Audi Q3 Sportback: eat this, BMW X2
As a crossover between coupé, hatchback and SUV, the new Audi Q3 Sportback clearly takes on the BMW X2. Like its Bavarian competitor, the latest product from Ingolstadt comes with a range of petrol and diesel engines and all-wheel drive, but no plug-in hybrid powertrain.
At market launch, only two engines will be available. The 45 TFSI Quattro S Tronic (166-174 g/km NEDC 2.0) is powered by a 169kW 2-litre petrol unit, the 35 TDI S Tronic by a 110 kW 2-litre diesel (123-129 g/km). Later on, a mild hybrid entry-level petrol will make its appearance.
Free text and voice input with Alexa
The basic equipment includes a digital instrument cluster with a 10.25-inch screen diagonal. The flat menu structure is complemented by a control unit that uses natural language and can also understand free wordings. Entering a navigation destination and the MMI search are based on free text input, which accelerates the process and reduces possible distraction.
Another new feature is the cloud-based Amazon voice service Alexa, which streams music and audio books and also offers access to more than 80,000 Alexa Skills. The voice control system uses the detailed knowledge in the cloud to answer the driver’s questions and commands.
Always green light and parking space
Thanks to the inter-connectivity of the Audi fleet, the Q3 Sportback receives and provides information about parking spaces on the roadside, hazard areas, and speed limits, which are detected via the on-board camera and vehicle sensors.
Traffic light information is a new feature among the Car-to-X services. The car receives data from a city’s traffic computer, as a result of which the driver receives information about traffic light phases in the Audi virtual cockpit. This allows drivers to adjust their speed pre-emptively, which increases efficiency and improves traffic flow.
This offering is initially available in individual European cities and will be gradually extended depending on the infrastructure in the urban area.