The Audi Q3 has a starting price of £24,560 when order books open in the UK this June. Prices could go as high as £31,360 for the range-topping 2.0-litre TFSI Quattro with 208bhp partnered to the 7-speed S tronic ’box. Deliveries are set to start this November.
The Q3 is available with two diesel (2.0-litre TFSI in 168bhp and 208bhp guises) and two petrol engines (2.0-litre TDI engines with either 138bhp or 175bhp). All of them feature stop-start as standard.
The power for the entry-level petrol and diesel variants will be transferred via a six-speed manual gearbox. Meanwhile, the more potent versions will receive the seven-speed S tronic transmission.
The original plan had been for the 2.0-litre TDI 140PS unit to power the front-wheel-drive model only at launch and deliveries of this car to begin a month later than the rest of the range.
The Q3 will be fitted with a set of 17-inch alloys and aluminum roof rails, and rear parking sensors as standard. For its interior, there will be dual-zone climate control, retractable display screen, Bluetooth, iPod connectivity and light and rain sensors.
For £2750 more, customers can upgrade to the S-line specification to get 18-inch alloys, improved exterior styling, xenon headlamps with LED daytime running lamps and LED rear tail lights. The SE is standard.
Audi is a brand that is recognized for taking its different innovations and ideas exhibited by its show cars and implementing it to their production vehicles. The Audi Q3 is a good example considering that it makes use of ideas taken from the 2007 Quattro Cross Coupé concept car. It sports an advanced design which has been fully integrated with the design language of Audi. As a result, the Audi Q3 has a look that is powerful, strong, and athletic. It also shows that it has a unique attitude when on the road. In terms of design, the headlights of the Q3 are shaped like wedges, much like the Q5 and even the Q7. Meanwhile the turn signals have an aluminum coating and have not only been placed at the back of the sophisticated fascia vapor but have even been placed deep into its body.
The tail lights are large and undivided, keeping it in line with the unique feature that is in many Q models. It even has the same wedge shape as that of the headlights and comes with a 3D appearance that goes on to the interior. Still on the design of the exterior, the front end is clearly sculpted which helps it achieve prominent highlights. The radiator grille has a single frame where the upper corners are slanted and dominating its trellis are vertical elements.
On its side are two lines that ascend which then go to the engine hood. While it comes with the standard fog lights, helping highlight its already powerful appearance are the large air inlets that have those horizontal bars. Also equipped as standard are the daytime running lights with the halogen headlights, as expected from models coming from Audi. Offered as an option are the xenon plus units.
When this option is availed, it puts two LEDs on the daytime running lights that even when working together, it uses up 10 watts but the light is emitted though a light guide. This light guide has a clasp that is flat and shaped like a U. It is open from the outside. A feature that is considered as the first ever for the compact SUV class is that it is possible to match up the headlights with the high-beam assistant, though this is mainly an option.
This combination utilizes a small camera in order to identify if there any other vehicles and then makes the automatic shift from high beams to low beams, and vice-versa. For those with something extra, a high-end option is offered which is the dynamic cornering light and adaptive light. In terms of dimension, figures show that the Q3 is truly dynamic. Length is at 4,385 mm (14.39 ft.) with width is at 1,831 mm (6.01 ft.).
Excluding the roof rail and its antenna, height is at 1,590 mm (5.22 ft.). While the overhangs may be short, the wheelbase comes in at 2,603 mm (8.54 ft.). Giving it a sporty profile is the D-pillars that are steeply inclined. Adding to this look as well is the roof line that’s similar to a coupe. Indeed, this coupe-like roof takes up majority of the side profile as it starts to decline to the back. This same roof line goes to the flat D-pillar which reminds one of A3 models. While the D-pillar does give the rear portion that spirited appearance, highlighting this quality even further is the long roof spoiler.
As expected from the sporty design DNA of the brand, the ratio of the sheet metal to the greenhouse is 2/3:1/3. Housed in its wheel wells are the wheels that measure up to 19 inches and this is compensated by the wheel arches that is now more prominent. The lines on its sides are strikingly drawn which surrounds the arched sheet metal surfaces. As a result of its wedge shape, this gives the Q3 that slender and swift look.
One of the features that define its shadow outline is clearly the tornado line which starts from its headlights and then goes under the window’s edge which then proceeds to its tail lights. Another significant element of the brand’s design DNA is the dynamic line that has been placed on top of the side sills. However, within the sills also lies another line which increases the tightness. Meanwhile, the handles on the doors have been shaped like bows with the side mirrors’ housings having the turn signals equipped with LEDs.
The rear end of the Q3 is truly wide and is underscored by the wrap-around tailgate, another distinguishing quality of Audi’s Q model series. In fact, the tailgate itself is still above its license place but has been pulled back by some centimeters. An electric button helps unlock this tailgate and has been placed just under the edge.