Audi Q3 2.0 TFSI quattro : Road Test
While oil burners may have their advantages, gasoline engines will never lose their charm among the purists and when a brilliant petrol powerplant is combined with affordable luxury, you just can't help but think that life is perfect
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While any luxury car from Deutschland’s big three brands is bound to be impressive in every sense, once in a while there comes a product that simply makes you sit up and take notice. It’s happened before – when Audi launched the A7, BMW brought in the X1 and Mercedes got the B-Class. This time round, it’s Ingolstadt’s turn again, but it isn’t for an all-new addition to their Indian portfolio. This time it’s for plonking in a superb engine under an existing model’s hood. There’s probably not many people out there who’ve seen an Audi Q3 and not fallen in love with it, but now with the 2-litre TFSI gasoline engine pumping power to its wheels, it’s even sweeter.
Even when this small urban luxury SUV was launched with its diesel powertrain, plans were always on for a gasoline mill to join the armoury and it’s finally here. At 1,640kg, the Q3 2.0 TFSI quattro is just 20kg lighter than its diesel counterpart – and with petrol engines cranking out lesser torque compared to oil burners of the same capacity there’s definitely got to be a trick up its sleeve to achieve the kind of performance that it does. This Q3 will do the 0-100 km/h dash over a second quicker than the TDI and will also power up to a top speed of around 230 km/h.
The ace then, is the exhaust gas recirculating through the TFSI’s turbocharger that makes this mill good for 211PS of power that peaks between 5000 and 6200rpm. But what’s even more impressive is that it manages 300Nm of torque (just 80Nm shy of the TDI) and that curve remains peaked between as low as 1800rpm all the way up to 4900rpm. But what makes these figures even more relevant in the real world is the gearbox this 2-litre engine is mated to.
It’s still essentially the same automatic transmission as that on the Q3 TDI, but the gear ratios are superbly matched to the petrol engine’s torque curve. So when the Q3 is slotted in top gear on the 7-speed S-tronic auto’box it can still do three-figure speeds at as low as 1800rpm – where the torque curve is at its peak.
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