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2018 Audi Q3 Driving Impressions


The 2.0-liter turbocharged engine is exceptionally well-tuned and responsive, and gets the most out of its 200 horsepower. But the Q3 is kind of chubby for a sub compact, at 3500 pounds, so more horsepower would be nice. The Q3 does zero to sixty in 7.8 seconds, or 8.2 seconds with all-wheel drive.

The good news is that the torque, 207 pound-feet, hits its peak at a low 2000 rpm and stays there over a broad range of rpm, a compensation that helps make the Q3 feel energetic.

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 suspension has four links in rear, and struts in front. The ride is well damped. The Q3 isn’t harsh on bumpy streets, like the Mercedes-Benz GLA. It has good road manners, and feels balanced.

The electric-assist power steering is responsive and fairly quick. The handling is tidy, even agile at times, but it can’t match the BMW X1. But overall, the Q3 actually feels sportier than the X1.

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