My neighbors are Audi fans. Both are so-called “silver agers”. I like the expression. They don’t have children, work hard and earn enough money to afford holidays in luxury hotels, buy Gucci bags and posh cars. SHE drives an S3 Cabrio, HE an A4 Avant. So a fairly normal German set-up in terms of their choice of cars. Yet, things are simmering under the thin blanket of the typical couple’s peaceful bed. Renate has inquired about the new Audi Q3. Secretly. She likes it and she likes the idea of sitting a little higher, at a lower starting price than a VW Golf GTI. Wouldn’t that be something!? What do you think, Jan?
The new strengths of the second generation of the Audi Q3 are convincing
An all-round talent, not only for families. Why blogger Jan Weizenecker, after an extensive test drive, warmly recommends the second generation of the Audi Q3 to his neighbor Renate.
Who does the new Audi Q3 suit best?
THE problem: Peter –her husband. Not generally. Just in terms of buying cars. He is conservative in his choice of cars! Not completely stuck in the past, but he has his principles. He would never get an SUV. Far too high, too heavy and too unathletic. Although he has never driven one. He loves his current A4. He says he often races down the highway at 180 km/hour and enjoys acceleration races at the traffic lights. Of course, he wants to win. Although he is just a tad over 60, he still doesn’t feel he has arrived at the SUV age. This is not me, Jan, is it?
My dear neighbors, if you want answers to your questions, just read my article. You might find out what you want to know. But hey, I am also happy to tell you that 1.1 million first generation Q3s have been sold. And with good reason! The second generation –with more space, with a new design, with technical highlights and a more efficient engine –is coming out this year! It has grown 97 millimeters to 4.5 meters compared with its predecessor and is 18 millimeters wider, now standing at 1.85 meters. This makes it dangerously similar to its big brother, the Q5. Somehow the Q3 looks bigger than it actually is, while at the same time appearing less bulky. A contradiction? Can so much practicality still be cool?
Why the design of the Q3 stands apart
The Audi designers have obviously put in a lot of effort – and it definitely pays off. The Q3 might have the characteristic family face of the Qs, but it clearly stands out from its brothers. The new Q3 wants to be the most attractive among its family members, obviously. Who doesn’t?
It exudes gracefulness from its beautiful S-shaped shoulder line down to the single frame in the octagonal design, which now stands more proudly in the wind. Those who want a more sporty, hip Q3, go for the S line, thick wheel rims and the black optic package. Renate is totally into this style! And Peter? The Q3 is just as sexy as your A4 –trust me. By the way, the cool SUV look is also important for families. I would even go as far as to quote Karl Lagerfeld: those who wear sweat pants or drive an unsexy people carrier have lost control over their lives. With the Q3, one has kept on top of things with the latest technology. The MMI touch screen slightly tilted at a 10-degree angle towards the driver, the virtual cockpit, the cheeky use of Alcantara leather or the atmospheric lighting. Peter – this is so cool!
Enough space for large families and golf bag-approved
Q3 – the cheeky lifestyle car for singles or silver agers – is also a car that families appreciate. Its trunk is even suitable for large families. With its luggage space of 530 liters and its sliding rear seat bench giving you 675 liters, that’s enough for a Maxi-Cosi stroller, which itself costs as much as a small second-hand car, to fit in. The Q3 is, of course, golf bag-approved. The fold-away back row gives you 1,525 liters of storage space. That’s 160 liters more than its predecessor. Beautiful, new, crazy world!
Renate is already convinced. Peter, on the other hand, is a hard nut to crack. Our hopefully winning argument: the Q3’s driving characteristics. Its driving style might be sporty, but it’s not for teenage nutters who want to drive to the limits or drift on a discounter’s parking lot. With its four available engines, boasting a performance range of 110kW (150hp) to 169 kW (230 hp) at market launch, my neighbor with his exquisite taste is sure to go for the top-of-the-range model. Why? Simply because he can! This also includes the four-wheel drive and the 7-gear S tronic.
Performs like a sports car and a touring car
Still not convinced? Okay, the Q3 is slightly heavier, has a higher center of gravity and a slightly worse drag coefficient than your A4, but you can easily counteract this with the drive-select switch. So, the Q3 can be easily turned into a sports car or into a comfortable touring car with the best overview. While Renate would prefer to stick to the comfort mode, Peter is drawn to the sport mode. This changes the characteristic curve of the progressive steering: the throttle response becomes more direct, the gear changes come earlier and the suspension feels harder.
Dear neighbor, dear carpe diem silver ager, dear single hipster, dear vegan families: it isn’t easy to describe to you how flexible the Q3 is. But believe me, you will be so impressed by what is technically possible in an SUV these days that the avocado pieces will fall off your homemade, low-carb bread. Incidentally, the Q3 is also available with an adaptive chassis with off-road mode for better performance. Just in case you want to drive to a vineyard, a skiing resort or over a high curb to the organic food store or to the forest to play Quidditch or to a hot-yoga class.
The new Audi Q3 is convincing – even for the neighbors
There is only one thing left to say: the new Q3 has grown within the new generation of cars and has become even more beautiful. The price is right too. Renate won’t have any problems to convince her husband in terms of the SUV dream. With a starting price at €33,700 for the 110 kW (150 PS) 35 TFSI Q3, she probably won’t be able to tempt her husband. But there is a sporty version with automatic transmission suitable for Peter and just for a few more euros. I am convinced and my neighbors will be too, surely?
And, by the way, this is NOT a fictional story. The names of the protagonists were NOT changed – I hope they don’t read the Audi Blog. What would the neighbors think?
The new Audi Q3 is a family SUV with great all-round talents. In the second generation it appears not only visually more self-confident, but offers far greater utility value thanks to abundant space, comprehensive adaptability and many practical details.Read more
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