Audi Q3 S: Fast yet frugal, Audi yet 'affordable'

Oct 19 2013, 11:50 IST
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German trio of Audi, BMW and Mercedes have gradually been eating into the sales of bigger luxury saloons such as the Honda Accord and the Toyota Camry. German trio of Audi, BMW and Mercedes have gradually been eating into the sales of bigger luxury saloons such as the Honda Accord and the Toyota Camry.
SummaryGerman carmaker takes some goodies off Q3, among Audi's most popular cars in India, and calls it Sport.

The company-claimed top speed is 202 kmpl. On the upside, you don’t really miss the Quattro all-wheel drive system—we drove it on different terrains, at different speeds, and once even in the rain, and didn’t feel any loss of traction. In fact, we also took the Q3 S to some rural, unmetalled roads and found that the suspension handles broken surfaces very well. On the downside, people who are used to automatic transmission might miss the same, especially while driving within city limits.

The practicality

The Audi Q3 S offers ample room for five passengers and has an extra-large luggage compartment—a minimum of 460 litres that can be increased to 1,365 litres by folding down the rear split seats. The 2.0 TDI engine is frugal and makes the car run close to 18-20 km to a litre of diesel. And a 64-litre fuel tank means a range upwards of 1,000 km. Okay, it doesn’t come with a sunroof as standard and misses out on Audi’s new daytime running lights, but then everywhere else it is an Audi.

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