Bespoke-styled new model will enter the fray for coupe-style SUVs this autumn, priced from £35,000
23 July 2019

Audi has launched a rival to the niche-filling Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupé and BMW X4 in the form of the new Q3 Sportback. Arriving in the UK in the autumn and set to be priced from an estimated £35,000, it shares its mechanicals and interior with the standard Q3 but adopts a more striking coupé-cum-SUV exterior look. 

The Sportback receives a raft of specific design elements, including a 29mm drop in roof height and a slight, 16mm increase in external length. Although it’s actually a fraction narrower than the Q3, it gets a new 3D-profile grille and distinct styling lines aimed at creating the illusion of increased width. 

The model keeps the same ride height as the Q3, but with different surfacing to lower the car’s hip point. Details such as a large roof spoiler, unique bumpers and a standard gloss black trim package also mark the model out. LED headlights are standard, with full-matrix LEDs available as an option. 

Designer Seulah Park claimed the design reflects the decision to use the Q3 Sportback tag rather than the previously considered Q4 name. “We wanted this to be more aggressive and sportier, but we want them to be thought of in the context of a family, like a brother and sister,” she said. 

The interior is largely unchanged from the regular Q3’s, even down to the driver’s seat sitting at the same height. The Q3 Sportback gets a few new technology features, including a ‘car-to-x’ system that can tell you when traffic lights ahead will turn green and integration of Amazon Alexa voice control. 

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Rear head room is reduced by the sloping roofline, but adjustable backrests and sliding rear seats allow the same claimed 530-litre boot capacity as the Q3. 

In its mechanical set-up, the Q3 Sportback isn’t dramatically different from the Q3. However, there is a steering system with new hardware and a variable ratio aimed at balancing ease of turning for bigger inputs with a precise feel in lower steering angles. The standard suspension set-up is the same as the Q3’s. A no-cost option sport suspension system can be added, along with cost-option adaptive dampers. 

At its launch, the Q3 Sportback will be available with three engine options. The sole petrol choice will be a 227bhp 2.0-litre four-cylinder TFSI, alongside two 2.0-litre diesels with 148bhp and 187bhp. The most powerful two engines are mated exclusively to a seven-speed automatic gearbox and quattro all-wheel drive, while the 148bhp diesel has a six-speed manual ’box and front-wheel drive. 

In early 2020, Audi will add a new mild-hybrid petrol engine, a 1.5-litre four-cylinder unit, in the 35 TFSI variant. It continues to feature cylinder-on-demand tech but, when mated with the automatic gearbox, it uses a 48V mild-hybrid system that, on its own, is claimed to save 0.38 litres of fuel per 62 miles. The integrated starter/generator feeds a compact lithium ion battery, recuperating power during deceleration to allow engine-off coasting and more stop/start activation. 

Performance and fuel efficiency figures for all four engine options will be available at a later date.

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23 July 2019
No photocopy, no Audi.

24 July 2019

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24 July 2019

How come this isn't called the Q4, being a 'coupe' version of the Q3? Either way, this looks vulgar, tacky and totally lacks class and prestige expected from a premium marque.

24 July 2019
Roadster wrote:

How come this isn't called the Q4, being a 'coupe' version of the Q3? Either way, this looks vulgar, tacky and totally lacks class and prestige expected from a premium marque.

 

Given they produced it and all you can manage to do is decry it, they can call it whatever they like and ignore you, job done.

24 July 2019

Seems to be the next next thing, squashed sporty SUV. It's kind of growing on me, although Audi seem to be selling it as an expensive Q3 rather than an straight alternative.

Hopefully the next Jaguar E-Pace should follow this, and the I-Pace, look. 

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24 July 2019

Looks fair enough, but these niche variants are getting a bit excessive!

24 July 2019

reckon Kia will be producing a coupe version of the Sportage, and call it the OptimaX!!!

24 July 2019

but I quite like the look of this - but the point about niche variants is entirely appropriate.

They all seem to trip over each other copying the latest style. Although I note that the Evoque convertible remains unique :-)

24 July 2019

OMG how many more niche,s  are to be filled Audi. Pointless it just eats into your own car sales .Less options equal,s  more profit Audi

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