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Audi Q3 ESTATE 40 TFSI Quattro S Line 5dr S Tronic [C+S Pack]

Audi Q3 40 TFSI Quattro S Line 5dr S Tronic [C+S Pack]
Audi Q3 40 TFSI Quattro S Line 5dr S Tronic [C+S Pack]
Audi Q3 40 TFSI Quattro S Line 5dr S Tronic [C+S Pack]
Audi Q3 40 TFSI Quattro S Line 5dr S Tronic [C+S Pack]
Audi Q3 40 TFSI Quattro S Line 5dr S Tronic [C+S Pack]
Audi Q3 40 TFSI Quattro S Line 5dr S Tronic [C+S Pack]
Audi Q3 40 TFSI Quattro S Line 5dr S Tronic [C+S Pack]
Audi Q3 40 TFSI Quattro S Line 5dr S Tronic [C+S Pack]
Audi Q3 40 TFSI Quattro S Line 5dr S Tronic [C+S Pack]
Audi Q3 40 TFSI Quattro S Line 5dr S Tronic [C+S Pack]
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Audi Q3 40 TFSI Quattro S Line 5dr S Tronic [C+S Pack]
Audi Q3 40 TFSI Quattro S Line 5dr S Tronic [C+S Pack]
Audi Q3 40 TFSI Quattro S Line 5dr S Tronic [C+S Pack]
Audi Q3 40 TFSI Quattro S Line 5dr S Tronic [C+S Pack]
Audi Q3 40 TFSI Quattro S Line 5dr S Tronic [C+S Pack]
Audi Q3 40 TFSI Quattro S Line 5dr S Tronic [C+S Pack]
Audi Q3 40 TFSI Quattro S Line 5dr S Tronic [C+S Pack]
Audi Q3 40 TFSI Quattro S Line 5dr S Tronic [C+S Pack]
Audi Q3 40 TFSI Quattro S Line 5dr S Tronic [C+S Pack]
Audi Q3 40 TFSI Quattro S Line 5dr S Tronic [C+S Pack]

Key Info Compare

  • FuelPetrol
  • TransmissionAutomatic
  • MPG37.70
  • 0-62mph7.4 secs
  • Top Speed136 mph
  • C02170 g/km
  • BHP190
  • Torque236 lbs/f
  • P11D37%

Review

Audi continues to target the ever-growing market for premium-badged mid-sized five-seat SUVs with this second generation version of its stylish little Q3. This car's now cleverer, smarter and more efficient, all of these being attributes it'll need if it's to make headway in this increasingly crowded segment. When it comes to this kind of car, there are certainly cheaper options. The question though, is whether there are really any more desirable ones.

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SUVs don't need to be big to be desirable. Audi aims to prove the point with this MK2 model Q3. Jonathan Crouch reports.

Background

Sales of five-seat Qashqai-class Crossovers have certainly taken off in recent years. Nor is it only the mainstream brands that are offering us cars of this kind - family hatches with raised ride heights and a dose of SUV-style attitude. The premium makers are at it too, with cars like this one, Audi's desirable second generation Q3. This model has been a useful seller for the Ingolstadt maker since the MK1 model's original launch in 2011, but these days, it's facing tougher competition. Its closest rival, BMW's X1, has upped its game, Mercedes also does well in this profitable market niche with its GLA model and the more recent Jaguar E-PACE and Volvo XC40 models have already found a ready band of buyers. For all these reasons, this Audi needed to evolve - as it has in the MK2 model guise we're going to look at here.

Driving Experience

To start with, there are four engine options - three petrol TFSI units and one TDI diesel - with power outputs ranging from 150PS to 230PS. All four engines are four-cylinder direct injection units with turbocharging. Things kick off with the '35 TFSI' front-driven derivative, which offers a 150PS 1.5-litre engine that uses the cylinder on demand efficiency system, which temporarily switches off two cylinders at low load. Buyers choose between a six-speed manual or a seven-speed S tronic automatic. Next up is the 2.0-litre TFSI petrol unit, offered with 190PS in the '40 TFSI' and with 230PS in the '45 TFSI'. Either way, you get S tronic auto transmission and quattro 4WD as standard. For folks still wanting a diesel, there's the '35 TDI', which gets you the usual 2.0-litre TDI powerplant with 150PS. Here, the choice is between a front-driven manual variant or a quattro auto. You can also talk to your Audi Centre about a 190PS version of this diesel engine. Adaptive damping is optional and you can adjust it via the settings of the standard Audi drive select dynamic handling system. Also standard is progressive steering, the ratio of which becomes gradually more direct as the steering angle increases. Hill descent control is also optional, to help you down slippery slopes, should you ever use your Q3 'off piste'.

