The Audi Q3 has always been the entry-level Audi SUV in the North American market. It’s the crossover that A3 and A4 customers switch to when they need some extra space. For those customers, the Q3 deal just got a bit sweeter, as a new entry-level model will be available for the 2021 model year — the Audi Q3 40 TFSI.
To start, the Audi Q3 40 TFSI will ring in at just $34,000 before destination. While that’s only $2,000 cheaper than the current Q3 45 TFSI, it offers customers a way to get most of the standard features of the ’45 for less money. So where’s the compromise? Its engine.
Powering the Audi Q3 40 TFSI is the same basic 2.0 liter turbocharged four-cylinder as every other Q3 but it’s been detuned to 184 horsepower and 236 lb-ft of torque. However, that engine is paired with the same seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox and all-wheel drive as every other model. So you’re not losing out on all-weather traction or snappy paddle-shifts.
The list of standard kit is also quite good. It still gets the same Touch Response MMI system, digital gauges, eight-way power front seats, lane departure warning, high-beam assist and three-zone climate control. It also even gets a unique look and new unique wheels that are only available on the Audi Q3 40 TFSI, not its more expensive 45 TFSI siblings.
This new entry-level Q3 allows Audi to offer a premium, all-wheel drive crossover at a low price and offer extremely low lease deals. So customers who would traditionally buy an Audi A3 might actually move up to the Q3, as the lease payments will be extremely similar. So if you’re an Audi A3 customer and want to add some more space and practicality, the new Audi Q3 40 TFSI might be just the thing for you. Sure, it’s going to be slower but it will be more car in every other way.