Audi Q3 will finally cool the hot Indian summer by making its way on the Indian shores this June. Yes, the compact SUV will finally be here to witness the first drops of monsoon rain. Since its inception, the Audi Q3 will be fully armed with an all-wheel drive powered by a four-cylinder, 2.0-litre, and 177 bhp diesel engine.
There are also plans to go full swing with the launch of a robust 2.0-litre direct-injection petrol with 208 bhp later in September. The compact SUV will come at a price of Rs 23-26 lakh.
Initial readings about the Q3 reveal that the diesel SUV is not your typical hard core adventure freak on the road. The Audi Q3 is a soft-roader but does have the spunk to speed up. The compact SUV is surprisingly spacious and has all the standards of a usual Audi Car.
On the flipside it rattles a bit on the rev. In terms of the competition the Q3 has the cuts and curves of an SUV unlike the BMW X1. The X1 looks like a mutated Estate car while the Q3 with its proper SUV looks will surely appeal to the Indian customers.
The Audi Q3 has already made its appearance at the Auto Expo 2012 in New Delhi. The base level variant comes with rear parking sensors, dual-zone climate control, an electric handbrake and Bluetooth as standard. The compact SUV is also compact on the emissions and fuel consumption. With emissions below 140g/km for the lowest powered diesel it does give run for the money to its closest rival, the BMW X1.
The compact SUV does have its limitations with 460 litres boot space which is a bit shallow. This however does not surprise considering the fact that the Q3 is not your big SUV but just a relatively small, cheap SUV with the substance and luxuriousness of the Audi Q5 and Audi Q7.