New Audi Q3 Sportback specs revealed

The new 2019 Audi Q3 Sportback is a fusion of SUV and coupe - here is the latest on its specs, trims and more...

James Wilson
Oct 21, 2019

Official details for the 2019 Audi Q3 Sportback have been released. Audi's latest small-yet-stylish coupe-crossover will be available to order from September 2019, with UK deliveries expected to start before the end of the year. Prices will start from £32,440; and Audi has revealed that there will be a choice of petrol and diesel engines from launch, with a mild hybrid option following at a later date.

The 'Sportback' name aludes to the coupe-esque rear end, something Audi has gradually introduced to several models across the range including the A5 and A7. The Q3 Sportback’s sloping roofline takes aim at a very precise and limited target market compared to the standard Q3, appealling to those who want an SUV but are happy to sacrifice some practicality for a more sporty look.

Quick facts

  • Coupe styled Q3 SUV
  • Prices start from £32,440
  • Choice of a petrol or diesel a launch
  • Hybrid power to come later
  • 530-1,400 litres of boot space
  • Less practical than the standard Q3

The regular Audi Q3 is an upmarket SUV that competes with the Volvo XC40, Jaguar E-Pace, and BMW X1. While there is less competition in the rather niche coupe-SUV arena, both BMW and Mercedes offer rivals in the form of the X4 and GLC Coupe, however, these are slightly bigger. Read on for more details on the Audi Q3 Sportback's prices, engines, interior and more

Audi Q3 Sportback trims and models

Audi will offer the Q3 Sportback in four trims: Sport, S Line, Edition 1 and Vorsprung - a prettuy standard list for the German brand these days.

Starting with the entry-level Sport model, 18-inch alloy wheels and LED headlights are included as standard, as are Audi’s scrolling indicators that light up in an animated way towards the direction you're planning to turn.

The next step up is S Line trim, featuring larger 19-inch alloy wheels, privacy glass and redesigned bumpers for a more aggresive look. Moving up again we have Vorsprung and Edition 1 models which get even larger 20-inch wheels. They are also treated to a black styling pack and Matrix LED headlights.

 

There is a choice of 11 body colours, however, regardless of which colour you pick Audi adds contrasting grey bumpers and wheel arches to your Q3 Sportback.

While the technology available on the Q3 Sportback is covered in greater detail below, all models come well equipped. Audi’s futuristic virtual cockpit is available (a digital display instead of a dashboard) as are niceties such as Apple CarPlay/Android Auto and wireless phone charging.

Audi Q3 Sportback prices

Prices for the AUdi Q3 Sportback begin at £32,440 for base-spec Sport models, from there, the extra equipment you get wth S-Line trim bumps up the price to £34,240. Edition 1 models start at £38,325 while top-of-the-range Vorsprung trim will hit £45,310 at it's base.

As always there are numerous options available to add to your Q3 Sportback such as the Comfort and Sound pack, which will add an extra £1,195 to the price.

Audi Q3 Sportback engine range

Most exciting for some is the news that the Q3 Sportback will be offered as a hybrid, although it will not be immediately available at launch. The hybrid version will use a 48V system paired with a 1.5-litre petrol TFSI petrol engine.

Helping boost the efficiency of the hybrid Q3 Sportback is cylinder deactivation technology, which can shut down two of the four cylinders available to help save fuel. The hybrid system itself uses a Lithium-ion battery pack which can recover up to 12kW of power during braking - i.e. it harnesses otherwise wasted energy from braking and puts it into the battery pack.

Moving away from the hybrid, other engines available from launch include one petrol and one diesel, with both being Euro 6d-Temp emission test compliant. If you don’t know what Euro 6d-Temp means you are not alone, but our explainer article will give you all the details.

The petrol unit is a turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder (called the 45 TFSI) which produces 227hp. Audi is yet to confirm economy and CO2 emission figures, but the same engine in the standard Q3 is claimed to be capable of around 31mpg and emits 174g/km of of CO2, so don’t expect the Q3 Sportback to wander too far from these.

The diesel unit is again a turbocharged 2.0-litre unit but this time called the 35 TDI. It produces less power at just 148hp and again Audi is yet to confirm economy and emission figures, but looking at the 35 TDI engine in the standard Q3, Audi claims around 44mpg and 130g/km of CO2 depending on trim level.

Audi plans to introduce further diesel and petrol options after launch – the 40 TDI and 35 TFSI – the latter being the same petrol unit used in the hybrid model minus the electrical bits. The 40 TDI is a more powerful version of the 2.0-litre diesel engine described above claiming a power output of 187hp.

Audi is primarily offering the Q3 Sportback with a seven-speed automatic gearbox on all versions. Those who like to change gear themselves will be limited to either the 35 TDI or non-hybrid 35 TFSI models. Quattro four-wheel drive is also available across the range - standard on 40 TDI and 45 TFSI models.

