2014 Audi Q3
Standard features on the new Q3 include 17-inch alloy wheels, leather seats, dual-zone climate control, parking sensors, Bluetooth and fog lights.
Few will leave the forecourt for less than $50,000 thanks to Audi’s extensive options list. Our test car featured more than $10,000 in extras such as the ‘Technik’ pack with upgraded sound system, satellite navigation and a reversing camera ($3790), Nappa leather ($2150), a "Style package" with xenon lights and 18-inch wheels ($2000) and metallic paint ($1050).
We drove the new model on a mix of tarmac, gravel roads and long grass tracing the Murray River across the border between NSW and Victoria. The 103kW/320Nm turbo diesel was well matched to its seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. It can be had with shift paddles that cost an extra $400 as part of a multifunction steering wheel option.
Audi’s smallest SUV drives like a high-riding hatch, with its ride on the firm side over sharp bumps. The Q3 acquits itself well off sealed roads, with the Quattro all-wheel-drive system pushing power to the right place when needed. The new Quattro model comes into its element on loose surfaces, making sure-footed progress for regular motorists and rewarding keen drivers.
Audi says the Q3 is the most popular car in its class – a segment that really includes just one other car, BMW’s X1 - although Volvo would likely argue its V40 Cross Country is in the fight, too. But it could be threatened on the sales charts by the new Audi A3 Quattro hatchback and Mercedes-Benz’ upcoming GLA crossover.
2.0 TDI (103kW) $47,500
2.0 TFSI (125kW) $49,450
2.0 TDI (130kW) $55,000
2.0 TFSI (155 kW) $56,500