Available at launch in a choice of Sport and S line, with the top-of-the-line Vorsprung trim to follow. A bolder emphasis on the sportiness which defines what it means to be an SUV; large side air inlets, wider wheel arches and a long roof edge spoiler feature. The colour-contrasting wheel arch trims and optional contrasting paint for the lower body play to an offroad look. Eleven paint colours are available, including Pulse orange and Chronos grey. The 18-inch wheel design in the Sport version, and a 19-inch for the S line suit the bold nature of a front-end defined by the Singleframe grille with octagonal design and eight vertical bars.
Grown in size, the new Q3 facilitates the inclusion of considerably more knee room, headroom and elbow room from the supportive Sport seats. A simplified instrument panel including a MMI Navigation Plus with 10.1-inch touchscreen as standard creates a sophisticated cabin space. With the central screen tilted towards the driver, together with a similar sized Audi Virtual Cockpit display behind the wheel, map displays, information on music tracks and driver data is in the direct field of view.
In the dark, the optional contour/ambient lighting package sets pinpoint lighting accents on the centre console and on the doors. It can be set to 30 colours and also illuminates the storage compartment under the instrument panel as well as the quattro logo above the glove compartment, or the Audi rings on front-wheel-drive models.
A choice of 4 four-cylinder, turbocharger engines will power the new Audi Q3 - three TFSI and one TDI, ranging from 150PS – 230PS. Using the new Audi naming convention, the base engine will be badged 35 TFSI and will be fitted with a fast-shifting seven-speed S tronic and front-wheel drive. The quattro options will be badged a 40 TFSI ad 45 TFSI, both 2-litre engines with seven-speed S tronic, and a 35 TDI 150PS with a manual transmission.
The sophisticated four-link rear suspension underpinning the Audi Q3 has been tuned to feel palpably more comfortable yet familiarly assured and responsive, helped by the latest car’s longer wheelbase. Keen drivers can adjust the characteristics of the new Audi Q3 to suit their preferences using the standard Audi Drive select dynamic handling system. To increase the economy of a journey, cylinder on demand (COD) will temporarily switch off two cylinders at low load, and combined with the Audi Drive Select option for efficiency – the new Q3 is impressively fuel-efficient.
The Audi smartphone interface links the MMI display to your intuitive device – which can benefit from wireless charging - and with Bang & Olufsen Premium Sound System, you can connect your phones music to three-dimensional audio through 15 loudspeakers. In addition, the Audi Q3 with MMI navigation plus also comes with new natural-language voice control. It also understands freely structured wording and even asks questions if necessary, allows corrections, offers choices and defers to the speaker when interrupted.
Hybrid radio is also included in the specification. Depending on a station’s signal strength it automatically switches between FM, DAB and the online stream to ensure optimum reception at all times.
The Audi Q3 is also at the top of its class when it comes to assist systems. The highlight is the adaptive cruise assist, which incorporates the functions of Adaptive Speed Assist, Traffic-jam Assist and Active Lane Assist - substantially enhancing comfort on long journeys in particular. Maneuvering is made easy thanks to functions such as the Park Assist; steering the SUV automatically into and out of parking spaces.
The four 360-degree cameras provide another useful function. They show on the large infotainment screen the immediate surroundings of the Audi Q3 when moving at speeds up to 6.2 mph. Touch operation allows the driver to switch between various views. In addition to the virtual bird’s eye view, the reversing camera view and the front and rear 180° panoramic view, there is a detailed view of the front and rear wheels. This enables the driver to manoeuvre precisely up to the curb.