2015 Audi Q3 | new car review
* Excellent boot space makes it a practical vehicle to own.
* Expensive for what is essentially a Golf in stilettos.
Audi’s range of Q cars all suffer from a lack of imagination on the design front. The Q3 is no different, so there is little to get excited about. It isn’t all bad, however, and they have certainly outdone their rivals with the back. The rear hatch is profiled quite nicely, so from the side the Q3 does look sleek, and the front is certainly the best looking when compared to its big brothers; the Q5 and Q7. But otherwise there is little to write home about.
Inside things are smart, if a little unremarkable. When you are sitting inside you really do feel like you are in a Golf, and that’s ok if you like Golf’s. The centre console is very nicely arranged and the seats are comfortable. The steering wheel drips with sporting pretence, which is lovely, but there is little else about the Q3 that screams “exciting”. The boot space is excellent, and you could squeeze about four suitcases in there even before you need the put the rear seats down.
The 2015 Audi Q3 comes with everything that you would expect from modern Audi offerings. The multimedia system has a 20GB hard drive and allows you to spool through all manner of multimedia functions. Like other models, it folds into the top of the dashboard which is still a really good piece of engineering.
What’s on offer?
The 2015 Audi Q3 is available in three variants – the 30 TFSI, the 35 TFSI, and the 40 TFSI. The 30 TFSI is blessed with a turbocharged 1.4 litre 4 cylinder that puts out 150 horsepower and accelerates to the 100 km/h mark in 8.9 seconds. The next step up is the 35 TFSI which welcomes a 2.0 litre engine and channels 170 horsepower through its 7 speed dual clutch automatic transmission. At the extreme top, sits the 40 TFSI, generating a respectable 211 horsepower and 300 Nm of torque from its 2.0 litre engine.
When you first see the Q3 in the showroom you will think to yourself “ooh, what’s it for?” And when you leave the showroom the chances are you still won’t know. It may look like an off-roader, good for dune bashing, but it has not been built with that in mind. It is just a hatchback designed to look different, in the same way that you can buy a chair from a fancy furniture store for AED 5,000. It does the same job as the chair you bought from Carrefour for AED70, it just looks different and costs more money. But that’s what this car is about: image. If you’re smart, you’ll buy a Golf instead.
|Specifications||2015 Audi Q3 30 TFSI||2015 Audi Q3 35 TFSI||2015 Audi Q3 40 TFSI|
|Engine/ Cylinders||1.4 litre Turbocharged / 4 cyl||2.0 litre Turbocharged / 4 cyl||2.0 litre Turbocharged / 4 cyl|
|Max Power |
|150 hp @ 6,000 RPM||170 hp @ 6,200 RPM||211 hp @ 6,200 RPM|
|250 Nm @ 3,000 RPM||280 Nm @ 4,200 RPM||300 Nm @ 4,900 RPM|
|Tranmission||6 speed dual clutch automatic||7 speed dual clutch automatic||7 speed dual clutch automatic|
|Drive||Front Wheel Drive||All Wheel Drive||All Wheel Drive|
|0-100 km/h||8.9 secs||7.8 secs||6.9 secs|
|Top speed||200 km/h||212 km/h||230 km/h|
|Price||AED 121,000||AED 127,000||AED 136,000|