Audi Q3 launched in Ireland
Audi Ireland has launched the new Q3 into what it calls the 'A SUV' category and the first Irish buyers are due to take delivery before the end of November. Potential rivals to the new model highlighted by Audi include the Volkswagen Tiguan, Ford Kuga, Nissan Qashqai and the Hyundai ix35. Prices for the Audi Q3 start at €33,850 (€34,650 on-the-road) for the likely best-seller, the 2.0 TDI 140 SE.
This 2.0 TDI 140 version has front-wheel drive and sits in Band B for tax. A more powerful (177hp) version of the same turbodiesel engine can be had with quattro four-wheel drive and the S-Tronic automatic gearbox. A quattro version of the TDI 140 engine will become available early in 2012. Turbocharged petrol engines will be offered as well (2.0-litre TFSI with either 170- or 211hp), though these will be bought by the minority of customers and all feature quattro four-wheel drive.
Two trim levels are offered. Q3 SEs feature 17-inch alloys, rear parking sensors, dual-zone climate control, an infotainment system with a colour 6.5-inch retractable screen, Bluetooth, multi-function leather steering wheel and satnav 'preparation'. To activate the built-in satnav customers can simply buy an SD card at any time (at a very reasonable €195).
S line specification attracts a premium of €3,300, which includes Xenon lights with LED daytime running lights, interior and exterior visual enhancements (including tasty 18-inch alloys), a three-spoke steering wheel and cloth/leather S line interior.
Audi will allow Q3 buyers to 'downgrade' to 16-inch alloys for free if they'd like to enhance comfort.
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. We are delighted to introduce the newest member of the highly successful Q family to the Irish market."
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