Written by: Tim Marsh
The Audi Q3 is yet another compact premium SUV in the ever-expanding German automaker’s AWD lineup released in 2011. It follows its predecessors Q5, a mid-sized SUV released in 2009 and the Q7, a small SUV released in 2006. As usual the Audi Q3 is gaining a reputation for its superb handling and acceleration smoothness. This 2012 Audi Q3 review will evaluate the overall value of Audi’s latest release.
The Audi Q3 shares a platform with the Volkswagen Tiquan. In fact most Audi reviews will note that it has the appearance of a cross
between a hatchback and a SUV with a markedly sloped back end. The large grille characteristic of all Audi’s is proudly present on the Q3. Sportier than the average SUV, this car feels like a higher sitting coupe. Its luxurious appearance belies its functionality with above average clearance of 185mm, that makes it ideal for off-road and highway driving. You’ll ride in comfort unaware of the road’s condition with the Audi Sydney Q3’s superb suspension. The sleek aerodynamic exterior sparks anticipation of the interior’s refined features.
A 2012 Audi Q3 review must look at all versions of the Audi Q3 which is produced in three 2.0 litre base models: 155kW TFSI, 125kW TFSI, 103kW TDI and 130kW TDI. You’ll find Audi for sale Australia with a starting Audi Q3 price of $53,153 (drive away price) for the 125kW TFSI. The Audi prices continue upward from there with the 130kW TDI at $61,260 and the top Audi Q3 price reaching $63,355 for the 155kW TFSI. These Audi prices are in line with the product. The Audi Q3 is slightly higher than its direct competition, but well worth the difference. If you compare the Audi prices to the BMW X1 E84 xDrive23d Wagon 4dr AWD 2.0DTT at around $64,654 or the Range Rover Evogue Si4 Prestige Coupe 3dr
Command Shift 6sp 4×4 2.0T at $85,4322 (drive away price), you’ll see its true value.
All Audi reviews should acknowledge that Audi’s reputation for engineering and performance is not lessened but enhanced by this 4-
cylinder turbo engine offered in both diesel and petrol versions for Audi Australia. Its flagship release is a 2.0 litre 155kW TFSI or 125kW diesel engine or petrol. The petrol engine is less powerful than the diesel, but still offers smooth handling and acceptable acceleration. The 155kW engine packs enough power to generate 300 Nm torque and accelerate from 0 to 100km/h in 6.9 seconds. The TDI engine comes in 103kW or 130kW. The 130kW has a slightly slower acceleration than the TFSI at 0 to 100km/h in 8.2 seconds.
Both the TFSI 155kW and the TDI 130kW models are equipped with Quattro permanent all-wheel drive and a 7-speed S tronic transmission (its twin clutch automatic transmission). The Q3 is also available in a 6-speed manual transmission. All three Audi Sydney models provide good fuel efficiency with 7.3 l/100km for the 125kW or 5.2 l/100km for the 103kW engine. With its pronounced emphasis on performance and fuel efficiency, Audi has not decided to limit production to match the economy, but instead
has a planned production of 80,000 units per year.
With an exterior that exudes quality and refinement, it’s no surprise that Audi Australia has an interior that warrants appreciation. The superbly designed spacious cabin is quiet and luxurious. Beginning with the sculptured leather seats with heating and electronic
adjustment controls, Audi Sydney also boasts an interior that offers ergonomic elements in the dashboard’s curvature and switchgear placement. The Bose audio system will engulf you with sound from the 14 speakers, sub-woofer and centre speaker. The Audi Australia Q3’s standard features are air conditioning, power windows, parking assist and rain sensing wipers. Optional features that offer additional benefits are the pop-up multimedia screen and the retractable panoramic glass sun-roof. Travellers will enjoy the spacious storage space in the back which can expand by folding down the back seats to create a total of 1365 litres of space.
Audi for sale Australia will put you behind the wheel of an Audi Q3 with your choice of operating performance features. Audi reviews reveal this deluxe version of a compact SUV’s multiple attributes which confirm the Audi Q3 prices do match the value of this
premium vehicle. The ride is consistent with the Audi Q3 price, higher quality the ride the higher price. A 2012 Audi Q3 review can
point out the exceptional value of this SUV, but the true test is driving the vehicle. Still it’s up to the consumer to make the ultimate decision by graduating from test drive to purchase.
Australia’s Drive Away Audi Q3 Price List:
Audi Q3 8U TDI Wagon 5dr 2.0DT (103kW) : $50,725
Audi Q3 TFSI Wagon 5dr Quattro 2.0T (125kW) : $53,153
Audi Q3 TDI Wagon 5dr S-Tronic 7sp Quattro 2.0DT (130kW): $61,028
Audi Q3 TFSI Wagon 5dr S-Tronic 7sp Quattro 2.0T (155kW) : $62,777
About Tim Marsh:
Tim Marsh, author of New Cars Plus’s Car Reviews and Blog, has been covering the car beat for the last 8 years. Tim specialises in finding the best deals on wheels and offering advice on making your car last. Click here to read more about him!
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