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With just a few days before its official debut at the Shanghai Auto Show, Audi’s has unveiled the official details on their smallest SUV in the line-up, the Q3. At least the smallest at the moment, as it will be followed by the Q1 in the future years.

The Audi Q3 weights 3,307 lbs and measures 4.39 meters in 14.4 ft, 6.0 ft in width, and 5.25 ft in height, while the luggage compartment offers 16.24 to 48.2 cu ft of capacity. The Q3 will be available with all the latest technologies, including the MMI navigation plus – a hard drive navigation system – and the Bose surround sound system, with handsomely illuminated woofers up front.

Customers will have the chance to choose from three engines: one TDI and two TFSI units, with power ranging from 140 HP to 211 HP. A new diesel engine will be offered at a later date and will deliver an impressive fuel economy of 45.23 US mpg.

In Germany sales will begin in June at a price of 29,900 euro, or about $43,000 at the current exchange rates.

Updated 04/13/2011: This review has been updated with the official details and images on the car. Hit the jump to read more about the Q3.

  • 2012 Audi Q3
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The Exterior

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The new Audi Q3 comes with a sportier and a more progressive design. The single-frame grille features tapered upper corners and continues with a dynamic curve of the engine hood. The front is dominated by wedge-shaped headlights available as a xenon plus version including LED daytime running lights and large air inlets. On the side the Q3 gets dynamic lines and muscular wheels, while the D-posts resemble those of a coupe.

Customers will have the possibility to choose from twelve different colors, including a full paint finish or color-contrasting add-on parts in anthracite gray for the underbody guard and wheel arches. Customers who want a more sportier look will have the possibility to opt for the S-Line package. The entry level models will be offered with 16-inch lightweight alloy wheels fitted with 215/65 tires;while the top-of-the-line engines are available with 17-inch wheels.

The interior

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The interior is defined by the same sporty lines as the exterior, but is also all about luxury. The driver and the front-seat passenger are encapsulates by the now famous brand’s large curve, while the dashboard with its horizontal layout comes with an optional color display (as large as seven inches diagonally) on the instrument panel is a first in the Q series.

Customers will have the possibility to choose from five interior colors: black, gray, beige, and two shades of brown. With regard to upholstery, there are three fabric designs and three leather designs. For the inlays, there are four optional versions – including open-pored larch inlays and new silvery aluminum inlays with supplementary wire mesh and a 3D look. The S line sports package offers an additional inlay and bathes the entire interior in a cool black color.

The list of standard equipments includes an on-board computer with efficiency program, an ambient lighting package with a great many LEDs, a panoramic glass roof, a storage package, sports seats, electrically adjustable and heated seats, a convenience key for entering the vehicle and starting the engine at the touch of a button, two-zone deluxe automatic air conditioning, tinted rear windows, and a three-spoke leather steering wheel in a new Q-specific look.

Engine and performance

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At its launch the Q3 will be offered with three engines: two gasoline engines and one TDI engine will be offered; a second TDI engine will appear a little later. All of them will be four-cylinder engines, with a displacement of 2 liters, and all combined with direct fuel injection, turbocharging, the start-stop system, and the energy recovery system.

The 2.0 TFSI will be offered in either 170 HP or 211 HP versions and will sprint the Q3 from 0 to 60 mph in 6.9 seconds, while top speed will be 142 mph. The first diesel version will deliver 177 HP, and it will be followed by a 140 HP one, with an average fuel economy of 45.23 US mpg, when paired with a front-wheel drive system.


The new Audi Q3 will go on sale in Europe this June, with prices starting from 29,900 euro, or about $43,000 at the current exchange rates. No words just yet if the US market will also get it.


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The new Q3 it’s going to have its hands full against a number of competitors, including the BMW X1, the Land Rover Evoque, and ironically enough, the upcoming Mercedes-Benz BLK-Class. But of course the company’s main target will be to hit the same sales numbers as the X1, a model that is on sale for about a year now. In Europe customers will have to choose from four different engines - one gasoline and three diesels - and comes in both rear-wheel drive and xDrive all-wheel drive configurations. For the X1, power ranges from 143 to 258 HP, almost similar to the Q3. However, despite the fact that the X1 is offering a more powerful version, we believe that the Q3 has the advantage of offering a more fresh design that will also attract younger buyers.

