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The newest batch of compacts from your favorite Germans pitted against one another. Obviously we're going to be abit biased here but its good for context no ?

When looking at Standard Equipment I am of the opinion that the Q3 walks the competition. Offering panoramic roof, Xenon headlamps, heated leather seats and LED tail lamps and DRL's the Audi is clearly outpacing its rivals. ANd its no accident either.

Audi enjoys a certain strategic weapon when facing its Teutonic rivals. Its called modular, MQB and MLB are their modular transverse and longitudinal platforms that can be scaled up or down at a whim. The Q3 uses the PQ35 platform which is shared with the Tiguan, Scirocco and the Mk5 and on Jettas/Golf. As you can see the platform has done its duty andpaid itself back in spades, this is how Audi is able to offer head and shoulders better standard equipment.

Where the Q3 suffers dearly against its rivals is fuel efficiency. The Q3 is expected to return numbers in the ball park of 22 US mpg, while the X1 offers 28 US MPG and the GLA a significantly better 30 US MPG. This could be the one Achilles heal of the Q3.

Q3 Standard Features:
  • 200 hp 2.0-liter TFSI® engine with six-speed Tiptronic® transmission
  • Panoramic sunroof with power retractable sunshade
  • Audi xenon plus front lighting with LED DRLs and taillights
  • Heated, 12-way power front seats
  • Leather seating surfaces
  • Audi advanced key
  • Standard 18-inch wheel
BMW X1 Standard Features:
  • Hill Start Control
  • Brake Assistance
  • Turbocharged 2.0-Liter I4 with STEPTRONIC Manually Interactive Automatic Transmission
  • Bluetooth
  • MP3/iPod integration
  • Dual zone climate control
  • 8 way Adjustable, Leatherette Seats
  • Trailer Stability Asisst
  • Heated Washer System
  • Rain Sensing Vehicle Speed Sensitive Variable Intermittent Windshield Wipers
  • 17 inch Alloys
GLA Standard Features:
  • Collision Prevention Assist
  • Attention Assist
  • 18 inch wheels
  • Chrome roof rails
  • 5.8" color display
  • Bluetooth
  • M270 2.0T 4 cylinder engine
  • 7 speed DCT gearbox
The one thing to consider, is that without Quattro the Q3 will operate as FWD. I'm not completely sure if Quattro will be offered standard, but i don't think so. The GLA also operates in FWD with AWD optional. The X1 may have the most appeal to typical premium shoppers offering RWD standard with optional all wheel. It will be interesting to see how that comes into play as all three diminutive CUV's are priced in the territory of well optioned CRV/RAV4's/Escapes. These shoppers will likely have no issues with FWD, however luxury shoppers coming from an upmarket model may find fault, Say your typical GLK/Q5/X3 owner who has become accustomed to premium RWD...
 

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I think that Audi made a good decision offering more things standard on the Q3 than its competitors did in their entrants into the segment. Cheap becomes expensive awfully fast when you start adding options so now Audi can claim that their vehicle isn't a wolf in sheep's clothing. It is affordable and you won't have to pay thousands for options.
 

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more standard features sure does help them to stand out, meanwhile MB makes you choose packages and just about everything you need and want
 

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BMW seems to be offering more stand as well. Could this be the big mistake of the GLA?

It also might make these lower priced models seem "luxury" as opposed to the Mercedes that doesn't seem very luxurious unless you spend plenty extra on options.
 

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GLA doesnt come standard with leather of leather like seats

Q3 comes standard with xenons where as the others dont

The X1 heated washer system is pretty cool. Does the X1 have a 6 speed auto?
 

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GLA doesnt come standard with leather of leather like seats

Q3 comes standard with xenons where as the others dont

The X1 heated washer system is pretty cool. Does the X1 have a 6 speed auto?
yea thats what that steptronic is. 6 speed with manual mode...
 

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So the GLA is the only one to step to 7 gears. I really like the idea of heated washer system

Wonder if I can retrofit some sort of system to the Q3.
 

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Will people even use the 7th gear on the GLA that often though? I think people will get more use out of many of the features that come standard on the other two vehicles over that.
 

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I think if someone is going fast on the highway, not crazy fast, they'll likely use it to keep up the high speed they're at and to keep RPM's low.
 

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So the GLA is the only one to step to 7 gears. I really like the idea of heated washer system

Wonder if I can retrofit some sort of system to the Q3.
no i dont think so. Its not exactly easy to just slip a new gear box in there... Either it needs to be designed for the vehicle specifically or the rest of the vehicle needs to be altered. Not to mention the mess its going to cause with ECU mapping...
 

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Going to be an interesting battle, i'll say that much. As nice as both look on paper we'll have to see how they do in the real world.
 

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The CLA has the leg up when it comes to aerodynamics though. That car has very little drag. The Q3 won't be able to compete with that. It still could have comparable mpg, but I don't think it will win the "war"
 

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The CLA has the leg up when it comes to aerodynamics though. That car has very little drag. The Q3 won't be able to compete with that. It still could have comparable mpg, but I don't think it will win the "war"
Aerodynamics do matter, great if you will be using it on the highway a lot as in that situation you can make the most of it. But overall I don't think many buyers will care.
 

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It probably makes more sense to compare the GLA, GLC, X Class to the Q1/Q2/Q3
I would love to oblige but GLC and X class are still an inkling in doctor Z's glasses at this point. Same goes for Q2, Q1 is in the same boat as GLA, very little information to build off of at this point...

Which brings me to another thought, does Q3 really compete with GLA or is it better suited to GLK?
 

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Just going off of proportions alone it doesn't seem like the Q3 and GLK will compete, it seems more likely to be the GLA. Same proportions, segment, etc.
 
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