Economical to run, fun to drive and more than capable across multiple terrains and types of weather, the Q3 may be the perfect mini-SUV
Despite its relatively small size, the Q3 is a compact SUV that looks the part in every way. It's not as long or elegant as Audi's range of hatchbacks, but its broad and capable looks ooze confidence in its own abilities on both the road and rougher terrain. It comes with the same stylishly slim headlights as other Audis, continuing the German manufacturer's dedication to cool with its LED running lights, whilst highly polished chrome surrounds the grille to increase the Q3's sense of both fun and substance.
Audi's focus on providing the very best quality components to enrich the experience of its customers pays off dividends inside the Q3's cab. The surfaces are all constructed using the highest quality materials, which are either sleek and striking to look at or soft and tactile to the touch. Meanwhile the buttons on the dashboard and elsewhere are a pleasure to use and never feel less than solid and substantial. Visibility for the driver is also high on the Q3's agenda, with narrow front windscreen pillars and a low window line allowing for especially clear views of oncoming traffic.
The new Audi Q3 comes with the choice of two petrol engines and three diesel engines. The petrol engines include a two-wheel-drive 1.4-litre option, available with Cylinder on Demand technology and capable of 148bhp, and an all-wheel-drive 2.0-litre engine which can give you 178bhp. If you opt for a diesel engine however, you will be able to choose between a 2.0-litre TDI with two or four-wheel drive (thanks to Audi's quattro system) that can produce either 148bhp or 182bhp.
The Q3 comes with Dynamic Suspension as standard, whilst the S Line and Black Edition trim packages feature an even lower, sportier suspension.
As a compact SUV for all tastes, the new Audi Q3 comes well equipped across each trim package. The entry-level Q3 comes with start/stop technology to decrease emissions, automatically activating lights and wipers and a rear parking sensor, whilst higher specification trims also include the Audi Parking System Plus and cruise control.
Obviously safety is an important aspect to consider when choosing a compact SUV, so potential buyers will be pleased to hear that the Q3 has a five-star crash rating from Euro NCAP.
For more information about the new Audi Q3, including trim packages and finance options, visit Marshall Audi at Newbury or Oxford.
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