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There’s nothing like a good haircut and a couple of shopping bags filled with new trendy clothes to make you feel like a new person. It’s in the subtle changes, yet the overall look is improved; enhancing the way you feel about yourself. That’s the sense I got from the refreshed Audi Q3 – it feels better about itself.

Since its launch in 2012, the Q3 has been a firm favourite – selling over 5000 units locally. Now better than ever, the Q3 offers greater performance, more equipment and a more aggressive design. The new Audi Q3 features a more imposing 3D-design front grille, revised bumpers and headlights with the rear featuring new bumpers and taillight design.

On review is the 2.0TFSI Quattro Q3 which sits under the flagship, RS Q3. Fitted with a 2.0 turbo charged engine, it charges out an impressive 132kW of power. This power is sent through to the roads surface via all four wheels, using Audi’s world renowned Quattro system. The engine is mated to a razor sharp 7-speed double clutch automatic gearbox, S tronic. This means come rain or sunshine, the Q3 stays firmly planted in almost all road conditions and surfaces. Hitting 0 to 100 in 7.6 seconds and consuming 8.2l of the finest octane fuel while darting around town.

The Q3 really isn’t the poor brother to bigger siblings, the Q5 and Q7. Rather it is tailored for a single adventure, a young couple, or a family of four. It’s an SUV with hot hatch charisma and exploratory charm.

Beautifully appointed and solidly made – the Q3 is essentially a modern day version of the hatch: quick, practical, comfortable, sassy all while offering the benefit of an elevated ride.

Priced from R410 500 for the entry level 1.4 TFSI two wheel drive version. The 2.0 TFSI which I reviewed is priced at R499 500, while the range topping RS Q3 retails for a lofty R769 500.

My money would be on the entry level 1.4 TFSI model with the optional S tronic automatic gear box.

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