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AUDI Q3 DIESEL ESTATE

35 TDI Quattro Sport 5dr S Tronic

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SUVs don't need to be big to be desirable. Audi aims to prove the point with this MK2 model Q3. Jonathan Crouch reports.

Background

Sales of five-seat Qashqai-class Crossovers have certainly taken off in recent years. Nor is it only the mainstream brands that are offering us cars of this kind - family hatches with raised ride heights and a dose of SUV-style attitude. The premium makers are at it too, with cars like this one, Audi's desirable second generation Q3. This model has been a useful seller for the Ingolstadt maker since the MK1 model's original launch in 2011, but these days, it's facing tougher competition. Its closest rival, BMW's X1, has upped its game, Mercedes also does well in this profitable market niche with its GLA model and the more recent Jaguar E-PACE and Volvo XC40 models have already found a ready band of buyers. For all these reasons, this Audi needed to evolve - as it has in the MK2 model guise we're going to look at here.

Driving Experience

There are six engine options - four petrol TFSI units and two TDI diesels - with power outputs ranging from 150PS to 400PS. All the mainstream engines are four-cylinder direct injection units with turbocharging. Things kick off with the '35 TFSI' front-driven derivative, which offers a 150PS 1.5-litre engine that uses the cylinder on demand efficiency system, which temporarily switches off two cylinders at low load. Buyers choose between a six-speed manual or a seven-speed S tronic automatic. Next up is the 2.0-litre TFSI petrol unit of the '45 TFSI quattro', offered with 245PS. Here, you get S tronic auto transmission and quattro 4WD as standard. Also offering 245PS is the Plug-in Hybrid 45 TFSIe variant, which mates a 1.4-litre TFSI petrol engine with an electric motor and can offer an all-electric driving range of up to 31 miles. At the top of the range is the wild RS Q3, which uses a 400PS 2.5-litre five cylinder petrol engine. For folks still wanting a diesel, there's the '35 TDI', which gets you the usual 2.0-litre TDI powerplant with 150PS. Here, the choice is between a front-driven manual variant, an auto or a quattro auto. There's also a 2.0-litre 200PS '40TDI quattro' model, only offered with the S tronic auto and four-wheel drive. Adaptive damping is optional and you can adjust it via the settings of the standard Audi drive select dynamic handling system. Also standard is progressive steering, the ratio of which becomes gradually more direct as the steering angle increases. Hill descent control is also optional, to help you down slippery slopes, should you ever use your Q3 'off piste'.

Design and Build

This second generation Q3 is offered in coupe-like Sportback guise and in the standard SUV form we're going to look at here. This SUV body style is significantly larger than its predecessor, its 4.48m total length being 97mm longer than the original model. It's also 18mm wider, but sits 5mm lower. The styling's more purposeful this time round and the trademark Singleframe grille is more prominent, with an octagonal design and eight vertical bars. It's flanked by slimmer LED headlamps. Inside, much of the look and feel is borrowed from the brand's larger models, with a reductive instrument panel divided into two levels, the top part including the air vents and the bottom section the large octagonal area with its black-panel look. There's a fully digital instrument panel and an MMI centre-dash touch display surrounded by high-gloss black trim. The other thing that previous Q3 buyers will notice about the interior is the extra spaciousness on offer, made possible thanks to the 78mm of extra wheelbase added to this second generation model. The three-seater rear bench can be moved fore/aft by 150mm and its 40:20:40-split backrest can be tilted in seven stages. Boot capacity totals 530 or 675-litres, depending on the position of the rear seats and backrests. With the backrests completely folded down the figure rises to 1,525-litres. The loading floor can be adjusted in three levels, and the low loading sill of 748 millimetres makes stowing heavy luggage easier.

Market and Model

Prices haven't moved too far. Expect a similar span to the previous model, which means that this Q3 will sit mainly in the £29,000 to £46,000 bracket. For that you'll expect cutting-edge media connectivity - and you'll get it. Take the 'MMI navigation plus' package for example, which recognises the driver's preferences based on previous journeys, allowing it to generate suitable route suggestions. Buyers get a 3 year subscription to the usual 'Audi connect' media package which uses the super-fast LTE Advanced standard and provides its services like high resolution satellite images of Google Earth, a traffic information online system and a point-of-interest search function. Hybrid radio is also included in the specification. Depending on a station's signal strength it automatically switches between FM, DAB and the online stream to ensure optimum reception at all times. The Audi Q3 is near the top of its class when it comes to assist systems. Audi Side Assist blind spot monitoring and a lane departure warning function. Plus Audi's 'pre sense front' autonomous braking system is also included. To suit the mood of the moment, there's a bit of autonomous driving tech too, courtesy of the optional adaptive cruise assist, which works with the S tronic auto transmission and incorporates the functions of adaptive speed assist, traffic jam assist and active lane assist.

