By LARRY LEE
12 September 2019
This is New 2019 Facelift Audi Q3 is an upmarket compact SUV with plenty of space in its roomy cabin and lots of high-tech features. This is the new Audi Q3 SUV Coupe, set to become an alternative to the Mercedes GLC Coupe and BMW X4.
The Audi Q3 is a stylish small SUV with lots of room inside and plenty of desirable high-tech features that help it stand out from the likes of the BMW X1 and the Mercedes GLA.
On the outside, you’ll spot a few features borrowed from the Audi Q3’s bigger SUV brothers. The vast octagonal grille looks like a scaled-down version of what you get in the huge Q8, for example. It’s more than just the family gurn, though – you’ll spot a good few similarities with the Q8 when you take a look inside the Audi Q3’s interior, too.
The sweeping black dashboard with its integrated touchscreen looks like it could have come from more expensive models in Audi’s range, and even entry-level Q3s get a digital driver’s display instead of conventional dials as standard.
All the materials and switches you’ll touch regularly feel solid, too, and you can even get the Audi Q3’s dashboard trimmed in plush suede-like Alcantara in a range of colours. Mood lighting comes as standard, and mid-range cars come with leather upholstery.
There’s plenty of space inside, too. You’ll have more than enough head- and legroom in the front seats if you’re tall and there’s enough adjustment to help you easily find a comfortable driving position.
There’s significantly more space in the Audi Q3’s back seats than you get in the rather cramped Mercedes GLA, and you can slide the rear seats forwards and backwards to prioritise either passenger legroom or boot space as standard. Speaking of which, the Audi Q3’s boot is significantly more spacious than in most alternatives. Even with the back seats in their most rearward position, there’s more space for luggage than you get in the BMW X1. Fold the back seats down and the Audi Q3’s boot is flat, easy to load and big enough to carry a bike.
Price, Engine and release date
First deliveries of the new Audi Q3 Sportback are expected towards the end of the year.
You get a choice of two engines in the Q3 SUV: one petrol and one diesel. The diesel engine, badged the 35 TDI S-tronic, is a 150hp, 2.0-litre unit that can deliver up to 20km/L. It gets front-wheel drive. The petrol-powered 40 TFSI quattro S tronic gets 190hp from its turbocharged 2.0-litre engine and has four-wheel drive, but fuel economy is only around 15km/L. Expect the range to start from a little less than SGD$178,800 based on current coe at $36,001 for the lower-priced.
More engines will be joining these two later down the line. They will include another – more powerful – diesel unit and a petrol-electric one with mild-hybrid technology. The hybrid’s motor will provide some extra oomph during low-speed acceleration; its 48V battery will recover energy otherwise wasted during braking.