Four-wheel-drive version of entry-level Audi Q3 is 250th car to be equipped with quattro all-wheel drive system
Matt Burt
19 July 2012

A new four-wheel-drive version of the entry-level Audi Q3 2.0 TDI has been launched, with prices starting from £26,510.

Like the two-wheel-drive equivalent, which we reviewed earlier this year, power comes from the VW Group’s 1968cc, four-cylinder turbodiesel powerplant, which delivers 138bhp at 4200rpm and 236lb ft of thrust between 1750 and 3200rpm.

According to Audi’s claims, the Q3 2.0 TDI can cover 0-62mph in 9.9sec on its way to a maximum speed of 122mph when equipped with a six-speed manual gearbox. Combined fuel economy is put at 49.6mpg, which equates to 149g/km of CO2 emissions. The SUV is fitted with stop-start and braking recuperation systems.

The Audi Q3 2.0 TDI is available in SE and S-line specifications. The SE, which comes in at £26,510, features 17in alloy wheels, rear parking sensors, dual-zone climate control, an audio system with 6.5in manually retractable colour display screen, preparation for SD card navigation, Bluetooth and Audi Music Interface.

For a premium of £2750 (taking the price to £29,260) S-line specification adds larger 18-inch alloy wheels, special exterior and interior styling enhancements, xenon headlamps with LED daytime running lamps and LED rear tail-lights.

The model variant – which is the 250th Audi to be equipped with the quattro system – is expected to account for up to 40 per cent of total Q3 sales in the UK.

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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19 July 2012

Whilst a 4 wheel drive 2.0 litre diesel manual is a nice addition (previously diesel customers had to go for the 177 bhp auto if they wanted 4WD), what the Audi dealers themselves really need is a decent level of allocation of Q3's to sell in the first place.

I know UK profit margins have been eroded with the exchange rate, but with the UK stronger vs the Euro than it has been in the last few years the factory could really do with pumping some more cars into the UK as waiting lists are just getting silly and stock is almost nonexistent.

19 July 2012

Aldi's styling department, sorry Audi's, have surely been made redundent? A totally awful clinical design for the money. LED daytime running lights and giant grilles are really past their best now!

19 July 2012

I haven't driven in one of these, only sat in it, played with it, talked to staff about it, and read reviews. The unmistakable impression that I get is that the Q3 is one of Audi's best cars.

That's the good news.

Now for the bad news. The Q3 is one of Audi's best cars.

(Yes, I know it isn't original, but I think it's the best way of emphasising the point!)

19 July 2012

Much better to invest in a Skoda Yeti and save several thousands of pounds. A Skoda Yeti 2.0 TDI CR Elegance 4x4 with leather, xenons, etc.,with basically the same engine and performance, would be about £7000 cheaper!

19 July 2012

Not only cheaper to buy, but don't forget that the Yeti will also be cheaper to insure, cheaper to service and cheaper to fix if (heaven forbid for a Skoda) anything breaks.

Plus, nobody will hate you! Wink

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