2020 Audi Q3 Sportback Review – First Drive | carsales

A craze sweeping Europe in recent years is
the fastback SUV, like this Audi Q3 Sportback, a car that features the mandatory low roofline
and a swoopy tail. And thankfully, Audi doesn’t call it a coupe. Don’t be fooled by the Q3 badge, this Sportback
model shares almost no sheetmetal with the conventional Q3, but the two cars have much
in common, mechanically. The entry-level Q3 Sportback features a downsized
turbo engine At 110kW and 250Nm, the 1.5-litre engine in
the Q3 Sportback 35 TFSI shouldn’t pull the skin off a rice pudding, but it feels
lively. And refined. The small four-cylinder revs cleanly up to
the redline without any sort of coarseness. Fuel economy was acceptable too. On an extended run through southern Germany
for the launch of the new SUV, the Q3 Sportback’s trip computer posted a figure of 7.7L/100km. That was the final number after some spirited
driving along the country roads of Germany’s Black Forest, which revealed that the most
affordable variant in the range is also fun to drive, despite the lack of quattro powertrain. Ride comfort and noise suppression in the
cabin were both commendable also. The Q3 Sportback is typically Audi design
inside, which is to say it’s ergonomically rational and comfortable. Comfortable front seats with plenty of adjustment
and proper distancing to pedal and wheels make for a highly functional driving position. Audi’s excellent Virtual Cockpit facility
has been overshadowed recently by BMW’s latest equivalent, but that is yet to be seen in
the Q3 Sportback’s arch-rival, the BMW X2. Unfortunately, Virtual Cockpit is usually
an option in Audis at this price point, and the Q3 Sportback is likely no different in
that regard. Headroom in the rear of the Q3 Sportback may
be limited for adults up to 180cm tall, especially with a sunroof fitted, but kids will be fine
and will appreciate the adjustable vents back there. Due to launch in Australia from March next
year, the Q3 Sportback is expected to be priced from around the low fifty thousands… roughly
$5000 more than an equivalent Q3.

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