The Audi Q3 – Irish prices announced

As you may know we went to the Goodwood Festival of Speed last week and while we were there the Audi PR people treated us to a look at the all new Q3. Being the motoring people that we are we elbowed all the punters out of the way so we could poke about inside, I have to say the Q3 looks rather good. There’s nice Audi fittings in other words, it’s built like a Victorian sideboard. I liked the room inside, it felt bigger than it’s rivals and being an Audi it should hold its value better than most too.

Speaking of value New Audi Q3 opens for order priced from €33,850 (€34,650 On the Road Price) – first customer deliveries begin in late October.

· Four engines available from launch, all directly injected and turbocharged and all optimised by start-stop and energy recuperation systems – 2.0TDI 140BHP, 2.0TDI 177BHP, 2.0TFSI 170PS and 2.0TFSI 211PS.

· Available in high standard specification in SE or S Line versions.

· In-car technology will include new generation MMI navigation plus, online Bluetooth car phone enabling access to Google services including Google Earth, WLAN connectivity, Audi drive select with efficiency mode, parallel and perpendicular park assist.
I’ll be queuing up for a drive of the new Q3, it’s the first one of these kind of cars that I like the look of.

Here’s the full press details should you want to read such a thing.

The all new Audi Q3 is Audi’s first foray into the premium A SUV segment. Orders for the third Q-model in the series will begin at the end of August. The Q3 will have the distinction of being the first Audi SUV to offer the efficiency-focused option of a 54mpg front-wheel-drive variant. Enquiries are being accepted now at Audi Ireland’s dealer network with first deliveries beginning in late October. Pricing for the Q3 starts at €33,850 (€34,650 on the road) for the 2.0TDI 140 SE version which is expected to account for the majority of orders.

Four engines will initially be available, all combining direct fuel injection with turbo charging and all backed up by start-stop and energy recuperation systems – the 2.0-litre TDI with 140BHP and 177PS and the 2.0-litre TFSI petrol unit in 170BHP and 211BHP forms. The 2.0-litre TDI 140BHP unit will power the front-wheel-drive model only at launch, with a quattro version joining the offer early in 2012. With emissions of just 133g/km, the 2.0TDI 140 variant resides in tax band B, qualifying the purchaser for annual road tax of just €156.

Andrew Doyle, Managing Director, Audi Ireland, said, “The Audi Q3 is a premium SUV offering all the benefits of Audi’s DNA in a more compact form. It is of course sporty, yet extremely efficient and versatile – a perfect mix of vehicle at the right time in the Irish market. The Q3 showcases Audi’s expertise in all aspects of engineering: from its lightweight body through strong and efficient drive trains and a dynamic chassis to its state-of-the-art assistance systems and multimedia systems. Customise your Q3 with Audi’s legendary quattro® permanent four wheel drive transmission and you can enjoy uninterrupted Audi driving as the snow falls this coming winter! We are delighted to introduce the newest member of the highly successful Q family to the Irish market.”

From a design perspective, the new Audi Q3 was built to break the mould. With a long, broad body, coupe-like roof line and smooth, sweeping lines, it deliberately avoids the traditional ‘boxy’ look of an SUV. And with its low lean-forward stance and muscular, flared wheel arches the Q3 has an abundance of sporty character, yet it remains instantly recognisable as an Audi.

Inside the deceptively roomy Q3 there is seating for up to five adults, an accommodating load bay offering up to 1,365 litres of capacity thanks to split/folding rear seats, and an impressive level of standard equipment across the SE and S line specification levels. The boot space offered in the Q3 (460 litres) is superior to that of all its main competitors underlining the practicality of Ingolstadt’s new premium offering.

Externally the SE version includes 17-inch alloy wheels, aluminium roof rails and rear parking sensors, and inside dual-zone climate control, a concert audio system with 6.5-inch retractable colour display screen, bluetooth interface, Audi Music Interface (iPod connection) and multifunction leather steering wheel. The Q3 will also come equipped with navigation preparation, enabling customers to ‘activate’ navigation retrospectively by purchasing an SD card if required.

For a premium of €3,300 above SE versions, the new Audi Q3 can be upgraded to the S line specification, which includes 18-inch alloy wheels, S line exterior and interior styling enhancements, and xenon headlamps with LED daytime running lamps and LED rear tail lights.

Options include ‘steerable beam’ adaptive light technology for the xenon plus headlights, a high-beam assistant to intelligently illuminate the road ahead, the hard drive-based navigation system “plus” with seven-inch colour screen and 3D mapping, side assist blind spot warning and a panoramic glass sunroof offering increased light and airiness to the high quality cabin interior.

In combination with the option of quattro permanent four wheel drive the Q3 ensures 365 day a year driveability through snow, ice or whatever the conditions may throw at you. The high driving position offers a superior view of the road to drivers. Safety and security is a key focus for Audi as evident from the listing of ESP with electronic slip differential, 6 airbags, ABS, front and rear isofix points and vehicle immobiliser on the standard equipment list.