Audi’s new Q3 isn’t just a smaller Q5

Audi takes brave pills, makes Q3 not quite iden­ti­cal to its big­ger brother

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Busy year for Audi. Af­ter re­plac­ing the A8, A7, A6 and A1, in­tro­duc­ing the Q8 and facelift­ing the TT and A4 – all within the past few months – it’s de­cided to give us a new Q3, too. And it’s about time. The old one’s been around for ages, and de­spite a cou­ple of up­dates along the way, looks and feels its con­sid­er­able years.

This new car is still recog­nis­ably a Q3, only big­ger, clev­erer and more chis­elled. Not a car­bon copy of Audi’s other SUVs, which is A Good Thing. At least not in the looks de­part­ment – all the en­gines should be fa­mil­iar enough by now. There are four to choose from – three petrols and one diesel, rang­ing from 148 to 227bhp and from 1.5 to 2.0 litres. Fin­gers crossed it even­tu­ally gets the five-pot from the RS3...

As for tech, you get the lat­est MMI in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem (with one touch­screen, not the two you get in big­ger Audis) and much ac­tive safety. En­tirely wel­come but, again, nothing we haven’t seen be­fore. De­liv­er­ies start in Novem­ber. No word on prices, but bank on no­tice­ably more than any of its VW Group sta­ble­mates.

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