• Audi launched the Q3 Sportback towards the end of 2020.
• It's the second model in the Q3 range and offers a redesigned exterior.
• An RSQ3 Sportback model will launch in 2021, offering a high performance option.
• We drive the top of the range model: 40 TFSI Quattro.
With everything that's going on in the world, it's rare to find a moment of peace and be in the moment. There are so many distractions, from our phones to our thoughts that it is hard to concentrate.
Many people find peace and tranquility in nature. Taking a walk in a forest or hike up a mountain can alleviate some of the stresses we deal with.
I found myself not thinking about the hustle of life for a few minutes while on a run in the city this week. Plonked down a on bed of thick grass, I gazed at Table Mountain as the 'pillowy' white clouds swept over the edge. There was no one close by and I took some time to reflect and wipe my sweaty brow.
An hour prior to a break at the Waterfront's Battery Park, I parked the new Audi Q3 Sportback in Gardens and ventured into the city, on my two 'wheels'. The CBD was deserted, and the only people were several call centre agents having a smoke break.
I thought it would be cool to do the same route, but instead of panting like Fluffy, I'd see how the Q3 Sportback handles the CBD's streets. At least I'd be super comfortable in the leather pews.
This is the first time Audi has handed the Sportback treatment to an SUV in its range. It's aimed at young, wealthy people who prefer a stylish, sleek-looking SUV.
The Sportback is placed above the normal Q3 and priced from the R693 000. This model is the more powerful 40 TFSI, powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged motor producing 132kW, and a meaty 320Nm. A seven-speed S-Tronic gearbox with two clutches sends power to all four wheels.
I really enjoyed the Sportback deftness through the deserted city streets. For this exercise, I used the paddle shifts to change gears and the 'box didn't show much lag when changing up or down.
The planted feel and excellent grip from the Quattro system mean there were no sweaty palm moments. The steering has a good feel, but perhaps is too light for my liking. Even in the sportiest setting, it could do with a tad more weight.
Practically, the Sportback offers a 530-litre boot that can be extended to 1400 litres with the rear seats folded down. The test unit was fitted with a 20cm touchscreen that houses the infotainment system's operations. Everything in the cabin is well made, and the level of engineering is superb, typical Audi.
The test unit was fitted with a brilliant Bang and Olufsen sound system. It emits a clear, crisp sound that's like honey in your mouth, absolutely delicious.
With a standard price of R737 000, the 40 TFSI model is dear. But if I had to choose between running in the city or behind the wheel of the latest stylish Audi coupe SUV, it would be the latter.