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Audi Q3 DIESEL SPORTBACK 40 TDI Quattro S Line 5dr S Tronic [C+S Pack]

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

Key Info Compare

  • FuelDiesel
  • TransmissionAutomatic
  • MPG0.00
  • 0-62mph8.3 secs
  • Top Speed134 mph
  • C02147 g/km
  • BHP190
  • Torque295 lbs/f
  • P11D37%

Review

Audi extends its Sportback franchise into the SUV sector with this compact stylised Q3 Sportback model. It's aimed most precisely at BMW's similarly-sized X2, but potential buyers will also be looking at upper-spec versions of premium small crossovers like the Range Rover Evoque, the Mercedes GLA and the Lexus UX. There's mild hybrid electrification, trendy media connectivity and a cool Audi cabin. Just as you'd want.

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The Q3 Sportback widens Audi's reach in the premium compact SUV segment. Jonathan Crouch takes a look.

Background

Pay more, get less. Coupe models have always unblushingly offered this curious proposition and this one continues the tradition, Audi's Q3 Sportback. This, as you can see from the picture, is one of those 'coupe-style' compact SUV models, a sub-niche of the market already populated by BMW's X2. This fashion-led derivative has a roofline 49mm lower than that of its standard sibling and virtually all the bodywork panels are different, only the front wings being shared with the standard Q3. Plus mild hybrid petrol engine technology features at the foot of the range. Sounds quite promising.

Driving Experience

The range kicks off with a 150PS 35 TFSI 1.5-litre petrol engine using Audi's latest 12V mild hybrid technology and S tronic auto transmission. This unit is aided by cylinder-on-demand technology, which at low and medium loads deactivates the second and third cylinders to reduce consumption. Manual transmission is also available with this derivative, which only comes with front wheel drive. Further up the range, it's a 4WD-only line-up. There's a 45 TFSI quattro model that uses a 2.0 TFSI unit and offers 230PS. If you want a diesel, there's the usual 150PS 2.0 TDI engine in the 35 TDI quattro. Audi has tried to make this Sportback variant a little more dynamic to drive than the ordinary Q3. Sport settings for the front MacPherson strut and four-link rear set-up are standard across the range in the UK, and strike an impressive balance between absorbency and assured handling. For the 4WD models, an electronically controlled hydraulic multi-plate clutch on the rear axle can begin sending a proportion of the torque from the front to the rear axle right from the point of turn-in to a bend. Combined with torque vectoring, this makes this Audi an impressive rapid point-to-point compact SUV.

Design and Build

The Q3 Sportback measures 4,500mm in length, stands 1,567mm tall and is 1,843mm wide, which makes the SUV coupe 16mm longer, 49mm lower and 6mm slimmer than an ordinary Audi Q3. The wheelbase is exactly the same with both model variants but this Sportback model's lower roof curvature and elegant shoulder line makes it look a slightly bigger car. At the rear, a long roof edge spoiler sits above the slim window to emphasise the width of this crossover. Inside, it's pretty much as in any other Q3. The focal point is a reductive two-level instrument panel incorporating the brand's 10.1-inch high resolution MMI touch display, giving access to the top-of-the-line MMI navigation plus system. Audi says that this SUV coupe has been designed as a fully-fledged five seater. The rear seats can be moved 130mm longitudinally as standard; their backrests are divided into three sections, and their inclination can be adjusted in seven stages. Behind the rear seats, the luggage compartment can accommodate 530-litres, and when they're folded down, up to 1,400-litres can be liberated. A standard powered tailgate makes gaining access to this space easy, and for added convenience the loading floor can be used at various levels.

Market and Model

Q3 Sportback prices sit just around £1,600 above those of an ordinary Q3, primarily pitched in the £32,500 to £45,000 bracket.There are 'Sport', 'S line' and 'Vorsprung' trim levels in the mainstream line-up. 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. This 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 big efficiency development here relates to the base 35 TFSI petrol model, which features Audi's MHEV mild hybrid drivetrain, which uses a 12V on-board electrical system. This reduces fuel consumption by recovering up to 12kW of power during deceleration via its belt alternator starter (BAS) and feeding this into a compact lithium-ion battery. If the driver lifts off the throttle at speeds of between 24mph and 99mph, the Q3 Sportback 1.5 TFSI MHEV rolls in neutral or coasts with the engine switched off. The engine management system selects one of these functions depending on the driving situation and the operating state. As soon as the driver accelerates, the belt alternator starter restarts the 1.5 TFSI quickly and smoothly. When accelerating from low speeds, it supports the driver. The start-stop range begins as low as 13mph. That should deliver diesel-like fuel consumption, but don't expect that from the other petrol unit, the 2.0-litre powerplant in the 45 TFSI quattro variant. This manages up to 32.1mpg (WLTP) and 171g/km of CO2 (NEDC). Which compares to 41.5mpg and 132g/km for the 35 TFSI. And 42.2mpg and 146g/km for the 35 TDI quattro. Depreciation figures for the Q3 Sportback range should be as strong as they usually are on Audi models. It's a little disappointing though, that the brand sticks to its usual 60,000 mile limit on the three year warranty. Optional extra-cost packages can extend the cover to either four or five years. Pre-paid servicing packages are also available.

