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WHEN we first tested the Q3 2,0T FSI Quattro in 2012, the team walked away thoroughly impressed with Audi’s first stab at the compact-crossover segment. The combination of solid build quality, stylish packaging and a blend of urban wieldiness and nimble handling bestowed serious cred upon the Q3. Back then, our one reservation was an asking price that, at around R430 000, rendered it the preserve of the well-heeled.

On the back of a recent subtle facelift, Audi has introduced a brace of entry-level models, manual and automatic, featuring a 1,4-litre turbo-petrol engine in a more wallet-friendly package.
It’s always a bit of a gamble for luxury car manufacturers to downscale established products in a bid to capture market share. But, with its latest entrée, it appears Audi may just have executed a masterstroke.

Given the positive reception with which the pre-facelift model was met, Ingolstadt’s designers were never going to overly meddle with the Q3’s styling. In fact, you’d be hard-pressed to recognise any significant changes. Only the tail- and headlamps and bumpers have undergone some minor cosmetic updates. But it’s the change beneath the bonnet that crowns a new bevel-framed grille that’s the real talking point.

With outputs of 110 kW and 250 N.m pitted against a 1 484 kg kerb weight, we expected the new engine would struggle to emulate the 2,0-litre’s fizz, but that wasn’t the case. Gelling favourably with a smooth-shifting six-speed dual-clutch transmission and unencumbered by a heavy all-wheel-drive system, the engine is flexible and surprisingly punchy. It concedes only half a second to the outgoing 125 kW model in each stage of our overtaking acceleration measurements up to 120 km/h – with a satisfying burble to boot.

Underpinned by the VW Group’s PQ35 platform, previously utilised by the Golf 6 and current Tiguan, the Q3’s compact dimensions and light steering ask little more from the driver to park and manoeuvre than that of a C-segment hatchback.

These underpinnings also translate into a reasonably roomy cabin, with a bias towards occupants up front – where the driving position is as commanding as the modest height allows – and only an adequate amount of knee- and headroom for those in the rear.

The rest of the cabin is typical Audi fare. It’s conservatively styled but solidly built from high-quality materials, and is impressively resistant to road noise (at least on smooth tar; the larger wheels on our test unit kicked up a ruckus on coarse tar).

If there is a black mark against the Q3’s packaging, it has to be a shallow boot limited to 272 dm³ due to the rear’s sharply sloped profile.

Of late, Audi has made a concerted effort to better equip its entry-level models. That said, while this Q3’s standard features include such niceties as a Bluetooth-enabled audio system, multifunction steering wheel, cruise control, LED daytime-running lights and air-con, it’s still conservatively equipped and ticking the options boxes can prove a costly exercise.

For instance, our test unit was fitted with almost R135 000 worth of optional extras, including more than R70 000 spent on styling addenda, sat-nav, sports seats clad in a leather/Alcantara combination and climate control. Overall, this bumped the sticker price to more than R550 000.

However, pick a couple of useful extras such as sat-nav (R22 200) and the R4 840 rear PDC – handy given the Q3’s narrow, high-sited rear glazing – and the price remains reasonably sensible within its segment.

On-road, the positives of those Golf-based foundations make themselves known, especially when it comes to the Q3’s driving manners. Dynamically, this model’s lack of Quattro all-wheel drive doesn’t have a big impact on proceedings. There is some body roll, but the steering, although light, is responsive, while good front-end grip and handling that gently defaults to manageable understeer when really pressing on mean the Q3 feels reassuringly planted.

Even with its optional 19-inch rims and stiffened sports suspension, our unit’s ride quality was commendable. The choppiness expected of a short-wheelbase crossover emerged only on badly corrugated road surfaces; elsewhere, the suspension setup proved pliant and well damped.

The Q3’s performance during our 100-0 km/h braking tests proved equally impressive, with the 2,87-second average garnering it an “excellent” rating.

 

 

