At this point, there are so many “Black Edition” models floating around that we can’t tell what manufacturer actually fired the first shot. It seems like just about every model out there has a Black Edition of some kind. There’s the 2016 Porsche 911 Carrera Black Edition, The Mazda3 Sport Black Edition, Volkswagen Scirocco Black Edition, Porsche Cayman Black Edition, and Nissan Qashqai Black Edition – just to name a small handful from a very large pool of available models out there. Hell, Even Bentley has done it. Now, Audi is adding to its lineup of “Black Edition” models with this new iteration of the Q3. As usual, the model comes with just a few “upgrades” that include some black interior trim and a few exterior pieces done up in black as well.

It’s really like one manufacturer decided to do a Black Edition and everybody else decided to jump off the same bridge. Just like the use of Alcantara. It was once something that was once cool and eccentric but is now just boring and overplayed. As such, Audi is actually replacing the S Plus Model with the Black Edition in its lineup, which means most of the features the model is boasting, were already there to begin with. This includes things like SD card-based navigation, cruised control, privacy glass, and black interior that, of course, has some Alcantara mixed in too.

So, with that said, let’s take a closer look at the new Q3 Black Edition and see if there’s really any hype worth writing home about.

Continue reading to learn more about the Audi Q3 Black Edition.

What makes the Audi Q3 Black Edition special

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As rebadged S-line Plus model, the Black Edition comes standard with Audi Music, Bluetooth connectivity, front and rear sensor parking control, dual zone climate control, metallic paint, privacy glass in the rear, and a Bose sound system. On the inside, the car’s cabin is “differentiated” by Piano Black inlays on the door trim panels, around the gear shifter, and on the face of the dash. That’s it… nothing else to talk about inside outside of the features that come standard across all Q3 trim levels.

Outside, there is a little more to talk about, but it’s all the same old standard stuff you get from every other manufacturer’s “Black Edition.” It starts out up front with the grille surround and mesh finished in black. That black carries around onto the sides with the already black mirrors, and cladding around the wheel wells painted in black. The front lip and side skirts match the insert on the rear fascia, as they are also painted in a black finish. To round off the exterior, Audi painted the roof rails, rear spoiler, and tail pipes in black as well. Outside of this, you get a pair of 19-inch allow wheels (the model the “Black Edition is replacing already came with 19s, by the way) and tinted glass from the rear doors back.

The Black Edition comes standard with Audi Music, Bluetooth connectivity, front and rear sensor parking control, dual zone climate control, metallic paint, privacy glass in the rear, and a Bose sound system.

And, that’s what makes up the Q3 Black Edition. Under the hood, you’ll find one of two diesel or gasoline-drinking powerplants. First on the list is a 1.4-liter gasoline mill that delivers 148 horsepower through a six-speed manual or S-Tronic twin-clutch automatic transmission. Only available in FWD form, this engine pushes the Q3 to 62 mph in about 8.9 seconds with S-Tronic but, according to Audi, can achieve 51.4 mph when equipped with a manual. The second option is a 2.0-liter gasoline mill that delivers 178 horsepower. Audi has yet to release torque figures for either engine or performance information for the 2.0-liter. The 2.0-liter can be had with either transmission and is available with all-wheel drive. Moving over to the diesel front, there are two variations of the 2.0-liter TDI mill. It can be had with 148 horsepower and can be paired with either a manual or S-Tronic. Two-wheel and four-wheel drive are available with this entry-level diesel. Moving up to the 182-horsepower diesel will give you the same choice of transmissions but will limit you to just all-wheel drive. Audi has yet to release fuel economy figures or any performance figures for the diesel mills.

And there you have it. When you break down all of Audi’s PR talk in the press release for the Black Edition, there really isn’t a whole lot to talk about. I understand that customers expressed interest in black edition models at some point, but now that everybody and their brothers are building them, it’s starting to get a little old. As a range-topping model, the Black Edition will probably do pretty well for Audi, but don’t expect it to be all that different from the model below it. Now if only we could get automakers to start taking special edition models seriously, or at the very least do something other than another lazy “Black Edition.”

