Updated Audi Q3 is on the way
How do you improve on something that's already very good? Luckily that's not a question we have to answer so we'll leave it to Audi.
In the last seven years the Audi Q3 has managed to strike the perfect balance between interior space, road presence, and quality and efficiency. It's one of the most popular compact SUVs on the market for a reason. The challenge facing Audi was to maintain that balance whilst keeping the Q3 fresh and contemporary.
The solution is the sharper lines and wealth of technology found in the latest Q3.
Neater creases and sleeker lines give the latest Audi Q3 a significantly more purposeful air than its predecessor, while the octagonal grille, large side air inlets and slim LED headlights with their wedge shape create a distinctive look. A long roof edge spoiler and steeply raked D pillars also contribute to the new stance. The new look Q3 will be available in a choice of 11 paint colours, and initially in Sport or S line specification, the latter featuring exclusive design touches. There are also plenty of options to accentuate the SUV look even further.
The interior of an Audi is always an impressive place to sit and the latest Q3 is no exception. Supportive sport seats with either full cloth upholstery in Sport models or a combination of cloth and synthetic Twin leather in the S line are fitted as standard. The same applies to the fantastic Audi virtual cockpit and MMI touchscreen and SatNav. You also get loads of space, great visibility, and the natural-language voice control found in the latest A8 luxury saloon.
When the order books open for the new Audi Q3 in the autumn you will have a choice of four engines - three petrol and one diesel - offering a good mix of efficiency and performance. A second, more powerful diesel will follow, and no doubt an updated RS version of the new Q3 will also appear at some point too.
The entry-level 147bhp 1.5-litre petrol found in the 35TFSI can, cleverly, temporarily switch off two cylinders at low load to improve efficiency. It will be fitted with a fast-shifting seven-speed S tronic gearbox and front-wheel drive with a six-speed manual option to follow later. If you're looking for an economical family car, or don't cover that many miles on a regular basis, then this is probably the one to go for.
The more powerful 2.0-litre TFSI unit offers a better balance of power and economy. In the Audi Q3 40 TFSI it develops 187bhp while the Q3 45 TFSI will offer 225bhp. Both are paired with the seven-speed S tronic but enjoy the added benefit of Quattro permanent all-wheel drive for better handling. While they will be thirstier than 35TFSI they do offer a more promising drive in terms of performance, at least until a new QRS3 turns up.
The lone diesel, a 2.0-litre unit with 147bhp and 340 Nm of torque will be the best option for fuel economy for those who regularly clock up significant mileage: business users, this is the one you want. The Q3 35 TDI will initially be available with a manual transmission and Quattro drive. A seven-speed S tronic version with front-wheel drive will follow later, as will the 187bhp version of the 2.0 TDI mentioned earlier.
The updated Audi Q3 will appear on the order books in the Autumn - September or October most likely - so now is the perfect time to discuss your lease options ahead of first deliveries at the end of the year.
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