Audi Q3 Sportback interior

Step inside the Audi Q3 Sportback and aside from the obvious impact of having a sloping roofline - the back seats suffer from a distinct lack of headroom - the cabin is just what you would expect from an Audi SUV. Upfront there is an impressive array of digital displays accompanied by a relatively low number of buttons and dials.

The front seats are wrapped in cloth for entry-level Sport models, a combination of leather and cloth for S Line models and full leather in Edition 1 variants. In range-topping Vorsprung spec the front seats are trimmed in Alcantara and leather. In Edition 1 and Vorsprung models, the front seats are also electronically adjustable and heated.

To make sure rear passengers aren’t too jealous of those up front, the rear seats have seven settings for reclining and can also slide to adjust legroom (or boot space).

Audi Q3 Sportback safety

The Audi Q3 Sportback comes as standard with four safety systems. First up is something Audi calls ‘pre sense basic’, which works a bit like a guardian angel. Using a combination of sensors, the Q3 Sportback can identify hazardous situations and adjust itself accordingly. For example, if it senses a crash is imminent and inevitable, it will tighten the seat belts of occupants ready for impact.

Next up is Audi’s ‘pre sense front’, which warns the driver if a collision is about to occur and automatically applies the brakes if nothing is done to prevent it. Often systems like this are more generally referred to as autonomous emergency braking.

After that, there is lane departure warning, which warns drivers when they are drifting from a lane without indicating, and lastly Audi’s side assist, which is a fancy name for blind-spot monitoring.

If you are prepared to get down and dirty with the options list or venture further up the Q3 Sportback trim levels there is a range of extra safety technology on offer too. For starters, Vorsprung models include a 360-degree camera which shows the surrounding area of the vehicle on one of the interior displays when parking.

Similarly, park assist is available to further help you squeeze into tight spaces. This system controls the steering of a car, while the driver looks after the braking and gear selection. There is also something called cross traffic assist, which senses for traffic when reversing out of a parking space or driveway that is perpendicular to the road.

Adaptive cruise assist is also on the list of optional technology. Not to be confused with adaptive cruise control, adaptive cruise assist pushes the Q3 Sportback towards the realms of autonomy. By combining adaptive cruise control, traffic jam assist and active lane assist, the Q3 Sportback will help keep your car in its lane and adjust its speed to that of the vehicle in front all by itself.

Finally, Audi is offering a driver assistance package which combines adaptive cruise assist, camera-based traffic sign recognition, parking system plus, high-beam assist and emergency assist in one easy to tick option. The driver assistance package is standard on Vorsprung models.

Audi Q3 Sportback technology

The Q3 Sportback is bathed, yes bathed in technology with headliners including large interior digital screens and adaptive dampers. As standard, there is a 10.1-inch central touchscreen media unit and 10.3-inch digital instrument cluster. The latter increasing up to 12.3-inches with Audi’s virtual cockpit – which comes as standard on Edition 1 and Vorsprung models.

Audi’s Connect services are available, too. What this does is use a mobile data connection to bring you up to date information about traffic, parking and Google Earth imagery on the move. It is worth noting that while these services are normally free for the first few years, there will likely be a subscription to pay down the line. The Audi Connect suite also caters for music streaming, news, and email access – so there is nowhere you can escape that darn electronic mail...

If you don’t want to use Audi’s car media system, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are available too. Likewise, there is a Bang and Olufsen sound system available to replace Audi’s own. For connectivity and charging there are two USB ports (one being a USB C type) and a wireless smartphone charging box.

Audi will also sell you a Q3 Sportback with adaptive dampers. These are designed to change the way a car handles at the flick of a switch. The Q3 Sportback has six modes to choose from which prepares the German SUV for how you want to drive. For example, there is a comfort mode for when you want to get from A to B in as wafty a manner as possible. Adaptive dampers are standard on range-topping Vorsprung models.

Audi Q3 Sportback boot size

The Audi Q3 Sportback is slightly longer than the standard Q3, but it's also narrower and shorter. In terms of length, the Q3 Sportback is 4,500mm long – 16mm longer than the standard Q3.

At its maximum the Q3 Sportback is 1,567mm tall and 1,843mm wide - 49mm lower and 6mm slimmer than the regular model. There has been no change in wheelbase (the gap between the front and rear wheels), however, with both models measuring in at 2,680mm.

Luggage space is 530 litres with the rear seats up (the Sportback is only available as a five-seater) and 1,400 litres with them down down. With the seats up, cargo capacity is identical to the regular Q3, while the seats down figure is 125 litres less.

Audi Q3 Sportback review

Our car park has yet to be graced with an Audi Q3 Sportback, but when it does we are expecting it to be similar to the standard Q3. Our main concerns revolve around that fact changing rooflines impact everything from headroom and rear visibility to weight distribution. So be sure to check back to find out whether we give Audi’s latest SUV the BuyaCar seal of approval.

 

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