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The Audi Q3 has stepped up in admeasurement and tech for its additional generation. But can it topple our accepted criterion in the exceptional bunched SUV segment, the Volvo XC40?
The aboriginal Audi Q3 was a big success adventure for the German brand, affairs in its millions globally and extensive about 20,000 sales locally.
To absorb its sales acme in Australia, the anew acclimatized second-generation Q3 needs to topple the about new Swedish kid on the block – the Volvo XC40.
The XC40 has been a accepted hit aback it debuted in 2018, capitalising on the success of Volvo’s above SUVs, the XC60 and XC90. In 2019, it topped a awful aggressive exceptional bunched SUV segment, while additionally acceptable a CarAdvice accumulation analysis including the second-generation Ambit Rover Evoque and newbies from Lexus (the UX) and Jaguar (the E-Pace).
This articulation of 10 cartage accounted for about 16,500 sales aftermost year. To acknowledge the advance of exceptional bunched SUVs, we can attending aback at the Q3’s admission year of 2012: aloof three models and 3452 sales.
The 2020 Audi Q3 aims to attract buyers with added features, technology, and – acknowledgment to an admission in both breadth ( 9.6cm) and wheelbase ( 7.7cm) – added space.
There’s additionally a first-time ‘Sportback’ another with a sportier shape, admitting it’s the approved Q3 that makes for a added acclimatized absolute adversary to the XC40.
Our specific best of Q3 is simple; the admission akin front-wheel-drive 35 TFSI (also accessible in a de rigueur Launch Edition).
For a match-up of affluence bunched SUV amateur models, we accept the XC40 T4 Momentum.
In their best basal forms, the Audi Q3 and Volvo XC40 couldn’t attending added accessible rivals with their amount tags: $46,400 for the 35 TFSI and $46,990 for the Momentum.
There’s acceptable account for buyers who are either addition their affairs to own a bunched SUV with a affluence badge, or those accommodating to cede a above boilerplate SUV for the same: both models are abundantly able to the point area they can hardly be accused of actuality abjection packs.
Shared appearance board 18-inch admixture wheels, automated tailgates, dual-zone air-conditioning, rain-sensing wipers, keyless agent admission and start, LED headlights, and an arrangement of technology (see Technology and Infotainment section).
The Q3 and XC40 anniversary has its advantages, too. The Audi has leather-appointed bank trim compared with textile/vinyl upholstery in the Volvo, ambient lighting, and a covering council caster admitting the XC40’s is leather-accented.
The Volvo comes accepted with auto-dimming autogenous and ancillary mirrors, and an electric driver’s bank (and accuse abandoned $380 to about-face the advanced commuter bank acclimation from manual). The Audi’s advanced seats are chiral operation.
If you appetite your Q3 35 TFSI to accept electric seats, you’ll either charge to pay for the $2600 Abundance Amalgamation that adds added items or buy the Launch Edition.
Audi offers two advantage bales and some items, such as sunroof, individually. Volvo additionally offers abandoned options, as able-bodied as three bales alignment from $1000 to $3000 – all of which were adapted to our analysis car to advance its amount up to $54,890 afore on-roads.
The abandoned advantage on our Q3 analysis car was brownish acrylic ($1250).
In the area of driver-assistance systems, the XC40 Momentum is the better-equipped exceptional bunched SUV.
Adaptive cruise ascendancy (with fractional hands-free steering) is standard, admitting it’s allotment of an advantage backpack on the Q3, the Volvo abandoned provides speed-limit reading, its free emergency braking arrangement extends above vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians to adviser for abounding animals, while there are systems to acquaint and abate adjoin abeyant circle or advancing collisions and actuality hit from behind.
The XC40 will additionally aim to stop you active off the alley if the agent starts to accomplish an adventitious diversion.
The Q3 abandoned monitors for disciplinarian fatigue. Both models allotment dark atom and rear cross-traffic monitoring, acropolis coast control, tyre-pressure monitoring, and front/rear parking sensors.
A surround-view camera is an advantage on both vehicles. Neither is accessible with a head-up display.
Audi’s MMI (multimedia interface) arrangement has continued followed the BMW iDrive avenue with a centre animate rotary ambassador (adding touchpad functionality forth the way), but the aggregation is gradually switching its models to the authentic touchscreen approach.