2016 Audi Q3 1.4T FSI (110KW)

R214,900
Ref No: 1618336

Manufacturer Specifications

Standard - standard Optional - optional
  • Cloth upholstery: Standard
  • Alcantara upholstery: opt suede-cloth + leather
  • Leather bolster spartial leather: Optional
  • Leather upholstery: opt leather / opt suede-cloth + leather
  • Seats quantity: 5
  • Split rear seat: Standard
  • Folding rear seat: Standard
  • Air conditioning: Standard
  • Climate control automatic air conditioning: Optional
  • Lumbar support adjustment: opt front electric
  • Front armrests: Standard
  • Heated ventilated seats: opt front heated
  • Antilock braking system (ABS): Standard
  • Electronic brake distribution (EBD): Standard
  • Brake assist (BAS/EBA): Standard
  • Traction control: Standard
  • Stability control: Standard
  • Tyre pressure sensor monitor deflation detection system: Optional
  • Driver airbag: Standard
  • Front passenger airbag: Standard
  • Front side airbags: Standard
  • Rear side airbags: Optional
  • Curtain airbags: Standard
  • Airbag quantity: 6 (opt 8)
  • Lane departure warning: Optional
  • Lane change blindspot warning assist monitor: Optional
  • Automatic drive away locking: Standard
  • Directional turning headlights: Optional
  • Adaptive headlights varying light distribution: Optional
  • Engine auto Stop Start idle stop ecostop: Standard
  • Hillstart assist hillholder: Optional
  • Alloy wheelsrims: Standard
  • Sports suspension: Optional
  • Driving mode switch eg sport comfort: Optional
  • Power steering: Standard
  • Multifunction steering wheel controls: Standard
  • On board computer multi information display: Standard
  • Navigation: Optional
  • Cruise control: Standard
  • Bluetooth connectivity: Standard
  • Voice control: Standard
  • CD player: Standard
  • Aux in auxiliary input: Standard
  • USB port: Standard
  • Powersocket 12V: opt boot
  • Central locking: remote (opt keyless)
  • Remote central locking: Standard
  • Key less access start hands free key: Optional
  • Rain sensor auto wipers: Standard
  • Auto dim interior mirror: Standard
  • Electric adjust mirrors: Standard
  • Heated exterior mirrors: Optional
  • Auto dimexterior mirrors: Optional
  • Sun roof: opt panoramic
  • Panoramic roof: Optional
  • Electric seat adjustment: opt front
  • Daytime driving running lights: LED
  • Light sensor auto on off lights: Standard
  • Xenon headlights: std (opt LED)
  • Highbeam assist: Optional
  • Highlevel 3rd brakelight: Standard
  • Rear fog lamps lights: Standard
  • Park distance control PDC: opt rear / opt front + rear (opt rear camera / opt park assist / opt rear camera + park assist)
  • Camera for park distance control: opt rear
  • Towbar trailer hitch: opt removable
  • Metallic pearl escent paint: Optional
  • Fuel Type: petrol
  • Fuel range average: 1164 km
  • Driven wheels: front
  • Driven wheels quantity: 2
  • Gearratios quantity: 6
  • Gearshift: manual
  • Transmission type: manual
  • Electromechanical parking brake: Standard
  • Front tyres: 215/65 R16 (opt 235/55 R17 / opt 235/50 R18 / opt 255/40 R19)
  • Reartyres: 215/65 R16 (opt 235/55 R17 / opt 235/50 R18 / opt 255/40 R19)
  • Length: 4388 mm
  • Width excl mirrors incl mirrors: 1831-2019 mm
  • Height: 1590 mm
  • Wheel base: 2603 mm
  • Turning circle wheels body: 11.8 m
  • Load volume / capacity: 460-1365 L
  • Load volume / capacity: 1365 L
  • Unladen/tare/kerb weight: 1460 kg
  • Gross weight (GVM): 1985 kg
  • Towing capacity - unbraked: 730
  • Towing capacity - braked: 1800
  • Fuel tank capacity (incl reserve): 64l
  • Fuel consumption urban: 6.6 l/100km
  • Fuel consumption extra urban: 4.9 l/100km
  • Fuel consumption average: 5.5 l/100km
  • CO2 emissions average: 133g/km
  • Emission control phase Euro EU level: 127 De
  • Power maximum: 110 kW
  • Power maximum total: 110 kW
  • Power peak revs: 5000-6000 r/min
  • Power to weight ratio: 75.3 kW/ton
  • Torque maximum: 250 Nm
  • Torque peak revs: 1500-3500 r/min
  • Torque maximum total: 250 Nm
  • Torque to weight ratio: 171 Nm/ton
  • Acceleration 0-100 kmh: 9.2s
  • Maximum top speed: 204 km/h
  • Engine position/ location: front
  • Engine capacity: 1395 cc
  • Engine size: 1.4l
  • enginedetailshort: 1.4T
  • Engine + detail: 1.4 turbo
  • Cylinder layout: inline
  • Cylinders: 4
  • Cylinder layout + quantity: i4
  • Cam: dohc
  • Valves per cylinder: 4
  • Valves quantity: 16
  • Turbocharger: Standard
  • Warranty time (years): 1
  • Warranty distance (km): unlimited km
  • Maintenance plan: Standard
  • Maintenance plan time (years): 5
  • Maintenance plan distance (km): 100000 km
  • Service interval indicator: Standard
  • Service interval (distance): service interval indicator (max 30000) km
  • Brand: Audi
  • Status: c
  • Segment: passenger car
  • MMcode: 04035105
  • MMVariant: Q3 1.4T FSI (110KW)
  • MMintrodat: 2015-05-01
  • Introdate: 2015/06/01
  • DuoportarecordID: AudiQ3_1fe1

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