German CAR-makers are generally known for their state-of-the-art engineering. From the engine to the vehicle dynamics, these Teutonic companies take pride in the advanced technologies that go into making their automobiles. To say that a German car is well-engineered is already a given.
Audi takes a further step by making its painting technology a beautiful science, as seen on this improved Q3 compact crossover. The color of the unit gracing this page is called Speed Yellow, and it is just one of a number of attractive hues the Q3 is available in.
You’re probably thinking: “Big deal—it’s just paint.”
Well, Audi claims it’s not that simple. “Your Audi is painted not just once, but four times,” the automaker boasts. “Whichever color you opt for, you can count on the outstanding quality of our painting process. Though no thicker than a human hair, the layer of paint on an Audi is actually made up of four different coats. So not only do you look radiant in your Audi, the car is also optimally protected from environmental influences and wear—for its entire lifetime.”
Audi offers different kinds of paint finishes aside from the standard variety, and these include pearl effect, contrasting finish and customized finish.
Of course, the exterior paint is just a complementary element of the car’s aesthetics, but it’s good to know that Audi has put in a lot of effort perfecting it. The main highlight remains to be the styling.
“The premium character of the new Q3 is apparent at first glance,” Audi says. “The designers from the four-ringed brand honed the details with coupe-like lines, horizontal lines up front and in the rear that emphasize its width, and with the characteristic wrap-around tailgate, which, when taken as a whole, give the new Q3 a truly expressive design.”
Among the noteworthy cosmetic features of the Q3 are the new front end, the larger and horizontally split outer air inlets, the black blade beneath the center inlet, the single-frame grille, and the LED daytime running lights.
“The design gives the Q3 a particularly upscale look, but at the same time, underscores the sporty character of this premium SUV,” Audi adds. “The hood and the tailgate are both made of aluminum, and, as is typical of Audi’s Q models, the tailgate integrates the undivided LED taillights.”
From the side, your eyes will be drawn toward the coupe-like, sloping roof that tapers into the D-pillar; the sharply drawn lines that border powerfully taut surfaces; the body-to-greenhouse ratio of two-thirds to one-third; the more prominent side sills; and the strongly defined wheel wells with boldly offset wheel arches.
For our market, the Q3 is powered by a 1.4-liter TFSI engine rated at 150hp and 250Nm. This powerplant is mated to a six-speed, S Tronic dual-clutch transmission that supposedly helps the car sprint from 0 to 100km/h in 8.9 seconds, before reaching a top speed of 204km/h.
The Q3 is fitted with 17-inch alloy wheels wrapped in 235/55 tires. These rollers conceal vented discs in front and solid discs at the rear.
Inside, according to Audi distributor PGA Cars, the Q3 1.4 TFSI has “plenty of room, with high-quality workmanship and a clean, ergonomic design that reinforce its premium status. It offers an all-black leather interior, and comes equipped with Audi’s MMI infotainment system. The luggage compartment has a base capacity of 460 liters, which can be increased to 1,365 liters by folding down the rear seatbacks. Standard equipment includes an extending luggage compartment cover.”
When PGA Cars launched the Q3 last year, it quoted a price of P2.99 million. Let’s just say German engineering comes at a price. Consider the head-turning paint job a mere bonus.