Summary

The Q3 Sportback doesn't do anything fundamentally better than the standard model upon which it's based, but it looks significantly more desirable. Enough to justify its price premium? We think most potential buyers will think so. These people probably won't care that there's slightly less rear seat and boot space than in a normal Q3. They may not even be bothered that, in truth, this Audi isn't quite as good to drive as rival BMW X2 and Range Rover Evoque models. What's important is that this car comes with an added dose of that cool charisma that Ingolstadt does so well. If for you the ordinary Q3 is a bit, well, vanilla, this version serves up that confection rather differently. With a flake if you like. We can all identify with that.

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Driver Convenience
Audi parking system plus with front and rear sensors
Cruise control + speed limiter
Audi connect safety and service (e-call)
Audi drive select
Audi lane departure warning
Audi side assist
Audi smartphone interface
Audi Virtual Cockpit - 10.25" display
Bluetooth interface
MMI Navigation Plus with high resolution 10.1 inch touchscreen colour display
Power operated tailgate
Progressive steering
Rear cross traffic alert
Reversing camera
Service interval indicator
Start stop system with recuperation
Voice control system with natural language interaction
Exterior Features
Body colour door mirrors
S line front and rear bumpers and side skirts in contrasting Manhattan grey paint finish
Solid paint
Towbar preparation
Acoustic windscreen
Aluminium window trim
Auto dimming frameless rear view mirror
Diffuser grille in grained matt black
Diffuser trim in selenite silver
Electrically folding, adjustable and heated door mirrors with integrated LED side indicators and kerb view function for passenger side
Front and rear electric windows
Front fog lights
Front side air inlets in selenite silver
Front underbody protection in manhattan grey paint finish
Grille surround in aluminium silver matt
High gloss black finish B and C pillars
Illuminated door sill trims with S logo
LED headlights with LED daytime running lights and dynamic rear indicator
LED rear lights
Privacy glass dark tinted rear and rear-side windows (from B-pillar backwards)
Radiator grille in titanium black with inlay in matt aluminium silver
Rain and light sensors
Rear underbody protection in matt black
S line badges on front wings
Side skirt insert in matt Platinium grey
Interior Features
3 spoke leather multifunction 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 folding with manual adjustment for 60:40 forwards/backwards position and backrest angle
Adjustable rear seat bench/backrest with centre armrest and cupholder
Black cloth headlining
Dual zone climate control
Front and rear black floor mats with contrast stitching
Front and rear headrests
Front and rear roof module including reading lights
Front centre armrest
Glove compartment lighting
Heated front seats
ISOFIX child seat mounting and Top Tether with front passenger airbag deactivation
Luggage compartment light
Manual front seats with height adjustment
Perforated leather gearknob
Stainless steel luggage compartment sill finisher
Stainless steel pedals
Wheels
19" 5 twin spoke dynamic design alloy wheel
Tyre repair kit
Entertainment
1 x USB type C and 1 USB type A charging points
Bang & Olufsen 3D Premium Sound System
DAB digital radio module
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
Electrically operated child locks on rear doors
Electromechanical parking brake
Electronic stabilisation control including ABS, ASR and EDL
Hill descent control
Hill hold assist
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
Technical
Diesel particulate filter
Sports suspension
Trim
Dark matt brushed aluminium inlay
Leatherette door armrest
MMI touch colour display in glass look, black with surround in aluminium look
Emissions - ICE
CO2 (g/km) 147
Standard Euro Emissions EURO 6
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb 191
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max 194
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min 191
Engine and Drive Train
Camshaft DOHC
Catalytic Convertor Yes
CC 1968
Cylinder Layout IN-LINE
Cylinders 4
Engine Code F3NCBY
Engine Layout NORTH SOUTH
Fuel Delivery COMMON RAIL
Gears 7 SPEED
Transmission SEMI-AUTO
Fuel Consumption - ICE
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb 7.3
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max 7.4
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min 7.3
WLTP - MPG - Comb 38.7
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max 38.2
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min 38.7
General
AdBlue Yes
Badge Engine CC 2.0
Badge Power 190
Coin Description TDI
Coin Series S line[Comfrt+Sound]
Generation Mark 1
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07 29E
Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern? No
Special Edition No
Special Order No
Vehicle Homologation Class M1
Performance
0 to 62 mph (secs) 8.3
Engine Power - BHP 190
Engine Power - KW 140
Engine Power - RPM 3500
Engine Torque - LBS.FT 295
Engine Torque - MKG 40.8
Engine Torque - NM 400
Engine Torque - RPM 1900
Top Speed 134
Test Cycles
Emissions Test Cycle Second Act
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 1567
Length 4500
Wheelbase 2680
Width (including mirrors) 2022
Weight and Capacities
Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres) 60
Gross Vehicle Weight 2280
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down) 1400
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up) 530
Max. Loading Weight 585
Max. Towing Weight - Braked 2200
Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked 750
Minimum Kerbweight 1695
No. of Seats 5
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb 11.8

