Audi drive into the premium SUV segment

The all new Audi Q3 is Audi’s first foray into the premium A SUV segment. Orders for the third Q-model in the series will begin at the end of November.

The all new Audi Q3 is Audi’s first foray into the premium A SUV segment. Orders for the third Q-model in the series will begin at the end of November.

The Q3 will have the distinction of being the first Audi SUV to offer the efficiency-focused option of a 54mpg front-wheel-drive variant. Enquiries are being accepted now at Audi Ireland’s dealer network with first deliveries beginning in late November.

Pricing for the Q3 starts at €33,850 (€34,650 on the road) for the 2.0TDI 140 SE version which is expected to account for the majority of orders.

Four engines will initially be available, all combining direct fuel injection with turbo charging and all backed up by start-stop and energy recuperation systems - the 2.0-litre TDI with 140BHP and 177BHP and the 2.0-litre TFSI petrol unit in 170BHP and 211BHP forms.

Benefits

The 2.0-litre TDI 140BHP unit will power the front-wheel-drive model only at launch, with a quattro version joining the offer early in 2012. With emissions of just 137 g/km, the 2.0TDI 140 variant resides in tax band B, qualifying the purchaser for annual road tax of just €156.

Inside the deceptively roomy Q3 there is seating for up to five adults, an accommodating load bay offering up to 1,365 litres of capacity thanks to split/folding rear seats, and an impressive level of standard equipment across the SE and S line specification levels.

The boot space offered in the Q3 (460 litres) is superior to that of all its main competitors underlining the practicality of Ingolstadt’s new premium offering.

Externally the SE version includes 17-inch alloy wheels, aluminium roof rails and rear parking sensors, and inside dual-zone climate control, a concert audio system with 6.5-inch retractable colour display screen, bluetooth interface, Audi Music Interface (iPod connection) and multifunction leather steering wheel.

The Q3 will also come equipped with navigation preparation, enabling customers to ‘activate’ navigation retrospectively by purchasing an SD card if required.

Options

For a premium of €3,300 above SE versions, the new Audi Q3 can be upgraded to the S line specification, which includes 18-inch alloy wheels, S line exterior and interior styling enhancements, and xenon headlamps with LED daytime running lamps and LED rear tail lights.

Options include ‘steerable beam’ adaptive light technology for the xenon plus headlights, a high-beam assistant to intelligently illuminate the road ahead, the hard drive-based navigation system “plus” with seven-inch colour screen and 3D mapping, side assist blind spot warning and a panoramic glass sunroof offering increased light and airiness to the high quality cabin interior.