The all-new Audi Q3 is finally available in South Africa and it represents a compelling offering in the family car/compact SUV segment of the new vehicle market.
With a bold new design, a feature-rich interior and a host of advanced safety features, the latest generation of Audi Q3 is available in 3 variants, with prices starting at R565 000.
Only 1 engine will be available initially, the latest 1.5-litre turbo petrol with healthy power outputs of 110 kW and 250 Nm. Fuel consumption, on paper at least, is impressive at under 6.0 L/100km.
The interior features Audi’s latest touchscreen infotainment system which ditches the physical buttons from the previous generation in favour of a touchscreen-only setup. The dashboard design is noticeably angled towards the driver and the screen is brought closer to the driver’s fingertips for ease of use.
The system makes it easy to input addresses into the SatNav and entire words can be written out on the touchscreen instead of entering the address letter by letter.
A fully digital instrument display adds to the modern look and feel of the car and is upgradable to the 12.3-inch Audi Virtual Cockpit. Useful tech such as Android Auto and Apple Carplay are fitted as standard as is a wireless charging pad.
The interior is roomier than before and features practical improvements such as a sliding rear bench with backrests that fold in a 40/40/20 split. Each seat can slide forward or backwards individually to increase boot space or rear legroom for passengers. Overall the boot is 20% larger than the outgoing Q3 and a nifty innovation is that the parcel shelf has been designed to fit under the boot floor.
In terms of active and passive safety systems, the Q3 is packed to the gills with the latest tech that Audi has to offer, wtih many features from Audi’s larger and more expensive cars making their way into the Q3.
Audi pre-sense scans the road ahead for potential hazards and will brake the car automatically to help prevent an accident. Radar guided cruise control is also available which will monitor the traffic ahead, maintain a safe following distance and the car will even park itself, while rear cross-traffic alert will help you safely manoeuvre out of parking bays.
With bold LED headlights and taillights, a large single-piece front grille and clever design cues which make the car look more purposeful and more Audi-ish, the Q3 represents a significant upgrade to its predecessor and is a unique offering in this segment. The car will go on sale in early September 2019.