AFTER nine years the Audi Q3 is getting a thorough makeover with an all new version of the compact SUV.
You can order this all-new Audi Q3 for your business motoring from autumn; delivery will be late 2018.
1 All new look
The new Audi Q3 certainly looks distinctive. From the front the car is dominated by its octacognal Singleframe grille, gaping lower valance air inlets, and slim headlights.
2 Baby you’ve grown
If the old Q3 was a touch tight on space, not so the new car. You’ll get more leg and knee room. It’s 97mm longer, wider by 18mm, and lower by 5mm thanks to using the Volkswagen Group modula MQB platform (same as the Audi A3). The new Audi Q3 measures 4,485mm long; 1,849mm wide; 1,585mm tall; and its wheelbase has been extended 78mm to 2,681 millimetres. The three-seater rear bench can also be moved fore/aft by 150mm to balance passenger/luggage capacity.
3 Loads more practicality
No lifting the tailgate for you – a powered tailgate is standard. Inside there’s between 530-675 litres of space (depending on rear seat configuration – see above) – and 1525 litres with seats folded down. The loading floor can be adjusted in three levels, and if the parcel shelf is not needed, it can be stowed under the loading floor. Useful.
4 What’s your fuel?
Reflecting the move towards petrol rather than diesel power, there will be three petrol engines and one diesel engine at launch. Entry-level engine is the 150PS 1.5-litre TFSI badged 35 TFSI; followed by a 190PS 2.0-litre TFSI badged 40 TFSI; a 230PS 2.0-litre TFSI badged 45 TFSI; and a 150PS diesel badged 35 TDI.
5 And what spec do you want?
Fewer choices at launch on this front. You can have a Q3 Sport or a Q3 S line. In Sport models there’s full cloth upholstery; in S line a combination of cloth and synthetic Twin leather. No doubt an SE designation – more suited for company car choice – will follow.
6 Digital revolution
It’s all gone digital in the new Audi Q3. Sport and S line versions are fitted with fully digital MMI (Multi Media Interface) touch display with 10.1-inch screen as standard. There’s alsoMMI navigation plus and Audi Virtual Cockpit featuring a 10.25 inch screen within the instrument binnacle.
7 Audi’s myAudi app brings your phone inside the car
The myAudi app connects your smartphone to the new Q3. So navigation routes can be imported via myAudi Navigation. Once you get into your Q3, route guidance is continued on the onboard monitor. The app also supports music streaming and transfers the smartphone calendar onto the MMI. You can also use myAudi app to remotely lock and unlock your car. Or find it if you’ve forgotten exactly where you left it in the car park…Apple Car Play or Android Auto environment can also display on the MMI.
8 Bring on the Bang & Olufsen sound
Great hifi inside your car. Bang & Olufsen’s Premium Sound System with virtual 3D sound is available in the new Q3. The sound system uses 15 loudspeakers and produces a total output of 680 watts. Check out our views on the Audi 3D sound system here: Audi Q7 3.0 TDI: take a seat at Ronnie Scott’s – and give your ears a treat.
9 Keep your business motoring safe
Get safety assistance with your business motoring courtesy of the new Q3. There’s standard Audi Side Assist blind spot alert. Plus lane departure warning with corrective steering intervention. And Audi’s pre sense front safety system – which uses radar to detect potentially critical situations involving pedestrians, cyclists and other vehicles. It provides a series of visual, audible and haptic warning before initiating emergency braking if necessary. Options include adaptive cruise assist and park assist with 3D view.
10 Anything we’ve missed?
Oh yes. Price. We haven’t missed it because Audi hasn’t mentioned that to us yet. But expect it to be from the £28k mark. And drive. There’s front-wheel drive and S tronic auto on the 35 TSFI; and quattro four-wheel drive on the 40 and 45 TFSI models. The business oriented diesel is quattro and manual; but Audi says an S tronic auto with front-wheel drive will be available shortly after launch – which will be good for company car drivers – along with another power option – a 2.0 TDI 190 PS diesel.