VIDEO: Can the 2019 Audi Q3 actually climb a mountain?

All current Audi SUVs have a mode in the Drive Select menu called “Offroad”. This mode simply raises the ride height up to its highest setting in vehicles equipped with air suspension. However, aside from that, it’s mostly just some software in its all-wheel drive and traction management systems to tell get through some tricky terrain. The Audi Q3 has an off-road mode as well but literally none of its customers are going to actually take the Q3 off pavement. But what if they did?


In this new video from The Fast Lane Car, we get to take a look at the 2019 Audi Q3 on some very tricky trails in Colorado. Not only that but we get to see how it performs some slip tests, with some of its wheels on rollers.

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For starters, the Audi Q3, in North America, only comes with a 2.0 liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 228 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. That engine is paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox and all-wheel drive. However, unlike most Audis, the Q3 doesn’t actually have Quattro. Instead, it uses a Haldex all-wheel drive system, which means it’s essentially front-wheel drive but can send power to the rear wheels when the fronts start to slip.


While Haldex is perfectly fine for daily use, it’s not exactly well-suited for rock climbing. Though that’s exactly what they do with the Audi Q3 in this new video.

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Watching the Audi Q3 try and climb up steep gravelly hills, over large rucks and through some genuinely tricky terrain is odd to watch. It looks like it’s going to easily get stuck constantly, and it does sometimes, but with just some perseverance, it made it through the entire trail. With just some extra throttle and sticking with it, the Q3’s intelligent brain sends power from the slipping front wheels to the rear wheels to help get it out of a jam.


We won’t spoil the entire video for you, as it’s worth a watch. But it’s a very impressive video and one that proves Audi is very capable of making intelligent all-wheel drive systems, even if they aren’t Quattro.

Nico DeMattia

I've been in love with cars since I was a kid, specifically German cars. Now I get to drive them talk about them on the internet.