Audi’s lovable junior luxurious SUV is again in second-gen type and it’s obtained a lot going for it.

The anticipate the second-gen Audi Q3 has been so lengthy that patrons’ questions advanced from “When is the brand new Q3 coming?” to “Is the brand new Q3 coming? Blame the pandemic, provide chain points and all that we’ve been by over the previous few years for the delay. Thankfully, all that’s previously (fingers crossed) and Audi’s a lot beloved junior SUV is now formally again in India in gen-2 avatar. What we’re itching to search out out, nevertheless, is that if it has the identical widespread attraction as the unique did.

2022 Audi Q3: design and styling

The new Q3 sports activities an edgy design, courtesy of the sharp headlamps and huge hexagonal grille.

Blank out the badges and ballot anybody with a passing curiosity in vehicles to call the mannequin you’re with and also you’ll discover that 9 out of ten occasions, the brand new Q3 can be accurately recognized as a Q3. The upright nostril, giant glasshouse and raked rear windscreen assist set up a clear visible hyperlink to the outdated one, although it’s simply as straightforward to inform the brand new one is basically a bigger automobile. It’s longer, wider and taller than the final mannequin, and the wheelbase has grown as properly. Mind you, like its chief rivals from Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Volvo, that is nonetheless no hulking SUV if that’s what you’re searching for.

5-spoke alloy wheels on the Q3 are low on glam quotient.

The new Q3 sports activities an edgy look helped in no small half by the sharply reduce headlights that flank the Audi-typical large hexagonal grille. Surfacing is tight and there are lots of particulars that you simply’ll solely catch in the fitting mild; particulars just like the shoulder line, as an example, that flares delicately above the wheel arches. What simply don’t work are the Plain Jane 18-inch wheels; a extra glamorous design would accomplish that a lot for the Q3’s general look. At the rear, you’ll discover wider and shapelier tail-lights amidst a acquainted derriere.

2022 Audi Q3: inside and options

Not solely is entering into a Q3 straightforward, it’s a automobile that additionally places you at rapid ease. The good visibility and comfortable entrance seats (they’re surprisingly giant) depend for a lot. You’ll additionally just like the look of issues contained in the cabin. The dashboard, which angles the centre console in direction of the driving force, lends the cabin an edgy and youthful look, and there’s, properly, the correct quantity of screens too; no secondary touchscreen for the local weather management system right here. You modify temperature and blower pace with pretty knurled knobs that function with a satisfying click on.

No touchscreen for local weather management right here. Knobs do the job.

It’s a properly thought out inside too with a number of storage areas for giant and small gadgets. And it all feels very sturdy, very prime quality. Padded surfaces make up a lot of the dashboard and match and end is at par with pricier Audis. That mentioned, the cabin doesn’t fairly have the flash worth of a Mercedes-Benz GLA that makes use of ambient lighting, for instance, to better impact. The identical is true in regards to the screens too. While the Virtual Cockpit digital dials are straightforward to consult with and the ten.1-inch touchscreen is sweet to make use of, they aren’t fairly as vibrant or configurable as those on the most recent of rivals. The rear view digicam isn’t the crispest both.

Displays aren’t as vibrant or configurable as rivals.

Talking options, the Audi Q3 does pack in fairly a bit. LED headlights, powered entrance seats, dual-zone local weather management, a panoramic sunroof, digital dials, a 10.1-inch touchscreen and configurable ambient lighting are a part of the bundle. Safety package contains 6 airbags, ESC and ISOFIX youngster seat mounts, however there aren’t any ADAS capabilities.

2022 Audi Q3: rear seat area and luxury

An space the place the Q3 is massively improved is rear seat area. The 77mm longer wheelbase performs a large position right here as does the transfer to the Volkswagen Group’s area environment friendly MQB platform. There’s sufficient kneeroom for six footers to sit down in tandem, and the scooped out roof equals greater than satisfactory headroom too. Also good is the seating place, and the choice to regulate the backrest angle is a plus too. However, the Q3’s rear seat is finest fitted to two.

Seating place is comfortable even for six-footers, however the seat is finest for 2 occupants solely.

