EcoCars4Sale Give Thumbs Up As Audi Makes Q3 More Efficient with Upgraded Engines

Audi has given a mid-life makeover to its compact Q3 crossover to bring it more up to date. The changes are best described as subtle, but should be enough to keep it competitive against its core rival, the BMW X3.
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NORWICH, U.K. - Dec. 31, 2014 - PRLog -- The entry-level Q3 will soon be available with a 148bhp 1.4-litre TFSI petrol engine, which it will share with the A1 and A3 hatchbacks. This engine utilises cylinder-on-demand technology to help improve fuel economy at cruising speeds. It will be able to accomplish the 0-62mph sprint in 8.9 seconds when mated to a 6-speed S-Tronic twin-clutch automatic gearbox, fractionally faster than the 6-speed manual version. The manual version beats the auto in fuel economy and emissions, returning 50.4mpg and emitting 128g/km of CO2 versus the auto’s 47.9mpg and 136g/km.

Meanwhile, the existing 2.0-litre TFSI petrol engine gets a slight increase in output of 8bhp, taking its maximum power to 178bhp - similar to the diesel unit that is now available in either 148bhp or 181bhp forms. The least powerful of the diesel models now manages to return 61.4mpg (an improvement of 7mpg) whilst CO2 emissions have been reduced to 119g/km, down 18g/km.

The revisions externally are minor, and include a new 3D effect single-frame grille, revised bumpers and a fresh range of alloy wheels. The revised headlamps now feature xenon bulbs as standard, alongside LED daytime running lights and restyled LED rear lamps. S-Line trimmed models get full LED headlights.

Drivers now have the ability to tweak steering weighting and throttle response via Audi’s Drive Select adaptive dynamics system which is now fitted as standard across the range. Adaptive dampers are available as an optional extra.

SE-spec cars now get revised sports seats and a new-style steering wheel.

S-Line models add a powered assisted tailgate, whilst a sports suspension is a no-cost option. It sits on 19-inch alloy wheels. Externally, it is enhanced by tinted windows and metallic paint whilst inside it now features a revised satellite navigation system, tinted windows, perforated leather trim, cruise control and a parking guidance system.

The Q3 starts from £25,340 for the 1.4 TFSI SE and rises to £30,820 for the range-topping versions.

The more fuel efficient Q3 is now classified as an Eco Car (CO2 0-130g/km) on and goes on sale in January with deliveries expected to start during the spring.

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