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What's New for 2017?
The base model of the 2017 Audi Q3 is now the Premium trim that includes more standard features. Also, the top of the line Prestige trim has an available Sport Plus package that offers a three-spoke steering wheel and an updated sport trim.
Top 10 Reasons to Buy a 2017 Audi Q3 – The Pros
1. Three Well-Equipped Trims to Choose From
The new Q3 is available in three trims: Premium, Premium Plus, and the top of the line Prestige. The base Premium comes standard with a wide array of great features. For drivers wanting the true luxury driving experience, the Prestige will meet that need and surpass expectations, while the Premium Plus is an excellent middle option that gives owners additional tech and comfort features.
2. Solid Performance
All three trims are equipped with a 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Providing 200 horsepower and 207 pounds of torque, the engine is paired with a six-speed transmission. Drivers can expect a smooth and responsive drive that accelerates quickly and handles beautifully.
3. Quattro All Wheel Drive
The 2017 Audi Q3 is available with the Audi Quattro all wheel drive for all trims. Using patented technology, the exclusive Quattro AWD provides excellent handling and added safety, even is definitely conditions. It is available for all three trims, and it is absolutely worth it to upgrade to the AWD from the standard front wheel drive.
4. Stylish and Modern Exterior
Featuring the signature grille and headlight shape that distinguishes Audi from other brands, the overall exterior look of the Audi Q3 is stylish and modern. Dual-exhaust tailpipes, rear spoiler, and a sunroof give it a fun, sporty look. Daytime LED lights and 18-inch alloy wheels complete the overall fantastic exterior while highlighting attention to detail that Audi is known for.
5. Sought-After Safety Features
A full suite of airbags, parking sensors, and a rear-view camera are all standard on the Premium trim. Stability and traction control are also included, in addition to anti-lock brakes and tire pressure monitoring. Drivers seeking additional safety equipment will find the optional side assist to warn of vehicles in the blind spots to be especially handy.
6. Beautiful and High-Quality Interior
The inside of the 2017 Audi Q3 looks just as good as the outside and is made for comfort. Quality is obvious in all three trims with high-quality materials being displayed. Leather seats with 12-way power adjustment are standard in addition to dual-zone climate control and power windows. Higher trims add heated leather seats, wood inlays, and gorgeous stainless steel trim.
7. Get a Great Listening Experience
Whether you want to listen to the radio or your favorite podcast, sound comes through clearly with the 10-speaker Audi concert radio system that includes a CD player and MP3 playback compatibility. Bluetooth technology allows drivers to stream music and utilize a smartphone while driving. Voice activation and a driver information screen is also standard. Drivers wanting the top of the line audio will enjoy the available 14-speaker Bose surround sound system on the Prestige trim.
8. Power Convenience Amenities
The Premium trim is equipped with push button start, cruise control, and sensors for rain and light to activate the automatic windshield wipers and headlights. The Premium Plus trim on the 2017 Audi Q3 adds heated power-adjustable/folding side mirrors, a power liftgate, and an advanced key. The Prestige adds a color driver information display and an excellent navigation system.
9. High Crash Test Ratings
While the 2017 Audi Q3 is equipped to help you prevent a collision, it's designed to keep you safe in the event of one. The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS) has rated the Q3 with its highest level of Good in crash-worthiness in all impact tests.
10. Superior Craftsmanship
Audi is known for the top of the line components used in their vehicles, whether under the hood, on the exterior, or inside the vehicle. The Q3 is no different, with the attention to detail apparent and the materials being of obvious high quality. This attention to detail is called "fit and finish," and the fit and finish in the Q3 rises to the expectation drivers will have of an Audi vehicle.
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Reasons Not to Buy a 2017 Audi Q3 – The Cons
1. Small Rear Seat
The backseat of the Q3 is very snug, and adults riding in the backseat will struggle with head and leg room. This is a common problem among subcompact crossovers, and it's an issue in this one especially.
2. Average Fuel Efficiency
The Audi Q3 has a turbocharged engine which gets okay gas mileage with an EPA rating of 20/28 mpg (city/highway). While it's not the worst in the class, drivers needing an excellent fuel efficiency may not be pleased with the mileage of the Q3.
3. No Manual Transmission Option
The 2017 Audi Q3 is equipped with a six-speed automatic transmission with no manual option. Some drivers enjoy the control and feel of a manual transmission, so this may be disappointing for those drivers.
How It Stacks Up to the Competition
The luxury subcompact crossover SUV class has several heavy-hitters in it, including the Mercedez Benz GLA series and the BMW X1, but the 2017 Audi Q3 stands up beautifully. While it may not have the horsepower some of the competitors have, the Audi Q3 provides a smoother ride and better handling, especially with the Quattro. The standard amenities, especially the comfort of the interior also put it ahead of the competition.
Drivers wanting a crossover SUV but don't want to sacrifice luxury will find the 2017 Audi Q3 to be an excellent option. The craftsmanship is apparent, and every aspect of the vehicle shows attention to detail. Audis have a long history of excellent reviews from both owners and professional reviewers, and the 2017 Audi Q3 follows that tradition.
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