It’s been awhile since most of us have seen anything other than our homes and office.
So when Audi gave us the Q3 Sportback quattro for a weekend, we felt compelled to break away from the usual routine, and set out for something we’ve not had in a long time – fresh seafood and a refreshing drink by the beach – while we review the car, of course.
The day started out at Cyberjaya for a quick shoot, before we took off to Teluk Gong in Port Klang for some freshly-caught, salt water delights via some highways before turning on to the smaller roads.
“More than enough” is how we’d describe its performance on the open road. Despite having just 180 hp and 320 Nm to feed all four wheels, there was not a situation in the Q3 Sportback where overtaking or picking up speed felt challenging.
0 to 100 km/h is done in 7.8 seconds before it tops out at a respectable 220 km/h. Fuel consumption according to Audi, is rated at 8.1 L/100km. The numbers did not differ much in reality, with us clocking an average of 10 to 11 L/100km from two separate full tanks.
Despite being fitted with the higher-end 19-inch Audi Sport wheels, the ride along the highways did not feel jumpy. Where composure and stability are needed, especially round the bends and at high speeds, the Q3 Sportback excels with its quattro permanent all-wheel drive system. It delivers all the traction and more importantly assurance you’ll ever need!
Inside, there’s plenty to keep you entertained and amused; including Apple CarPlay, a large fully digital instrument panel, a wraparound dashboard and a banging sound system.
Check out our gallery of Audi A5 2.0 TFSI Sportback quattro here!
There are some 30 different colours to choose from, for the cabin ambient lighting system. At night, the quattro emblem by the dashboard illuminates and changes colour along with the ambient lighting selected!
Frankly, the only thing that would even come close to bothering you is the tiny rear windshield that compromises slightly on rear visibility, as a result of the Q3 Sportback’s sloping roofline. Guess there’s no beauty without a little compromise! The only criticism rear passengers might have is the limited headroom, but that’s if they’re 6 ft or more than 180 cm tall.
As for the rest of the car, we’ll leave you to find out in our video!