The new Audi Q3 Sportback, which will be available on petrol, diesel and mild-hybrid powertrains, is expected to compete directly with the BMW X2, Mazda CX-30 and Mercedes GLA.
The stylish new Audi Q3 Sportback is a coupé-inspired variation of the automaker’s Q3 compact SUV. It will arrive in the UK next month, with deliveries projected for this fall. The new model is hoping to enjoy the same success as the regular Q3 of which 170,000 were sold last year. The new Q3 Sportback includes 530 liters of boot space and the rear bench, which seats three, slides forward to provide additional room. The bench can also be folded down flat for 1,400 liters of cargo space.
The Q3 Sportback will feature as standard high-gloss exterior detailing and 17-inch alloy wheels. Additionally, color-contrast body cladding in grey will be the default choice, though buyers can choose a solid color at no-cost on higher-spec S line models.
The Q3 Sportback will also be available with sports suspension, which buyers can forego for a softer set-up. Audi Drive Select is standard, with an array of adaptable off-road settings for the powertrain, transmission, traction control, steering and suspension. The new model also has adaptive dampers as an add-on option.
In terms of engines, the Q3 Sportback will be available in petrol and two diesel models as well as a future 1.5-liter petrol mild-hybrid engine. The initial 2.0-liter turbocharged petrol engine is badged 45 TFSI and delivers 227bhp, with power conveyed to a quattro all-wheel-drive system through a seven-speed automatic gearbox. The two 2.0-liter turbodiesel models include, the 35 TDI with 148bhp and the 40 TDI with 187bhp. The more powerful model comes with quattro and an auto gearbox as standard.
The 35 TDI will be available with front-wheel drive and a six-speed manual. Also, an entry-level 1.5-liter four-cylinder turbocharged petrol with 48-volt mild-hybrid assistance will be launched at a later dater. Badged 35 TFSI, the new engine is paired with a belt-starter-generator, which affords extended engine-off coasting. At low and medium loads, the engine will be able to run on two cylinders. Like the 35 TDI model, it will also be front-wheel drive and equipped with a six-speed manual gearbox as standard, though quattro and the S tronic seven-speed auto are listed as possible add-ons.
The dashboard and interior layout is similar to the regular Q3, with a 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster standard on every vehicle as well as a 10.1-inch central touchscreen. The automaker’s full-size 12.3-inch customizable digital Virtual Cockpit display is also an add-on option.
The new Audi Q3 Sportback hopes to be a stylish and sportier alternative to the regular Q3 with somewhat superior standard equipment. The model, which will cost around £1,200 more than the standard Q3, is expected to be listed at roughly £32,000.