Audi has revealed its 2016 Q3 featuring the already existing turbocharged 4-cylinder engine combined with a 6-speed automatic transmission system.
Its high-quality interiors and quiet smooth ride, however, give it an advantage. Moreover, some of the standard features in the new Q3 are normally an optional feature in competitive vehicles thereby giving the 2016 Audi Q3 an added edge.
The 2016 Audi Q3 would be available in two trims including the lower-end Premium Plus (starting price $33,700) and the higher-end Prestige model (starting price $38,600). The two models come with either all-wheel (Quattro) or front-wheel drive configurations.
The 2016 Audi Q3 2.0T Quattro features a 2L 4-cylinder engine delivering an output of 200 hp. This is connected to a 6-speed Triptonic auto transmission system. The exterior comes with LED taillights and headlights, 19-inch wheels, heated and power-folding side mirrors with built-in turn signals, heated windshield nozzles and a power liftgate giving the new Q3 an S line profile.
The interior of the vehicle features ambient LED lighting, panoramic sunroof, 12-way power and heated front seats, an instrument panel with color LCD, leather seats, cruise control, keyless entry and ignition, rear and front parking sensors, blind spot alert and rearview camera.
The technological specifications include Bluetooth for audio streaming and phones, navigation-integrated Audi MMI infotainment system, Bose premium audio, FM and AM radio, the Audi music interface compatible with the iPod, two SD card slots, 90-days free trial of SiriusXM satellite radio and a 6-month free subscription to Audi Connect.
The Sport package comes with extra features including front sports seats, paddle shifters on the steering wheel and Audi drive select that automatically adjusts transmission, engine, suspension and steering settings for an optimized driving experience on all terrains.
The new Q3’s MMI system is inconveniently placed in the center of the dashboard rendering it difficult for operation. It can be quite a tedious process to enter information such as navigation details on to the scroll wheel interface.
The Audi Connect system comes with cloud-based technologies such as Google Earth mapping, ability to set up a Wi-Fi hotspot in the vehicle, updated information on parking, weather, traffic, and other events. An Audi Connect mobile app helps owners find their parked car and can send destination details to the vehicle’s navigation system. This app can access nearly 7,000 Web radio stations.
Experts opine that the car’s acceleration is not up to the mark as compared to competition, despite the refinement of the engine. The drive, however, is very smooth and free from vibrations even when the car is going at high speeds or even while driving on rough pavements.