Audi unveils refreshed Q3

November 7, 2014 | By | In News

Audi has revealed an updated version of its Q3 compact SUV, which boasts refreshed styling, new engines and a raft of extra equipment.

Starting from £25,340 and rising to £30,820 on the road, the new model will be available to order from the end of November, with the first customer cars expected for delivery next spring.

A highlight amongst the updates is the inclusion of Audi’s fantastic 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine, from the A1 and A3 hatchbacks. Making up the entry model to the range, the new engine is capable of whisking the Q3 from 0-62mph in 8.9 seconds, when equipped with the optional six-speed S tronic automatic gearbox.

Its impressive fuel economy and CO2 emissions figures (50.4mpg and 128g/km respectively) are in part down to the engine’s cylinder deactivation technology, which can shut down individual cylinders when cruising to save fuel.

The existing 2.0-litre petrol and diesel units have each been fettled for minor horsepower and economy improvements, with the 148bhp diesel unit now emitting CO2 at a rate of just 119g/km.

Design updates to the exterior are of the ‘blink and you’ll miss them’ variety, though there the new model wears a new grille, redesigned bumpers and headlights (full LED units on S Line models and above). A new range of alloy wheel designs is also offered.

The new Q3 is available in the same trim levels as before: SE, S line and S line Plus. All models are fitted with dual-zone climate control, Bluetooth connectivity and automatic lights and wipers.

Sporty S line trim adds part-leather upholstery, sports suspension (which can be swapped back to comfort spec at no extra cost) and a smattering of S line badges in the cabin.

Range-topping S line Plus models are further bestowed with sat nav, cruise control and a larger alloy wheels.

Don’t want to buy new? Search for a used Audi Q3 here.

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