Audi Q3

The Washington Post Sunday - - CARS -

Bot­tom line: The Audi Q3 re­mains an ex­cel­lent choice for small mid­dlein­come fam­i­lies in­ter­ested in trans­porta­tion safety, style and rea­son­able fuel ef­fi­ciency. If the $40,000-plus price of the fully equipped Q3 Pres­tige both­ers you, con­sider the Q3 Pre­mium Plus, or choose front-wheel in­stead of all-wheel drive.

Ride, ac­cel­er­a­tion and han­dling: The all-wheel-drive Q3 Pres­tige gets good marks in all three.

Head-turn­ing quo­tient: It’s pretty in­side and out. Hints at class.

Body style/lay­out: The Audi Q3 is a front-en­gine, sub­com­pact cross­over-util­ity ve­hi­cle with four side doors and a rear hatch. It is avail­able with fron­twheel or all-wheel drive. There are two trim lev­els: Pre­mium Plus and Pres­tige.

En­gine/trans­mis­sion: TheQ3 comes stan­dard with a tur­bocharged, 16-valve 2-liter in-line four-cylin­der ga­so­line en­gine with vari­able valve tim­ing (200 horse­power, 207 pound-feet of torque). The en­gine is linked to a six-speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion that, via steer­ing-wheel-mounted pad­dle shifters, can also be op­er­ated man­u­ally.

Ca­pac­i­ties: Seat­ing is for five peo­ple, with smaller folks rec­om­mended for the rather cramped ear quar­ters. Cargo ca­pac­ity with all seats in place is 16.7 cu­bic feet. Max­i­mum cargo ca­pac­ity is 48.2 cu­bic feet. Fuel ca­pac­ity is 16.9 gal­lons (pre­mium-grade ga­so­line is re­quired).

Mileage: My ac­tual high­way mileage was 27miles per gallon.

Safety: Stan­dard equip­ment in­cludes ven­ti­lated front disc brakes and solid discs in the rear; four-wheel anti-lock brake pro­tec­tion; emer­gency brak­ing as­sis­tance; sta­bil­ity and trac­tion con­trol; height-ad­justable rear head­rests; Xenon high-in­ten­sity-dis­charge head­lamps; and front, rear and side air bags.

Pric­ing: 2016 Q3 pric­ing starts at $33,700. Es­ti­mated dealer in­voice on that model is $31,700. Price as tested is $42,625, in­clud­ing $8,025 in op­tions (Bose pre­mium sound sys­tem, panoramic glass roof and other items) and an es­ti­mated $900 fac­tory-to-dealer ship­ment charge.

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