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NEW 2018 Audi Q3

Last Updated: 7th Nov 2018
NEW 2018 Audi Q3

27th September 2018

The second-generation Audi Q3 is about to go on sale. Having sold more than 1.1 million Q3s since the start of production in 2011, the stakes are high for continued success. In this situation, manufacturers usually take one of the following two steps:

  1.    Play the safe card of bringing out a ‘new’ car which looks and drives the same.
  2.    Or riskily introduce a revamped model in the hope it’ll be just as or more appealing than the former generation.

Breaking the norm, Audi has chosen the latter with the Q3.

Audi’s new small SUV has arrived with more tech, more space and an even better look.

When the Q3 originally arrived, the crossover scene was scarce. It’ll be a whole different story for the new-generation SUV, entering a now dominated segment with tough competition including the BMW X1, Volvo XC40 and Mercedes GLA. Not to forget, Land Rover is expected to launch an updated version of the Evoque soon that will no doubt add more spice to the rivalry.

So does the Q3 have what it takes to be in the game?

This time around, Audi has moved away from the rounded shape of its predecessor and gone with an angular, more defined appearance. Inspiration from the new Q8 is clear. To no surprise, the trademark octagonal single-frame grille makes an appearance, a small-scale version of that found on the Q3’s bigger SUV brother. All of this together makes for quite a handsome car.

It’s agreeable that the Audi Q3’s interior hasn’t exactly been class-leading, or ranking anywhere with that of its rivals even. Up until now, that is. Out with the old and in with the new, the interior has gone from being a downfall to being one of the new car’s biggest strengths. It’s an immaculate cabin with extensive equipment even in the entry-level models, including Audi’s Virtual Cockpit display and a 10inch high-resolution touchscreen integrated into the centre console.

There’s plenty of space inside too. You’ll find plenty of head and leg room in both the front and back seats, significantly more space than found in the rivalling Mercedes-Benz GLA.

Boot space beats most vehicles from the same class with significantly more space. Even with back seats in the most rearward position, the Audi Q3 provides more boot space than in the BMW X1.

At launch, you will have a choice of four engines.

35 TFSI

  •         1.5-litre petrol
  •         Front-wheel drive
  •         Seven-speed S-tronic gearbox
  •         148bhp

40 TFSI

  •         2.0-litre petrol
  •         Quattro all-wheel drive
  •         Seven-speed S-tronic gearbox
  •         187bhp

45 TFSI

  •         2.0-litre petrol
  •         Quattro all-wheel drive
  •         Seven-speed S-tronic gearbox
  •         227bhp

35 TDI

  •         2.0-litre petrol
  •         Quattro all-wheel drive
  •         Six-speed manual gearbox
  •         148bhp

Audi plans to add a 2.0-litre diesel with 187bhp soon after launch.

Official pricing and finance examples are yet to be announced, but we expect the entry-level Audi Q3 35 TDI to go on sale for around £31,000 when hitting showrooms in November.

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