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Audi Q3 Sportback Offers Little To No Surprises, And That’s Quite Okay

Nobody knows when the crossover coupe craze will end, but if you fancy such vehicles, then you do know that Audi has a new one out. It’s called the Q3 Sportback and is based on the regular Q3.

Up to the B pillar, you could confuse it with the second-gen Q3, but further back, it features a low roofline that makes it look more stylish. Of course, lowering the roof towards the rear has had a negative impact on headroom and cargo space, although you can still fit a decent amount of luggage for a car in this class.

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However, you should avoid sitting tall passengers on the rear seat if you still want to be friends with them after the journey, especially with the optional sunroof fitted, which further cuts into the headroom. Kids will appreciate the rear passenger compartment better, though, and installing a child seat is very easy. Elsewhere, the cabin feels nicely made, especially with the new digital screens, leather appointments and ambient lighting.

Even in 35 TFSI spec, which uses a 1.5-liter petrol four with 150 PS (147 HP / 110 kW) and 250 Nm (184 lb-ft) of torque, the Q3 Sportback feels very lively and refined. It provides a clear acceleration across the rev range and returns an average of 7.7 l/100 km (30.5 mpg US / 36.7 mpg UK) indicated by the trip computer in FWD guise.

These are some of the things pointed out by CarSales, who answered Audi’s invitation to test drive the compact coupe SUV in Germany’s Black Forest Mountains – the rest can be viewed in the review that follows.

 

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  • Can't stand these "coupe" utility vehicles... takes all the utility out of them... Anyone remember the Acura ZDX and Honda Crosstour? I guess they were too ahead of their time... ?

    • they even look worse than non coupe versions. this, glc coupe, or x4....all of them looks worse than "standard" models, especially in performance versions.

    • I agree on the compromised utility, but at least Audi decided on the Sportback nomenclature rather than "coupe".

      Regarding the ZDX, well ... it was homely even for the segment, and utility was even more compromised compared to the MDX. It should be no surprise that it failed. There are reports that it's returning in the near future. If it does, we'll see if Acura learned any lessons.

  • Gorgeous little sports SUV that is of zero interest to me because they dynamics aren't Macan-beating and the engines and performance is rather weak given the high prices. That said, the RS seems wicked but nowhere near being worth anything north of $55k for me.

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