What is it?
This is the cheapest way into an Audi Q3. Until recently, that role was filled by a 138bhp, front-wheel-drive 2.0 TDI SE manual costing £25,595. Now, if you can't stretch to that, or if you're averse to or have no need for diesel power, there's this 1.4 TFSI-engined option, which undercuts the once entry-level TDI by a full £1725.
Just to cloud the issue slightly, here the 1.4 TFSI is tested in more expensive S-line trim, although the price difference between it, at £26,620, and an S-line-spec front-drive 2.0 TDI is the same £1725.
The 148bhp 1.4 TFSI beats the diesel on power but predictably falls short on torque, making 184lb ft to the TDI's 236lb ft. It also lags behind on claimed economy – 47.9mpg combined to a front-drive diesel's 54.3mpg, but consider that £1725 difference in initial outlay and the lower cost of petrol – although CO2 emissions match at 137g/km.
Note that the 1.4 TFSI unit used here isn't the Volkswagen Group's latest version featuring what Audi dubs Cylinder on Demand (CoD) technology, which runs the four-pot engine on just two cylinders under light throttle loads. That engine is already available in the A3 range.