2017 Audi Q3 The Perfect Reflection of German Class


2017 Audi Q3 might be the smallest utility vehicle from the German Automaker, but it sure is mighty. Audi is set to roll out this car with a revamped power-packed performance which is sure to leave a mark in the sub-compact crossover segment.

2017 Q3 borrows its new styling from Audi Q5 and looks somewhat similar to Fiat 500X. This new model includes three trims; Prestige, Premium and Premium Plus.

2017 Audi Q3

Engine and Performance

Audi’s new Q3 uses a 2.0-liter inline 4-cylinder engine which produces 207 lb-ft of torque at 1,700 RPM and 200 HP of power at 1,500 RPM. A 6 speed Tiptronic automatic transmission will be paired with this mill, and there are options for both front wheel drive and Quattro all-wheel drive.

No further engine options will be available. This standard gasoline unit will deliver a fuel economy of 20 mpg city, 29 mpg highway and 23 mpg combined for the front-wheel model.

These figures drop down to 20/28/23 mpg respectively in city/highway/combined for AWD versions. With this engine, 2017 Audi Q3 can take a sprint of 0 to 60 mph in less than 7.8 seconds and can reach a top speed of around 130 mph.

Safety Features

Almost all Audi vehicles incorporate class-leading safety tech, and this 2017 Q3 is no exception. Some of the standard ones include:

  • Side Impact Beams
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Roll Stability Control
  • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
  • SIDEGUARD curtain (1st and 2nd-row airbags)
  • Low Tire Pressure Warning
  • Front and Rear Parking Sensors

Going by the recent trends, blind-spot monitoring and pedestrian control may be available as optional packages.

Exterior

The design of 2017 Audi Q3 is a combination of A3 and Q5 as it has got that quirky brawny stance. A typical crossover styling is somewhat suggestive, going by its roof-length, and this perfectly blends with the ongoing market trends.

In its front fascia, the revised signature grille dips low and is flanked by Audi’s signature sharp headlights. The air intakes are relatively larger this time and cover much of the front bumper. According to Audi officials, this 2017 Q3 has a coupe-like roofline which complements the gentle sculpting at the sill.

Exterior color options to be sold are Mythos Black Metallic, Florett Silver Metallic, Misano Red Pearl Effect, Glacier White Metallic, Brilliant Black, Monsoon Gray Metallic, Cortina White and several others.

2017 Audi Q3 Interior

2017 Audi Q3 Interior

The interior cabin design of 2017 Q3 is pretty much the same as that of its bigger siblings. However, expect some key differences in the infotainment along with a few tabs and buttons for increased functionalities.

The dashboard consists of soft touch materials, muted black plastic, and thin metallic trim rings. The styling of door panels is pretty similar to that of Audi Q5. Apart from these, expect all the standard from Audi – heated seats, optional panoramic roof and modest leg and head room.

Price, Competitors and Availability

The pricing for 2017 Audi Q3 varies with trims; the base model starts at $31,800 and reaches up to $35,000 for its higher trims. Mercedes-Benz GLA 250, Lexus NX 200t, Infiniti QX30 and BMW X1 are some of the main competitors of 2017 Q3. The entry-level Premium trim is already out in dealerships, and the rest are due for a release in the 1st quarters of 2017.

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