The new 2016 Audi Q3 is now Audi’s smallest crossover SUV. It is based on the Volkswagen Tiguan.
Audi has reworked the Q3’s exterior look, making it way more edgy and sporty than before.
The redesigned 2016 Audi Q3 has a revised single-frame grille, with the upper border connecting the head lamps, which is pretty reminiscent of the Crosslane concept, only less boxy and more refined. The sequential tail lamps have also received a touch of restyling and glitz. Instead of halogen, the vehicle is now equipped with xenon HIDs (already standard in the U.S.) or optional full-LED units. Aggressive, 5-sided lower air intakes below the headlights give the Q3 a sinister, angered look.
The new Audi Q3 is 172.8 inches long (4388 mm), 79.5 inches wide (2019 mm) and 62.6 inches high (1590 mm), with a wheelbase of 102.5 inches (2603 mm).
2016 Audi Q3
2016 Audi Q3 Interior
The interior of the new Q3 is Audi-typical. The designers have used fine materials with outstanding fit and finish.
There are plenty of buttons for the most used controls like the radio and HAVC system. The vehicle features MMI navigation plus system with a flip-up screen in the dashboard and the controller on the center console. MMI includes Audi connect, Google Earth 3D satellite imagery, a Wi-Fi hotspot for up to 8 passenger devices, local traffic and weather, flight information, news and more. The Q3 features the 14-speaker BOSE Surround Sound System which provides 465 watts and 10 channels.
The information screen gives important info such as mileage, tripometer, radio station info, and mpg readouts. The front bucket seats are power adjustable and the rear seats fold flat for extra cargo space. Luggage capacity is 16.71 cu ft, while the folding rear seats obtained 48.2 cu ft of space.
The Audi side assist system alerts the driver when a vehicle is in their blind spot.
Parking system plus uses rear sensors to detect another object in the driver’s vicinity, whereas the rear view camera offers additional visibility when backing up.
Engine Specs and performance
The new Audi Q3 2016 for US market will be available with only one powertrain option and that is the direct-injected, turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder TFSI engine which puts out respectable 200 horsepower and 207 pound-feet of torque. There is only one transmission option this engine can be paired up with: a 6-speed automatic transmission. However, the customers get the option of choosing front- or all-wheel-drive.
FWD option accelerate from 0-60 mph in 7,8 sec. and reach top speed of 130 mph (209 km/h). Due to the simpler transmission, and the weight of the vehicle with FWD is lower by 188 lbs (85kg), FWD- 3494 lbs (1585 kg), Quattro 3682 lbs (1670 kg). Fuel consumption in the city is about 20 mpg on the highway is about 29 mpg, while the combined about 23 mpg.
Quattro option for larger mass of the vehicle accelerates somewhat slower and reaches 0-60 mph in 8.2 sec. all other specifications are approximately the same as for FWD option.
Audi’s quattro all-wheel-drive system is expected to be a popular option for more northern customers who need the extra grip for wintery conditions.
In Europe, the Audi Q3 2016 is available with a large number of powertrain choices: first and smallest is a 1.4-liter TFSI with 150 horsepower and a 2.0-liter TFSI in the 180- and 220-hp strengths. Audi also offers a well-known 2.0-liter turbo-diesel rated at 120, 150, or 184 horsepower. Top offers will be of course the RS Q3 that will run 2.5 liter petrol engine with 345 horsepower, this version will not be sold in the US market.
Price and release date
The 2016 Audi Q3 will be available in two trims – Premium Plus and Prestige. It should hit the dealerships within a matter of weeks.
The official pricing has been released: Premium Plus starting at (MSRP) $33,700, whereas the pricing for Prestige starts at $38,600.
Opponents in the class of small luxury SUV crossovers are BMW X1 or Mercedes GLA.