|QUTE 3 - AUDI Q3 2.0 TDI QUATTRO|
The latest addition to the Audi family is smart and beautiful. When it landed in India, we caught up with this cuteQ3 to discover how it is
The interlocking four rings have always been the symbol of a perfect blend of luxury and technology the world over. in india the brand is renowned for its ‘Q’ suvs along with its exquisite line-up of feature-rich sedans.recently, audi decided to enhance their line-up by adding another exquisite product. Yes, the audi Q3, a young and lively compact suv waiting to bring you under its thraldom.
A few years ago audi decided to bring into the market a compact suv. the result is the Q3. it was commercially made available to the europeans last year and, in 2012, we indians get to treat ourselves to it. i say treat, because it is a joy par excellence to drive this cute little ‘Q’ suv. it might be the youngest member of the audi clan, but it boasts of the same lavishness exhibited by the entire family. With a very promising diesel heart mated to a technical marvel that is the dual-clutch transmission and the rather enticing price of about rs 31.5 lakh (otr, Pune), which will soon dip once audi being assembling this car here in india, the Q3 lets you feel and live opulence at a reasonable cost.
Audi are known for their excellent engineering, robust build quality and luxury and all of their products easily prove these. the Q3, even though the cheapest audi today in india, is loaded with aforementioned qualities. Walk around this little Q and you soon realise that it oozes quality and solidity from every corner. its distinctive styling is reminiscent of its elder siblings, the Q5 and Q7, but its dimensions make you think otherwise. Besides, the Q3 features audi’s latest design language with a striking single-piece grille adorned by the four rings and angular headlamps that are sharply finished at the edges, making for an eye-catching feature on this compact suv.
Not only from the front, this suv looks adorable from any angle. its flowing roof-line seamlessly blends into the D-pillar, giving the Q3 a coupé-like stance. the understated wheel-arches with black cladding look very subtle, yet the side profile appears classy. the rear end looks simply gorgeous. touch the sheet metal body work, striking paint job, the plastic bits and you realise how good the quality is. overall, a great looking mini suv displaying the brilliant build quality and finishing that are always expected of audi.
The interior of the Q3 ably lives up to its exterior. the cabin instantly testifies to immaculate quality and excellent fit-and-finish. the neatly laid-out two-tone dashboard with the centre console tilted towards the driver looks and feels rich. the pop-up display integrated into the dashboard is an upmarket touch that will be appreciated by many. the simple instrument console with an information display in the centre is as easy to read as it can get.
The plush leather seats that support you perfectly are designed so well that there are hardly any traces of stress even after hours of sitting in them. Ample legroom in the front and generous knee-room in the rear never let you realise that this compact SUV is just over four metres long. The remarkable thing is that you still have enough luggage space for a couple of decent-sized suitcases. As a matter of fact, Audi have made sure that the customers buying the Q3 get more than enough goodies, leaving them with no cause for complaint.