New 1.4 FSI engine and range-topping trim for Audi's Q3; JLR to recruit 150 engineering apprentices; MG expansion continues

Audi has introduced a new 1.4-litre TFSI petrol engine and a range-topping S Line Plus trim level to its Q3 range. The 1.4-litre TFSI engine focuses on efficiency and is claimed to average 47.9mpg. It costs £23,870 in SE trim. S Line Plus specification cars command a premium of £2350 over S line trim and add leather and Alcantara trim, cruise control and sat-nav.

Jaguar Land Rover is seeking 150 new recruits for its 2014 engineering apprentice scheme. Applicants have until 31 January to apply; they will join the 500-strong group who are being placed at five UK sites. Two schemes are offered, a four-year one for GCSE students or a six-year one for A-Level entrants.

Four new MG Motor dealerships will open soon, in Doncaster, Northampton, Norwich and Swindon. The dealerships are already able to take customer orders for the MG 6 and MG 3. In the past six months five other MG dealerships have been opened and the network will "grow considerably" during 2014, according to MG. 

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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29 January 2014
MG's dealerships may be expanding, but are sales? I've not seen a 3 yet while since its launch, I've probably only ever seen around half a dozen 6s.

29 January 2014
Glad to see that MG are opening new dealerships - they need to!
The only one I knew of near me closed ages ago, and who's going to buy a car when they can't even see one, let alone get it serviced anywhere nearby. I'm not convinced by the 6, but the 3 has a chance if people view it as a good value, decent driving offering, rather than anything to do with the old MG marque. It even looks quite reasonable as long as you keep it simple and dont get carried away with the stripes and stickers.

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