The new 2017 Audi Q3 undoubtedly offers a luxurious ride and ambience that underpins the appealing character of the brand. Although, poor fuel economy, mediocre utility, and uninspiring performance could be the very reasons that work against it. Its date of release should be expected in March 2017 according to recent reports.
Some of its strengths include a luxury feature galore, comfortable and serene interior, and a well-appointed cabin. If it’s bigger sibling – Audi Q5 is anything to go by, we are in for big things as the pintsize Q3 walks on the same vestigial. In most ways, the two siblings share various features and technologies together such as a compliant ride, cabin quality, and serene character. Additionally, it comes laden with lots of desirable equipment even for the base model.
On the other hand, while the Q3 only debuted a few years ago, there are other vehicles in the segment that are more appealing and new on the surface. This might be as a result of Audi building the vehicle overseas. The result of this is lots of outdated features such as turbocharged four-cylinder engine, and a finicky infotainment system.
Other areas the Q3 scores dismally include the awkward control placement, lack of a USB port, lackluster fuel economy ratings, and an uninspiring performance. Some of its alternatives include the 2017 BMW X1, the 2017 Lexus NX 200t, and the 2017 Mini Countryman. Even so, the Q3 still deserves some merit in terms of its sophisticated style, but otherwise, you might find other alternatives better.
Trims Available – Audi A3
This subcompact 2017 Audi Q3 luxury crossover SUV is available in two trims: Premium Plus, and the Prestige trim.
Interior Dimensions & Exterior Colors – 2017 Audi Q3
The Premium Plus list of standard features and equipment includes front and rear parking sensors, LED running lights, a panoramic sunroof, 18-inch wheels, a 60/40-split folding rear seat, keyless entry and ignition, roof rails, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, automatic headlights and wipers, a panoramic sunroof, automatic climate control (dual-zone), a rearview camera, Audi’s MMI control system, a 7-inch touchscreen display, satellite radio, a 10-speaker sound system, a 60/40-split folding rear seat, an eight-way heated power front seats, and a CD player.
The Prestige trim adds wood inlays, adjustable drive modes, 19-inch wheels, extendable thigh support, front sport seats, paddle shifters, a power liftgate, a black cloth headliner, and exterior heated mirrors. Others include a tri-zone automatic climate control, LED running lights and foglights, leather upholstery, a six-way power driver seat, child bolsters, rear seat entertainment system, an 8” touchscreen display, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, and exterior and interior accents.
Optional for the Q3 are both the Premium Plus and Prestige packages which come packed with a navigation system, Audi connect telematics, a color trip computer, heated auto-dimming exterior mirrors, “S line” cues, Wi-Fi hotspot capability, auto-dimming exterior mirrors, tailgate sill plates, a 14-speaker Bose sound system, and a power liftgate.
Interior wise, you might be fooled to think just because the Q3 is the most affordable SUV in Audi roster, the interior materials you get are skimpy. Well, this is Audi folks! And regardless of the cost, every Audi vehicle has a set of quality threshold it has to pass before it is actually called an Audi in the first place.
That said, the Q3 offers a fine interior appointment that underlines Audi’s core value – quality.
2017 Audi Q3 Engine
A turbocharged four-cylinder 2.0L engine comes under the hood of the 2017 Audi Q3. The output – 200 horsepower and 207 lbs. ft. of torque gets routed to either the front wheels or the all wheels via the six-speed automatic transmission system.
EPA projects the fuel consumption ratings to be 29/20/23 mpg on the highway/city/combined with the front wheels, while the AWD returns 28/20/23 mpg.
According to Audi, 8.0 seconds is what you need to accelerate the Q3 Quattro from 0-60 mph. this is slow in comparison to other vehicles in the segment like the NX 200t or the X1.
Wheelbase: 8 ft. 6.5 in. (102.5 in.)
Length: 14 ft. 4.8 in. (172.8 in.)
Width: 6 ft. 0.2 in. (72.2 in.)
Passenger volume: 84 cu ft
Cargo volume: 17 cu ft
Curb weight: 3686 lb
Top Speed: 126 mph
0-60: 7,8 sec
MPG: 20/29 (city/highway)
Available Exterior Colors: Glacier White Metallic, Hainan Blue Metallic, Misano Red Pearl Effect, Monsoon Gray Metallic, Mythos Black Metallic, Utopia Blue Metallic…
Towing Capacity: N/A
Price 2017 Audi Q3 Release Date
Once available, a base MSRP of $33,700 is what will draw the red line between you and the new 2017 Audi Q3. As for its release, provisional reports indicate the vehicle will probably hit your nearest showroom in March 2017. You could also lease the vehicle as you contemplate whether it is the right investment for you.
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