2016 audi q3 Model Overview
New for 2016
The refreshed 2016 Audi Q3 receives a mildly revised exterior, and new standard features such as front and rear parking sensors. The Prestige trim now comes standard with full LED headlights, 19-inch alloy wheels, and the S line exterior package. Four new exterior colors have been added Hainan Blue, Utopia Blue, Misano Red, and Cuvee Silver.
A turbocharged 2.0-liter I-4 rated at 200 hp and 207 lb-ft of torque is the only engine available and it’s mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Fuel economy is below class average at 20/29 mpg city/highway for the front-drive Q3 and 20/28 mpg with all-wheel drive. Cargo space is generous at 16.7 cubic feet with the split-folding second row in place and 48.2 cubic feet with them down.
Standard safety features include dual front, front-side and side curtain airbags. Blind spot warning is standard only on the Prestige trim.
Trims, Packages and What’s Standard
The base Premium Plus model comes standard with HID headlights with LED daytime running lights, a panoramic sunroof, heated 12-way power front seats, leather upholstery, keyless entry and start, a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors. Range-topping Prestige variants come with 19-inch alloy wheels, full LED headlights, a 14-speaker Bose surround sound system with 465 watts, a power tailgate, and Audi’s MMI infotainment system with navigation and a seven-inch screen.
A Sport package is available for both trim levels of the Q3 and adds front sport seats with extendable thigh support and Audi Drive Select. The Technology package for the Premium Plus trim adds Audi’s MMI infotainment system with a seven-inch screen and navigation, blind spot warning, and the Bose surround sound system. 4G LTE connection is also available in the Prestige trim.
What We Think
In a 2012 First Drive review, we said that the Q3 is an Audi through and through, featuring high-quality materials throughout the interior such knurled aluminum knobs, comfortable seats, and well-laid out infotainment controls. The turbo-four provides plenty of power, making passing maneuvers a breeze. On the road, the Q3 leans on the sporty side of the spectrum thanks to its sporty handling; however, steering feel remains a weak point because the electric power steering system doesn’t communicate what the front wheels are doing to the driver.
In Europe, Audi offers a high performance version of the Q3 called the RS Q3, which is equipped with a 340-hp turbocharged 2.5-liter I-5 mated to a seven-speed twin-clutch automatic transmission.
- Sporty handling
- Well-built interior
- Plenty of standard equipment
You Won’t Like:
- Fuel economy isn’t class competitive
- Uncommunicative steering