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2017 Audi Q3 Driving Impressions


The 2.0-liter turbocharged engine is the same as used in the heavier Q5, so the Q3 is the crossover that makes the most of the engine’s 200 horsepower. Even the Q3 weighs 3500 pounds, no lightweight for a compact, so more horsepower here would be helpful. But the 207 pound-feet of torque comes on at a low 2000 rpm, so that helps make the Q3 reasonably quick and feel energetic. It will accelerate from zero to sixty in 7.8 seconds, or 8.2 seconds with all-wheel drive.

The 6-speed automatic transmission’s gears are well spaced, and shifts are confident, but we miss the DSG twin-clutch that Audi builds so well.

The road manners and ride quality are very good. With front struts and four links at the rear, it feels tidy and well damped around corners. And it has responsive electric power steering. But don’t expect track-like spirit in the twisties. We give the BMW X1 the edge in handling; however the Q3 rides better than the Mercedes-Benz GLA on bumpy city streets.

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