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WORLD PREMIERE: Audi Q3 Sportback — The Q3 Loses Some Roof

Audi Q3 Sportback

Since the release of the new Audi Q3, it hasn’t really been much of a secret that Audi’s been working on a sportier variant. The coupe-ification of SUVs and crossovers is being incredibly popular, so it’s no great shock that Audi has done the same with its Q3. Which is why we now have this — the Audi Q3 Sportback.

The new Audi Q3 Sportback is essentially a standard Q3 that’s been given a bit of a haircut. The main difference, stylistically, between the two cars is the roofline. While the Q3 is more of a traditional crossover, the Q3 Sportback features a much more aggressively raked roof and some sportier touches. Though, it must be said that Audi may be the best at making these sorts of “coupe-like” crossovers. While the new Q3 Sportback isn’t exactly a stunner, it’s better looking than the BMW X2 with which it competes.

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Audi Q3 Sportback

It also get similarly flared wheel arches to the standard Q3, though the front ones are a bit more pronounced on the Q3 Sportback. At the front, the Audi Q3 Sportback gets an RS-style grille, while the standard car has the same grille as every other normal Audi. This makes the Sportback seem much more aggressive and actually makes a bit difference. Also, and maybe it’s just me, but it has a whiff of Lamborghini Urus to it when seen at the rear three-quarters view.

Inside the Audi Q3 Sportback, it’s essentially no different than its more normal sibling. So it still gets the same great cabin as the Q3, with the new Touch Response MMI system but conventional climate controls. It also has the same funky dashboard and door panels, with Alcantara trim.

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Audi Q3 Sportback Interior

As far as engines go, the Sportback gets all the same turbocharged diesel and petrol engines as the normal car, with the same transmission options as well. Its Quattro all-wheel drive system is standard on some of the higher-trim engine options and is the same Haldex-based system as the regular Q3. So it should also drive the same. Like the standard Q3, the Audi Q3 Sportback gets progressive (variable) steering as standard, with the same suspension setup as well. So it shouldn’t feel much different, if any different at all, than the regular Q3.

So the entire purpose of buying the Audi Q3 Sportback is to get a little more style. If you need a small crossover but are willing to trade some utility and interior space for some sportier styling, than the Q3 Sportback is for you. Pricing starts at €40,200 for the Q3 Sportback 35 TDI and €46,200 for the 45 TFSI Quattro. All models will go on sale in Europe this Fall. If you’re in North America, you’re out of luck, as the Q3 Sportback will not be crossing the Atlantic.

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Nico DeMattia

I've been in love with cars since I was a kid, specifically German cars. Now I get to drive them talk about them on the internet.