In past weeks, on web were appeared details and rumors about new 2016 Audi Q3. Audi Q3 is the smallest vehicle in Q lineup of German’s luxury crossovers. It exists for a few years already but starts in the US and Canada markets as a 2015 year model and should be carried over for at least couple of years.
Under the Hood
It is available in a couple of high-end tiers, conveniently named Premium Plus and Prestige. Both of these come with the same 2.0L turbocharged I-4 engine which makes 200 hp and 207 lb-ft of torque. 6-speed automatic gearbox is chosen for transmission, while both front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive (Quattro) are offered as well. 2016 year models will get the 2.5L turbocharged 5-cylinder engine beside the basic one which will be able to conjure up to 310 horsepower.
By looking at it, Q3 looks more like a hatchback than a crossover, but this has its advantages in driving performance. From the front, Q3 looks just like any other Audi with its open-mouth trapezoid grille and four circles upon it. Rear end is a little bit different than in the rest of the family and is cut in the 60-degree angle, and offers unconventional slim arrowhead-like tail-lights.
2016 Audi Q3 Design
Inside, Q3 will offer the same level of refinement any of its bigger cousins do. By being a little bit on the small side, fitting five passengers might be a tricky endeavor, but the seat refinement will still be tempting as all models will come with leather seat upholstery. This will be offered in three color arrangements, and dash accents will be either aluminum silver or walnut brown. Heated front seats are standard across the lineup and all models also get the 7-inch floating touch screen display with standard navigation.
Power sunroof is also standard, while the top Prestige models benefit from HD radio and SiriusXM traffic with four years of subscription. Beside the standard safety features which also include hill descent assist, Q3 offers optional rear side airbags, parking sensors, rearview camera and blind-spot monitors.
Front-wheel drive models are rated at 20 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway, while optional all-wheel drive lowers only the highway ratings by a single point. 5-cylinder’s ratings aren’t out yet, but being the stronger engine, it’ll certainly need more fuel than the 4-cylinder.
2016 Audi Q3 Price and Release date
Prices start from $32,500 for a base FWD model, while Quattro models with Prestige package cost at least $38,500. Fully upgraded Q3 can, on the other hand reach the price tag of more than $40,000 and 5-cylinder models will cost at least that much in their base form.
2016 Audi Q3 will continue where its predecessor left with a new powertrain option for better performance. It is a small luxury crossover which rides well and handles all small families’ needs in a best possible way.