Cost of Ownership

The Q3 improves on the already impressive figures of existing models and the Cylinder-on-Demand technology for the latest 1.5-litre engine spells an almost diesel-like return of up to 43.5mpg on the combined cycle and up to 147g/km of CO2. With the front driven 35 TDI 2.0 -litre diesel, expect up to 55.4mpg on the combined cycle and up to 133g/km of CO2. The TFSIe plug-in variant has a range of up to 31 miles and can be charged via an AC wallbox in 3hrs 45 minutes. As for maintenance, well servicing your Q3 should be no more taxing than is the case with one of the company's larger cars. As usual with Audi models, there's a choice of either a 'Fixed' or a 'Flexible' servicing regime, the choice between the two depending on the extent of your likely annual mileage. Like most Audi models, once you've taken the pain of the initial asking price, ongoing costs should be manageable. As long as you don't go too berserk when choosing options, you'll have those reassuringly plump Audi residual values to fall back on, by far the biggest ticket item when it comes to overall cost of ownership in this corner of the market.

Summary

Audi knows better than most manufacturers that there's never a one-size-fits-all solution to modern motoring, hence the range of options offered by its various Q-series models. This one could well be all the car you actually need. Don't think of it as a shrunken version of its Q5 compact SUV stablemate. It isn't really any kind of SUV, instead offering a smarter, more up-market take on the current trend towards lifestyle-orientated Qashqai-class five-seat SUVs. Sensible, stylish, fashionable cars that are striking such a sweet spot in the current market. As with almost any model of this kind, this one can easily manage the school run, an extended shopping trip, a weekend away or the annual family ski trip to Chamonix. The difference here though, lies in the quality, the depth of engineering and the sheer feel-good factor that you'll get by having this car on your driveway. Yes, you can certainly buy something slightly bigger and SUV-ish for this kind of money. But after trying a Q3, you probably won't want to.

Key Information

Transmission Type
Transmission TypeAutomatic
Fuel Type
Fuel TypeDiesel
Emissions
Emissions154.00g/km
Top Speed
Top Speed127mph

Full Details

Standard Equipment

Driver Convenience

  • Apple CarPlay
  • Audi connect safety and service (e-call)
  • Audi drive select
  • Audi lane departure warning
  • Audi side assist
  • Audi smartphone interface
  • Audi Virtual Cockpit - 10.25" display
  • Bluetooth interface
  • Camera based traffic sign recognition
  • MMI Navigation Plus with high resolution 10.1 inch touchscreen colour display
  • Power opening/closing tailgate
  • Progressive steering
  • Service interval indicator
  • Start stop system with recuperation
  • Voice control system with natural language interaction

Entertainment

  • 1 x USB type C and 1 USB type A charging points
  • 6 speakers
  • DAB digital radio module

Exterior Features

  • Acoustic windscreen
  • Aluminium roof rails
  • Aluminium window trim
  • Auto dimming frameless rear view mirror
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Electrically folding, adjustable and heated door mirrors with integrated LED side indicators and kerb view function for passenger side
  • Front and rear electric windows
  • Front fog lights
  • Front side air inlets in matt selenite silver
  • Front spoiler in matt selenite silver
  • Grille vertical bars in aluminium silver/Matt
  • High gloss black finish B and C pillars
  • LED headlights with LED daytime running lights and dynamic rear indicator
  • LED rear lights
  • Rain and light sensors
  • Rear diffuser strip in matt selenite silver
  • Silver chrome grille surround
  • Titanium black radiator grille

Interior Features

  • 12V socket in rear centre console
  • 40:20:40 split folding rear seat
  • 60:40 forwards/backwards position and backrest angle
  • Adjustable rear seat bench/backrest
  • Aluminium door sill trims
  • Dual zone electronic climate control
  • Front and rear headrests
  • Front and rear roof module including reading lights
  • Front and rear velour floor mats
  • Front centre armrest with storage compartment and angle adjustment
  • Glove compartment lighting
  • Height and reach adjustable steering wheel
  • ISOFIX child seat mounting and Top Tether with front passenger airbag deactivation
  • Luggage compartment light
  • Lunar silver cloth headlining
  • Manual front seats with height adjustment
  • Stainless steel luggage compartment sill finisher