As for the upcoming Mercedes BLK things are a bit uncertain. It is known that it will be placed under the GLK and that it will be offered with four-cylinder direct-injection gas and diesel engines, sized between 1.6-liters and 2.2-liters. We expect to see the new model in the next two years.

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  (320) posted on 01.5.2012

This version would definitely be much bigger compare to the regular size of compact cars!Oh, I heard that they are going to use the platform of the VW Tiguan! The competition in the market would be tough for sure!

  (776) posted on 12.22.2011

The spy shot details for the Q3 makes me want for more. Since it will be using the VW I bet this car would be good. I can’t wait for the future release.

  (409) posted on 12.9.2011

I don’t find its design refreshing just like what the article said about it, but it is sounds so great to know that it has two engines options, and as for the exterior looks of it, I must that it is not really impressive.

  (594) posted on 11.30.2011

Its interior is so impressive because on its exclusivity and as for its exterior, I must say that it looks very attractive although it only had a simple detailing. Anyway, I think they should boost more its engine.

  (530) posted on 11.22.2011

Even though Audi Q3 is really a good-looking vehicle in spite of having only a simple detailing, I must say that I would still prefer to have a Land Rover Evoque. I just noticed that it had a more powerful engine which it can offer.

  (466) posted on 11.21.2011

I hope that it also had a very comfortable and impressive interior as well as on its so striking simple exterior styling! smiley Anyway, I wonder if this one is a hybrid vehicle?

  (830) posted on 11.17.2011

Even on simple detailing, Audi’s car still looking great on that. I’m also impressed on its exquisite and luxurious interior, which is really awesome on it. However, I’m still disappointed on its engine.

  (382) posted on 11.14.2011

It maybe looks so simple guys, but if you don’t notice it had a very striking car appeal that everyone could not resist! smiley Well, I just only think that they should have boosted more the engine that this car had.

  (453) posted on 11.4.2011

Even if it is only a simple sedan car, I think they should still use an impressive and striking engine for this one. Anyway, I love the luxurious and classy interior features of this one.

  (459) posted on 11.3.2011

This Q3 of Audi is still so impressive in spite of having only a simple design, and I must say that the glossy exterior body paint of it, is looks very classy on this one.

  (231) posted on 09.14.2011

I test drive this Q3 and it turns out very well, I like the front-drive layout, the entry-level model is a quick and reasonably comfortable cruiser, its diesel engine emitting a pleasant purr that other carmakers, particularly Asian ones, have yet to match.

  (377) posted on 09.7.2011

The car lines is what I only love and like on this Q3. It is not really impressive and sorry to say that this Q3 is unfit to be a competitor of Land Rover Evoque.

  (595) posted on 08.31.2011

I don’t find it that it had a fresh design just like what the article said about it but it is sounds so great to know that it had an 2 engines options. As for the exterior looks it is not really impressive.

  (359) posted on 07.5.2011

hmm. Same here. I don’t think that this is a good production. However, for those who like this model. Its a good thing that it offers a two option for the engine. The exterior looks great but the interior is so disappointing.

  (531) posted on 07.5.2011

When I first saw this car it really reminds me of BMW car due the edginess of its side body. And I think this is quite lamer compare to their previous model.. Its interior looks like a cheap Honda Civic!

  (517) posted on 06.16.2011

Well, of this production would be good I think in no matter of time this car hits on the US market soon. BTW, it was great that this car is equipped with S-Line package!

  (806) posted on 06.16.2011

I don’t like the look of this future Audi car,its kind of edgy and 140 HP for this power is less powerful for a crossover. And I think it would be better if they have other engine option.

  (398) posted on 05.5.2011

I think both of the interior and exterior design is looking great. Will the possible for making its worthwhile in the crowd.

  (1211) posted on 04.26.2011

Well, I definitely salute this amazing car hybrid. It has a decent looks that will surely brings the one of a kind car made. The fresh design on it makes it unique to other hybrid car.

  (336) posted on 04.19.2011

@millano_mina nope, they have yet to release it. One thing that I like about this one are the engine options that they have provided, these are definitely good ones.

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