It’s one of the best compact SUVs on the market and now Audi has made its Q3 even better by announcing a new entry-level spec and a premium S line trim for its quattro models.
The entry-level model is the 1.4 TFSI which is only available in front wheel drive and which is being pitched as an alternative to the Q3’s 2.0 TDI.
Available with either a seven speed ‘S tronic’ twin clutch automatic gearbox or a six speed manual makes the car’s handling quite impressive. In the manual gearbox version the economy should be around 48mpg, which drops slightly in the automatic to 46mpg.
Economy and performance in the Audi Q3
There’s a simple decision to be made for anyone interested in the Audi Q3, because if they want economy they will opt for the manual entry level version and if they want performance they will head for the automatic.
That’s because the ‘S tronic’ gearbox will take the car from 0-62 mph in 8.9 seconds and has a 126mph top speed. The manual version will cover the same test in 9.2 seconds.
Prices for the entry-level Audi Q3 in the SE trim version start at £23,870.
Audi has also announced that it’s not just catering for people looking to get into the Q3 at a lower level, there’s also a premium version too with the S line Plus model, starting at £31,835 which has a 2.0 litre TFSI petrol turbo engine and a six speed manual gearbox.
The new spec includes new alloy wheels, privacy glass, cruise control and Audi’s parking system. Standard equipment on the S line includes xenon headlights, exclusive S line bodystyling, rain and light sensors, Bluetooth interface and voice control for many of the entertainment functions.
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Both models are part of the German carmaker’s aim to reduce its engine capacities to be more efficient without losing any performance and they both benefit from the ‘comfort-orientated dynamic suspension’ which helps to make the car a pleasant experience on rough surfaces.
Audi also says that there’s also a no cost option of both new models having their suspension lowered by 20mm if preferred.
Both new models of the Audi Q3 are available to order now.