Audi’s new Q3 isn’t just a smaller Q5
Audi takes brave pills, makes Q3 not quite identical to its bigger brother
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.