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by Tim Beissmann

The 2015 Audi Q3 has arrived in Australia with new and revised engines, subtle styling changes, more equipment and a simplified range structure.

Audi’s updated compact SUV line-up features two equipment levels, the base Q3 and the high-grade Q3 Sport, each of which is available with four-cylinder turbocharged petrol and diesel engine options. Prices range from $42,900 to $56,900 before on-road costs.

The entry-level Audi Q3’s 1.4-litre petrol engine introduces cylinder-on-demand technology, allowing it to run on two cylinders under light throttle and helping reduce fuel consumption by more than 6 per cent to 5.8 litres per 100 kilometres. It’s the sole front-drive variant in the range and is available exclusively with a six-speed dual-clutch S tronic transmission.

An extra $5000 affords the entry Q3 diesel, which gets a larger 2.0-litre engine, a seven-speed S tronic gearbox, and Audi’s quattro all-wheel-drive system.

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Power and torque are up 7kW and 20Nm to 110kW and 340Nm, fuel consumption falls 10 per cent to 5.2L/100km, and its 0-100km/h sprint time sharpens six tenths to 9.3sec.

The first of the Sport variants is the 2.0 TFSI quattro petrol, which produces 132kW and 320Nm. It’s now the most powerful petrol model available, with Audi discontinuing the old 155kW/300Nm flagship.

The top-spec diesel, the 2.0 TDI Sport, adds $4600. It produces 135kW and 380Nm (up 5kW), while its fuel consumption (5.4L/100km) and sprint time (7.9sec) are both marginally lower than before.

Standard features of the base Q3 variants include 17-inch alloy wheels, auto xenon plus headlights with LED daytime running lights, front and rear parking sensors, reverse-view camera, dual-zone climate control, leather-appointed upholstery, multifunction leather steering wheel with paddleshifters, five-speaker sound system, and an MMI radio with 6.5-inch colour screen, CD player, SDHC memory card reader, Audi music interface and Bluetooth phone connectivity with audio streaming.

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The Q3 Sport variants add larger 18-inch alloy wheels, body-colour lower body panels, convenience key, Audi drive select driving modes, auto-dimming rear-view mirror, Milano leather upholstery, front sports seats, and aluminium and stainless steel trim highlights.

Mechanical upgrades introduced across the 2015 Audi Q3 range include larger rear brake discs, an updated torque vectoring system, an off-road ESC mode that’s designed to maximise traction on dirt and gravel, and a revised version of Audi’s quattro all-wheel-drive system.

The updated RS Q3 will go on sale next month with its carryover 2.5-litre five-cylinder turbo petrol engine boosted to 250kW and 450Nm, up 22kW and 30Nm.

Audi promises extra standard equipment, but is keeping pricing and specification details under wraps for now. The outgoing car costs $81,900.

Audi expects Q3 sales to rise off the back of the launch of the updated model. The compact crossover has averaged about 270 sales per month so far this year.

 

2015 Audi Q3 pricing (plus on-road costs):
Q3 1.4 TFSI COD $42,900
Q3 2.0 TDI quattro $47,900
Q3 Sport 2.0 TFSI quattro $52,300
Q3 Sport 2.0 TDI quattro $56,900

 

2015 Audi Q3 drivetrains:
1.4 TFSI COD
1.4-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine with cylinder-on-demand
Six-speed dual-clutch S tronic automatic transmission
110kW between 5000-6000rpm
250Nm between 1500-3500rpm
0-100km/h in 8.9 seconds
Combined cycle fuel consumption: 5.9L/100km

2.0 TFSI Sport
2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine
Seven-speed dual-clutch S tronic automatic transmission
132kW between 4000-6200rpm
320Nm between 1400-3900rpm
0-100km/h in 7.6 seconds
Combined cycle fuel consumption: 6.7L/100km

2.0 TDI
2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine
Seven-speed dual-clutch S tronic automatic transmission
110kW between 3500-4000rpm
340Nm between 1750-2800rpm
0-100km/h in 9.3 seconds
Combined cycle fuel consumption: 5.2L/100km

2.0 TDI Sport
2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine
Seven-speed dual-clutch S tronic automatic transmission
135kW between 3500-4000rpm
380Nm between 1800-3250rpm
0-100km/h in 7.9 seconds
Combined cycle fuel consumption: 5.4L/100km

 

2015 Audi Q3 specifications:
Q3:
17-inch alloy wheels
Space-saver spare wheel
Front and rear parking sensors and reverse-view camera
Auto headlights and wipers
Matt black roof rails
Xenon plus headlights with LED daytime running lights
MMI radio with 6.5-inch colour screen, CD player, SDHC memory card reader, Audi music interface and Bluetooth phone connectivity with audio streaming
Five-speaker sound system
Dual-zone climate control
Cruise control
Front and rear floor mats
LED interior lighting package
Multifunction leather steering wheel with paddleshifters
Leather-appointed upholstery
Silver inlays
Six airbags
Electronic stability control

Q3 Sport (adds over Q3):
High-gloss package with aluminium interior inlays, stainless steel boot sill and anodised aluminium roof rails and window trims
18-inch alloy wheels
Audi drive select driving modes
Body-colour lower body panels
Auto-dimming rear-view mirror
Convenience key
Front sports seats
Milano leather upholstery

 

2015 Audi Q3 major options:
Technik package with MMI navigation plus (7.0-inch high-resolution screen, DVD player, two SDHC memory card readers, voice control system and 20GB hard drive for music storage), Audi park assist (semi-automatic reverse parking) and Audi sound system (with 10 speakers, amplifier and subwoofer) $2990
Comfort package with convenience key, electric heated front seats, auto-dimming rear-view mirror and electric tailgate $2990 (1.4 TFSI COD and 2.0 TDI only)
Comfort package with electric heated front seats and electric tailgate $2490 (2.0 TFSI Sport and 2.0 TDI Sport only)
Assistance package with side assist, active lane assist, hill hold, hill descent control, electric folding and heated side mirrors with auto-dimming on driver’s side and auto-dipping on passenger’s side $2490
S line exterior package with unique front and rear bumpers, side sills and diffuser $2500 (2.0 TFSI Sport and 2.0 TDI Sport only)
S line sport package with S line exterior package, sports seats with alcantara/perforated leather upholstery with S line embossing, S line leather steering wheel, perforated leather gear knob, black cloth headliner, brushed aluminium inlays and 18-inch alloy wheels ($5600)/19-inch alloy wheels ($6600)/20-inch alloy wheels ($7600)
Metallic/pearl effect paint $1150
Panoramic sunroof $2150
LED headlights with LED tail-lights $1990
Fourteen-speaker Bose surround sound system $1750




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