You'll have a hard time noticing it, but the Q3's second facelift has landed in U.K. together with a revised model lineup.
Introduced in 2011 and refreshed three years later, the compact crossover from Audi is soldering on for a couple of more years until the second-gen’s arrival. In a bid to keep the sales number at a high and steady level, Audi U.K. is simplifying the model lineup from four to just three trims: Sport, S Line Edition, and Black Edition.
The cheapest version money can buy will set you back £26,600, while the range-topping version will begin at £36,945 before adding any of the available optional goodies. Regardless of trim, all Q3s will have satellite navigation, dual-zone climate control, light and rain sensors, as well as rear parking sensors. Upgrade to the S Line Edition or Black Edition model and Audi will also throw in front parking sensors and it will also replace the base model’s xenon headlights, LED daytime running lights and taillights with full-LED headlights and those fancy “scrolling” rear turn signals, also using light-emitting diodes.
Being the flagship model, the Q3 Black Edition has a wider array of kit, including a Bose sound system, privacy glass, and beefy 19-inch alloy wheels. As the name of the trim implies, it comes with an assortment of black accents both inside and out, as well as tinted rear windows and a powered tailgate also standard on the lesser S Line Edition.
Depending on selected trim, Audi U.K. is selling the facelifted Q3 with a turbocharged 1.4-liter gasoline engine with 150 horsepower delivered exclusively to the front wheels through a six-speed manual or an S Tronic dual-clutch automatic. Should you want more punch, there’s also a 2.0-liter unit producing 180 hp available with the same gearboxes, and in this case the crossover will have the grippy Quattro system.
On the diesel side, there’s only a 2.0 TDI available in 150 hp and 184 hp flavors and also the same transmission choices. The lesser version can be had with both FWD and AWD, whereas the stronger diesel is Quattro-only.
Audi U.K. will start taking orders for the Q3 facelift from Tuesday and will have it in dealerships across the country before the year’s end.
2017 Audi Q3
NEW AUDI Q3 BLACK EDITION HEADLINES UPDATED UK RANGE
Popular Black Edition specification reaches Audi compact SUV as part of a package of range-wide styling and equipment enhancements
- Revised Q3 range priced from £26,600 OTR to £36,945 OTR available to order from October 11, 2016 and due in the UK by the end of the year
- New specification line-up replaces SE, S line Navigation and S line Plus with Sport, S line Edition and Black Edition
- Exterior enhancements and equipment upgrades across the board
- Four TDI and TFSI engines offering up to 62.8mpg with CO2 of as little as 117g/km
The dark and brooding good looks of the Black Edition models that have been mainstays of the Audi A4, A5, A6 and A7 Sportback ranges have inspired a new Q3 Black Edition that spearheads a wholesale update of the perenially popular compact SUV line-up. The new top flight Q3 and the sharper, even better equipped versions that sit below it will become available later this month priced from £26,600 OTR, and will reach their first customers towards the end of the year.
As part of the programme of revisions the current Q3 specification structure, starting with SE, moving to S line Navigation and then on to S line plus, has shifted further upwards. At entry level, SE becomes Sport through the addition of SD navigation as standard and through styling enhancements that lend an even more purposeful air, including larger front air vents and a body-coloured front diffuser.
S line Navigation models become S line Edition by gaining standard interior features such as cruise control and the Audi Parking System Plus, and by adopting a new look for the front end, which now incorporates a distinctive horizontal strut spanning its full width, above which are air inlets with more pronounced surrounds and a new diamond-pattern mesh design. They flank a more eyecatching Single Frame grille with a new high gloss finish which is also shared by the air vents.
The main attraction in the range is now the Q3 Black Edition, which stays true to the concept introduced so successfully elsewhere in the Audi range. Replacing the S line plus model, it builds on that version’s already extensive specification with features such as standard metallic paint, privacy glass from the B pillar rearwards and a Bose sound system upgrade, but its key point of differentiation is of course the distinctive black treatment for many of its parts. These start in the cabin with piano black inlays, and continue outside to take in everything from the 19-inch alloy wheels, wheel arch cappings and Single Frame grille surround to the roof rails, rear spoiler and tailpipes, all of which are finished in gloss black.
Aside from the now range-wide satellite navigation, standard equipment for all Q3 models is plentiful, and includes Audi Music and Bluetooth interfaces, sensor control for parking (rear only in the Sport, front and rear in the S line Edition and Black Edition), for lighting and for wiper function, dual-zone climate control and a Concert audio system with DAB radio linked to a 6.5-inch manually retractable colour monitor. Xenon headlamps with LED daytime running lights and LED tail lights feature as standard in Sport versions, while S line Edition and Black Edition specification levels upgrade to all-weather LED headlights and dynamic ‘scrolling’ rear indicators which illuminate sequentially within two-tenths of a second from the inside out in the direction the driver intends to turn.
Under the skin, two TDI diesel and two TFSI petrol engines are available, depending on the chosen specification. The 1.4-litre TFSI with Cylinder-on-Demand technology brings 150PS and the option of either manual or S tronic twin-clutch automatic transmission. It gives the exclusively front-wheel-driven Q3 1.4 TFSI a 0-62mph sprint time of as little as 8.9 seconds (S tronic), but also 51.4mpg capability (manual) based on the combined cycle test. Above it in the petrol line-up is a 2.0-litre TFSI unit with 180PS, which can be linked to either manual or S tronic transmission and works with quattro all-wheel-drive without exception.
Forming the diesel contingent are two four-cylinder, 2.0-litre TDIs with outputs of 150PS and 184PS. When linked to manual transmission and Sport specification with its 17-inch wheels, the 150PS version has the potential to return up to 62.8mpg with CO2 output of just 117g/km.
The 2.0-litre 150PS TDI engine can work with either manual or S tronic transmission and can channel its output through either the front wheels only or through all four with the help of the quattro system. The 184PS version also offers two transmission options, but deploys its heightened power and torque solely via quattro drive.
Audi drive select as standard
The composed agility of the Q3 chassis imparts a nimble feel that belies its SUV dimensions, and the Audi drive select adaptive dynamics system - a standard feature of all Q3 models – enables drivers to make the most of it by adjusting throttle response, automatic transmission shift points and operating characteristics of other optional components such as the damper control system to suit personal preferences.
Up to five adults can enjoy the ride in comfort and with space to spare, and their luggage can be equally comfortably accommodated in the 420-litre load compartment, which in S line Edition and Black Edition versions is accessible at the touch of a button thanks to powered tailgate operation. When the back seat is free, its split backrest can be folded to liberate a total of 1,325 litres of cargo capacity.