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Audi Q3 40 TFSI

As the switch to SUVs continues at a frenetic pace, buyers are looking to stand out from the crowd. Is the Audi Q3 40 TFSI quattro S line the one they’ve been waiting for?

Many SUV converts are keen to shine  among a sea of hatchbacks. Enter  Audi’s latest compact SUV in Sportback form. Lower, longer, with blistered guards filled with 20-inch wheels and the sloping rear hatch, the 2020 Audi Q3 40 TFSI has presence. 

 

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The new Audi Q3 40 TFSI.
Audi Q3 40
Now lower and longer, the 2020 Audi Q3 40 has presence.

 

From a huge list of standard features, the Q3’s standouts are wireless Apple CarPlay, stunning 12.3-inch virtual cockpit, and the reverse camera and around-view display (essential with Audi’s Sportback design).

One $3900 option worth ticking includes a superb Bang & Olufsen 3D sound system, Matrix LED headlights (which all cars should have), sunroof, black exterior styling package and ambient interior lighting. 

I’m a fan of Audi interiors – nobody does it better – and the latest Q3 is a marked improvement on the previous model, with a first-rate fit and finish. The S line’s leather electric seats are superb over distances and the back was comfortable even with its panoramic sunroof and sloping design. My only quibble – I’d prefer operating cruise control with steering-wheel buttons rather than a stalk.

I notched up nearly 800km in a week on varied roads in challenging weather. The Q3 was athletic on country roads, comfortable on highways and unfussed in the city.

Some reduced ride quality on rough, broken surfaces was likely exacerbated by the low-profile 20-inch tyres and sporty suspension bias. The responsiveness of the drivetrain made highway overtaking a breeze, while the DSG auto was seamless. Despite significant highway time, I couldn’t get near the claimed fuel consumption returning an average 9.7L/100km. 

 

Interior of the Audi Q3 40
The new model has a first-rate fit and finish.
Audi Q3 40 on the road
The Q3 handled well on all road types.

 

On well line-marked roads the Q3 tugs on the wheel if you stray and will sound alerts if your concentration seems to wander. Without active cruise control set, if you get too near the car in front you’ll get alerted that the AEB mightn’t help avoid collisions. 

The warranty sits at three years with service intervals at 12 months or 15,000km. 

The specs

Pricing: $61,900 (plus on-road costs)
Safety: ANCAP 5-star 2018 date stamp
Engine Type: 
4-cylinder 2.0 litre petrol turbo charged (95 RON)
Max. Torque:
 320Nm @ 1400 to 3940rpm
Max. Power: 
132kW @ 3900 to 6000rpm
Transmission: 
7-Speed DSG auto
Drive type: Quattro AWD
0-100km/h: 7.8 seconds

 

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