The new Audi Q3 is much sportier than its predecessor thanks to the striking Singleframe in octagon design, divided up by vertical bars, along with the large air inlets. The narrow headlights run inwards with their wedge shape. For Malaysia, the headlights are full LEDs, accentuating the dynamic design. The LED rear light clusters also feature dynamic indicators.
The shoulder line connects the head and taillights, with strong muscles above the wheel wells, ensures an athletic overall impression. The contours draw their inspiration from Audi’s quattro DNA and make the SUV seem even wider. Supported by a long roof edge spoiler, the steeply raked D pillars of the body line also create an appearance of forward thrust.
Compared with its predecessor, the new Audi Q3 has grown in virtually all dimensions. It is 4,484 mm long, 1,849 mm wide and 1,585 mm high. Its wheelbase, which has been stretched by 77 mm, is spacious yet, at the same time, extremely versatile.
Powered by a 1.4 TFSI petrol engine with 150 hp, it is mated to a six-speed S tronic transmission. The Q3 from a 0-100 km/h sprint takes 8.9 seconds and goes on to a top speed of 207 km/h. Combined fuel consumption is 7.2-litres/ 100 km.
The interior continues the design of the exterior and echoes in many ways the brand’s full-size models. The architecture harmonises perfectly with the new operating concept. Its central element is the MMI touch display with its high-gloss black glass-look surround. Together with the air conditioning controls underneath, it is tilted 10 degrees toward the driver. All displays, buttons and controls are located ergonomically.
Fitted as standard in Malaysia is the Audi virtual cockpit plus. The 12.3-inch screen is a further development of the innovative digital display concept that first debut in the latest Audi TT, virtual cockpit plus offers more customisation possibilities including two further views that the driver can set in the MMI.
Also standard for the market is the top-of-the-line equipment MMI navigation plus. This features a 10.1-inch touch display in the middle of the dashboard. The intuitive operating concept with its flat menu structure is supplemented by natural-language voice control. It also understands freely structured wording. The ingenious dialog manager asks questions if necessary, allows corrections, offers choices and defers to the speaker when interrupted. It is also compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Thanks to the added wheelbase, the rear seats has a 150 mm space to move for better legroom or boot space. Their three-way split backrests in the ratio 40:20:40 can be tilted in seven stages. Depending on the position of the rear seats and backrests, the luggage compartment capacity is between 530 and 1,525 litres. The loading floor can be adjusted in up to three levels and the parcel shelf can be stowed underneath the floor if not needed. An electric tailgate, which can also be opened and closed with a kicking motion, is also standard for Malaysia.
The all-new Audi Q3 is fully imported from Hungary and is priced at RM 269,900.
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