Of the two models that undercut the baby Range Rover (this Audi and the BMW X1) , the Q3 was the most stylish, however the second generation BMW X1 brought a brutish charm to the segment. Audi had to do something to keep the handily compact and finely finished and detailed – as you would expect from any contemporary Audi – Q3 a strong on-paper case proposition. In 2015, Audi gave the Q3 a mild facelift, with a more prominent front grille, revised engines and more equipment the headline changes.
The Q3 line-up is a simple range to understand. There are three engines on offer, a 1.4-litre and 2.0-litre petrols and a 2.0-litre diesel. There are three transmissions: a six-speed manual, the 1.4 TFSI is mated to a six-speed dual-clutch automatic, while seven-speed dual-clutch automatics make up the rest of the range. As for standard equipment Audi has also kept this relatively simple by offering only three trim levels: Sport, S-line Edition and Black Edition, while the recently discontinued RS Q3 got its own going over by the Audi Sport division.