The Audi Q3 is currently Audi’s smallest crossover. Based on the Volkswagen Tiguan and debuting for the 2012 model year, the Q3 made a splash with three TFSi gasoline engines and three TDI diesel engines for consumption in world markets. Now for 2015, Audi is finally bringing the Q3 stateside, though it will only be offered with its range-topping 2.0-liter TFSI turbocharged four-cylinder making 200 horsepower. Of course Audi’s quattro all-wheel-drive system will be optional, sending power to all four wheels for better handling. Those Q3s without quattro will be front-wheel-drive. A six-speed automatic transmission will be the only option for those wanting to buy a U.S.-spec Q3.

Audi is also revamping its Q3 for 2015 with a revised exterior look that is far more edgy and sporty than before, along with. Active suspension dampers are now present with driver-selectable modes for a tailored feel. Those outside the U.S. will enjoy the added power Audi gave the RS Q3, boosting its 2.5-liter turbocharged inline five-cylinder an extra 30 horsepower and 22 pound-feet of torque, giving it a total of 340 horses and 332 pound-feet.

Aimed directly at the BMW X1 and Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class, the Audi Q3 offers pint sized SUV functionality in a somewhat sporty package that’s easy to park.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Audi Q3.

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June 26, 2014

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The batch of spy shots we received in our inbox reveals some of the changes operated on the upcoming Q3. The most notable modification is the front grille, which will feature horizontal slats instead of the vertical bars seen on the current model. The switch makes the Q3 look both wider and sportier when compared to the pre-facelift crossover. Additionally, the front end will also gain larger air intakes and revised headlamps in line with the rest of the Audi range.

Changes are kept to a minimum around back, where a set of new taillights will come to replace the current units. The rear bumper appears to have gained a more pronounced shape, but the swirly camouflage is thick enough to hide all the details. The side sills are slightly different too, but nothing seems out of the ordinary.

There’s no info as far as powertrains are concerned, but expect for the U.S.-spec, 2.0-liter TSFI engine to generate in excess of 200 horsepower. In its current form, the four-banger is rated at exactly 200 ponies and 207 pound-feet of torque.


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Out back, the Q3 gets redesigned sequential taillights that add a nice touch of glitz.

The 2015 Q3 features a number of visual updates that make it more angular and attractive than the more rounded version of before. The front grille sees much of those updates, with a new chrome ring that connects to both headlights. More aggressive, five-sided lower air intakes below the headlights give the Q3 a grimaced, angered look.

Out back, the Q3 gets redesigned sequential taillights that add a nice touch of glitz. A sportier lower fascia adds even more detail. New wheels help the 2015 differentiate itself even more from the previous models.

Exterior Dimensions

Length 14.4 Ft
Width 6.0 Ft
Height 5.2 Ft
Wheelbase 8.5 Ft

Side-by-side comparison

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Audi supplies plenty of physical buttons for the most used controls like the radio and HAVC system.

The interior of the Q3 is typical Audi – fine materials with spectacular fit and finish. Audi supplies plenty of physical buttons for the most used controls like the radio and HAVC system. Audi’s MMI system is present, with a flip-up screen in the dashboard and the controller down below on the center console.

Dual analog gauges give engine and ground speeds while an information screen gives other important info such as mileage, tripometer, radio station info, and mpg readouts. Passenger comfort will likely be high of the Q3’s priority list. The front bucket seats get power-adjustability while the rear seats will fold flat for extra cargo room.


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Customers do get the option of choosing front- or all-wheel-drive.

U.S.-spec Q3s will only come with one powertrain option – the direct-injected, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder. The unit makes a respectable 200 horsepower and 207 pound-feet of torque and can only be paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. Customers do get the option of choosing front- or all-wheel-drive.

Audi’s quattro all-wheel-drive system will surely be a popular option for more northern customers who need the extra grip for wintery conditions.

While Audi hasn’t announced any news regarding the RS Q3’s entry into the U.S., the automaker has promised in the past that more RS-branded vehicles would be headed this way. If this were the case for the RS Q3, we would see Audi’s 2.5-liter turbocharged five-cylinder come this way. Making 340 horses and 332 pound-feet of torque, the RS Q3 would make a great addition to the lineup.


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The 2015 Audi Q3 will come to the States in two trim levels: the Premium Plus and the Prestige. Prices start at $32,500 for the Premium Plus and jump to $36,400 for the more equipped Prestige.



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The BMW X1 started the luxury, compact-crossover niche in 2009. It still has the market nearly to itself, especially in the United States, but that’s about to change as soon as the Audi Q3 and the Mercedes-Benz GLA find their way to North American dealers. Meanwhile, the crossover is set to receive many changes next year, including a brand-new platform with a front-wheel-drive configuration.

The new, U.S.-spec X1 will arrive only in its xDrive guise, meaning no front-wheel drive for us. Engine-wise, expect the Bimmer to come with a 2.0-liter, turbocharged engine in its range-topping trim, with nearly 300 horsepower at its disposal. Visually, the upcoming X1 won’t be radically different, although BMW’s trend in fitting its new models with wider kidney grilles and narrower headlamps is likely to affect this crossover.

