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[YesAuto Evaluation] At the end of October last year, I went to Guangxi to test drive the Q3. At that time, the subtitle I gave was “Landing on the Beach”. Unfortunately, it was late after 9 months. The domestic version will have to wait until next year. The BMW Brilliance X1 has even been remodeled, and Audi's action this time is really slow.

Last night, there was a lot of people in the Guangzhou Gymnasium. The Q3 listing event was held here. The price has already come out. If you are interested, you can click to view the news, or see the table below. In fact, you and I both know that this imported version of Q3 is just a cutscene. It will sell for 480,000 yuan, and it will soon be forgotten, just like the imported X1 28i with the top price of 550,000. Who remembers.

A truly combative force will be built at FAW Audi's Foshan factory. So today, looking at the imported version of the test article, we will focus on the performance of the vehicle itself. After the production is made in the future, we can decide whether to buy or not to buy it by looking at the price and configuration.

The test car we got is a 2.0T high-power version, the official model is 40TFSI, the horizontal EA888 engine, the maximum power is 211 horsepower, the peak torque is 300N·m, and the other low-power version is 35TFSI. To introduce, the gearbox is the S-tronic seven-speed dual-clutch version.

Let's look at the test results first. The official 100km acceleration time of Q3 is 6.9 seconds, and our measured fastest time is 7.05 seconds. The moment of start is the most exciting of the SUVs tested recently, and it makes people hooked.

What I didn’t expect before was that the Q3 could also start with the ejection method, turn off ESP, enter dynamic mode, put S gear, the starting speed can climb to 3500rpm, the brake pedal is thrown off, the body suddenly pops out, and the car feels quite violent. Four The drive system distributes power reasonably, and the action is not violent from the outside of the car. The graph shows that the highest G value reached 0.861g, similar to the 0.93g of last year's Range Rover Aurora, both of which are very high values. It is a small pity that it failed to enter the 7-second mark. Of course, a compact SUV ran in 7.05 seconds, which is enough.

Q3 brake test results are very good, 37.3 meters, the highest level of this level. The forward lean of the body is more obvious when braking at full force. Affected by this, the G value once rebounded to -0.931g. Fortunately, the braking system itself is in place. After the body is stable, the G value returns to below -1g. We are very satisfied with the final result. .

After the ESP of Q3 is turned off, the ABS work is obviously affected. The tires are locked, the body is slightly deviated, and the braking distance is greatly extended. When the ESP is turned on, everything is normal. This is the case for the two test cars we got. I am not sure whether the electronic program of the commercial vehicle is the same as that of the test vehicle. For the time being, it is recommended not to turn off the ESP under any circumstances. Turning on the ESP cannot feel the smooth start of the ejection, but safety always comes first. We will also continue to follow up with the manufacturer to find out whether it is the individual situation of the test car or the electronic program is indeed set up in this way.

Performance test video

Fuel consumption

The fuel consumption test was carried out for 104.4 kilometers. After a few expressways, about 10% and 25% were congested. The rest were ordinary roads with signal lights in the urban area. The air conditioner was turned on at 23°C and the manual air volume was medium.

The whole journey consumes 9.67 liters of No. 95 fuel, and the average fuel consumption is 9.26 liters/100 kilometers. This figure is relatively close to our recommended theoretical fuel consumption value. Taking into account the road conditions and the factors that the test car has not yet run-in period, the performance is reasonable.

Driving

People say that the Q3 is a small Q5. It is compact and full. When you sit in the cockpit, you feel that the car is really small. Looking back at the rear row, it is just enough. Over the years, large space has become one of the rigid needs of Chinese consumers for family cars. Whether it is Q3 or X1, they are not very competent for the important role of the first car in the whole family. If you are considering buying a second or third car The car is a very good choice.

Similar to other Audis, Q3 is also trying to cover everything in terms of driving. Drive select includes four modes: energy saving, comfort, dynamic, and automatic, covering most of the conditions of daily cars. As for how power, gears, and suspension work There is no need to talk in detail, any luxury brand can be adjusted this year, and everyone basically knows it. In the future, the domestically-made low-profile version will streamline this system, and the price will be lower than the driving model.

The high-power version of 40TFSI has quite ample power reserve and positive throttle response. After all, it is a two-liter displacement. The low-speed zone near 1000rpm will not be weak. After entering the peak torque platform early, it is very suitable for urban activities, flexible steering, and stable chassis. Daily driving is easy and not tiring. You know that this car is “small”, and it feels more handy than the Q5.

When I tested the BMW Brilliance X1 before, I found that its driving quality is very similar to that of the 3 Series. You can find enough driving pleasure from this SUV. The Q3 is more comprehensive, comfortable and decent, and other aspects are not bad. People who are strong in certain aspects are easy to remember, and those who can't pick out the sick in all aspects are easy to be accepted.

Four-wheel drive system

The Q3's four-wheel drive system is a full-time four-wheel drive. As mentioned earlier, due to its compact size, its engine uses a horizontal layout. That is to say, the quattro four-wheel drive is different from the Q5. The center uses a Haldex multi-disc clutch differential. The Volkswagen 4MOTION system is similar. Because of the limited time, we did not test the actual effect of the Q3 four-wheel drive system this time. We will find an opportunity to show you in the future.

Summary

Due to small body size and high price, compact luxury SUV is not suitable as the only or first car in the family. Young and middle-aged consumers with sufficient economic capacity and small family burden will be the main buyers of this type of car. Home, this market is still a fresh field in China, the BMW Brilliance X1 is the most representative, and the imported Q3 is already a latecomer. Today’s content is summarized with the following key points:

1. Q3 has a balanced performance in all aspects, pays more attention to all-round development than X1, and has less athletic ability than X1;

2. The product strength is okay, but due to the import status, the price is not convincing;

2. The domestic version is worth looking forward to and will be a strong opponent of X1;

3. The pricing of the domestic version should fill the gap between FAW Audi Q5 and Shanghai Volkswagen Tiguan, and also need to refer to the domestic X1 pricing, which may fall in the range of 300-42 million;

4. 35TFSI will be the main sales force. The corresponding X1 20i currently has only two configurations available. 35TFSI can provide more options, launching at least 3 configurations, and the price covers the range of 300,000-380,000.

The imported version of Q3 can meet some of the import-controlled car purchase needs, and manufacturers will also observe the market response and formulate the next sales strategy for the domestic version, which can be described as killing two birds with one stone. It's just that for most consumers, Q5 or X1 is a more sensible choice. The localization process of Q3 will speed up.



2012 Audi Q3 detailed parameter configuration table