Driven: Audi Q3 35 TFSI S line S tronic

Meet Ingolstadt’s most compact SUV, now made sharper

What is it?
I’ve just said, it’s the smallest softroader that Audi makes. But just because it’s the littlest in dimensions, doesn’t mean the German brand has skimped on spec or comfort. This is still a full-fat Teuton curb-hopper with curb-side appeal.

How does it look?
I rather like how Audi’s chiseled style language has updated the Q3. The previous model was very reminiscent of it’s VW Tiguan siblings but the new car looks sharp. A large grille dominates the front end, itself bookend by ornate LED lamps. Big alloy hoops at each corner lend to the car’s presence endowing it with a four-square stance that beckons you inside.

What about living with it?
It’s comfy in here, well-appointed, and as tactile a joy as you like. There’s no shortage of connectivity options here as well as a wealth of safety items and mod cons. 675 litres of luggage space means it’s roomy too.

How does it go?
That 35 TFSI moniker refers to a 1.4-litre turbopetrol engine with 110kW and 250Nm. It’s been paired to a 6-speed automatic S Tronic gearbox, good for a thrifty 5.9 L/100 km. It feels quicker than the figures indicate, but you can attribute that to a revvy motor, tactile helm and shifters plus a sporty suspension rolling on 19-inch alloys. It’s not mad quick, but it is agile.

Should you buy one?
There are worse ways to burn through R666k – the price of our S Line test car. For that, you get a stylish people mover complete with all the luxury accouterments you could want in this size SUV.

Quick Stats: Audi Q3 35 TFSI S line S tronic
Price: R666,120
Powertrain: 1.4l turbo petrol, 110kW, 250Nm, 6-speed auto
Performance: 0-100kph in 8.9 seconds, 5.9l/100km fuel consumption

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