- Bigger all round and a boost to cabin space
- Advanced cabin similar to top-range models
- Local packages offered for value proposition
GEORGE, South Africa – The new Audi Q3 is a family SUV, a second generation said to be not only visually more self-confident but also having greater utility value thanks to its space, adaptability and practical details.
As with Audi’s top-end models, it has a digital cockpit and a large info touchscreen to handle a number of infotainment solutions.
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New ”assist” systems support the driver when parking and on short or long drives. Audi says such features improve comfort – as, the automaker says, ”does the further-developed suspension”.
The new Q3 has an eight-sided, eight-barred, grille flanked by large air inlets but the headlights are horizontally narrow wedges with diode technology… optional are Matrix LED headlights that illuminate the road with auto dipping.
The cars’ contours mimic Audi’s quattro DNA (intended t make the car look wider); colour-contrasting wheel-arch trim (Standard and Advanced lines) emphasise the off-road look. alternative offer what Audi calls ”a more sporty character”.
A long roof-edge spoiler over the rear window and raked D pillars are said to ”create an appearance of forward thrust”.
There are said to be many customisation options, among them a contrasting paint finish for the lower body to ”accentuate the SUV look”.
Eleven body colours are available along with two exterior trim choices over the standard model and called Advanced and S Line.
Sporty character, taut lines, three-dimensionally styled elements – the interior continues the design of the exterior and echoes in many ways the brand’s full-size models. The instrument panel is divided into two levels: the top part includes the air vents; the bottom section incorporates the large octagonal area with its black-panel look.
The instrument panel is surrounded by a wide chrome strip, gloss-black trim surrounds the MMI touch display, below it are the aircon controls.
A push-button module for the lighting has replaced the rotary control of the previous model, slotted into the panel left of the steering-wheel.
Customers can choose one of two variants over the standard version – a sport package or S line sport interior package. Each involves sport seats trimmed (option) with a combination of leather/faux leather and Alcantara – the latter’s new and in a choice of two colours: steel grey or orange.
The Q3 has grown in almost all dimensions to join, Audi says, ”the upper compact SUV segment”. It”s 4.48m long – 96mm longer than its predecessor. Width has increased by 18mm to 1.85m but, at 1.58m, it’s five mm lower than the previous generation. Wheelbase has stretched 77mm to 2.68m to create more knee, head, and elbow room.
The rear accommodation can be moved fore/aft by 15cm and split three ways through seven angles upon which depending the position of the rear seats and their backrests and boot capacity can grow from 530 to 675 litres or rear seats folded, to 1525 litres.
The boot floor can then be adjusted through three levels and the parcel shelf can be stowed and access is through a powered tail door.
The audio system has 10 speakers: an optiponal Bang & Olufsen Premium Sound System with virtual 3D sound will provide three-dimensional audio.
Only one engine version – a turbocharged 1.4-litre, 110kW/250Nm, petrol engine with front wheel drive and a . six-speed S tronic transmission and, if off-road, hill-descent control.
AND SO TO THE PRICES…
Audi Q3 35 TFSI S tronic – R565 000
Audi Q3 35 TFSI S tronic Advanced – R585 000
Audi Q3 35 TFSI S tronic S line – R 599 000
Each will be delivered with a five-year or 100 000km Audi Freeway plan.