Audi Q3 in India 2012 Review,Specification, Road Test

 Audi Q3 - A commitment to urban sportiness.

Audi, the premium car brand from Volkswagen Group is a well known name in India. Audi India has been known for offering high class, luxurious and technologically advanced cars. This time around, the company is ready with a lavish and sporty SUV, called Audi Q3. It is basically a five door SUV from Audi. Compared to Audi Q5 which is the mid-luxury compact SUV and the true SUV Audi Q7, the Q3 is targeted as more of a lifestyle automobile rather than a full grown off-roader. It shares its year of launch with the arch rival-BMW X1. 

However, till date it is the smallest SUV by Audi. Audi Q3 has come out in just the diesel trims and the company is going to launch Q3 petrol version as per demand. Audi Q3 2.0 TDI is the base diesel variant and the high end variant is named Audi Q3 WCI; both the versions are fraught up with features. Audi launched Q3 with great proud and with this SUV, it managed to showcase how innovative the German engineering is. The brand new Audi Q3 has been blessed with a powerful, strappy and dynamic 2.0 litre of TDI Quattro diesel engine, which is capable of churning out high power output of 177 PS at the rate of 4200 rpm along with 380 Nm of maximum torque at the rate of 1750 to 2500 rpm . This robust and aggressive engine has been coupled well with seven speed S tronic automatic transmission, which makes the ride in this car absolutely wonderful. With the seven speed automatic transmission, the car is successful in delivering a decent mileage of 5.9 to 7 km per litre.

Variants of Audi Q3

- Audi Q3 2.0 TDi Base Grade
- Audi Q3 2.0 TDi High Grade
Audi Q3 is available in two variants: Base Grade and High Grade. Base grade comes with 16-inch 7-spoke alloy wheels, halogen headlamps, manual AC, rear parking sensors and cruise control. The High grade comes equipped with 17-inch alloy wheels, rain-sensing wipers, LED tail lamps and xenon headlamps, automatic climate control and a panoramic glass-sunroof.

Price of Audi Q3

- Audi Q3 2.0 TDi Base Grade - Rs. 26.21 lakhs
- Audi Q3 2.0 TDi High Grade - Rs. 31.49 lakhs
Audi Q3 Exteriors:-

Talking about the exteriors of the Audi Q3, the car is bestowed with new and amazing features; it has the 16” Forged aluminium alloy wheels in 7-arm design in the TDI variant and 17 ” Cast aluminium alloy wheels in the 10-spoke design in the WCI variant to give this car a remarkable look. Some of the basic features include the roof rails and the black trim strips. To add to the beauty a single frame grille is added between the wedge shaped Halogen headlamps in the front of the car. The bonnet of the car and the adjustable exterior mirrors with the ORVM’s provide this car a very appealing look. The car is equipped with the heat insulating glass to avoid the entry of direct heat in the car. When it comes to the WCI model which is the high end variant of Audi Q3, the car has some additional features like the light and the rain sensors, the acoustic windscreen to reduce the structural and the airborne noises. There is also LED rear light, headlight washer and the grey tinted windscreen to make the high end variant stand apart.

  • 16” Forged aluminium alloy wheels, 7-arm design, size 6.5J x 16
  • Roof rails
  • Heat-insulating glass
  • Trim strips, black
  • Exterior mirrors, electrically adjustable, heated and electrically folding
  • Halogen headlights with separate daytime running lights
  • Headlight range adjustment

Audi Q3 Interior:

As we all know that Audi is known well for offering luxurious cars with gracefully designed interiors. All the features provided in the car as per the expectations. The materials used in designing the interiors of the car are of high quality to give a lavish and a comfortable look. The seat upholstery is L-grain/leatherette B-grain with the interior lightning package, front and rear floor mats and luggage compartment mat. The Leather covered multifunction steering wheel in 4- spoke design, the gear shift paddles on the S-tronic model are quite impressive. The interior of the car has Monometallic or truffle beige colour with the headlining done in cloth. When we move over to the WCI variant there are only few changes which include the High gloss package and Inlays in Walnut balsamic brown. The interior lightning is also changed from the normal lights to the LED lights to make it look more pleasing.


  • Seat upholstery L-grain/leatherette B-grain
  • Interior lighting package
  • Floor mats at front and rear
  • Leather-covered multifunction steering wheel in 4-spoke design
  • Inlays in Monometallic or truffle beige (depending on the interior colour)
  • Headlining in cloth
  • Luggage compartment mat
  • Plastic door sill trims

Features – High Grade (additional over Base Grade)
  • 17” Cast aluminium alloy wheels, 10-spoke design, size 7Jx17
  • Light / rain sensor
  • Acoustic Windscreen with grey tinted strip
  • Headlight washers
  • Xenon Plus
  • LED Rear Lights
  • LED interior lighting package
  • High gloss package
  • Inlays, Walnut balsamic brown

