Yes, it’s been here for quite some time and yes, it’s expected to be updated with a generation upgrade as soon as next year. The car you see above is the Audi Q3, the brand’s smallest and most compact SUV in the country. So, while a new generation model is expected to hit your nearest Audi showrooms soon, here’s why the old one still makes sense.
For those of you who may not know, the car you see above was first launched in 2015 in the Indian market. It was, however, mildly, updated in 2017 with a small number of updates to spruce up the whole proposition. While the facelift – which is expected to be launched soon – was unveiled in 2018, this model does feel a bit dated now, thanks to the facelift images being out for some time now.
However, the only point to consider the ongoing model of the Q3 is the price. While a BS-IV model might seem out of place, for now, the prices are set to be revised with the new BS-VI model. And when that happens, the Audi Q3 will be substantially expensive than the model it will replace. Also, the ongoing model now retails with huge discounts. So, better grab one till stocks last. Here’s a complete look if you still need to decide.
The Audi Q3 is not as compact as its ‘compact luxury SUV’ insignia might make it sound. It almost looks like a smaller version of the huge Q7. As far as the dimensions are concerned, the Q3 is 4,385mm in length, 1,831mm in width, and 1,608mm in height. The base-spec variant tips the scale at 1,660kg and has a ground clearance of 170mm. It has a fuel tank capacity of 64-litres and a boot space capacity of 460-litres.
Under the hood, the small Audi comes powered with two engines. As said earlier, both are compliant with BS-IV emission standards. The base-spec variant of the Q3 is powered by a 1.4-litre TFSI four-cylinder petrol engine, which churns out 148bhp and 250Nm of torque. It comes mated to a 6-speed automatic gearbox. It is only available with front-wheel-drive configuration.
Next, and the one to consider, is the 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel mill, which comes mated to a 7-speed automatic transmission. It is capable of producing 150bhp and 340Nm of torque. Unlike petrol, this one is available with both front-wheel drive and all-wheel-drive configuration.
For a luxury SUV – still compact – the Audi Q3 is a frugal vehicle. It’s the smaller petrol engine, which is more fuel-efficient, at 16.9km/l. The diesel, on the other hand, is just a bit behind, as it delivers 16.28km/l.
Sure, the 2020 Audi Q3 will set some benchmarks for its standard-fit equipment, for when it arrives in the Indian market. The ongoing model, however, isn’t as loaded as, say, the all-new BMW X1.
The biggest grouse with the equipment list is the old-school infotainment system, which gets Bluetooth, iPod and AUX connectivity, but it misses out on Apple Carplay and Android Auto. Moreover, the instrument cluster here is analogue, while the 2020 model is expected to feature the ‘Audi Virtual Cockpit’ display, which, perhaps, is as good as digital instrumentation gets.
The Q3, as of early-2020, comes in four shades, namely, Cortina White, Floret Silver, Mythos Black, and Misano Red.
All the details regarding the Audi Q3, namely, the engine, specifications, variant wise equipment, colours, dimensions, interiors, and exterior details are extensively covered in the brochure.
Variants and Prices
As of early-2020, the Audi Q3 is available in four variants, with one variant for the petrol-automatic and three variants for the diesel-automatic. The prices start at Rs. 34.97 lakhs for the 30 TFSI Premium variant going all the way up to Rs. 43.61 lakhs for the 35 TDI Quattro Technology variant (both prices ex-showroom, Delhi). For the variant-wise on-road prices, visit us at autoX.
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