The distinctive Q3 is one of the most affordable ways into a new Audi SUV. A host of engine and trim options make it the perfect choice for drivers of all kinds, ensuring there is a combination that suits busy families and adventurous explorers alike.
The compact Q3 has a sporty coupé-like roofline, offering similar space and practicality to the A3 hatchback in a more rugged package. A new 3D grille, chrome-plated tailpipe and new paint options set it apart from earlier Q3 models. There are three trim levels to choose from: SE, S line Nav, and S line Plus. Each comes with its own unique alloy wheel design, aluminium roof rails and dynamic suspension, which can be lowered by 20mm on S line models at no cost for a sportier look.
S line Nav models add electric door mirrors that fold to guard against damage when parked, plus sporty-looking S line bumpers, air inlets and door trim strips. Upgrading further to S line Plus will also bring you rear privacy glass and metallic paint.
Step inside and you’ll soon realise the Q3 is set up for active lives. Clever 60/40 split-folding rear seats and a practically-shaped 420-litre boot make it easy to carry even awkward items, especially if you specify the optional folding front passenger seat.
All four doors have generous pockets and there are thoughtful storage cubbies dotted around the cabin to mop up all the bottles, sweet wrappers and coffee cups family life can throw at them. There’s ample room in the front for two adults, while another two (or three younger children) will be happy in the back.
There are four engines to choose from: two diesel and two petrol. The lesser-powered versions – a 1.4 TFSI and 2.0 TDI – both offer 150bhp, while a 2.0 TFSI and retuned version of the 2.0 TDI offer around 180bhp.
Every Q3 features fuel-saving Start-Stop systems and energy recuperation technology to reduce CO2 emissions, which is great news for company car buyers, while the 1.4 TFSI also has new Cylinder on Demand technology that deactivates two of the engine’s four cylinders during less strenuous driving. All engines return over 40mpg, with the 150bhp 2.0 TDI capable of over 62mpg.
The two more powerful engines come with Audi’s celebrated quattro all-wheel drive system for off-road ventures, while it’s optional on the lesser-powered diesel too. A six-speed manual gearbox is fitted as standard unless you opt for the 2.0 TFSI, in which case you get a seven-speed automatic. Automatic transmission is available as an option across the rest of the engine range.
The Q3 has received a five-star safety rating from Euro NCAP, with a clutch of airbags protecting passengers from both front and side impacts in the event of a collision.
Bluetooth® technology pairs with your smartphone for hands-free connectivity and audio streaming, while voice controls mean you can keep your hands where they belong: at the controls.
An Audi Concert DAB radio is fitted as standard, containing a CD-drive and an SDHC memory card reader that are both MP3/WMA compatible. Audi’s MMI system is used to operate many of the car’s on-board systems, and the stereo volume will automatically adjust to outside road and engine noise.
S line models come with an SD card-based navigation system to help you reach your destination on time.
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