In the very competitive world of the automotive industry having all the bases covered is a very sensible idea. Audi have been expanding their line-up rapidly over the past few years introducing 4X4’s and city cars to the brand that was once only known for saloons. An emerging market that the four rings can no longer ignore is the niche that fits just under the soft-roader. Mini with the Countryman and Nissan with the Juke have both succeeded and so Audi have brought the Q3 to the party.
Being honest I feel that this car has been made just for the sake of making it but if the Germans think they can sell it there is no reason why they shouldn’t. Fitting under the Q5, the Q3 is available in all or front wheel drive and has 3 engines from launch each with direct injection as well as turbo’s. The top spec 2.0 litre TFSI with 208BHP can do 0-62MPH in 6.9 seconds thanks to the optional twin-clutch gearbox. Boot room is good for its size pegged at 460 litres or 1365 with the rear seat folded flat.
The Q3 will make its debut in Shanghai.