Audi Q3 1.5 TFSI S

line S tronic

Audi Q3, front
Audi Q3, 2019, rear
Audi Q3, rear
Audi Q3, rear
Audi Q3, 2019, boot
Audi Q3, 2019, interior
Audi Q3, front
Audi Q3, front
Audi Q3, 2019, front
Audi Q3, side

THEAudi Q3 first went on sale in the UK seven years ago and since then it has been the best-selling model in the company's SUV range.

The current model was launched late last year and is slightly longer and wider than the car it replaced, resulting in more room and comfort for occupants.

It also looks more of an SUV than the old car and it has also added lots of new technology lifted from its larger more expensive siblings.

A more upright stance, a new grille and smart new front and rear lights also make it stand out from the previous model.

Four adults can travel with plenty of space and head and shoulder room and five could be seated for shorter trips.

Now with a choice of three trims, Sport, S Line and Vorsprung, the interior is much smarter with chrome trim, soft-touch plastics and nice materials. Only the centre consule let it down as it felt a bit brittle and not up to Audi's usual standards.

I found it easy to select a good driving position and the S Line model I drove was well specified and offered all the usual connectivity, sat nav and infotainment features as well as Audi's smart virtual cockpit.

With boot capacity increased to 530 litres going up to 1,525 litres with the rear seats folded the Q3 is also more practical and the powered tailgate is another bonus.

This car was fitted with the 1.5-litre 148bhp TFSI petrol engine with stop/start and a seven-speed S tronic manual gearbox. It also has cylinder on demand technology which helps to reduce emissions and cut fuel consumption. It works by closing down two cylinders at low speed and it does it so smoothly that it is difficult to determine the difference.

Good for a top speed of 128mph it can reach 62mph in just over nine seconds and according to the latest tests averages between 36.7 to 39.2mpg.

The Q3 rides and handles well enough on a variety of surfaces but if you want a sporty drive you will have to opt for one with more power. The steering provides good feedback and grip is good even on twisting roads.

A quiet cruiser at motorway speeds, the Q3 is neat enough to be good around town and fit in to our too small car parking spaces. It also has a raft of safety equipment and an extensive options list to let you personalise your vehicle.

Prices for the Q3 start at £30,770 for the entry-level Sport and this S Line model came in at £33,260. The final bill was £37,565 when some options were added on.

FAST FACTS

Audi Q3 1.5 TFSI S line S tronic

Price:£33,260

Mechanical:148bhp, 1,498cc, 4cyl petrol engine driving front wheels via 7-speed automatic gearbox

Max Speed:128mph

0-62mph:9.2 seconds

Combined MPG:39.2

Insurance Group:20

C02 emissions:133g/km

Bik rating:30%

Warranty:3yrs/60,000 miles

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