Elegant and with a well-finished cockpit, as well as insulated from external noise and potholes, the Audi 2018 Audi Q3 is a medium-sized SUV (439 cm long), very comfortable. A contribution also gives it the little noisy (but quite lazy at low revs) 2.0 turbo diesel from 150 horsepower, which guarantees reasonable consumption. The guide is reassuring, but the curves do not lack a bit of roll. Not generous the standard equipment: it amazes that in such an expensive car you have to pay apart accessories now indispensable as Bluetooth.
Compact SUV with front wheel drive (but there is also 4×4), the Audi Q3 has a front from the marked forms; A thick chrome frame connects the large mask to the thin headlights. The sides are tall, sculpted, and give an impression of solidity, while the very inclined window gives a certain impetus to the rear; In sport, the profiles of the fenders in the body colour (instead of opaque blacks) add elegance. The cockpit is not the most modern but is coated with good quality materials, and the fittings are cured. Good also the availability of storage: the space between the seats is ample, and to the right of the console there is a useful hook for the bags. The S line package (optional) adds details that embellish the environment: such as the aluminum inserts for the plank and doors, the side of the leather seats (with contrast seams) and the black ceiling. The 2018 Audi Q3 is comfortable on the unplugged, and its 2.0 diesel fuel drinks little and does not make too much noise. The 150 horses also guarantee an appreciable shot, but the thrust at the lower revs is poor. In the curves dealt with decisively, the bodywork leans quite sideways and the steering response (rather light) becomes less “natural”; Generally, however, it is an intuitive car to drive, with a manual gearbox from precise grafts and effective brakes. Less convincing is the standard equipment, which does not include accessories now present even in the Utilitarians; Bluetooth, automatic air conditioning and cruise control are optional. To have the navigator, you must also purchase the multifunction steering wheel and the adapter cable, which make the expense rise further. Speaking of security, in the crash tests carried out in 2011 by the European Agency Euro NCAP the 2018 Audi Q3 scored the highest score of five stars. The protection for adults in the lateral impact test was particularly good.
2018 Audi Q3 Interior and Trunk
Dashboard and controls
The rounded dashboard of the 2018 Audi Q3 is pleasant and tidy. The instrumentation in the dashboard is classic, clear and complete; Between speedometer and tachometer there is a screen from the graphics dated, but that provides a good number of information. The driving position is correct (the seat is well shaped and offers several adjustments) and almost all the controls are arranged rationally. The exception is those, in the console, for the “climate” and the multimedia system MMI plus: they confuse each other and are placed too low. It is well read, instead, the screen (retractable, with hand folding) of the multimedia system of 7 “placed above the bridge.
Four adults have all the comfort you need. A fifth person has to contend with the shape of the sofa, which privileges those who sit on both sides. However, overall, the availability of space can be considered good.
The 2018 Audi Q3 is not the most capacious among the medium-sized SUVs, but the 460 liters of the trunk (with five seats in use) are not bad at all. The access threshold (clad in steel with the S-line package) is far from the ground (77 cm), but the compartment has a regular shape and is made with care. A folded sofa can be used to load objects up to 177 cm long. The removable mesh and the load hooks are in the optional luggage compartment package.
2018 Audi Q3 Test Drive and Fuel Consumption
In the city. It has contained dimensions, high driving position, effective shock absorbers in filtering cobblestones and rails. But the engine of the 2018 Audi Q3 lacks a bit of readiness and the clutch is not “a butter”. The large turning diameter and the low visibility behind (optional the distance sensors) create some problems in the manoeuvre. Not bad consumption detected: 14.7 km/L.
Out of town. It is a car that is driving without difficulty, even if it is better at the quiet places. In the dynamic mode (four selectable ones with the button in the console), the steering (rather direct) buys consistency and the 2.0 becomes more lively to the medium regimes; The role, however, remains marked and reduces agility. Still, secure the road seal, and resist the brakes. OK consumption: 18.9 km/L.
Highway. At 130 km/h, in the sixth, the engine works at only 2250 laps and its voice does not disturb (the soundproofing of the cockpit is cured). The car remains stable (the steering does not require corrections), but, after the most consistent slowdowns, to have a certain sprint in recovery is better to climb gear. Really low consumption: 15.2 km with a liter of diesel.
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