Test - Audi Q3 TDI 120: Whats Amazing Car

Test - Audi Q3 TDI 120: Whats Amazing Car

The small chic SUV of Audi is "democratizing" with an entry-level diesel engine. The 2.0 TDI deflated to 120 bhp allows to lower the tariffs of the Q3 up to the 30 000 € and thus come flirting with the generalists. Is it up to this new competition?

Half a dozen years ago, the Q3 trusted the podium of SUV premium sales. But that was before. Before the renewal of the BMW X1, the arrival of the Mercedes GLA and the rise of some generalists like the Volkswagen Tiguan. Today, the small Audi 4x4 is attacked on all sides. To limit the hemorrhage, before its renewal, the Q3 descends in range with a small diesel 120 ch. It is now the cheapest model in the catalog, with just 30 000 dollars for the entry level.

Audi Q3

Engine Of Audi Q3

Technically, this is the widespread 2.0 TDI 150 hp, whose power has been reduced to 120 hp. On paper, the objective is to strengthen the budgetary aspect without hampering driving approval. In reality, it is a disappointment. Although at ease in town, this 2.0 TDI hardly mid-range. The accelerations and raises are moll Asso Nne, which always forces to play the gear lever to find the torque (290 Nm). It must be admitted that the Q3 is not a ballerina with 1,500 kg to tow. But it is mainly at the level of consumption that this block disappoints since it sips, to a few centiliters, as much as its big brother. We have averaged 6.4 l / 100 km compared to 6.8 l / 100 km. In general, you will be advised to invest the 1,700 € that separate this engine from the 2.0 TDi 150.

Compared to the competition, the comparison is even harder for the Q3, since it has to rub the BMW X1 116d (116 hp) as sober as a camel, and especially the new Volkswagen Tiguan more habitable, more practical, and will offer, at the beginning of the school year, a version 1.6 TDi 115 hp around the 27 000 dollars

Chassis side, the Q3 is placed in the average of the segment, offering comfort / honest behavior, despite some unwanted body movements. It can be associated with four levels of finish; it provides the manual or automatic transmission with a transmission exclusively to the front wheels.

Restyled slightly in 2014, the Q3 did not make the right choices about updates. German lags behind some rivals face with such non-central touch screen and not ergonomic MMI multimedia system for a penny. Worse, it does not even have a USB plug! On the other hand, the manufacturing quality is flattering and the space on board very correct, except for the central rear passenger. The trunk is also in the market average with 460 liters. In general, X1 and Tiguan are (very far) ahead to manage the family constraints.

Price, Its Worth? This Is Price Of Audi Q3

For the price, it 's hard to claim that starting from 30 060 €, this Q3 TDi 120 is a case, especially about the endowment of series. Our trial version, in average finish Ambiente (33,010 dollars), offers 17 '' alloy wheels, Xenon lights, automatic climate control, parking assist, cruise control, Audi Drive Select. At this level of power, the BMW X1 116d (from 32,150 dollars), and especially generalists like the next Volkswagen Tiguan TDI 115 (27 000 dollars according to our estimation) or the Renault Kadjar 1.5 dCi 110, better equipped and more livable.


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