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.