Stereo & Accessories in Audi Q3

The infotainment section of Audi Q3 has also been paid great attention as the infotainment devices make our journey more enjoyable and soothing. The car is equipped with an Audi audio system with a 6.5 inch manually retractable display screen ; the car has 8 passive speakers with a total output of 80 Watts . It has the Audi music interface which allows us to connect our Apple iPhone and iPod, USB storage media and MP3 players. This stereo system also has Bluetooth interface for phone connectivity and Bluetooth audio streaming. It has a concert radio which includes a CD drive, two SDHC memory cards, MMI operating logic, speed dependent volume control and the TP menu which automatically saves the traffic news when driving. The car also has the Driver’s Information System (DIS) – which includes the 3.5 inch monochrome display on the dashboard, this screen shows the radio frequency or the track title, telephone control menu and the other display information such as the navigation. This DIS also includes the on board trip computer with short and long- term trip memory, outside temperature display, digital speedometer and some other features. It also has the voice control system for key telephone and radio functions.

  • Concert radio
  • Passive speakers
  • Driver information system
  • Audi music interface
  • Voice dialogue system
  • Bluetooth Interface
  • Audi sound system
  • Driver information system with colour display

Comparison of Variants


2.0 TDI quattro

2.0 TFSI quattro




Price in Lakhs.




4-cyl, 1968cc

4-Cyl, 1984cc










Length (mm)



Width (mm)



Height (mm)



Air Bags









Rear AC



Power Steering



Power Window



Fog Lamps



Music System






Electric Seats



Parking Sensor



Traction Control





Name:Q3 Diesel
Model:2.0 TDi Base Grade
Car Body Type:SUV
Segment:D+ Segment


Brand value


Displacement:2000cc, TD
Engine Type:Diesel
Maximum Power:177 Bhp
Maximum Torque:NA


Length:4390 mm
Width:1831 mm
Height:1600 mm


Seating Capacity:5
Tyre Size:215/65 R17
Suspension:All Independent
Boot Space:460.00 ltrs.
Brakes:Front Ventilated, Rear Disk
Gears:6 Manual
Kerb Weight:1500.00 kgs.

Audi Q3 Engine and Performance

 Audi India is quite geared up to launch its much awaited SUV, Audi Q3 in the Indian car market. So far, Audi Q3 is expected to be rolled in only diesel variant. This variant will come with 2.0 litre of TDI diesel motor, which would comfortably churn out immense power of 174 PS of peak power at 4200 rpm along with 38.74kgm of peak torque at 1750-2500 rpm . The engine would be coupled with seven speed DSG automatic gearbox with S-Tronic. The power is sent to all four wheels via Quattro that aids the SUV in delivering a power packed performance on the road.

Technical Highlights of Audi Q3

- Audi active lane assist detects road markings and helps you to keep in lane through gentle steering intervention.

- The automatic air conditioning ensures optimum temperatures in conjunction with increased space and fresh air feeling.

- The optional park assist function with display of surroundings and reversing camera includes parking system plus with reversing camera and park assist function with display of surroundings.

- The start-stop system reduces fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by switching the engine off when the vehicle is at a standstill. If the driver stops the vehicle at the traffic lights, for example, moves the gear lever to neutral and takes his foot of the accelerator, the system switches the engine off.

- The driver information system is equipped with an efficiency programme to reduce fuel consumption. The integrated efficiency programme provides assistance in the form of consumption data overviews, a display of additional consumers and fuel-saving tips for more economic driving.

- Increasing the generator voltage converts kinetic energy into usable electrical energy when the vehicle is coasting or braking. This energy is used to assist the generator during subsequent acceleration, saving up to 3 % fuel.

- With the optional Audi drive select, you can influence individual vehicle components at the push of a button and so change the character of your Audi. Four modes are available to you: comfort, dynamic, auto and efficiency.

 Shades Available in Audi Q3

Audi Q3 is available in eight shades in India

- Brilliant Black
- Phantom Black (Pearl Effect)
- Cobalt Blue (Metallic)
- Amalfi White
- Glacier White (Metallic)
- Ice Silver (Metallic)

Shades available for Audi Q3 are -

  • Electronic stabilisation program (ESP)
  • Space-saving spare wheel
  • First aid kit and warning triangle
  • Car jack
  • Full size airbag
  • Side airbags at front and rear, with head airbag
  • Electronic vehicle immobilization device
  • ISOFIX child seat mounting
  • Electronic vehicle immobilization device
  • ISOFIX child seat mounting
  • Tyre pressure monitoring display
  • Auto release function
  • Manual air conditioning system
  • Hill start assist
  • Electromechanical parking brake
  • Reversible load floor
  • Standard seat at front with 4-way lumbar support
  • Electric seat adjust for right seat, manual height adjust for left seat
  • Folding rear seat back
  • Radio remote control
  • Front centre armrest
  • Rear parking aid
  • Cruise control
  • Deluxe automatic air conditioning system with sun sensor
  • Audi parking system plus
  • Automatic headlight-range adjustment dynamic
  • Front seats, electrically adjustable
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