Stronger petrol engine shared with the Golf GTI offers Audi’s second-generation compact SUV welcome added tempo
As refined and versatile as the brand new Audi Q3 was once we first drove it final 12 months, its entry-grade petrol engine felt at odds with its newly gained premium ethos.Right here was a automotive that had grown in measurement to make room in Audi’s burgeoning vary for the Q2 and within the course of gained a tech-focused inside partly distilled from the A8 limousine. And but it was saddled with a 1.5-litre turbo four-pot that solely simply felt as much as the duty.The brand new 45 TFSI goals to set that proper, with the identical 2.Zero-litre turbo engine that powers a large number of different Volkswagen Group fashions, together with the venerable Volkswagen Golf GTI. Tuned right here to ship 227bhp and 258lb ft, it is partnered with a seven-speed dual-clutch computerized gearbox and quattro all-wheel drive. The mixture ought to give the Q3 extra of an edge over the growing listing of premium ‘soft-roader’ SUVs, which consists of the Volvo XC40, BMW X2 and new Vary Rover Evoque.The 45 TFSI is out there solely with S line trim, which will get you 19in alloy wheels, a sportier bodykit and lowered suspension, augmented in our check automotive by elective adaptive dampers. It retains the expansive and well-appointed inside of the bottom Q3, full with digital instrument show and sizeable central infotainment display screen.