When viewed from the profile, the Audi Q3 still resembles that of the pre-facelift Q3 a tad bit. From the rear, the width of the vehicle is accentuated by the honed coupe-like lines and wrap-around tailgate.
The inside of the Audi Q3 is set up to be plush and refined, comparable to the Q3’s larger SUV siblings like the Q5 and Q7. Everywhere you turn there’s something to define the interior craftsmanship of the Audi A3 from the leather seats to the aluminium inlays and door sill trims. Functionality is also important in the Audi Q3, and this is evident with the versatility of its cargo compartment which can be increased from 460 to 1,365 liters, when the rear seats are tilted down.
In terms of infotainment, the refreshed Audi Q3 comes with the standard MMI radio, which features a 6.5-inch TFT color display and the Audi sound system 6-channel amplifier with 10 speakers. Additionally, the refreshed Audi Q3 comes equipped with an entire arsenal of electronic features including a start/stop system (with energy recuperation on the Q3 1.4 TFSI), Parking aid plus (with an upgrade to Parking assist with 360° display), Hill-start assist and automatic luggage compartment lid.
Two versions of the Audi Q3 are available: the 1.4 TFSI and 2.0 TSI quattro. The 1.4 TFSI is paired to a 6-speed S tronic transmission, whereas the 2.0 TFSI is matched to a 7-speed gearbox. The entry Q3 delivers 150 hp and 250Nm of torque from between 1,500 and 3,500 rpm, while the higher version shoots up to 180 hp and 320Nm of torque between 1,400 and 3,900 rpm. Combined fuel consumption and emissions for the 1.4 and 2.0 TFSI are 6.0 liters/100km, 139 g/km and 6.7 liters/100km, 155 g/km, respectively.
One of the key contributors to the refreshed Audi Q3’s engaging driving experience is its improved chassis. As a result of fine-tuning from Ingolstadt’s finest, the already solid chassis now provides enhanced comfort and dampening, whatever the surface. The Audi drive select system also allows driver to further tune the engine throttle response, transmission and steering amongst other things to suit their personal preferences.
A suite of driver assistance systems has been incorporated to ensure a more dynamic drive; consisting the Electronic Stabilization Control (ESC) with Traction Control (ASR), Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD), Electronic Differential Lock (EDL) and Anti-lock Braking System (ABS). There are six airbags and a whole list of passive safety features imparted into the 2016 Audi Q3, as well.
What’s more, the price of the entry Audi Q3 has been reduced slightly to RM217,900, with the 2.0 TFSI going for RM 252,900. All prices do not include insurance but come with the standard warranty by Audi Malaysia. Body hues valid for the Audi Q3 comprise of the Glacier White, Floret Silver, Utopia Blue, Tundra Brown and Brilliant Black.