How Good Of A Luxury CSUV Is The Audi Q3?
I had the keys to this Q3 for a week. Here are my thoughts.
Fresh in its second generation, the Q3 is Audi's way of giving the world a more affordable luxury CSUV. The manufacturer is known for its luxury lineup, so why would the Q3 be any different? Is it great to look at on the outside and inside? Does it perform well? Is it really an all-around good luxury CSUV? That is usually what everyone wants to know, right? Well, let's find out, shall we?
Even if the bright orange wasn't a distraction enough, the Q3s lines are very beautiful. The best parts to look at the Q3 are from the side profile. The lines that run along the top of the front and rear quarter panels and the hood make the Q3 as curvaceous and beautiful as a southern belle. Having an impression like that is required on all luxury vehicles, regardless of price. The Q3 takes the cake when it comes to exterior beauty.
The interior of the Q3 is just as beautiful as the exterior. The edgy trim with the Alcantara and leather panels blend so well together. The seats are properly comfortable. Cabin space is quite spacious. I can sit behind myself comfortably. Although it is a luxury vehicle, the Q3 feels a bit sporty on the inside since it has some of those edges. The cluster and infotainment system look like they are from a Lamborghini. That is probably where the sportiness comes from. And for that, it works well for almost everyone.
Pricing and Options
So, how much does this Q3 cost? After totaling everything up, the final price comes to $44,395. What does that get a potential owner? Well, for safety the Q3 comes with advanced airbag protection system, ABS with brake assist, Audi pre-sense basic (preventive occupant protection), Audi pre-sense front, electronic stability, and traction control with off-road mode, electronic vehicle immobilization, Audi parking assist system plus, rear-cross traffic alert, lane departure warning, and child safety locks. For comfort and convenience, the Q3 comes with a wireless device charger and signal booster, sat-nav, heated powered front seats, power tailgate, panoramic sunroof, Bluetooth connectivity, Bang and Olufsen sound system, 4 USB ports to charge devices, and that is pretty much it.
The 2.0L turbocharged 4-cylinder under the hood of the Q3 only produces 228 horsepower and 258 pounds of torque that is sent to all four wheels. It did not have much get and go as one would expect but it held it's own getting up to the highway speeds. Plus the slight whirring of the turbocharger is delightful. Sadly, with my driving habits, I was only able to achieve 15 miles to the gallon. I thought that it would be better since the Q3 is a Volkswagen. As for ride comfort, the Q3 doesn't have any problems whatsoever. No aches or pains in any area thanks to the suspension work. The steering isn't as light as one would expect, but it isn't heavy either. If anything, it is direct and sharp. Braking is bitey. As far as luxury goes, the Q3 hits all of the marks.
So, is the Audi Q3 a good luxury CSUV? If you made it to this point, then I am sure you already know what my answer is. To make it clear, my answer is yes. It looks beautiful. It performs great except for the fuel economy. But that's fine. Most people who buy luxurious cars don't seem to care about fuel economy, maintenance costs, or really anything else that involves money being spent. Funny enough, the biggest surprise to me is how cheaply priced it is. I would have thought it to be placed in the mid $50,000 range.
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