The new Audi Q3 Sportback combines the strong presence and versatile convenience of an SUV with the sporty elegance and agile handling of a coupé. It offers a variable interior with a digital operating concept and connectivity features from the full-size automotive class.
First let’s look at the DESIGN: Low roofline and a muscular body
The Audi Q3 Sportback stands for strength and precision and reflects this in the design details. The black grille of the octagonal Singleframe is three-dimensional in design, making it particularly sporty. The same applies for the trapezoidal air inlets and the expressive bumper with its flat blade. The coupé-like passenger cabin acts as a contrast to the distinctive attachments, which are painted in contrasting colors and thus emphasize the SUV character.
At the rear, the Q3 Sportback has a sloping tailgate, which is topped by a long spoiler. Interestingly, the spoiler is actually so well integrated that you don’t notice its size until you see it up close.
Sporty on and off the road: the suspension
The Audi Q3 Sportback offers driving fun on various terrains. In the city, on long-haul routes, or on easy terrain – the compact crossover is a dynamic all-around performer with its standard progressive steering and comfort suspension. On request, the suspension is available with damper control, which further increases the range between dynamism and comfort. Depending on the driving situation, road condition and personal preferences, the driver can vary the car’s characteristics via the standard dynamic handling system, Audi drive select, in six profiles, including the offroad mode. In addition to the engine and transmission set-up, this system also influences the electronically adjustable shock absorbers (if equipped) and the steering assistance.
Variable comfort: interior and space concept
The Audi Q3 Sportback is 4.50 meters long, 1.84 meters wide and 1.56 meters high; its wheelbase measures 2.68 meters, resulting in a large and highly variable interior. The rear seats offer space for three people. Standard for Singapore, the car is equipped with an electric tailgate that can also be opened and closed with a foot motion. The front seats – electrically adjustable – offer a sporty position and a high level of comfort. The leather seats and trimming feels luxurous to the touch.
Digital world: displays and operation
The operating and display concept proves how Audi is pushing ahead with digitalization. To give consumers in Singapore the full experience, the car arrives, with top-of-the-line technologies like the 12.3-inch Audi virtual cockpit plus and MMI navigation plus which features a 10.1-inch touch display as standard.
Audi virtual cockpit plus features enhanced customization capabilities including three selectable layouts with a particularly dynamic view on top of the two other familiar views.
As for the Audi MMI touch, the flat menu structure is complemented by a control unit that uses natural language and understands free-form communication. Entering a navigation destination and the MMI search are based on free-form text input. The system recognizes the driver’s most frequent destinations and takes into consideration the traffic load and time of day, allowing it to generate suitable suggestions.
Comprehensive networking: infotainment and Audi connect
Together with MMI navigation plus, the online services of Audi connect are made available on board at LTE Advanced speed via a permanently installed SIM card. This includes online traffic information and the online points of interest service, which complements route guidance with photos, opening hours and user evaluations. Thanks to the inter-connectivity of the Audi fleet, the Q3 Sportback receives and provides information about parking spaces on the roadside, hazard areas and speed limits, which are detected via the on-board camera and vehicle sensors.
The free myAudi app and the Audi smartphone interface ensure interconnectivity between the car and smartphone. This integrates Android and iOS cell phones into the on-board infotainment system and the content of the smartphone is shown on the MMI display via Apple CarPlay or Android Auto.
The Audi Q3 Sportback represents an expansion of the brand’s offering in the premium compact SUV segment. Befitting the coupé bodystyle, this variant also welcomes the addition of a 2.0 TFSI powertrain with quattro drivetrain to complement the 1.4 TFSI. This caters to those looking for an even more spirited driving experience.
The quattro all-wheel drive system on this variant consists of a hydraulic multi-plate clutch on the rear axles that works with integrated electronic management to deliver outstanding stability and strong traction with a high level of driving enjoyment. At the limits of performance, the quattro drive works closely together with the wheel-selective torque control. This makes handling even more dynamic and stable by gently applying the brake to the inside wheels with the quattro drive and the inside front wheel with the front drive.
Despite the styling similarities and the Audi Q3 Sportback is not a baby Q8. Instead, the Audi Q3 Sportback impresses drivers with its compact size and nimbler handling. It’s a lot more driveable than the Q8.
The Audi Q3 Sportback is now available at Audi Centre Singapore with a starting recommended retail price of $168,711 inclusive of COE and VES.