Audi presented the Q3 Sportback, a coupe version of its compact SUV, which comes to expand the four-ring portfolio. The model has the same technical characteristics as a “regular” utility vehicle, but attracts attention with its sporty style.
Offered in two versions – Performance 2.0 (R$ 315,990) and Performance Black 2.0 (R$ 339,990) -, the main news is that the coupe and SUV will be manufactured in Brazil, starting in July.
The tested version was produced in Hungary, as was the first shipment delivered to the dealer network. However, the brand confirms that it is the same car, as the nationalized Q3 will be assembled in CKD mode. In other words, the equipment comes disassembled from Europe and is assembled in the São José dos Pinhais (PR) line.
Contents of the Q3 Sportback
We opted for the Performance Black version, which stands out with its sporty bezel-less bumper, complete with black elements (as the name suggests) and a host of content packages.
Inside, the SUV has a sporty appeal with aluminum sills, a flat-bottom steering wheel and S Line lettering, which shows the most stylish seal of the German brand.
In addition to the appearance, it also has things like sports seats (with electric adjustment), Alcantara finish, panoramic sunroof, sound system with 10 speakers and 180 Watts, as well as 19-inch wheels.
The package also includes things like a 10.25-inch instrument panel, multimedia with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity, rear camera, dual-zone digital climate control, power folding mirrors, interior mirror, door opening bags with a “foot sensor. “
The brand also offers driving assistants as an option in the Black Performance version. This package includes cruise control (ACC), lane keeping monitoring, collision warning and emergency braking. The increase in the invoice is R$ 15 thousand.
Behind the wheel of an Audi
Without further ado, let’s get to it: How the Q3 Sportback performs. The Q3 Sportback has an amazing character. The 2.0 TFSI engine with 231 hp and 34.6 kgfm of torque is a familiar figure in the Brazilian market. This unit has already fitted models with the Volkswagen Golf GTI as well as several Audi models and is still available on the Jetta GLI.
However, it is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission, which far surpasses the VW sedan’s six-speed gearbox. With all the torque available from 1,700 rpm, the Q3 Sportback accelerates quickly. The maximum power appears only at 5000 rpm, which causes a bad taste noise, which prompts to accelerate more.
It even has butterflies for manual changes. These fins are ideal when accelerating on winding roads such as the road connecting the Presidente Dutra highway (BR-116) to the city of Parati (RJ). For Brazil, Audi has modified the suspension (independent and McPherson, front, and multilink rear) of the Q3 Sportback. According to the brand, it was 18 mm longer at the front axle and 13.5 mm at the rear.
But that does not compromise the stability of this SUV, which behaves like a coupe. In fact, the car has the fifth generation of the Quattro all-wheel drive, capable of distributing the torque half and half between the axles, as well as an electronic package that makes even the least skilled person feel like a real Walter Röhrl, inside the Sport Quattro S1 . .
However, if a friend is thinking about comfort for family use, the Q3 Sportback still offers good interior space for four occupants. It still has a trunk for 540 liters, which can go up to 1,700 with the backrests folded down. And if the luggage is large and full capacity, the rear seats have rails that can fold the seats up to 13 cm.
In other words, you can get cold, you can travel. Now it’s time to make Pix.
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