The Audi Q3 Sportback is a car for customers who value expressive design as highly as technical innovation and dynamic aptitude. Its statement feature is the large, octagonal Singleframe which forms the outline of the striking honeycomb grille. The slim, wedge-shaped headlights feature LED technology in all versions.
The coupé-like passenger cab stands in contrast to the front, which is characterised by clear SUV features.
Thanks to the low roof, which gives way to flat, sloping D-pillars, the side view of the Audi Q3 Sportback makes it appear clearly longer than its sister model Q3. In reality, it is a difference of only 16 mm. In addition, the SUV coupé’s 49mm lower roof curvature, and the elegant shoulder line that runs lower than in the Q3, moves the body’s optical focus downwards to lend a more muscular air.
At the rear, a long roof edge spoiler sits above the slim window to emphasise the width of the crossover. The rear lights, which reference the design of the LED headlights, also contribute to this. A diffusor with a wide blade and two conspicuous ribs forms the bottom section.
Elegantly dynamic: the exterior variants
The new Q3 Sportback will be available in a choice of 11 paint colours, all of which are combined with contrasting bumpers and arches in a Manhattan Grey paint finish. The 18-inch alloy wheels and LED headlamps with LED daytime running lamps and dynamic rear indicators are standard Sport features.
The S line trim line brings larger 19-inch alloy wheels, privacy glass and an exclusive design for the bumpers, sill trims and diffuser, and also adds S line-specific interior detailing. Above it, the Edition 1 and Vorsprung models go a step further by upsizing to a 20-inch wheel and adding a black styling pack colouring element such as the grille surround and window cappings.
They also upgrade to Matrix LED lighting technology for maximum illumination through dimming of individual segments of the headlamp unit to divert the beam around leading and oncoming traffic.
Driver-oriented: the interior
The sleekly sculpted exterior is complemented by a sophisticated cabin design inspired by the brand’s full-size models. Its focal point is a reductive two-level instrument panel incorporating the new 10.1-inch high resolution MMI touch display giving access to the top-of-the-line MMI navigation plus system which is standard for all UK Q3 models.
The various functions are displayed on the MMI Touch display and in the Audi virtual cockpit with its 10.25-inch screen in the instrument binnacle, which is also standard.
The SUV coupé has been designed as a fully-fledged five seater. The supportive front sports seats are upholstered in either full cloth in Sport models, a combination of cloth and Twin leather in the S line, full Twin leather in the Edition 1 or an Alcantara and Twin leather blend in the Vorsprung. The front seats are also electrically adjustable and heated as standard in Edition 1 and Vorsprung models.
The rear seats can be moved 130 mm longitudinally as standard; their backrests are divided into three sections, and their inclination can be adjusted in seven stages.
Behind the rear seats, the luggage compartment can accommodate 530 litres, and when they are folded down up to 1,400 litres is liberated. A standard powered tailgate makes gaining access to this space easy, and for added convenience the loading floor can be used at various levels.
Broad range: the engines
In the first launch phase two engines will power the new Audi Q3 Sportback - one TFSI and one TDI. The four-cylinder direct injection units use turbocharging and are fitted with a particulate filter.
The 2.0 TFSI in the Audi Q3 Sportback 45 TFSI quattro is the most powerful engine with 230PS. The 2.0 TDI provides 150PS in a quattro manual or a front-wheel drive S tronic.
Soon after launch a 1.5-litre TFSI engine will follow in the Audi Q3 Sportback 35 TFSI. It also provides 150PS and features the cylinder-on-demand system, which at low and medium loads deactivates the second and third cylinders to reduce consumption.
Equally importantly, when combined with S tronic transmission it also features another efficiency technology cascaded from the classes above: the mild-hybrid drivetrain (MHEV), which uses a 48 V on-board electrical system. It further reduces fuel consumption by recovering up to 12kW of power during deceleration via its belt alternator starter (BAS) and feeding this into a compact lithium-ion battery.
In the Audi Q3 Sportback, four systems are included as standard to further assist the driver:
Audi pre sense basic initiates preventative safety measures for occupants as soon as it recognises an unstable driving state, using information from various vehicle systems to determine this. For instance, it intervenes if the electronic stabilisation control (ESC) sensors detect skidding or hard braking. The system then tightens the front seat belts electrically, closes the windows and activates the hazard warning lights to alert traffic behind the vehicle
Audi pre sense front detects collision risks in front of the car by means of front radar and also registers pedestrians and cyclists in addition to vehicles. In a critical situation, the system warns the driver optically, acoustically and haptically. In an emergency, it initiates full braking and implements the Audi pre sense basic measures.
Lane departure warning helps the driver to avoid inadvertently leaving their chosen lane. If the indicator has not been switched on and the car is about to cross a lane marking detected by the front camera, the system assists with corrective steering intervention.
Audi Side Assist uses two radar sensors that take measurements to the rear, and activate a warning LED in the relevant exterior mirror if they detect a vehicle located in the blind spot or approaching quickly from the rear
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