Audi Q3 vs Toyota Fortuner in a classic Tug-of-War contest

Tug of war is an easy way to find out the more powerful vehicle. However, it does have a few adverse effects on the mechanicals of the vehicle. Doing tug-of-war gives out the winner square and straight. There are numerous tug-of-war videos on the Internet. Here is one more and this one is between the legendary Toyota Fortuner and the Audi Q3.

One should note that Audi does not offer the Q3 in India after the BS6 emission norms. However, the German luxury brand is likely to bring back the vehicle in the Indian market in the future.

The tug-of-war between the two SUVs is done by HEAT17. Both the models are top-of-the-line diesel automatic variants. The Audi Q3 getting tested here is the 35 TDI Quattro. It gets powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged diesel engine that generates a maximum power of 182 Bhp and a peak torque of 380 Nm.

The Toyota Fortuner used in this video is the top-of-the-line Sigma diesel automatic. It gets powered by a 2.8-litre turbocharged diesel engine that develops a maximum power of 174 Bhp and a peak torque of 450 Nm.

Audi Q3 vs Toyota Fortuner in a classic Tug-of-War contest

The video shows a tug of war between both vehicles on a wet, dirt surface. The video shows Toyota Fortuner and Audi Q3 matching their powers initially and both vehicles struggling to pull each other. However, in the end, the Fortuner shows its mettle and pulls the Q3 to win the round. Even though the Q3 lost, it did hold the ground for a good amount of time before Fortuner won the battle.

How less powerful Fortuner won?

Even though on paper, the Fortuner is less powerful, it generates a greater amount of torque. And the torque is a much more important factor when it comes to tug-of-war. With 100 Nm of extra torque, the Fortuner easily wins the challenge.

There are other factors as well. The Fortuner is much heavier than the Q3. There is a weight difference of about 300 kg and that makes a lot of difference in the vehicle. With higher weight, the wheels get better traction. Now coming to the wheels themselves, the Fortuner gets bigger tyres, which means that a wider patch of the tyre makes contact with the ground, again increasing the traction.

Both the vehicles here have highway terrain tyres. However, we are not sure about the health of the treads as they can play an important factor in providing ample grip and traction to the vehicle.

In a drag race or a top speed test, the Audi Q3 will definitely offer better performance than the Fortuner. As the Q3 is lighter and more powerful, it translates into better on-road performance.

Shantonil Nag

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