| 17th May 2011
Audi has added a new specification to the new Q3 compact SUV.
The latest in Audi’s Q-line will be the smallest in the range and it will sit beneath the Q7 and the Q5.
With order books not set to open until June, Audi has been quick to promote its new model and steal a march on the likes of the BMW X1 when customers receive their new Audi this November.
With a start price of £24,560, the Q3 is the first SUV from the German giants to offer a front-wheel drive version as it looks to drive fuel consumption down across its range.
Four engines in total will be available on the mini-SUV and it is the least powerful engine in the range - 138bhp 2.0-litre TDI – that will front Audi’s efficient version with a combined fuel economy of 54.3mpg.
Every other version will come with Audi’s famed Quattro four-wheel drive with two versions of a 2.0-litre TFSI petrol (168bhp and 208bhp) and a more powerful 2.0-litre TDI engine at 175bhp.
The less powerful diesel and petrol engines will use a six-speed manual transmission as standard while the more potent derivatives are mated to a brand new seven-speed S tronic transmission.
The sophisticated system is available with a drive select adaptive dynamics system which allows for a choice of driving modes including efficiency which monitors accelerator use and disengages the clutch accordingly to improve fuel consumption.
Two specification levels will be available from launch in the form of the entry-level SE and the range topping S.
As standard the SE comes with a comprehensive range of equipment including chrome window trims, aluminium roof rails and 17-inch alloys on the outside as well as some premium features and technology inside including dual-zone climate control, rear parking sensors and a music interface complete with 6.5-inch retractable colour screen.
The S specification adds styling enhancements both inside and outside of the small-SUV as well as xenon headlamps and LED lights at the front and rear of the car at a price of £2,750.
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