Packs

  • Non smoking pack - Q3

Safety

  • 3x3 point rear seatbelts
  • 6 airbags - Driver, front passenger, curtain and side windows
  • Electrically operated child locks on rear doors
  • Electromechanical parking brake
  • Electronic stabilisation control including ABS, ASR and EDL
  • Hill descent control
  • Hill hold assist
  • Pre sense basic
  • Seatbelt monitoring
  • Tyre pressure warning
  • Warning triangle and first aid kit

Security

  • Anti theft alarm
  • Anti theft wheel bolts
  • Audi pre-sense front with pedestrain and cyclist recognition
  • Remote central locking

Technical

  • Diesel particulate filter
  • Standard suspension

Trim

  • Micrometallic silver inlay
  • MMI touch colour display in gloss black with aluminium surround

Technical Data

Emissions - ICE

  • CO2 (g/km)
    137
  • HC
    Not Available
  • Standard Euro Emissions
    EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb
    154
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - TEH
    165
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - TEL
    154

Engine and Drive Train

  • Camshaft
    DOHC
  • Catalytic Convertor
    Yes
  • CC
    1968
  • Cylinder Layout
    IN-LINE
  • Cylinders
    4
  • Engine Code
    F3BBRYWB0
  • Engine Layout
    FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Fuel Delivery
    COMMON RAIL
  • Gears
    7 SPEED
  • Transmission
    SEMI-AUTO

Fuel Consumption - ICE

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
    No
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb
    5.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - TEH
    6.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - TEL
    5.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb
    47.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - TEH
    44.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - TEL
    47.9

General

  • AdBlue
    Yes
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying
    No
  • Badge Engine CC
    2.0
  • Badge Power
    150
  • Based On ID
    Not Available
  • Coin Description
    TDI
  • Coin Series
    Sport
  • Generation Mark
    2
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
    26E
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years
    12
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years
    3
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %
    95
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %
    86
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09
    5
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %
    76
  • NCAP Safety Assist %
    85
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?
    No
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months
    12
  • Service Interval Mileage
    9000
  • Special Edition
    No
  • Special Order
    No
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage
    60000
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years
    3
  • Vehicle Homologation Class
    M1

Performance

  • 0 to 62 mph (secs)
    9.4
  • Engine Power - BHP
    150
  • Engine Power - KW
    110
  • Engine Power - RPM
    3000
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT
    266
  • Engine Torque - MKG
    36.7
  • Engine Torque - NM
    360
  • Engine Torque - RPM
    1600
  • Top Speed
    127

Test Cycles

  • Emissions Test Cycle
    WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level
    RDE 2

Tyres

  • Alloys?
    Yes
  • Space Saver?
    No
  • Tyre Size Front
    235/55 R18
  • Tyre Size Rear
    235/55 R18
  • Tyre Size Spare
    TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Style
    5 DOUBLE ARM
  • Wheel Type
    18" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

  • Height
    Not Available
  • Height (including roof rails)
    1616
  • Length
    4485
  • Wheelbase
    2680
  • Width
    1849
  • Width (including mirrors)
    2024

Weight and Capacities

  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
    58
  • Gross Vehicle Weight
    2250
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)
    1525
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
    530
  • Max. Loading Weight
    590
  • Max. Roof Load
    75
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked
    2200
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked
    750
  • Minimum Kerbweight
    1660
  • No. of Seats
    5
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb
    11.8
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Customer Reviews

   
Stephen Johnson

Stephen Johnson

"Highly recommended! Tom was extremely helpful through the entire process, giving clear guidance and taking me through all options and Michelle was on hand to answer any other queries I had. Nothing was too much trouble for them. Car was delivered on time despite my need for a very quick turnaround!"

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"As a business associate of Silverstone Fleet Management my colleague Shaun and I enjoy working with all the team. We always find Tom, Scott and their colleagues very positive to work with, they are communicative, professional and always take pride in all they do. They actively value their customers and their personable approach is a huge enabler for this. I would highly recommend Silverstone Fleet Management as a business to work with for guaranteed great service all round."

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"Brilliant! Superb service from both Tom and Michelle at Silverstone - both were incredibly helpful and efficient, always responding to emails and phone calls and so friendly and easy to talk to. Tom did an outstanding job sourcing a car for me within budget and within the timeframe that was needed, and was always on hand to answer my questions and queries. I would highly recommend Silverstone to anyone looking to lease a car, the service far exceeded the experience I had when shopping around with other suppliers. Big thumbs up and massive thank you! :)"

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