Design and Build

This second generation Q3 is significantly larger than its predecessor, its 4.48m total length being 97mm longer than the original model. It's also 18mm wider, but sits 5mm lower. The styling's more purposeful this time round and the trademark Singleframe grille is more prominent, with an octagonal design and eight vertical bars. It's flanked by slimmer LED headlamps. Inside, much of the look and feel is borrowed from the brand's larger models, with a reductive instrument panel divided into two levels, the top part including the air vents and the bottom section the large octagonal area with its black-panel look. There's a fully digital instrument panel and an MMI centre-dash touch display surrounded by high-gloss black trim. The other thing that previous Q3 buyers will notice about the interior is the extra spaciousness on offer, made possible thanks to the 78mm of extra wheelbase added to this second generation model. The three-seater rear bench can be moved fore/aft by 150mm and its 40:20:40-split backrest can be tilted in seven stages. Boot capacity totals 530 or 675-litres, depending on the position of the rear seats and backrests. With the backrests completely folded down the figure rises to 1,525-litres. The loading floor can be adjusted in three levels, and the low loading sill of 748 millimetres makes stowing heavy luggage easier.

Market and Model

Prices haven't moved too far. Expect a similar span to the previous model, which means that this Q3 will sit mainly in the £29,000 to £40,000 bracket. For that you'll expect cutting-edge media connectivity - and you'll get it. Take the 'MMI navigation plus' package for example, which recognises the driver's preferences based on previous journeys, allowing it to generate suitable route suggestions. Buyers get a 3 year subscription to the usual 'Audi connect' media package which uses the super-fast LTE Advanced standard and provides its services like high resolution satellite images of Google Earth, a traffic information online system and a point-of-interest search function. Hybrid radio is also included in the specification. Depending on a station's signal strength it automatically switches between FM, DAB and the online stream to ensure optimum reception at all times. The Audi Q3 is near the top of its class when it comes to assist systems. Audi Side Assist blind spot monitoring and a lane departure warning function. Plus Audi's 'pre sense front' autonomous braking system is also included. To suit the mood of the moment, there's a bit of autonomous driving tech too, courtesy of the optional adaptive cruise assist, which works with the S tronic auto transmission and incorporates the functions of adaptive speed assist, traffic jam assist and active lane assist.

Cost of Ownership

The Q3 improves on the already impressive figures of existing models and the Cylinder-on-Demand technology for the latest 1.5-litre engine spells an almost diesel-like return of over 50mpg on the combined cycle. With the front-driven manual version of the 2.0 TDI diesel, expect over 60mpg on the combined cycle and well under 130g/km of CO2. As for maintenance, well servicing your Q3 should be no more taxing than is the case with one of the company's larger cars. As usual with Audi models, there's a choice of either a 'Fixed' or a 'Flexible' servicing regime, the choice between the two depending on the extent of your likely annual mileage. Like most Audi models, once you've taken the pain of the initial asking price, ongoing costs should be manageable. As long as you don't go too berserk when choosing options, you'll have those reassuringly plump Audi residual values to fall back on, by far the biggest ticket item when it comes to overall cost of ownership in this corner of the market.

Summary

Audi knows better than most manufacturers that there's never a one-size-fits-all solution to modern motoring, hence the range of options offered by its various Q-series models. This one could well be all the car you actually need. Don't think of it as a shrunken version of its Q5 compact SUV stablemate. It isn't really any kind of SUV, instead offering a smarter, more up-market take on the current trend towards lifestyle-orientated Qashqai-class five-seat SUVs. Sensible, stylish, fashionable cars that are striking such a sweet spot in the current market. As with almost any model of this kind, this one can easily manage the school run, an extended shopping trip, a weekend away or the annual family ski trip to Chamonix. The difference here though, lies in the quality, the depth of engineering and the sheer feel-good factor that you'll get by having this car on your driveway. Yes, you can certainly buy something slightly bigger and SUV-ish for this kind of money. But after trying a Q3, you probably won't want to.

