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Q3 refreshed for summer


THE Audi Q3 has been with us since 2011 and as such has received a mid-life makeover which has recently been announced by the German manufacturer.

The refreshed model will see both cosmetic and technical updates to improve efficiency and market appeal. The engine line up for the Audi Q3 includes TFSI and TDI motors ranging from 1.4 to 2.0 litres and output from 88kW to 162kW.

Petrol engine highlights

The new 1.4 TSI model in the Q3 range will accelerate from 0-100km/h 9.2 seconds thanks to its kerb weight of 1 385 kilograms and go on to a top speed of 204km/h while sipping 5.5 litres/100km. The top-of-the-range 2.0 TFSI produces 162kW/350Nm via a seven-speed S tronic and quattro all-wheel drive which allows it to go from 0 to 100 km/h in 6.4 seconds and on to a top speed of 233km/h


There are three 2.0 TDI diesel variants including the super-frugal manual transmission and front-wheel driven 110 kW/340 Nm version. It will consume just 4.4 litres 100/km. The most powerful TDI in the Audi Q3 produces 135kW/380Nm with 0 to 100 km/h figures as low as 7.9 seconds.

What’s new outside?

In front bumper has been redesigned; the honeycomb grilles and struts in the air intakes are now framed by sharp edges. A front splitter now extends forward below the centre intake while its enlarged top corners extend to the headlights. There are also new xenon plus headlights with LED daytime running lights. At the rear both the diffuser and the taillights have been redesigned.

Updated flagship

The Audi RS Q3 has also benefitted from upgrades.  Its 2.5 TFSI engine now produces 250kW/450Nm making it good for a 0 to 100 km/h sprint of 4.8 seconds with average fuel consumption figures of 8.4 litres/100 km.

The top-of-the-range model features an RS exhaust system with a switchable flap which allows for of that glorious five-cylinder soundtrack to escape. The RS Q3 comes with a seven-speed S tronic and quattro four-wheel drive syste

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