Audi Q3 Sportback in SA
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01 September 2020
SA's new Audi Q3 Sportback - details and pricing
The Q3 Sportback was announced in early 2019, and has finally arrived in SA. More than just a Q3 with a slope at the back, Audi is calling the model its first compact crossover, rather than a compact SUV. It has been positioned as the flagship of the Q3 range, with the space of an SUV and the handling of a coupé.
The Q3 Sportback is more athletic looking than its straight-laced Q3 sibling, thanks largely to a lower roofline and its coupé shape. SUV influences come from silver-finished elements for the grille and front bumper. The rear has no such SUV pretences - instead, the wide tail lights and underscored by an equally wide silver trim element in the sporty bumper, and all of it is topped by that the sharply sloping rear window. If you prefer something even more aggressive, you can up the wheel size from 18” to 19”, and add the Black Styling Package which enhancers the grille, rear diffuser and side window trim in gloss black.
The interior of the Sportback is similar to the regular Q3, with strong 3D shapes and a decent dose of optional tech: electric tailgate, heated and electrically adjustable seats, two-piece panoramic roof, wireless charging and virtual cockpit are just a few of the highlights. Standard equipment includes dual-zone climate control and an 8.8 inch touchscreen with smartphone integration.
Audi claims the Q3 Sportback is one of the most spacious models in its class, offering true 5-seater capability, along with 1400 litres of land space, with a split load floor offering added convenience.
Powering the Q3 Sportback range in SA are two 4-cylinder turbo petrol engines:
The 1.4 TFSI in the 35FSI puts out 110kW and 250Nm, and is matched to a 6-speed S tronic dual-clutch gearbox.
The 40 TFSI quattro S line has a 2.0 TFSI motor with 132kW / 320Nm, and a 7-speed S tronic dual-clutch gearbox and all wheel drive.
Q3 Sportback 35 TFSI S tronic
Q3 Sportback 40 TFSI quattro S tronic