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Driver Convenience
Cruise control + speed limiter
Rear parking sensors
Audi connect
Audi drive select
Audi lane departure warning
Audi side assist
Audi smartphone interface
Audi Virtual Cockpit - 10.25" display
Bluetooth interface
Hill hold assist
MMI navigation plus with MMI touch
Power opening/closing tailgate
Progressive steering
Reversing camera
Service interval indicator
Stop/start system
Voice control system
Entertainment
6 speakers
DAB digital radio module
Exterior Features
LED headlights with LED daytime running lights and dynamic rear indicator
LED rear lights
Solid paint
Towbar preparation
Acoustic windscreen
Aluminium roof rails
Aluminium window trim
Auto dimming rear view mirror
Body colour door mirrors
Body coloured bumpers
Diffuser in matt Platinum grey
Electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors with integrated LED side indicators
Front and rear electric windows
Front fog lights
Front side air inlets in matt platinum grey
Front spoiler blade in matt platinum grey
Grille vertical bars in aluminium silver/Matt
High gloss black finish B and C pillars
Illuminated door sill trims with S logo
Privacy glass
Rain and light sensors
Rear diffuser strip in selenite silver
S Line badge on wings
S Line front and rear bumpers
Side skirt insert in matt Patinium grey
Titanium black radiator grille
Interior Features
3 spoke leather multi-function steering wheel features ‘S’ badging and grips in perforated leather with contrast stitching
Pulse cloth/twin leather upholstery with sport seats
Tool kit
12V socket in rear centre console
40/20/40 split folding rear seat bench with centre armrest and cupholder
Adjustable rear seat bench/backrest with centre armrest and cupholder
Aluminium door sill trims
Black cloth headlining
Dual zone climate control
Front and rear black floor mats with contrast stitching in rock grey
Front and rear headrests
Front centre armrest with storage compartment and angle adjustment
Front sports seats with S embossed logo
Heated front seats
ISOFIX child seat mounting and Top Tether with front passenger airbag deactivation
Lunar silver cloth headlining
Manual front seats with height adjustment
Perforated leather gearknob
Stainless steel luggage compartment sill finisher
Stainless steel pedals
Technical
Sports suspension
Trim
Leatherette interior elements
Dark matt brushed aluminium inlay
MMI touch colour display in gloss black with aluminium surround
Wheels
19" 5 twin spoke dynamic design alloy wheel
Tyre repair kit
Packs
Multi coloured extended ambient interior lighting pack - Q3
Non smoking pack - Q3
Safety
3x3 point rear seatbelts
6 airbags - Driver, front passenger, curtain and side windows
Electronic stabilisation control including ABS, ASR and EDL
Pre sense basic
Seatbelt monitoring
Tyre pressure warning
Warning triangle and first aid kit
Security
Anti theft alarm
Anti theft wheel bolts
Audi pre-sense front with pedestrain and cyclist recognition
Remote central locking
Emissions - ICE
CO2 (g/km) 170
Standard Euro Emissions EURO 6
Engine and Drive Train
Camshaft DOHC
Catalytic Convertor Yes
CC 1984
Cylinder Layout IN-LINE
Cylinders 4
Engine Layout NORTH SOUTH
Fuel Delivery TURBO DIRECT INJECTION
Gears 7 SPEED
Transmission SEMI-AUTO
Fuel Consumption - ICE
EC Combined (mpg) 37.7
EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies Yes
EC Extra Urban (mpg) 44.8
EC Urban (mpg) 30.1
General
Badge Engine CC 2.0
Badge Power 190
Coin Description TFSI
Coin Series S line[Comfrt+Sound]
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07 31E
Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years 12
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years 3
NCAP Adult Occupant Protection % 95
NCAP Child Occupant Protection % 86
NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09 5
NCAP Pedestrian Protection % 76
NCAP Safety Assist % 85
Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern? No
Service Interval Frequency - Months 12
Service Interval Mileage 9000
Special Edition No
Special Order No
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage 60000
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years 3
Vehicle Homologation Class M1
Performance
0 to 62 mph (secs) 7.4
Engine Power - BHP 190
Engine Power - KW 140
Engine Power - RPM 4200
Engine Torque - LBS.FT 236
Engine Torque - MKG 32.6
Engine Torque - NM 320
Engine Torque - RPM 1500
Top Speed 136
Test Cycles
Emissions Test Cycle NEDC Correlated
Tyres
Alloys? Yes
Space Saver? No
Tyre Size Front 235/50 R19
Tyre Size Rear 235/50 R19
Tyre Size Spare TYRE REPAIR KIT
Wheel Style 5 TWIN SPOKE
Wheel Type 19" ALLOY
Vehicle Dimensions
Height (including roof rails) 1616
Length 4484
Wheelbase 2680
Width 1849
Width (including mirrors) 2024
Weight and Capacities
Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres) 60
Gross Vehicle Weight 2200
Max. Loading Weight 580
Max. Roof Load 75
Max. Towing Weight - Braked 2100
Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked 750
Minimum Kerbweight 1620
No. of Seats 5
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb 11.8

