-Benz.

It’s available in 3 categories:

· S-line plus

· S-line

· SE

Audi’s valued customers can order kit and additional features as they require.

Audi Q3 2016 competes in an intensely competitive niche with Mercedes GLA, BMW X1 and Range Rover Evogue as prime competitors. A mini-version of Q5, Q3 employs traits of Audi A3 and competes with a fresh design.

Summary

The cabin of Audi Q3 2016 is built solidly. Coupled with MMI infotainment system deployed with fast response, crisp graphics, it also features an internet connection.

The MMI controller, mounted on its dashboard is less instinctive as opposed to its console controller. Moreover, its turbocharged engine has considerable room for improvement.

With state-of-the-art tech deployed, along with a premium feeling, the new Audi has raised the bar for competition in terms of cabin space, performance, drive and efficiency.

Audi Quattro 2016 delivers a decent drive. It’s quiet cabin, on-road performance and crossover works in its favor. Compared to industry’s rivals, it falls slightly lower of expectations compared to BMW X1 Drive28i 2016.

Pros
· Reverse camera has been installed

· Offers 1.4 liter turbo engine

Cons

· The large wheels require improvement

· Competition is rigorous in sedan section