While the abatement of the rotary ambassador feels like a accident for ergonomics – conspicuously the adeptness to accomplish the infotainment arrangement afterwards demography your eyes abroad from the alley for too continued – the 10.1-inch touchscreen is acutely glossy in its presentation and functionality.
Volvo takes minimalism alike added with a 9.0-inch ‘Sensus’ touchscreen that takes on added duties, including assorted car functions and altitude controls.
For the latter, you accept to columnist the awning already to admission the ‘Climate’ display, again baddest the change of fan dispatch or temperature, so it’s not as automatic as Audi’s admission to accept separate, accepted dials. Familiarisation helps, of course, and you bound apprentice you can bash the Volvo’s awning to acquisition added features.
The account architecture of the XC40 is advantageous for assuming added of the alley ahead.
Both infotainment systems beat off key items: chip navigation; Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring; agenda radio; accent activity (excellent on both); and in-car apps. Own-brand hi-fis are standard, but audiophiles can pay added for a Bang & Olufsen arrangement on the Q3 or a Harman Kardon arrangement on the XC40.
Fully agenda disciplinarian apparatus clusters strengthen the technology cards, admitting Audi’s Virtual Cockpit offers added customisation.
The XC40’s 12.3-inch animate mainly mimics accepted dials with media/driver assistance/map able to be alternated in between. The Q3’s dials can boss the affectation or, at the blow of a button on the council wheel, compress to acquiesce the axial advice area to booty priority. This is decidedly able with the nav-map. Virtual Cockpit was the aboriginal absolutely agenda disciplinarian affectation to market, and it charcoal one of the best for intuitiveness and its superb clarity.
Audi’s aerial acceptability for abundant interiors has about been maintained, alike with its added affordable models, and the Q3 is no exception.
There are able touches to the design, such as the infotainment beleaguer and Audi logo bound on the council caster that comedy on the company’s single-frame grille. Nice details, too, such as the four-ring Audi logo arresting on the commuter ancillary of the dash.
The infotainment affectation dominates the average area of a triple-decker dashboard, with the high band featuring vents with gloss-black surrounds and the lower band apartment altitude controls complete with beautifully bent dials.
Although Audi has ditched the rotary infotainment controller, there are still affluence of (neatly positioned) buttons on the high and lower genitalia of the centre animate to advance the aggregation wants to accumulate acute minimalism to a minimum (or to put it addition way, abnegation to accept the Tesla approach).
The high advanced aperture cards of our analysis car fabricated a clacking complete if you pushed them, but this ultra-rare birthmark aside, the Q3 contrarily exhibits Audi’s cast fit and finish.
The XC40’s autogenous isn’t as adventuresome as its exoteric design, admitting it’s characteristic in the segment, and it absolutely has the affection and exceptional feel to go toe to toe with the Q3.
And the Volvo’s berth is not afterwards its flourishes, such as the vertical vents and ‘urban grid’ metallic-style trim inserts on the doors and dash.
Volvo’s autogenous designers accept been the best artistic about storage. The super-wide aperture pockets – enabled by the repositioning of audio speakers – can authority laptops, tablets or umbrellas not aloof a alcohol bottle, the glovebox appearance a daybed angle for a backpack or carrier bag, a disposable debris tub is congenital into the centre console, and there’s a daybed drawer below the driver’s seat.
Smartphones of capricious sizes fit on a longitudinal charging tray at the advanced of the centre console. The belted area includes USB and 12V sockets.
While the Q3 doesn’t administer the above akin of stowage ingenuity, it’s far from impractical.
Large advanced aperture pockets board abounding alcohol bottles, its glovebox is agreeably sized like the Volvo’s, it too has a abundantly sized smartphone tray with charging (regular and USB-C ports), and there’s a abundant archetype of absorption to detail with the committed centre animate atom for the key fob (an abstraction all carmakers could conceivably accept now keyless-start cars are so common).
With its best wheelbase, the second-generation Q3 makes a notable bound in rear-seat amplitude over the original. Amplitude is accomplished in every account – rear cartage no best accept to abhorrence accepting taller bodies in the advanced seat.
The rear bank includes a accelerate activity with 150mm of travel, so owners can about-face amid prioritising leg allowance or burden space. There’s additionally a best of seven seatback angles.
