Launched: Audi Q3 Sport
Compact-SUV now gets six-speed manual, front-wheel drive, 2.0 diesel with 138bhp and is Rs 5 lakh cheaper
Buying a compact-SUV with an Audi badge on the grille becomes easier on the pocket than before. Thanks to the Q3 S (‘S’ stands for Sport), the compact SUV just about manages to buck under the Rs 25-lakh mark with a 2.0-litre oil burner under its hood with 138 tamed horses and 320Nm of pulling power.
The money-saving exercise also means that Audi’s Quattro system is out and so is the 7-speed S-tronic automatic gearbox. Incomes a new, cheaper six-speed manual gearbox that sends power to the front wheels only. The 2.0-litre diesel motor in the Sport variant now churns out 35bhp and 60Nm less than before.
Despite being over Rs 5 lakh cheaper than the Q3 Premium, the Q3 S gets hill start assist, cruise control, electronic stability control, six airbags, rear parking aid, leather seats, Audi’s multi-media interface and climate control as standard. In addition, the first 10 Audi Q3 S Editions booked online stand a chance to get a special off-road style package too.
Priced at Rs 24.99 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), Audi now has an answer to the luxury premium hatchbacks like the Mercedes A-class and the soon-to-be launched BMW’s 1-Series. And with a claimed fuel efficiency of 17.32kpl, the Audi ticks all the right boxes as far as conservative Indian-car buyers are concerned.
To be available by end-August in showrooms near you, Audi certainly defines new laws as far as the entry-level luxury segment goes. Ah, and this heavily discounted compact-SUV misses out on Audi’s trademark daytime running lights too. Still, its a good bargain. Isn't it?