Even the base version of the redesigned Audi Q3 is coming to the German market with a generous list of standard equipment. It includes xenon plus headlights with LED daytime running lights, air conditioning, an electromechanical parking brake, height-adjustable front seats, radio-controlled central locking system and the Audi radio. Also included as standard are 16-inch alloy wheels, a comprehensive package of retention systems, Isofix attachment points in the rear, hill-start assist, black roof rails, luggage compartment cover and exterior mirrors with LED turn signals.
Freedom of choice: the new trim lines
Eye-catching exterior elements of the design trim line are the 17-inch wheels, contrasting paint finish and the silver roof rails. The loading sill protector is made of stainless steel; aluminum inserts adorn the door entry sills while aluminum inlays dress up the interior. The driver information system (DIS), Audi drive select, leather steering wheel and power-adjustable lumbar supports complete the equipment list. Many of the controls shine with an aluminum-look finish.
The sport line is similar in scope; there are differences in the design of the wheels and the steering wheel, however. Add-on parts are painted in the body color; sport seats are standard. The Audi exclusive design package (includes sport seats) and the S line sport package are focused primarily on subtle exterior and interior details; both include 18-inch wheels.
Luxurious options: panoramic glass roof and LED headlights
Much of the optional equipment for the Audi Q3 comes directly from the luxury class. These include the panoramic glass roof, LED headlights, dynamic turn signals and the high-beam assistant. Privacy glazing and a noise-damping windshield further increase comfort in the cabin. The range of alloy wheels includes sizes up to 20 inches; the S line sport suspension improves handling. Featuring damper control the suspension is extremely flexible.
Further options are the convenience key, hill-descent assist, alarm system, cruise control, deluxe two-zone automatic air conditioning, rear side airbags and the driver information system with color display. The LED interior lighting package allows the interior to glow. The seats can be upgraded with heating, power adjustment and a center armrest with a storage compartment. There are also a number of steering wheels from which to choose; shift paddles for S tronic are optional.
Clever options make the Audi Q3 even more practical. These include the power tailgate, rear seat through-loading facility including a center armrest, ski and snowboard bag, storage and luggage compartment package, reversible floor mat and a reversible luggage compartment floor. A trailer hitch expands the range of possible uses for the compact premium SUV even further. The accessories program includes a wide range of features, including a camping tent.
The optional infotainment systems are also extremely attractive. They begin with the MMI radio, which already includes a fold-out monitor, and extend through the connectivity package to MMI navigation plus and the Bose Surround Sound system. The module Audi connect including car phone connects the Audi Q3 to the Internet and the online services from Audi; the Audi phone box connects the cell phone to the automobile antenna.
The range of driver assistance systems also goes beyond what is usually found in this segment. Audi side assist supports the driver when changing lanes, and Audi active lane assist helps to maintain the lane. The camera-based traffic sign recognition system alerts the driver to important traffic signs, and there are also multiple parking solutions available.
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.
The equipment, data and prices specified in this document refer to the model range offered in Germany. Subject to change without notice; errors and omissions excepted.