Refreshed Audi Q3 range starts at £26,600 and will be available to order from 11 October

The Audi Q3 has been updated with new equipment and trim levels, and gains a new range-topping model called the Q3 Black Edition.

New trim levels

The outgoing range of trim levels, which was made up of SE, S line Navigation and S line Plus, has been replaced with Sport, S line Edition and Black Edition models.

Satellite navigation and infotainment that includes Audi Music and Bluetooth connectivity are standard on all 2017 models. This joins existing standard features such as parking sensors, dual zone climate control and a Concert audio system with DAB radio. LED headlights and dynamic scrolling indicators are sStandard on top spec models.

Engines and gearboxes

Two petrol and two diesel engines are retained in the updated Q3. The car’s entry 1.4-litre TFSI petrol comes with cylinder-on-demand technology and offers 148bhp, while a 2.0-litre TFSI offers 178bhp and comes with four-wheel drive.

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The Audi Q3 is a desirable and capable contender that fails to engage its driver, which ultimately, leaves it trailing the BMW X1 and the Range Rover Evoque

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As before, two specifications of 2.0-litre diesel are available, offering 148bhp and 181bhp. The lower output unit is the most efficient. It can manage a claimed 62.8mpg and produces 117g/km of CO2.

Again, as with the outgoing range, the 2017 Q3 will be available with a six-speed manual gearbox or a six-speed S tronic automatic.

Q3 prices

Pricing for the 2017 model starts at £26,600, which is £450 more than before. Order books open on 11 October.

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6 October 2016
Disappointed this doesn't look more like a mini Q7, which I think is a very well judged design.

6 October 2016
You might as well just buy a Qashqai

6 October 2016
I'm pleasantly surprised how much those black sills improve its appearance. The wheelbase is still too short but the body appears less deep now. But why on earth doesn't that black strip line up with the front lights?? The Q3 is still the runt of the Audi SUV litter though. And the more angular grille shape used on the Q7 and now Q5 - which does them no favours - will inevitably find its way onto the next Q3.

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Our Verdict

The Audi Q3 is a desirable and capable contender that fails to engage its driver, which ultimately, leaves it trailing the BMW X1 and the Range Rover Evoque

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