2016 Audi Q3 is the newest five door compact executive crossover in the line which exists since 2011. The company decided to make a fresh makeover for this vehicle because of its new opportunity in the United States. In Europe, this vehicle is already in the market for several years now, but it is fresh in the U.S, and it has been displayed on this year Detroit auto show in January.
In this review, we are going to describe this vehicle for you, and make its pros and cons a little closer to you.
2016 Audi Q3 Exterior
The 2016 Audi Q3 silhouette is almost identical to the last year version, but it is still a fresh design and it goes head to head with its competition. The first thing that stands out on this vehicle is its front fascia.
The nose looks more aggressive with new refreshed and redesigned grille. It is still a single frame grille with the upper border fits more nicely with the now already standard bi-xenon headlights (this technology has been adopted by the Audi most likely because the 2016 Audi Q3 has been imagined and produced for the U.S market, where xenon lights already became a standard).
It really reminds us to the Crosslane concept, with finale shape less sharp and box like and more refined and elegant. On the rear, the bumper and the taillights have been also refreshed with a more sporty signature that of course includes all new LED technology.
When watched from the side, first thing one notices on the 2016 Audi Q3 are the redesigned wheels which also add some sporty spice.
The car will be available in the next colors:
- Brilliant Black
- Cobalt Blue Metallic
- Cortina White
- Florett Silver Metallic
- Glacier White Metallic
- Monsoon Gray Metallic
- Mythos Black Metallic
- Tundra Brown Metallic
2016 Audi Q3 Interior
Audi has remained loyal to its fans with the same high-class interior seen in some of the last versions. Actually there are some minor updates to the 2016 Audi Q3 interior. The dashboard remained uncluttered, infotainment screen which drivers can manually fold out of the way.
New quality materials and some really solid construction have also been used to boost up the quality of that final touch, without a big influence on its affordable price tag. The driver position is still pretty decent although it is much higher than in a sedan vehicle.
Overall Audi used pretty good materials when designing this vehicles. They followed the rules of weight saving in order to reduce the fuel usage. 2016 Audi Q3 front and multilink rear suspension are made to deliver agile handling, and with stability control system this car can comfortably go to off-road without any hesitation.
In Europe 2016 Audi Q3, comes with a large number of choices.
- 1.4 liter TFSI with 150 HP
- 2.0 liter TFSI with 180 HP and 220 HP
- 2.0 liter turbo diesel with 120, 150 and 184 HP
- RS Q3 2.5 liter inline five with 340 HP
The U.S market is going to get one single option for 2016 Audi Q3. That is an unfortunate decision of the marketing department. More info on edmunds.
The Canadian version is going to come with 2.0 liter four cylinder TFSI engine with 200HP and 207 lb-ft of torque. Only one transmission is going to be offered, the six speed dual clutch S tronic. Front wheel drive is going to be a standard for 2016 Audi Q3 on that side of Atlantic, but Audi’s Quattro AWD system will quite possibly be an option.
2016 Audi Q3 Prices and Release Date
Projected price for 2016 Audi Q3 is 33,425 dollars by official data, while the higher trim levels with the Prestige package goes to 38,000 dollars. The vehicle is expected to be released near the end of 2015.