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2014 Audi Q3 Review

The 2014 Audi Q3 offers a quartet of four-cylinder engines in Europe. A turbocharged, direct-injected 2.0-liter comes in either 170-horsepower or 211-hp versions, while 2.0-liter turbodiesels generate 140 hp and 177 hp, respectively.

The base gasoline and diesel engines get a six-speed manual, while the more powerful gas engine pairs with a seven-speed automated dual-clutch transmission. All-wheel drive is standard for all but the base diesel. Audi says the most frugal 2.0 diesel with front-wheel drive will average 45 mpg, while the top gasoline engine can sprint from zero to 60 in less than 6.9 seconds.

The Q3 is nearly 10 inches shorter than the Q5, and features include a four-link rear suspension, electromechanical power steering and standard 16-inch wheels. Options include adaptive headlamps, adaptive rear dampers, a 14-speaker Bose surround-sound audio system, hard-drive navigation, a 7-inch color display, larger wheels and full Internet capability through a wireless hotspot connection onboard (a feature we've seen in the current A6).

Inside the cabin, the 2014 Audi Q3 will offer 48 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats folded down, while throughout the car will be a bevy of safety systems, including park assist, side assist, active lane assist and adaptive xenon headlamps.

When drove Audi Q3 it unnecessarily firm in anything but Comfort mode. While the Q3 offers plenty of grip and suppresses body roll quite well, its speed-sensitive steering doesn't allow much road feel to come through. A more rugged A3 it is not. < /p>

Published: Tuesday, July 30, 2013

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