Audi Q3, digitalization dominates SUV prices.
The compact SUV with four rings is equipped with the MIB 3 infotainment platform and more powerful and ‘green’ units.
Today’s cars have two engines: engines, which push, and digital systems, which ‘think.’ Audi has upgraded both of them on the Audi Q3 compact SUV. The brand mounts the new MIB 3 infotainment platform on the Q3 range, and the latest Audi connects services.
The German compact SUV welcomes the all-new 2.0 (35) TDI 150PS and 2.0 (45) TFSI Quattro S Tronic types of diesel after installing 48 Volt mild-hybrid technology first-time last year. MIB 3 is synonymous with power and speed, even if it is not a driving unit. The brand new digital platform onboard Q3 has better computing capacity and faster command execution than the previous generation device. Not surprisingly, the navigation functions are also refined with the MIB 3 technology.
The Q3 and Q3 Sportback (the sportiest variant of the compact SUV) can now count on monthly and cost-free navigator map updates. Also, without ever taking their hands off the wheel, they can give orders to the voice assistant via the hot words ‘Hey Audi’ and ‘Alexa.’ The MIB 3 also changes the dashboard for the home screen MMI touch display. A further precaution to facilitate the use of the system.
Let’s now pass on to describe ‘the real’ engine. The Q3 range of the Ingolstadt company combines digitalization with the expansion of the engine. The new 2.0 (35) TDI becomes the diesel family’s entry-level and combines for the first time the 6-speed manual transmission. The horsepower released is 150, while the torque is 340 Nm. These figures derive a shot from 0 to 100 km / h in 9.4 seconds, while the maximum speed stands at 202 km / h.
The second diesel power unit introduced in the Q3 is the most powerful. The 2.0 (45) TFSI Quattro S Tronic reaches 245 hp and 370 Nm. As standard, the compact SUV is equipped with a 7-speed S Tronic transmission in this configuration. The transition from 0 to 100 km / h takes place in 5.8 seconds, and the top speed touches 238 km / h.
Finally, we come to the prices. The Audi Q3 2.0 (35) TDI 150 CV from the list has a value of 36,100 euros. The Sportback version goes up to 39,750 euros with the same engine. The Audi Q3 2.0 (45) TFSI Quattro S Tronic 245 CV, on the other hand, has a starting cost of 45,450 euros. The Sportback model, in this case, reaches 49,100 euros.
Audi decides to expand the Q3 and Q3 Sportback range by including the all-wheel-drive version of the 2.0 TDI 150 CV S Tronic and the 1.5 TFSI 150 CV S Tronic MHEV 48V variant: this is the first time that the German brand has dedicated mild technology. 48 Volt hybrid to an SUV with the 4-cylinder engine. The models enjoy advantages in terms of mobility and taxation thanks to hybrid homologation. The Audi Q3 1.5 (35) TFSI S Tronic 150 HP MHEV 48V runs 100 km on 6.7 – 7.4 liters of fuel in the combined WLTP cycle, while the Sportback variant is around 6.8 – 7.3 liters.