The rear bank aloof lets all-embracing abundance bottomward by actuality too collapsed and unsupportive. The advanced centre armrest’s pop-up cupholders are additionally absolutely baby – a regular-size coffee cup abandoned aloof squeezes in. Kids’ bottles will accept to go in the aperture pockets.
There’s additionally affluence of leg allowance in the rear of the XC40, and the roof lining won’t cockle too abounding hairs as there’s acceptable arch allowance alike with the another sunroof fitted. Foot amplitude is decidedly generous.
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A little added beanbag breadth would accomplish under-thigh abutment alike better, admitting the XC40’s rear bank feels the added comfortable.
Outward eyes isn’t absolutely as acceptable as the Audi’s attributable to the adorned advancement bang on the rear doors. The Q3 additionally appearance a 12-volt atrium and two USB-C ports in the aback to the XC40’s distinct USB-C. Both accept committed rear ventilation.
The Q3’s cossack accommodation is now 530L, admitting the XC40’s 460L is identical to that of the antecedent Q3. There’s little in it, however, if the Audi’s rear seats are in their aback position.
Floor ambit are about identical, and both boots will calmly booty two abounding ancestors accoutrements and large- and medium-sized duffels. The Volvo does this alike with the burden shelf still in place; the Audi’s shelf has to be removed, admitting it food calmly beneath the floor.
Audi opts for rear seats with a 40-20-40 split; Volvo goes 60-40 with a ski port.
The XC40’s cossack has some added tricks up its sleeve. The attic can be bankrupt up in the average via a handle to actualize a divider, which is advantageous for befitting arcade accoutrements in place. The affiliate additionally reveals three hooks for blind accoutrements onto, and a bank underfloor accumulator layer.
There are chip hooks on the abandon of the boot, a continued elasticated captivation band on one side, and a 12-volt socket. Both SUVs accommodate space-saver additional wheels, and anniversary auto tailgate includes a hands-free opening/closing function.
Turbocharged petrol engines and front-wheel drive arrange these two entry-level exceptional bunched SUVs. For buyers gluttonous all-wheel drive, it requires dispatch up to the Inscription archetypal in the case of the XC40 and affective up to the added able 40 TFSI ‘quattro’ models in the case of the Q3.
The Q3 35 TFSI is powered by a VW Accumulation 1.4-litre four-cylinder, and its outputs of 110kW and 250Nm attending bashful alike afore you analyze it with the 140kW and 300Nm produced by the XC40 Momentum’s 2.0-litre four-cylinder.
It’s not ideal that this Q3 offers no added ability or torque than an entry-level Volkswagen Golf that is about $20,000 cheaper.
The next-model-up 40 TFSI with 132kW/320Nm would accomplish a added acceptable abject engine.
For buyers not absent about one day owning the fast flagship RS Q3 variant, the 35 TFSI’s achievement may be sufficient.
With acceptable kickdown acknowledgment from the six-speed dual-clutch chiral and a kerb weight 86kg lighter than the XC40, the abject Q3 has appropriate dispatch for overtaking or traffic-gap filling. The agent about responds able-bodied to requests for incremental increases in dispatch and the auto provides super-smooth accessory changes.
The Q3’s six-speed ‘S-tronic’ additionally accepted to be accessible to alive with in circadian driving, which isn’t consistently the case with the Volkswagen Group’s dual-clutch gearboxes.
The one aberration of this Volkswagen Accumulation auto it retains is the slight adjournment demography off from standstill, and the key is to be accommodating momentarily. Pushing harder on the burke can contrarily advance to the turbo spooling up, and giving you faster dispatch than you advised already aggregate hooks up.
No such dramas with the XC40’s approved eight-speed auto. Owners aloof charge to get acclimatized to the accessory batten action, which requires two pulls to appoint drive or two pushes to appoint about-face as there is no aloof lock-out. It’s odd, but should become like additional attributes afterwards aloof a few days.
The XC40 T4 is accessible with another paddle-shift levers; if you appetite them on a Q3, you charge the 40 TFSI.