The quick center seat squab and excessive centre tunnel will make the fifth passenger really feel like an undesirable visitor. It’s finest to depart the center seat vacant and profit from the properly positioned armrest that additionally homes fold out cupholders. Another nifty inclusion on the again are telephone holders in addition to the seats.

Space saver spare neatly positioned beneath boot flooring.

While the Q3 works finest as a four-seater, the nice factor is that it’s obtained the area to retailer everybody’s baggage. The gesture-controlled tailgate lifts to disclose a giant (and sophistication finest) 530 litre baggage space, and must you want extra space, the rear seats might be folded flat to type a bigger cargo mattress. What’s reassuring is that the Q3 comes with a customary match area saver spare tyre that’s neatly tucked beneath the boot flooring.

2022 Audi Q3: engine and efficiency

The Q3 is on supply in India with a single petrol engine choice. The engine is the VW Group’s acquainted 2-litre four-cylinder unit that makes a wholesome 190hp and 320Nm – the latter being one of the best amongst petrol SUVs within the section. What additionally helps distinguish the Q3 amongst its entrance wheel drive petrol rivals is customary match Quattro all-wheel drive. You’ll like how all of the items match collectively.

There’s no diesel on supply, however 2.0 turbo-petrol delivers the punch you’d need.

The engine, for one, may be very likable as a result of it gives the look of on-demand energy. Part throttle responses at low speeds are very good and even once you’re going quicker there’s a very regular construct of energy. Press down a lot tougher on the accelerator pedal although and each engine and gearbox come collectively to provide you entry to the sturdy mid-range and punchy efficiency you’d affiliate with turbo petrols. Experience this mid-range and also you received’t actually thoughts the absence of a diesel engine within the Q3 line-up. The accompanying soundtrack can be fairly sporty.

The Q3 drives like a correct German automobile with wonderful excessive pace poise.

There are driving modes to superb tune the expertise, though you don’t have to mess around an excessive amount of to get one of the best out of the mechanicals. The gearbox is properly in tune with what you need and you may pace issues up by flicking it into sport mode, or utilizing the paddleshifters.

2022 Audi Q3: journey and dealing with

The new Q3 backs the efficiency up with spectacular high-speed manners. It drives like a correct German automobile feeling planted and surefooted at severe speeds. The Q3 is a tidy handler too. It adjustments route easily and there’s adequate really feel from the steering as properly, nevertheless it’s the final poise that actually stays with you. The Quattro system additionally performs its supporting position rather well to ship an all encompassing sensation of grip. The actual benefit of the system, nevertheless, will come by in inclement climate or on unfastened and dirty surfaces the place you’ll discover that you simply’re in a position to drive the Q3 quicker and extra confidently than a few of its pure entrance wheel drive rivals. Overall, the tight and punchy Q3 makes for a surprisingly entertaining companion on a day trip to your favorite driving roads.

Quattro all-wheel drive provides confidence over unfastened surfaces.

The new Q3’s forte, nevertheless, very like the last-gen mannequin, is how properly it suits into on a regular basis city life. It’s straightforward to park, straightforward to steer and usually feels right-sized in our congested cities. Buyers who worth these traits will discover a nice match within the Q3. The different large spotlight is journey consolation, one thing Audi appears to be acing off late. The meaty tyres soak up a lot of the preliminary blow and the properly damped suspension takes care of the remaining. On the worst of our roads too you’ll additionally admire the bottom clearance on supply and the truth that the Audi doesn’t really feel fragile.

2022 Audi Q3: worth and verdict

The new Audi Q3 vary begins at Rs 44.89 lakh (ex-showroom) for the Premium Plus trim, which is at par with rivals. However, this fully-loaded Rs 50.39 lakh Technology model is the priciest mannequin within the section. Factor in customary match all-wheel drive and the costs do turn out to be extra justifiable.

What’s clear is that the brand new Q3 isn’t missing in content material. It’s engaging inside and outside, it’s roomy for 4 and the pleasurable driving expertise is a spotlight. What solely furthers the Q3’s case is how city-friendly it’s. For many, that’s maybe the largest cause to contemplate one. The new Q3 has been a very long time coming. But I’m glad to inform you it’s been well worth the wait.

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