Audi Q3 2.0 TFSI quattro S tronic (211bhp) Review
Pint sized power

Story and Photos by Benjamin G. Kline
5 Feb 2013

Benjamin finds out what more power does to Audi’s pint-sized SUV


Audi has a knack for filling or creating a market segment where there isn’t one to begin with. Much like Apple with its iPad tablet that seemingly created a gizmo that we never knew we needed.

In the case of Audi however, it is not alone in the entry-level SUV crossover segment. With the introduction of the re-engined BMW X1, it finally gives the Bavarian an engine worthy of its chassis in the way of a 2.0-litre twin turbo lump. This thrusts the Beemer directly into the Q3’s path.

The Swedes are also joining this party with their newly launched Volvo V40 XC. While the V40 is bringing only a 1.6-litre to the fray, we expect it to make quite an argument for your monies taking into consideration its other plus points.

Yes, we see a twin or even a triple test in the near future. For now though, let us refocus our attention on this 211bhp Q3.



Walking up to the Q3, one immediately notices how much it resembles a Q5 but parked perhaps just a little further from where you’re standing. When assembled next to the rest of the Audi Q family, there’s no doubt that this is the baby of the bunch. But still retains the family's design DNA. 

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Engine Capacity 1984cc Turbocharged
Engine Type Inline 4
Compression Ratio 9.6:1
Bore x Stroke (82.5 x 92.8)mm
Power 211bhp @ 5000rpm
Torque 300Nm @ 1800rpm
Power to Weight 135.7 bhp per ton


Acceleration 6.9s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 230 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 13.0 km/L

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 7 -speed S tronic dual-clutch transmission with electrohydraulic control, synchromesh on all gears
Drive Type FF


Body Type SUV
(L x W x H)
(4385 x 1831 x 1590) mm
Wheelbase 2603 mm
Turning Circle 5,900 metres
Kerb Weight 1555 kg
Fuel Tank Capacity 64 L


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