Mercedes GLA

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The GLA is one of the newest Mercedes-Benz models on the market and the company’s first venture into the compact-crossover segment. Obviously prettier than the X1, the GLA promises to give its German rival a good run for its money in the United States by means of a turbocharged, 2.0-liter engine rated at 208 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque.

The crossover will become available Stateside in both 4MATIC and front-wheel-drive guises, although the latter won’t hit showrooms until next year. Mercedes-Benz claims the all-wheel-drive version can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in only 6.4 seconds and reach a top speed of 145 mph.


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With the crossover craze alive and well here in the U.S., the Q3 will likely do rather well; especially considering its smart looks, powerful engine, all-wheel-drive capability, and room for five. Oh, and of course there’s the luxury brand identity Audi enjoys. With a reasonable starting price in the low to mid-$30,000 range, the Q3 is sure to be a strong hit.

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Press Release

Since its market launch in fall 2011, the Q3 model series has been a successful model for the Audi brand. But Audi is also constantly improving good and successful models. The new Audi Q3* and RS Q3* models not only feature a refreshed design, they also boast a number of technical innovations.

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The three TFSI and three TDI clean diesel four‑cylinder engines boast higher output combined with reduced fuel consumption. CO2 emissions have been reduced by as much as 17 percent. They displace 1.4 or 2.0 liters and produce between 88 kW (120 hp) and 162 kW (220 hp). All are turbocharged, direct-injection units and comply with the limits of the Euro 6 emission standard. These consumption and CO2 reductions are made possible in part by the Audi cylinder on demand technology. Thanks to their efficiency, the 1.4 TFSI COD and the 2.0 TDI bear the “Audi ultra” badge.

The chassis of the redesigned Audi Q3 combines agile handling with supreme safety, and comprehensive fine-tuning has enhanced comfort even further. Audi drive select enables the driver to adjust key technology modules, including the optional active dampers, to suit his or her personal preferences. Wheels range in size from 16 to 20 inches in diameter, and the suspension has been tuned for high rolling comfort. Hill‑descent assist is available as an option.

The premium character of the redesigned Audi Q3 is apparent at first glance. The Audi designers have honed the details of the coupe‑like lines with the characteristic wrap-around tailgate. Dominating horizontal lines up front and in the rear underscore the width and give the Q3 an expressive design.

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The sculpted Singleframe grille is the defining element at the front of the car. At the top of the two new Q3 trim lines design and sport are the S line sport package, the S line exterior package, the Audi exclusive design package and the Audi exclusive exterior design package.

The redesigned headlights come standard with xenon plus technology and LED daytime running lights. The optional LED headlights are particularly bright and energy‑efficient. Audi offers them in combination with the dynamic turn signals integrated into the likewise redesigned LED taillights. These intuitive turn signals illuminate sequentially within two-tenths of a second from the inside out in the direction the driver intends to turn.

The base model of the new Audi Q3 has a curb weight (without driver) of 1,385 kilograms (3,053.4 lb). The dimensions of the compact SUV are virtually unchanged. It measures 4.39 meters (14.4 ft) long, 1.83 meters (6.0 ft) wide and 1.59 meters (5.2 ft) high. The wheelbase is unchanged at 2.60 meters (8.5 ft).

The Aud Q3 offers plenty of space at all five seating positions. Its clear ergonomics and the superior workmanship underscore the premium claim. In its base configuration, the cargo compartment of the Audi Q3 has a capacity of 460 liters (16.2 cu ft); by folding down the split rear seatbacks, this can be increased to 1,365 liters (48.2 cu ft). Many clever options make the SUV even more versatile and easier to use. These include the luggage compartment package, a pass-through and the power tailgate. Roof rails and a new, extensible luggage compartment cover are standard.

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Equipment and trim
The new Audi Q3 features a generous list of standard equipment. This can be supplemented with features taken directly from the luxury class, such as the LED interior lighting package and the power-adjustable front seats. With respect to driver assistance systems, the secondary collision brake assist is standard.

Customers can order the assistance systems described below as options. With Audi side assist, a yellow LED indicator illuminates in the housing of the outside mirror if another vehicle is in the blind spot or is approaching rapidly from the rear. Audi active lane assist works with video cameras that detect the lane markings. It gently intervenes in the steering to help the driver return to the lane if he or she comes too close to a line without indicating. The camera-based traffic sign recognition system shows speed limit signs – and now also no passing signs – as graphics in the driver information system display.

MMI navigation plus is the high‑end infotainment solution from Audi. The ideal complement to MMI navigation plus is Audi connect including car phone, which connects the Audi Q3 to the Internet. Passengers can use the integrated to WiFi hotspot to surf or e‑mail, while the driver can enjoy the tailored services from Audi connect. These include the web radio Audi music stream, online traffic information, and navigation with Google Earth and Google Street View.

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Sales of the redesigned Q3, which Audi builds at its Martorell plant outside Barcelona, Spain, will begin in February 2015. Its base price is 29,600 euros.

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