Audi Q3 clocks up quattro quarter-century
Audi is to launch a new entry-level variant of its Q3 that will become the 250th different model to be fitted with the brand’s quattro all-wheel-drive system.
Order books are open for the Q3 2.0 TDI Quattro 140PS, with prices starting from £26,510.
Previously the base Q3 has only been offered in two-wheel-drive and Audi expects the new variant to become one of the most popular Q3 models, accounting for 40 per cent of sales.
The 2.0 TDI engine offers 138bhp and 236lbft of torque, put through a six-speed manual gearbox. The 62mph sprint figure is 9.9 seconds with a 122mph top speed.
It comes with engine start-stop and energy recuperation measures, contributing to the plus-49mpg fuel consumption and 149g/km emissions.
The car is being offered in the usual SE and S line trim levels. SE versions come with 17-inch alloy wheels, rear parking sensors, dual-zone climate control, a Concert audio system with 6.5-inch manually retractable colour display screen, preparation for SD card navigation, Bluetooth interface, Audi Music Interface iPod connection and light and rain sensors.
Buyers who pay £2,750 for the S line specification will get 18-inch alloy wheels, S line exterior and interior styling add-ons, xenon headlamps with LED daytime running lamps and LED rear tail lights.
Words by: Andrew Charman