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Audi Q3 2.0 TDI Quattro (2012)

by Barry Green,reviewed October 2012

The 130 kW, 2.0-litre TDI quattro with seven-speed S Tronic DSG is the more powerful of two turbo-diesel variants within the five-strong Audi Q3 compact premium SUV range.

A price tag of $54,500 puts it just short of being top-of-the range. For their money, buyers get a car that lives up to the Sports Utility Vehicle categorisation.

The 130 kW/380 Nm powerplant provides more than enough ‘oomph’ and ‘grunt’ to satisfy most buyers in this segment and, coupled with a well-sorted chassis and all-wheel-drive, the Q3 makes for a (relatively) dynamic drive.

The utilitarian aspect is demonstrated by an ability to readily adapt from comfortable five-seater with 460 litres of load-carrying capacity, to two-seater with 1365 litres of cargo space, just by dropping the rear seats. Comfort levels are high and visibility good from the high seating position.

Stop/start technology, assisted by electromechanical steering, claimed class-leading drag coefficiency of 0.32 Cd and low-rolling resistance tyres combine to help return an impressive ADR fuel figure of 5.9-litres/100 km. Even driven hard, as in our performance testing, a respectable 8.0-litres/100 km is achievable.

What’s not to like? We suspect that some might find the ride quality a little too firm.

Audi Q3 2.0 TDI Quattro 2012

For

Dynamics, driveability, economy

Against

Firm ride

Key features

17” alloys, stop-start fuel-saving, bluetooth with audio streaming, rear park assist, cruise control, dual-zone climate control

Safety

Dual front/side/curtain airbags, anti-lock brakes, electronic brakeforce distribution, brake assist, electronic stability and traction control

Car Details

Vehicle make Audi
Vehicle model Q3 2.0 TDI Quattro
Vehicle type SUV Over $40,000
Year 2012
Price when new $54,500 MLP
Current price range $ - $
ANCAP crash rating
5 out of 5 stars
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Engine 2.0-litre, inline turbo-diesel, 4-cyl
Max power 120 kW @ 4200 rpm
Max torque 380 Nm @ 1750-2500 rpm
Acceleration to 100 km/h 9.3 sec (average, as tested)
Braking from 80 km/h 22.0 m (average, as tested)
Economy ADR 5.9 litres/100 km
Emissions rating
3 out of 5 stars

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This review is based on road testing conducted by The Road Ahead. Further vehicle reviews, in-depth comparisons and coverage of consumer motoring issues can be found in the Club's magazine. Prices listed were current at the time of review and are manufacturers list prices and do not include statutory and delivery charges. Prices can vary from time to time and dealer to dealer.