Audi Q3 Review & Ratings
- 21 January 2015
- Author: Nikolas Perseputto
The Audi Q3 is a five-door compact executive crossover vehicle and uses a transverse-mounted front engine. This vehicle was originally produced in 2011 and uses the Volkswagen Group A5 platform, similar to a few different vehicles from this carmaker, including the Mk5 and the Tiguan/SEAT. There are many components, engines, and transmissions which are very similar to other vehicles that share the PQ35 platform, including the Volkswagen Golf and the Audi A3 as well as the Skoda Yeti. The Q3 was originally unveiled at the Shangai Auto Show in 20011 and they went on sale in June of the same year.
Some of the early models of the Audi Q3 include the 2.0 TFSI Quattro as well as the 2.0 TDI Quattro. India started seeing these vehicles for sale in 2012 and they started going on sale in China by the end of July of this year. There are a number of different trim levels with this vehicle, including the Audi Q3 Vail, which was released in 2012. The Vail is a concept car which was based heavily on the Audi Q3 with 2.5 TFSI and an engine rated for 314 PS and 310 horsepower as well as a 7-speed S tronic transmission. This vehicle was available with an Energy Red body design and flared wheel arches and running boards.
The Audi RS Q3 is essentially a version of this company’s Q3 with a blue body color, 2.5 TFSI, and an engine rated for 360 PS and 355 horsepower. This vehicle has a lowered body along with brushed and polished aluminum trim frames and a single-frame radiator grille. Some of the characteristics of the RS Q3 include clear glass rear lights, blue clearcoat and body color, leather seat upholstery, and a steering wheel upholstered in black velvet leather.
There is also the Audi Q3 Red Track which was also launched in 2012 and has a 7-speed S tronic transmission as well as a red body color, 255/45 off-road tires, a 30mm higher body ride height, black interior, and floor mats in black which include strips of red velvet leather for additional aesthetic appeal. The interior of this vehicle is definitely something special and extra attention was paid to it in the design process. With a strong engine and sturdy design, this particular model is definitely a popular choice among consumers all over the world.
The Audi RS Q3, which was released in 2013, is the very first RS model in the Q-series and comes with a variety of rather impressive features, including a 2.5 TFSI I5 turbo engine that has been rated 310 PS and 306 horsepower. With a 7-speed S-tronic transmission (available with D and S modes) as well as a battery located in the luggage compartment and an electro-mechanical parking brake, this particular model is definitely innovative and unique in its own right. The RS Q3 also has 19” alloy wheels as well as a high-gloss black honeycomb front grille.
Front-wheel drive comes standard with the Audi Q3 and the more recent one is powered by a 200 horsepower 2.0 liter turbo four with a six-speed automatic transmission. This car definitely has some serious power and style to offer, giving many of its competitors a run for their money. With optional features like a panoramic sunroof, heated leather seats, and LED tail lamps, this compact executive crossover has a lot to offer many different consumers who are currently looking to buy one of these vehicles. The Q3 is a prime example of Audi’s innovative thinking as well as their commitment to meeting their customers’ every need.