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“A very competitive crossover, but it fumbles some of Audi’s traditional strengths” is how Top Gear recently described the new Audi Q3.

The Q3 is now into its second generation and like most things nowadays, it’s bigger – by a whopping 10 cm and for want of a better word – roomier’.

I guess with the arrival of its little sister the Q2, the boy had to do some growing.

However, the Q3’s progressive and sporty design makes it a real eye-catcher and highlights its distinctive SUV character, all be it a bite-sized SUV.

Large wheel arch bulges that are a nod to the original Quattro and a front grille big enough to swallow Thepperasit Market are two distinct changes to its predecessor, but there isn’t much else different.

‘Patience maybe required when first getting to know your Q3 but they say it’s a, 9.2 secs to get to 99 km/h from 0, but, hey, like I said the guys bulked out.’

But I guess no need to fix something that isn’t broken.

Audi have sold more than a million Q3s since their introduction in 2011 and at the same time only got shot of around 600,000 TTs and coupes since 1998.

Anyhow, back to that word ‘roomier’ as it certainly seems applicable with the Q3. Plenty headroom for the average farang never mind Thai and a slideable rear bench if you want to prioritise rear passenger space or more room for your things in the boot.

So, no need to worry about the golf clubs or the caddies … the seats slid back all the way.

The Audi Q3 is also described as an urban type that is at home on any road or track which could prove handy here in Thailand, I don’t think I need to go into further detail on that.

Let’s go inside

All models have Audi’s Virtual Cockpit TFT screen ahead of the driver. No buttons and knobs to concern yourself with its all touchscreen baby and all come standard with a screen system that is cloud-connected, so you get accurate, real-time traffic and the like.

It uses the same network to set up a wifi hotspot in the car for everyone’s devices. Everyone’s a winner!

So overall the Q3 is a well-equipped motor that in most countries is reasonably generous in its pricing.

Cough, not here maybe, however that’s to be expected and is no different from any other relative car.

So, REm give the Q3 the thumbs up.

Just off to buy a lottery ticket.

for more information check out the Audi dealership in Pattaya:

Ringe Autohaus – Audi Pattaya
Banglamung Chonburi 20150
Tel : +66 3819 7888
Showroom Opening Hours
Mon – Sat 8.30 am – 7.00 pm
Sun 10.00 am – 5.00 pm