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Audi Q3 45 TFSI quattro 2019 review

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Audi Q3 45 TFSI 2019 first drive review - hero front More potent petrol engine shared with the Golf GTI gives Audi’s second-generation compact SUV welcome added pace As refined and versatile as the new Audi Q3 was when we first drove it last year, its entry-grade petrol engine felt at odds with its newly gained premium ethos.Here was a car that had grown in size to make room in Audi’s burgeoning range for the Q2 and in the process gained a tech-focused interior partly distilled from the A8 limousine. And yet it was saddled with a 1.5-litre turbo four-pot that only just felt up to the task.The new 45 TFSI aims to set that right, with the same 2.0-litre turbo engine that powers a multitude of other Volkswagen Group models, including the venerable Volkswagen Golf GTI. Tuned here to deliver 227bhp and 258lb ft, it's partnered with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox and quattro all-wheel drive. The combination should give the Q3 more of an edge over the increasing list of premium ‘soft-roader’ SUVs, which includes the Volvo XC40, BMW X2 and new Range Rover Evoque.The 45 TFSI is available only with S line trim, which gets you 19in alloy wheels, a sportier bodykit and lowered suspension, augmented in our test car by optional adaptive dampers. It retains the expansive and well-appointed interior of the base Q3, complete with digital instrument display and sizeable central infotainment screen.

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