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
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.
And it’s also nearly £3,000 cheaper than the new Range Rover Evoque.
Audi Q3: Wide range of engines and specs
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 4×4 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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