Our pick: Audi Q3 1.4 TFSI S tronic from S$184,780 with COE (September 2021)
Read our test drive of the Audi Q3 1.4 here
It’s amazing what a transformation the generational shift can do for a car. Audi’s Q3 first appeared in 2014, and was its first small SUV ever. Perfectly competent with a 1.4-litre turbo engine, but it was a tad on the small side making it feel more like a tall hatchback than anything else.
The second-gen model debuted here in late 2019 and immediately became a hit for Audi, and is now one of the best cars in-segment.
It’s easy to see why: Audi translated the ‘big Audi’ experience right onto its small SUV, and all of a sudden it wasn’t really small at all. The fact that it physically has grown by quite a margin is the linchpin of that.
The Q3 now has a lovely interior with Audi’s monolithic design language (all technical angles and clean surfaces) with technology to match (generous display screens that are easy to use) so if you jumped right in from say, a Q8 to a Q3, it would only truly be apparent after careful searching.
Big screens are part of that appeal, with the Q3 packing a 12.3-inch Virtual Cockpit display and 10.1-inch infotainment system as well. It also has a much larger, spacious-feeling interior, lots of practical touches (the seats move fore and aft and are adjustable for backrest angle too) and it has a huge 530-litre boot that’s only 20-litres shy of its big brother’s, the Audi Q5.
The driving experience is smooth and unflustered – those who want more thrills might want the 2.0-litre model, or even the Q3 Sportback version which is more coupe-esque. But we recommend the standard Q3 1.4-litre for Singapore, even though it’s mechanically similar to the old model, it still works well in Singapore – again, read our in-depth review for the full skinny.