Compact crossovers are all the rave at the moment and there’s a good reason for that. These versatile models perfectly combine the flexibility of a smaller car with the capability of a bigger SUV. Premium brands are no stranger to providing their customers with what they want, at the quality they expect and for Audi, this is where the Q3 comes into play.
Introduced in 2011, the small crossover has become an important player in the brand’s lineup, offering more space while keeping the same spunky on-road personality expected from the company.
Styling on the Q3 is the classic Audi design with the massive grille at the front framed with low-set air inlets and sculpted dramatic lines. The model is a healthy blend of the Audi A3 hatchback and of the bigger Q5.
The upward beltline ending on the high hatch gives the vehicle a dynamic silhouette. It can be fitted with 19-inch wheels for an aggressive stance. It was updated last year for a fresh new look to keep up with its fierce competitors and the upgrades are carried over for 2018.
Interior design is refined, with chrome accents and leather surfaces for a premium feel.
On the inside, the vehicle feels like a sedan with seating for up to five passengers and a convenient 460-litre cargo area. Features can be selected through three trim-levels: Sporty, Technology and Luxury. The right fit depends on where your heart lies. You will find onboard the Q3 a panoramic sunroof to given the impression of a bigger cabin, heated front leather seats, automatic climate control, power trunk lid, MMI infotainment system with navigation and Bluetooth interface, satellite radio, Bose sound system, rear-view camera and much more.
The model is offered with standard front-wheel drive or with the optional four-wheel drive for added versatility when the weather requires it. Only one powertrain is available across the board; a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder TFSI engine producing 200 horsepower and 207 lb-ft of torque, teamed with a six-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission. It will provide you with all the power you need to get around town or venture outside of the city. The responsive steering and accelerations will make you feel in perfect control of the vehicle and add a major fun factor to your drive.
Its compact size makes it a great urban ride and easy to git in tight spots - small and versatile is what the Audi Q3 does well. Starting at an accessible $ 34,499, switching to a luxury brand won’t break the bank and will provide you with the best of two worlds. Visit us at Glenmore Audi to learn more about the 2018 Audi Q3 and take it out for a drive.