Volvo’s 2.0-litre sounds added automated than the Audi’s 1.4-litre, but you can feel the added torque. The XC40 T4 consistently feels sprightly, with accomplished acknowledgment from low to average speeds. There’s abounding mid-range beef for overtaking, and dispatch about feels added burning than that offered by the Q3, and the eight-speed auto is cottony in its operation, if not as accelerated at swapping apparatus as the Audi’s dual-clutcher.
It’s accessible to accept the Q3 is about a additional slower than the XC40, according to their 0–100km/h claims: 9.3 abnormal for the 35 TFSI against 8.4 abnormal for the T4 Momentum.
Need added speed? Again the added able T5 agent accessible abandoned with the flagship XC40 R-Design another is a cracker. For the Q3, there’s the above 40 TFSI.
The Q3’s active position could calmly ambush you into cerebration you’re active a hatchback, admitting the XC40’s added animated hot bank is added archetypal of an SUV. There’s no absolute or abrogating either way here, and apparent afterimage is accomplished in both cartage – it will artlessly appear bottomward to claimed preference.
It’s easier to get adequate in the Volvo, though. Its acceptable ambit of electric driver’s bank acclimation trumps the Q3’s added fiddly and added bound chiral levers, and the Audi’s advanced seats feel absolutely collapsed and defective in crabbed support, so you don’t bundle into them absolutely like you do the Volvo’s ‘Comfort’ pews (trimmed in $750 absolute covering in our analysis car rather than the accepted textile/vinyl combination).
The XC40’s abundance advantage extends to ride quality, its abeyance carrying added activity and added acquiescence to be consistently added airy beyond a arrangement of surfaces. There’s added vertical movement on bouncing patches of country alley but avoids wallowing.
The Q3’s ride improves at college speeds and its firmer damping admission works able-bodied on country roads, area it keeps anatomy ascendancy able-bodied in check. That helps accomplish the Audi absolutely fun to punt forth a ambagious road, forth with absolute council and accomplished absorption out of corners, alike in clammy conditions.
Riveting dynamics accept never been a cornerstone of Volvo’s engineering philosophy, admitting the XC40’s anatomy at atomic feels added agog about corners than either of the Swedish carmaker’s other, above SUVs. Its council is analogously smooth, authentic and effortless (even lighter than the Q3’s steering).
Whether you’re on a freeway or country road, the Audi takes quietest-cabin honours with the atomic tyre barrage and wind blare of this duo, admitting they’re aloof added apparent in the XC40 rather than anytime actuality intrusive.
Volvo has afresh fabricated the move to a bristles year assurance in Australia – abutting Mercedes-Benz, which was the aboriginal affluence cast to accompany the new industry accepted in aboriginal 2019. At the time of publishing Audi offers abandoned three years assurance coverage.
Maintenance costs are around lineball. Audi accuse $1610 for the Q3’s three-year account plan; Volvo asks $1595 for the above period. Visits are anniversary or every 15,000km.
Official, laboratory-derived ammunition burning abstracts accept the Audi and Volvo called at 7.2 litres per 100km, but our real-world testing appear the Q3 35 TFSI as the thriftier SUV.
While our all-embracing drive larboard the Q3 and XC40 registering 7.4L/100km and 8.4L/100km on their cruise computers, respectively, the Audi registered as low as 6.6L/100km afterwards an inner-and-outer suburbs assignment compared with a best of 8.5L/100km for the Volvo.
Both engines run on exceptional 95RON fuel.
The second-generation Q3 improves aloft the accepted aboriginal with a big ramp-up in amplitude and technology. Families can now absolutely accede it as a added affordable another to Audi’s larger, five-seater SUV, the Q5.
In entry-level 35 TFSI form, however, the all-embracing amalgamation would be stronger with some added performance, a added adjustable suspension, and seats that offered greater comfort. And Audi’s three-year assurance is now abaft chump apprehension added than ever.
The XC40 Momentum is the best affordable Volvo you can buy appropriate now, yet it presents so abundant of the affection adroitness and safety/convenience technology of the company’s above SUVs – while abacus an alike stronger dosage of characteristic Swedish charm.
It offers 18-carat autogenous adeptness with its arrangement of able accumulator options, and it delivers on the alley with superb ride affection and a acknowledging engine.
The lower application costs and best assurance that accept been afresh alien are alone icing on this Scandinavian bunched affluence SUV’s kaka (cake).
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