Deals

Term Annual Mileage Monthly Payment Maintenance
24 months 6,000 miles p/a £505.66 p/m £18.60 p/m
24 months 8,000 miles p/a £552.27 p/m £9.23 p/m
24 months 10,000 miles p/a £559.97 p/m £9.71 p/m
24 months 15,000 miles p/a £577.85 p/m £21.77 p/m
24 months 20,000 miles p/a £593.45 p/m £49.87 p/m
24 months 25,000 miles p/a £606.62 p/m £50.22 p/m
24 months 30,000 miles p/a £617.98 p/m £69.05 p/m
36 months 6,000 miles p/a £433.31 p/m £14.08 p/m
36 months 8,000 miles p/a £443.28 p/m £21.35 p/m
36 months 10,000 miles p/a £455.66 p/m £17.41 p/m
36 months 15,000 miles p/a £477.72 p/m £37.59 p/m
36 months 20,000 miles p/a £501.61 p/m £50.96 p/m
36 months 25,000 miles p/a £520.36 p/m £69.90 p/m
36 months 30,000 miles p/a £538.14 p/m £93.22 p/m
48 months 6,000 miles p/a £383.85 p/m £20.91 p/m
48 months 8,000 miles p/a £393.52 p/m £25.28 p/m
48 months 10,000 miles p/a £403.18 p/m £29.67 p/m
48 months 15,000 miles p/a £427.79 p/m £48.69 p/m
48 months 20,000 miles p/a £451.65 p/m £59.08 p/m
48 months 25,000 miles p/a £470.59 p/m £76.32 p/m
48 months 30,000 miles p/a £491.52 p/m £109.75 p/m
24 months 6,000 miles p/a £606.79 p/m £22.32 p/m
24 months 8,000 miles p/a £662.72 p/m £11.07 p/m
24 months 10,000 miles p/a £671.96 p/m £11.65 p/m
24 months 15,000 miles p/a £693.41 p/m £26.12 p/m
24 months 20,000 miles p/a £712.13 p/m £59.84 p/m
24 months 25,000 miles p/a £727.94 p/m £60.26 p/m
24 months 30,000 miles p/a £741.58 p/m £82.86 p/m
36 months 6,000 miles p/a £519.97 p/m £16.89 p/m
36 months 8,000 miles p/a £531.94 p/m £25.62 p/m
36 months 10,000 miles p/a £546.79 p/m £20.89 p/m
36 months 15,000 miles p/a £573.27 p/m £45.11 p/m
36 months 20,000 miles p/a £601.93 p/m £61.15 p/m
36 months 25,000 miles p/a £624.43 p/m £83.88 p/m
36 months 30,000 miles p/a £645.77 p/m £111.86 p/m
48 months 6,000 miles p/a £460.62 p/m £25.09 p/m
48 months 8,000 miles p/a £472.22 p/m £30.34 p/m
48 months 10,000 miles p/a £507.88 p/m £42.62 p/m
48 months 15,000 miles p/a £513.35 p/m £58.43 p/m
48 months 20,000 miles p/a £550.86 p/m £84.16 p/m
48 months 25,000 miles p/a £564.71 p/m £91.58 p/m
48 months 30,000 miles p/a £589.82 p/m £131.71 p/m
* Prices shown based on 6 month initial payment.
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Annual Mileage
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An excess mileage charge will apply if you exceed the contracted mileage. The exact charge will be confirmed on the official quotation prior to your acceptance to proceed

Selected Options
Optional Extras
Exterior Features
Audi exclusive paint £2,400.00
Carbon door mirror housings £650.00
Full body colour paint finish £250.00
Manual folding towbar £875.00
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 high multi-function leather sport steering wheel with gearshift paddles £250.00
Twin leather upholstery with front sport seats + S embossing £250.00
Twin leather/Alcantara upholstery with front sport seats with S embossing £400.00
Packs
Driver Assistance Pack - Q3 £800.00
Storage pack - Q3 £210.00
Paintwork
Audi Exclusive - Custom £2,400.00
Metallic - Chronos grey £575.00
Metallic - Dew silver £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
Trim
Alcantara/Twin leather - Black with rock grey stitching + front sports seats £400.00
Amber brown Alcantara interior elements £375.00
Lunar silver 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