Audi Q3 to debut at Shanghai Auto ShowCompact SUV to go on sale in UK in November

13 April 2011

Audi Q3

Audi Q3 to go up against Range Rover Evoque 

Crossovers are the big thing right now; the Mini Countryman, Nissan Juke, Kia Sportage, BMW X1 and – soon – Range Rover Evoque all cater to the desire for smaller, stylish and more environmentally friendly SUV-style cars.

Never one to be left out, Audi has confirmed it will be joining the fray with the third in its line up of Q-badged crossovers, the Q3.

Slotting in beneath the Q5, the Q3 will start at around £25,000 when it reaches the UK in November.

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Audi Q3: £3k cheaper than the Range Rover Evoque

Audi Q3

The Q3 will be the cheapest off-road influenced Audi in the range

A range of four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines, four-wheel drive on top models and a more efficient version of Audi’s S Tronic dual-clutch automated transmission are all part of the package. However, the somewhat unadventurous styling offers a more conservative approach than some of its more outgoing rivals.

That starting price is also some £3,000 cheaper than the entry level Q5 and nearly £7,000 cheaper than an A4 Avant Allroad, making the Q3 the most affordable off-road influenced Audi in the range.

And it’s also nearly £3,000 cheaper than the new Range Rover Evoque.

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Audi Q3: Wide range of engines and specs

Audi Q3

Both two- and four-wheel-drive options will be available

The range will comprise 170hp and 211hp versions of Audi’s 2.0-litre TFSI petrol engine and 177hp and, later, 140hp 2.0-litre TDI diesels. All but the latter will boast Quattro four-wheel drive, the front-drive only 140hp diesel promising 54.3mpg fuel consumption as the pay-off for ditching the 4x4 drivetrain.

Models with the S Tronic gearbox get a new feature to help their efficiency too, the gearbox effectively running in neutral and coasting while off the throttle to improve fuel consumption figures and reduce CO2 emissions. Start-stop and low rolling resistance tyres also help.

Over and above the standard SE trim the usual S line option will also be available and is distinguished by 18-inch wheels, beefed up styling and signature LED running lights. Audi Drive Select with the familiar three-mode settings for throttle, steering and other systems is among the options. Google-enabled online connectivity via your phone and the MMI display also on the way.

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