Audi’s new Q3 40 TFSI packs a power punch and better gear over the entry-level 35 for more coin.
Audi Australia has introduced two new Q3 options into its local lineup, bolstering the entire stable out to four available variants.
The new 40 TFSI and 40 TFSI S Line sit between the base 35 TFSI and range-topping RS Q3 performance model. Priced at $54,990 and $59,400 before on-road costs, both 40 TFSI models provide a convincing upgrade from the $46,400 35 TFSI.
Motivating the pair is a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine producing 132kW and 320Nm via a seven-speed DCT auto to all-four wheels – an increase of 22kW and 70Nm over the entry 35 TFSI, and good enough for a 7.3sec 0-100km/h sprint. Fuel consumption is a claimed 8.3L/100km on the combined cycle.
Standard equipment includes a suite of safety gear such as autonomous emergency braking (AEB) with cyclist and pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, reversing camera, front and rear parking sensors, rear cross-traffic alert, and tyre pressure monitoring.
The S Line further adds a 360-degree camera, high beam headlight assist, park assist, exterior mirrors with auto-dimming function, and adaptive cruise assist (includes active lane assist and emergency assist).
Standard equipment for the 40 TFSI includes 19-inch alloy wheels, keyless entry and start, electric tailgate with gesture opening, dual-zone climate control, leather seat upholstery, electric seat adjustment, and an infotainment screen with wireless Apple CarPlay plus DAB radio.
The 40 TFSI S Line upgrades to 20-inch Audi Sport alloy wheels with an exterior bodykit, Alcantara interior trim, heated front seats, flat-bottom steering wheel, stainless steel pedals, and a 12.3-inch virtual cockpit display in front of the driver.
Audi Australia product planning director, Shawn Ticehurst said the new 40 TFSI models with all-wheel drive come from a long lineage of Audi Quattro expertise.
“The legendary Audi Quattro all-wheel-drive technology underpins the legacy of the Audi Q model range,” he said.
“We’re delighted to bring this model to Australia to continue its predecessor’s success, with the new model endowed with over $8000 worth of additional equipment. In particular, the S line variant represents extraordinary value.”