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Has anyone who normally drives an A3 driven a Q3. If so, what did you think of it?
It's mainly that I'm not keen on the interior layout of the A3 that I was looking at the brochure for the Q3. Much of it is closer to my existing A3 and my wife's A1 which we both like. I shall have to have a test drive. Better to have a Q3 than go to a Golf.I drove a Q3 once, very briefly. A bit 'meh'. Not as nice as the A3, especially the interior. I don't like big cars though.
What about the interior don't you like? The Q3 I drove had the MMI but worse (screen had to be popped up manually and the control was on the panel rather than near the handbrake which was harder to use). Plus it's more money for something which isn't really that much bigger - it looks chunkier and sits higher, but that's about it. I think the A3's interior is one of its best bits, but each to their own.
I have driven a Q3 ! And Q5. And Q7 ! I don't see the point unless you really need a lot of headroom ( big ego ? ) the handling is worse than equivalent A 3 A5 or A7 ... If you need space buy an A4 or A6 Avant IMHO.
All my comments are based on real experience !! ;-)
I think you can! 3.0 Tdi Quattro
Sounds like you are a bit stuck then . Still wouldn't want a Q anything myself!
Nothing wrong with VW . You get better spec for less money but ..: not an Audi.
Perhaps I will have to visit my dealer again. I've known him for 15 years and he really loves the new A3 even though he normally sells the more exotic machinery like A8s and R8s. I shall have to get him to brainwash me!! Perhaps if I spent a day just sitting in an A3 and playing I will come away convinced. If he could get hold of a car of the right SE or Sport trim I could even enjoy driving one as well.
S Line is a better proposition.. you can delete firm suspension if you find it too hard. If you are hooked on s tronic.. how about a 2.0Tdi Quattro 184 s tronic ???? if they did one with manual gears we would have been tempted.. however having to make do with 300PS and an S3... times are hard ;-)
Get a Pan Roof (as we do!) You can have any colour sky you like then ;-)
Do you loose some headroom with the Pan Roof. I've always found headroom a problem with other sunroofs. I once had to reject a Golf VR6 back in 1998 because they forgot to delete the standard sunroof and there was not enough headroom. Mine you it did mean I bought my first A3 so it was not all bad.
I'm 1.9 metres (6 Foot 3 in old money) Our 8P has a Pan roof and is absolutely fine the 8V allegedly has marginally more headroom. We've had x4 8P Audis with roof!
or better still - a Golf VII DSG. I have driven both the Octavia and the Golf and personally I think the standard of trim etc in the Golf is better than in the Octavia. The strangest thing for me was the Octavia DSG did not have paddles for the gear change (they are an optional extra) and I use the paddles all the time.
I'm driving another DSG Golf on Thursday for several hours. Perhaps I will know more after that. The last test drive I had arranged for a DSG Golf ended up as a short few miles with the salesman because it was a brand new car as they had sold their demonstrator. I then had a non-DSG Golf for several hours but I let my wife drive as she is used to driving with a clutch and I am not and would have probably spent more time trying to remember to use the clutch than concentrating on anything else.
Also I telephoned VW Customer Services this morning to ask if they could tell me if any dealers had the spec of Golf I was interested in as a demonstrator. The chap said he would check the database and ring me back. Ten minutes later he did ring back and with three dealers in my area who had one. When I did the same with Audi Customer Services a few weeks back they told me they had no list of what demonstrators were being run by their dealers. It seems VW are a bit more interested in individual customers than Audi.