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Audi Q3: Upgrade for an old fave

Written by: Neil

New Audi Q3

When it comes to rewarding your top sales executive with a car, you can’t go wrong with an Audi Q3. Some may say, it’s a hatchback, dressed-up to look like an SUV; but what do they know. All anyone wants from a car, is a sure-footed, grippy drive on the road, and the Audi Q3 delivers in spades – plus the SUV height difference provides better visibility all round. Wrap the safety and performance you would expect from Audi, with the Q3’s quality interior – and not forgetting the cool-looking, pulsating indicating tail-lights – and this is a good all-rounder – one for anyone’s shortlist, and economically sound for any fleet.

A newer, updated version of the Audi Q3 will be on the roads this autumn and this is what to expect: more space, comfort and technology; a stronger-looking exterior design with LED lights (available in 11 paint colours); driver orientated and sporty interior (not forgetting a range of 30 colour choices for ambient light); large and adaptable space (up to 675 litres); digital controls and displays; voice-controlled, intelligent connections to all your gadgets and more safety, driver assistance features. And, if you do wish to venture off the road, well the suspension on the newer Audi Q3 has been tweaked.

Four engines will power the new Audi Q3 – three TFSI and one TDI. Their power outputs range from 150PS to 230PS. All four engines are four-cylinder direct injection units with turbocharging, and all are fitted with a particulate filter.

The entry-level engine is the 1.5-litre TFSI with 150PS and 250 Nm of torque. It uses the cylinder on demand efficiency system, which temporarily switches off two cylinders at low load. Using the new Audi naming convention, it will be badged 35 TFSI and will be fitted with a fast-shifting seven-speed S tronic and front-wheel drive at launch – a six-speed manual option will follow later.

The 2.0-litre TFSI unit in the Audi Q3 40 TFSI has 190PS and develops maximum torque of 320 Nm. In its uprated form – the Audi Q3 45 TFSI – it has 230PS and 350 Nm of torque. Both engines are coupled as standard with the seven-speed S tronic and use quattro permanent all-wheel drive based around the hydraulic multi-plate clutch.

In the diesel engine line-up, the 2.0-litre unit with 150PS and 340 Nm of torque is the lead-in version. The Q3 35 TDI is initially available with a manual transmission and quattro drive. Shortly afterwards, a seven-speed S tronic version will be offered in combination with front-wheel drive. Following the market launch, a 2.0 TDI developing 190PS will extend the engine range.

As mentioned before, the Audi Q3 is economically sound, making a gallon of fuel last 53 miles. So, as a fleet manager, reward that special team-player, or yourself with an Audi Q3.

At FCS Vehicle Solutions, we are taking orders now for the new Audi Q3. However, if you wish to get on the road sooner in an Audi Q3, we have current pre-registration stock available on business contract hire, personal contract hire, lease or outright purchase. Simply call 01235 773633.