Changes Above and Beneath
Perhaps the most prominent facelift feature on the Q3 is the adoption of Audi’s new sculpted Singleframe front grille, and new redesigned headlights with xenon plus technology and LED daytime running lights. Besides that, the Q3 facelift also sports more angular and prominent LED lighting elements in its taillights.
According to Audi the Q3 also features improvements done to its chassis. The changes amounts to fine-tuning to deliver an improved ride comfort and dampening.
Sitting in as the entry level choice, the Q3 1.4TFSI retains the same 1.4-litre turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that produces 150hp and 250Nm of torque from between 1,500 and 3,500rpm. Power is sent to the front wheels via a 6-speed S tronic dual-clutch, which replaces the pre-facelift model’s 7-speed S tronic. Though its 0 to 100km/h time of 8.9 seconds is retained, top speed is bumped up to 204km/h from 200km/h, and its rated combined fuel consumption figures lowered from 6.2L/100km to 6L/100km. The 1.4TFSI variant also comes with automated start/stop with brake energy recuperation.
As for the 2.0TFSI quattro variant, its 2-litre turbocharged 4-cylinder engine has been uprated from 170hp and 280Nm to 180hp and 320Nm of torque. This in turn enables the 2.0TFSI quattro to complete the century sprint in 7.6 seconds, 0.2 seconds faster than before. Top speed on the other hand now stands at 217km/h, 5km/h higher. Even with a bigger engine and quattro all-wheel drive on hand, the Q3 2.0TFSI quattro is more efficient with a 1L/100km lower combined fuel consumption figure at 6.7L/100km, though its automated start/stop function doesn’t come with brake energy recuperation.
When it comes to features, the Audi Q3 range is outfitted with the standard MMI radio, which features a 6.5-inch TFT colour display and the Audi sound system with a 6-channel amplifier hooked up to an ensemble of 10 speakers. As for driving aids, the Q3 comes with Parking aid plus (upgradable to the Parking assist with 360-degree display for the 2.0TFSI quattro), hill-start assist, automatic luggage compartment lid, electronic stabilisation control including traction control, electronic brake force distribution, electronic differential lock, and ABS.
On top of those features, both Q3 variants come complete with a full complement of six airbags, and ISOFIX child seat mounting points.