New Black Edition Spec Spearheads Updated Audi Q3 UK Range

Audi‘s revised Q3 range will hit UK showrooms by the end of the year, with prices ranging from £26,600 to £36,945 as order books are set to open on October 11th.

There are multiple exterior and interior enhancements across the board, as well as new Sport, S line Edition and Black Edition trim levels replacing the old SE, S line Navigation and S line Plus specs.

In order to turn the entry-level SE spec into ‘Sport’, Audi added SD navigation as standard, along with larger front air vents and a body-colored front diffuser. S line Navigation became S line Edition by gaining cruise control and the Audi Parking System Plus while adopting a new front-end look with more pronounced surrounds for the air inlets and a new diamond-pattern mesh design.

Having said that, the Q3 Black Edition is undoubtedly the version that headlines Audi’s Q3 range in the UK. It comes with standard metallic pain, privacy glass from the B pillar rearwards and a Bose sound system upgrade. Other features include piano black inlays for the interior, 19″ alloys for the exterior and a gloss black finish for the single frame grille, roof rails, rear spoiler and tailpipes.

Furthermore, standard equipment for the entire Q3 range has moved on to include Audi Music and Bluetooth interfaces, Audi drive select adaptive dynamics system, sensor control for parking (rear only in the Sport, front and rear in the S line Edition and Black Edition), automatic lights & wipers, dual-zone climate control and a Concert audio system with DAB radio linked to a 6.5″ manually retractable color monitor.

Standard on the Sport versions are Xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights and LED taillights, whereas S line Edition and Black Edition specs get powered tailgate operation, all-weather LED headlights and dynamic “scrolling” rear indicators.

Powering the updated Q3 range in the UK will be two TDI diesel and two TFSI petrol units. The 150 PS 1.4-liter TFSI can propel the front-wheel driven Q3 from 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 8.9 seconds with the help of the S tronic twin-clutch automatic gearbox while averaging as little as 51.4 mpg (5.5l/100km). Moving up in the range we have the 2.0-liter TFSI engine with 180 PS, which can be spec’d with either manual or S tronic transmissions and works with quattro all-wheel drive as well.

The two four-cylinder 2.0-liter TDI diesels have 150 PS and 184 PS respectively, with the former having the potential to return up to 62.8 mpg (4.5l/100km) on average, with a CO2 output of 117g/km.