Editor: Jason “The Bok” – Date: 23 Nov 2019
The Q3 has been with us for some time and has proven its popularity with more than 1.1 million units sold globally and some over 10,000 alone in South Africa. Offering semi-compact dimensions coupled with impressive technology and style is the modern urban family allrounder?
All New, All Over
The exterior of the new Q3 is very much one which boasts the modern face of Audi. Much like styling first seen on the flagship new Q8, this newcomer features the bold and enlarged new trapezoidal style grille and front fascia. Sharpened edges and lines form the artwork, while the vehicle is set to ride on the very well established and robust Volkswagen Group MQB platform.
Stiffer and more robust is the chassis when compared to that of its predecessor, which helps provide a more sure-footed drive. Couple this with Audi’s 35 TFSI motor which is available from launch in SA and you get a1.4-litre 4-cylinder turbopetrol engine and peak power outputs of 110 kW and 250 Nm, more than ample power to propel this new SUV.
The interior is further modern Audi. In what we have come used to over the years, the build is impeccable and this new Q3 now features Audi’s latest incarnation of the MMI system. Colourful tiles make-up the centre screen which is driver-focused. Further to the MMI display is Virtual Cockpit, a system which has gained wide appreciation for being perhaps the best developed digital set of instrument gauges on the planet.
From suede elements to optional B&O sound, a large panoramic sunroof, voice assistance and many shades of mood lighting, it’s fair to say that the new Q3 is as impressive visually with its exterior and that of its interior. Turbo blue, Pulse Orange and Chronos Grey as they are called further add to the vibrant colour palette visuals of the new Q3.
Packed With Choice
There are 3 levels of trim to choose from Standard, Advanced, S Line. Each spec level gets its own visual identity, with trim-specific body kits and detailing. We spent time with the S Line trim package which features some sportier elements including a flat-bottom steering wheel and some sport style badges scattered around the body.
Day time running lights incorporate into Audi’s sharp Matrix LED headlights and crafted LED taillights. Much more than just visual this too adds to the enhanced safety elements of this vehicle, including ABS with EBD and brake assist, electronic stability control with hill descent control and hold assist, dual front-, side- and curtain airbags, as well as a tyre pressure monitoring system.
Conclusion & SA Pricing
The new Q3 is a very well accomplished product from the Ingolstadt based automaker. It builds on its solid reputation as set from its predecessor, while now further bettering every element. Sure-footed on gravel and firm and planted on the road, the MQB platform shows-off its best driving attributes, while technology and safety systems simply catapult it to new heights in terms of the urban family SUV sector.
Competition on the market is more fierce than ever these days, and the likes of Volvo’s recently launched XC40 and BMW’s X1 compete with the Q3 for market dominance. Although this entire motoring space is becoming sharper and more dynamic with enhanced market expectations, Audi continues to offer a simply hard to fault the premium experience, which in my opinion is set to continue seeing it write its success within this space.
The Audi Q3 range includes a standard Audi Freeway plan (5-year/100 000 km)
35 TFSI S tronic R565 000
35 TFSI S tronic Advanced R585 000
35 TFSI S tronic S line R599 000