Deals

Term Annual Mileage Monthly Payment Maintenance
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24 months 10,000 miles p/a £549.99 p/m £19.99 p/m
24 months 20,000 miles p/a £622.99 p/m £57.99 p/m
24 months 30,000 miles p/a £673.99 p/m £83.99 p/m
36 months 10,000 miles p/a £490.99 p/m £28.99 p/m
36 months 20,000 miles p/a £539.99 p/m £72.99 p/m
36 months 30,000 miles p/a £584.99 p/m £119.99 p/m
48 months 10,000 miles p/a £445.99 p/m £39.99 p/m
48 months 20,000 miles p/a £489.99 p/m £83.99 p/m
48 months 30,000 miles p/a £521.99 p/m £121.99 p/m
* Prices shown based on 6 month initial payment.
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Selected Options
Optional Extras
Driver Convenience
Adaptive speed assist £375.00
Audi parking system plus with front and rear sensors £300.00
Audi phone box with wireless charging £150.00
Park assist system £450.00
Entertainment
Audi sound system £275.00
Exterior Features
Auto dimming and folding door mirrors £300.00
Deletion of engine technology designation at rear FOC
Deletion of model and technology designation at rear FOC
High beam assist £135.00
Manual folding towbar £750.00
Matrix LED headlights with LED rear lights and dynamic front and rear indicator £675.00
Metallic paint £575.00
Panoramic opening glass sunroof £1,150.00
Pearlescent paint £575.00
Special solid paint £575.00
Interior Features
3 spoke flat bottomed multi-function leather sport steering wheel with gearshift paddles £250.00
4 way electric lumbar support £255.00
Electrically adjustable front seats £675.00
Twin leather upholstery with front sport seats £250.00
Twin leather/Alcantara upholstery with front sport seats £400.00
Packs
Driver Assistance Pack - Q3 £800.00
Driver assistance pack in combination with Matrix LED headlights - Q3 £1,340.00
Parking pack - Q3 £1,250.00
Storage pack - Q3 £210.00
Paintwork
Metallic - Chronos grey £575.00
Metallic - Glacier white £575.00
Metallic - Mythos black £575.00
Metallic - Tango red £575.00
Pearl - Daytona grey £575.00
Solid - Ibis white FOC
Special solid - Pulse orange £575.00
Special solid - Turbo blue £575.00
Safety
Rear side airbags £350.00
Security
Advanced key £400.00
Technical
Adaptive suspension with damping control £750.00
Standard suspension FOC
Trim
Alcantara/leather - Black with rock grey stitching + front sports seats £400.00
Amber brown Alcantara interior elements £375.00
Orange alcantara interior elements £375.00
Pulse cloth/twin leather - Black/ silver with rock grey stitching + front sport seats FOC
Pulse cloth/twin leather - Black/red with rock grey stitching + front sport seats FOC
Steel grey Alcantara interior elements £375.00
Twin leather - Black with rock grey stitching + front sport seats £250.00
Twin leather - Rotor grey with Anthracite stitching + front sport seats £250.00
Wheels
19" 20 spoke V design alloy wheels with diamond cut finish contrast grey £150.00
20" 5 twin spoke module design audi sport with structured grey inserts with matt alloy wheels £1,250.00
Space saver spare wheel and Tool kit and Jack £150.00
* option prices shown are estimated