The brand new Audi Q3 is bound to be a best seller, considering the package it brings to the
table. The competition is now a bit long in the tooth and the Q3 seems to have everything it
needs to capitalize on that. Audi announced earlier this week that orders for new model are now
open, and you can get one starting at €33,700 in Europe. The new model is not yet available in
On Audi’s home-ground, in Germany, the car is available from the get go with two engine
choices. The entry-level one is a 1.5-liter TFSI petrol, turbocharged 4-cylinder unit developing
150 HP and 250 Nm (184 lb-ft) of torque. It features the cylinder on demand system, which
switches off the second and third cylinder temporarily at low and medium loads, thus helping
reduce fuel consumption.
With the manual six-speed transmission, the Audi Q3 35 TFSI accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h
(62 mph) in 9.6 seconds, and takes it to a top speed of 211 km/h (131.1 mph). Go for the
automatic S-Tronic gearbox and the 7-speed will get you up to the same benchmark speed 0.4
seconds faster, but limit you to a top speed of 207 km/h (128.6 mph).
If you want to do down the diesel route, the Audi Q3 35 TDI comes with a 2-liter 4-cylinder mill
under the hood and can only be had with the S-Tronic transmission. The performance figures
are the same as in the case of the petrol 35 TFSI model with the automatic cog swapper but
you’ll get a lot more range out of a full tank. US customers are currently limited to old model
which comes with the good-old 2-liter TFSI 4-cylinder TFSI engine and a six-speed automatic
The new Audi Q3 will be manufactured at the Gy?r plant in Hungary and will be on offer for the
first orders in the ‘Edition One’ guise. This brings extensive equipment as standard, starting with
the S line exterior package, sport suspension, 20-inch wheels and Matrix LED headlights, and
continuing with sport seats, a flat-bottomed leather steering wheel and the contour/ambient
lighting. Sporty Pulse Orange and Elegant Chronos Gray are available as paint finishes.