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The Audi Q3 40TFSI Tiptronic SportBack –Full Review

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As a country or region we have been deprived of new Audis for far too long, whether it was COVID -19 affecting the brand’s plans or internal issues, we are not quite sure, all we know now is they are flooding the market from every crevice and crack, bheka ngale nale kuyi AUDI everywhere. An influx of RS Performance models are on our Timelines via our fortunate colleagues who are testing them right now. What a time to be alive.

LOOKS

The Q3 Sportback, firstly its coupe SUV a form is fast taking over in Sports Utility Vehicles lately, yes it is smaller than the drop dead gorgeous Q8, however it loses none of the good looks, the muscular lines at the front and rear wheel arches show clear intent for road holding, the sloping roof line oozes aero dynamic appeal. Our tester was clad in a bright blue hue, which broke my virginity of seeing such a colour from Ingolstad.

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The blue was well matched to the black bits courtesy of the optional black styling package affecting the large more pronounced grille, front &rear bumper inserts, mirrors and lower side cladding. The sides were enhanced by 19” S style multi spoke alloys. Matrix LED headlights and rear LED tail lights complete what was already a great look.

The Interior of any modern Audi is very hard to fault, the combination of great materials and sporty touches always leave us with a warm feeling, the ambiance is always on point, the Q3 Sportback did not disappoint in this regard, body hugging S-Line sports leather seats, flat bottomed sports steering wheel, and a multitude of touch screens, it would be a modern  Audi without those.  That Bang Olufsen sound system was a cherry on top. All this was under the airy feel of a panoramic glass roof which my Mbali felt the need to open every time she was in the car. The headroom at the rear is a little cramped , am not the tallest oke , in fact am of average height , and my head was on the car’s ceiling.

THE DRIVE

Our tester was powered by a 2.0L turbo charged petrol unit that generates 132kw of power and 320nm, or in the new Audi jargon (40TFSI) which is still confusing to my consumers, all this is managed by a 7speed Tiptronic automated shifter transferring  power to all 4 via the trusted Quattro system. There’s very smooth element in how this equates in the ride quality and drive, the thick rubber  on wheels added comfort which is equally vital in my view. The engine carries the body very well for what the car is, swift and not lagging in anyway. The cabin noise is quite subdued, apart  from mild wind noise which was affected by the weather conditions during the test period. The performance aspect is decent even though she does take a while to warm up to some whippings of the right foot, the motor does what’s necessary with aplomb, what was impressive is the handling , the Q3 does not suffer from much body roll , It actually proved to be a pleasant companion.

I have to say though, a small diesel derivative would be awesome, that 140kw 400nm combo would be blissful in this guise.

Now this would not be an Audi South Africa test mule without a healthy does optional extras, I mean these people don’t play when specifying test units, the value in here was no less than R194 000, they do know how to add nice to haves, and they do sweeten the experience of the test.

The entire test package of the Q3 Sportback was priced at R931 360, while I loved it , we can’t ignore such steep price tag , then again it is for quite a niche market that prefers style and performance more, a standard one sets you back R737  000, and that’s no poverty spec. The car gets my NOD in various key aspects, my choice remains the normal Q3 though.

Thanks to Audi SA for the test unit.

Yours in motoring

Wezile Lorenzio Bonani

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