Our test Q3 came with a 2.0L turbo charged engine, making 211HP @ 5000 – 6200RPM, and 300Nm torque @ 1800- 4900RPM. This is good enough to push the 1.7 ton Q3 from 0 to 100kmph in 6.9 seconds; the same as a Golf GTI.
While the performance numbers sound great, I have to say that the performance in normal ‘D’ mode is quite disappointing. Pushing the accelerator even 1/3rd of the way in from the 2nd gear onwards doesn’t make much of a difference, so picking up from low speeds to moderately fast (say 40kmph to 80kmph) feels painfully slow. Push the pedal anymore and the turbo may kick in, propelling you faster than you actually want to.
Even at highway speeds if you want to overtake someone, you’re either stuck with sluggish acceleration, or end up zooming past them. The only middle ground of satisfactory performance then comes from the ‘S’ (or Sports) mode on the S-tronic gearbox, but that will hurt your otherwise decent fuel consumption rate.
The ride itself feels smooth, and while the tighter-than-I-expected suspension leads to a very confident drive around turns and long curves, it does feel stiff when going over a speed hump.
If you can live with the turbo lag (eliminated almost entirely in Sports mode), the Audi Q3 is an excellent daily drive. The car feels secure and comfortable, especially with the aesthetic appeal of the interior, both from materials used and the somewhat superficial LED lighting. And because of its overall design, you’ll not only feel good while driving the Audi Q3, but also look good. Price may lead you to some competitors, but the 5 years/ 105,000KM service included in the price is also appealing.