ON THE MOVE: Recently launched

By admin
18 May 2012

Audi has expanded its SUV range with the new Q3. This little brother to the popular Q5 and Q7 is specifically designed to compete with the BMW X1 as well as the Hyundai iX35 and the Volkswagen Tiguan, with which it shares some of its genes.

About 4,4 m in length, 1,8 m wide and at a height of 1,6 m the Q3 is fairly compact but with room enough inside for four adults.

Although four of the five Q3 models are equipped with Audi’s Quattro drive they’re more at home in the city and the suburbs than in the veld.

Ground clearance is just 170 mm and like most SUVs they don’t have a low-range gearbox. But SUVs sell like hot cakes and with its modern, stylish look the Q3 should fly out of showrooms. And as befits a modern-day Audi, the Q3 is the epitome of top-quality finishing.

It’s also practical and has 460 litres of storage space.

Buyers can choose between a 2-litre petrol or two diesel engines (both 2-litre, four-cylinder turbos). The models equipped with the 2-litre petrol engine offers power delivery of 125-155 kW and those with turbodiesel versions, 103-130 kW.

Robust, powerful and sporty, the Q3 has a distinctive road stance and its progressive design is tightly integrated into the brand’s design language.

PRICES

• Q3 2.0 TDI 103 kW manual R370 000

• Q3 2.0 TDI 130 kW Quattro S tronic R431 500

• Q3 2.0T FSI 125 kW Quattro manual R404 500

• Q3 2.0T FSI 125 kW Quattro S tronic R421 500

• Q3 2.0T FSI 155 kW Quattro S tronic R467 000

HYUNDAI H1 MULTICAB

Combine a panel van with a people carrier and you get a vehicle suited to just about any transport requirement because you can move both passengers and cargo.

That’s exactly what Hyundai’s new H1 Multicab minibus is. It competes with Mercedes-Benz’s Vito Crewcab and Volkswagen’s T5 Crew Bus among others, and Hyundai says the Multicab is especially targeted at the double-cab bakkie market.

In fact, given it has space for six people and a lot more legroom than any double-cab, bakkie manufacturers need to watch out for this Hyundai.

The load space is massive and like a typical panel van the Multicab has two doors at the back that swing open for easy loading and unloading, as well as two sliding doors on the sides for passengers at the back.

There are just two versions: a 2,4-litre petrol model with a manual gearbox and a 2,5-litre turbodiesel with an automatic gearbox.

PRICES

• H1 Multicab 2.4 (petrol) R279 900

• BH1 Multicab 2.5 (diesel) R339 900

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