Press Release

The dark and brooding good looks of the Black Edition models that have been mainstays of the Audi A4, A5, A6 and A7 Sportback ranges have inspired a new Q3 Black Edition that spearheads a wholesale update of the perenially popular compact SUV line-up. The new top flight Q3 and the sharper, even better equipped versions that sit below it will become available later this month priced from £26,600 OTR, and will reach their first customers towards the end of the year.

As part of the programme of revisions the current Q3 specification structure, starting with SE, moving to S line Navigation and then on to S line plus, has shifted further upwards. At entry level, SE becomes Sport through the addition of SD navigation as standard and through styling enhancements that lend an even more purposeful air, including larger front air vents and a body-coloured front diffuser.

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S line Navigation models become S line Edition by gaining standard interior features such as cruise control and the Audi Parking System Plus, and by adopting a new look for the front end, which now incorporates a distinctive horizontal strut spanning its full width, above which are air inlets with more pronounced surrounds and a new diamond-pattern mesh design. They flank a more eyecatching Single Frame grille with a new high gloss finish which is also shared by the air vents.

The main attraction in the range is now the Q3 Black Edition, which stays true to the concept introduced so successfully elsewhere in the Audi range. Replacing the S line plus model, it builds on that version’s already extensive specification with features such as standard metallic paint, privacy glass from the B pillar rearwards and a Bose sound system upgrade, but its key point of differentiation is of course the distinctive black treatment for many of its parts. These start in the cabin with piano black inlays, and continue outside to take in everything from the 19-inch alloy wheels, wheel arch cappings and Single Frame grille surround to the roof rails, rear spoiler and tailpipes, all of which are finished in gloss black.

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Extensive specification
Aside from the now range-wide satellite navigation, standard equipment for all Q3 models is plentiful, and includes Audi Music and Bluetooth interfaces, sensor control for parking (rear only in the Sport, front and rear in the S line Edition and Black Edition), for lighting and for wiper function, dual-zone climate control and a Concert audio system with DAB radio linked to a 6.5-inch manually retractable colour monitor. Xenon headlamps with LED daytime running lights and LED tail lights feature as standard in Sport versions, while S line Edition and Black Edition specification levels upgrade to all-weather LED headlights and dynamic ‘scrolling’ rear indicators which illuminate sequentially within two-tenths of a second from the inside out in the direction the driver intends to turn.

Under the skin, two TDI diesel and two TFSI petrol engines are available, depending on the chosen specification. The 1.4-litre TFSI with Cylinder-on-Demand technology brings 150PS and the option of either manual or S tronic twin-clutch automatic transmission. It gives the exclusively front-wheel-driven Q3 1.4 TFSI a 0-62mph sprint time of as little as 8.9 seconds (S tronic), but also 51.4mpg capability (manual) based on the combined cycle test. Above it in the petrol line-up is a 2.0-litre TFSI unit with 180PS, which can be linked to either manual or S tronic transmission and works with quattro all-wheel-drive without exception.

Forming the diesel contingent are two four-cylinder, 2.0-litre TDIs with outputs of 150PS and 184PS. When linked to manual transmission and Sport specification with its 17-inch wheels, the 150PS version has the potential to return up to 62.8mpg with CO2 output of just 117g/km.

The 2.0-litre 150PS TDI engine can work with either manual or S tronic transmission and can channel its output through either the front wheels only or through all four with the help of the quattro system. The 184PS version also offers two transmission options, but deploys its heightened power and torque solely via quattro drive.

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Audi drive select as standard
The composed agility of the Q3 chassis imparts a nimble feel that belies its SUV dimensions, and the Audi drive select adaptive dynamics system - a standard feature of all Q3 models – enables drivers to make the most of it by adjusting throttle response, automatic transmission shift points and operating characteristics of other optional components such as the damper control system to suit personal preferences.

Up to five adults can enjoy the ride in comfort and with space to spare, and their luggage can be equally comfortably accommodated in the 420-litre load compartment, which in S line Edition and Black Edition versions is accessible at the touch of a button thanks to powered tailgate operation. When the back seat is free, its split backrest can be folded to liberate a total of 1,325 litres of cargo capacity.

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