Audi Q3 1.4 TFSI S tronic (Design) Review
Shrinking Violet

Story and Photos by Jeremy Torr
28 Sep 2015


Audi make some brilliant cars that go like stink, make a big impression in the parking lot, eat dirt roads and are perfect for cruising at 250+kph down German autobahns. But all that mass, density and power might seem like overdoing it on the way to Takashimaya. If only they could just shrink things a bit ... hang on, what's this? A shrunken Q7 - perfect!

Instead of a huge 3-litre V6 lump, there's a frugal 1395cc turbo inline four. Instead of mud-gulping 4WD, there's grippy front-wheel drive. And best of all, instead of a massive 2.4 tonne, 3 metre wheelbase juggernaut there's a petite 1.38 tonne, 2.6 metre long car-about-town that looks to the untrained observer just as cool as the big brother. Neat trick Audi, and thanks for the Q3.

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Engine Capacity 1395cc Turbocharged
Engine Type Inline 4
Power 150bhp @ 5000rpm
Torque 250Nm @ 1500rpm
Power to Weight 101.4 bhp per ton


Acceleration 8.9s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 204 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 16.7 km/L

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 6 -speed S tronic transmission
Drive Type FF
Steering Electric


Body Type SUV
(L x W x H)
(4388 x 1831 x 1608) mm
Wheelbase 2603 mm
Turning Circle 11 metres
Kerb Weight 1480 kg
Fuel Tank Capacity 64 L


Brakes (Front) Ventilated Discs
Brakes (Rear) Ventilated Discs