The 2020 Audi Q3 45 TFSI doesn’t have a particularly exciting name. In addition, a compact crossover that’s not an S or an RS badge does not have much appeal among enthusiasts. Nevertheless, this particular Q3 is a hot hatch in disguise since it packs the same engine you’ll find in the Volkswagen Golf GTI. It’s a turbocharged 2.0-liter gasoline unit with 227 horsepower (169 kilowatts) and 258 pound-feet (350 Newton-meters).
These are some healthy numbers from a compact model that’s not sold under the Audi Sport banner. To put the punchy output to the test, the folks over at 1001cars on YouTube took the Q3 45 TFSI for an acceleration test and a top speed run. It needed six and a half seconds to complete the 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) journey, which is actually 0.2s slower compared to what it says in Audi’s specs sheet.
The Quattro-enabled crossover with its S tronic automatic transmission has some rather long gear ratios to reduce fuel consumption, so hitting the top speed takes some time. After doing 0 to 124 mph (200 km/h) in 35.3 seconds, it eventually got up to a GPS-verified 132 mph (212 km/h). Let’s just say the Audi Virtual Cockpit’s speedometer going all the way up to 174 mph (280 km/h) is a bit too optimistic…
The Q3 45 TFSI was also subjected to other acceleration tests, which involved the S Tronic to kickdown for better performance. 80 to 120 km/h (50 to 75 mph) took 4.6 seconds, while going from 70 to 140 km/h (43 to 87 mph) required 8.8 seconds. As for the 96 to 161 km/h (60 to 100 mph) run, the task was accomplished in 11 seconds.
The Audi Q3 in this specification won’t break any Nürburgring records that’s for sure, but its engine is more than adequate for what people generally want from a compact crossover.