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Audi Q3 Takes Refinement To Next Level

The five-seat 2018 Audi Q3 takes refinement to an entirely new level. This compact luxury SUV’s upgrades improved its performance and made it larger, roomier and more powerful. Built on the MQB transverse-engine architecture of the Volkswagen Group, the 2018 Q3 comes in Premium and Premium Plus trims and boasts many superior design elements, technological advancements and safety and convenience features. Together they once again show why Audi is a leader in automotive technology.

The Powertrain

The Q3 built for the U.S. market has a 200 horsepower 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces 207 pound-feet of torque, paired with Audi’s six-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission. Together their towing capacity is 2,200 pounds and help the vehicle average 20 mpg when driving in the city and 28 mpg on the highway whether you choose front-wheel drive or Quattro all-wheel drive. Q3s sold in Canada have either a 188 horsepower, 236 pound-feet of torque or 227 horsepower, 258 pound-feet of torque version of the turbocharged, two-liter four-cylinder engine. It’s mated to Audi’s seven-speed S Tronic automatic transmission with all-wheel drive standard. Two diesel engines and a 1.5-liter gasoline engine are available on Q3s sold in other markets. To see how great of a powertrain the 2018 Audi Q3 has, check one out at Audi Of Tucson.

The Exterior

The new, larger, 2018 Audi Q3 is 172.8 inches long, 79.5 inches wide, with a 102.5-inch wheelbase. That’s overlaid with a muscular, stylish, aerodynamic body featuring Audi’s large single-frame grille with vertical slats, Xenon plus headlights, LED daytime running lights and 18-inch turbine design wheels. Extending over the wheel arches are so-called “quattro blisters”. On the Premium trim, S line front bumper, badging, door sills and other S line design elements are standard. The Premium Plus Sport Quattro has 19-inch, 10-spoke titanium wheels, LED headlights, black roof rails and Black optic exterior kit.

The Interior

Inside the 2018 Audi Q3s refined cabin there’s the available 12.3-inch Audi virtual cockpit display, 10-speaker audio system, Audi music interface featuring Bluetooth, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, SiriusXM, CD and MP3 compatibility, Lighting adapter cable and a USB charging port. There’s an available 465 watt, Bose 14-speaker sound system, the MMI Navigation Plus package with a Wi-Fi hotspot, Audi Connect online services, 3D satellite imagery and Google Earth. Standard equipment includes leather upholstery, eight-way power-adjustable heated front seats, along with a panoramic sunroof. On the Premium Plus trim a power-operated rear liftgate comes standard. It’s a Premium trim option, as is the Convenience package that adds an auto-dimming rearview mirror, power tailgate and Audi advanced key.

Safety Features

All Q3 models come equipped with front, side and head-curtain airbags and driver assistance features including crash detection warnings, emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane-departure warning, active lane assist, rear cross-traffic alert, virtual bird’s eye view cameras and automatic parking. Plus, there’s the Pre-Sense front safety system. It alerts the driver and can initiate braking when it senses potentially “critical situations”.

With its superior performance, composed, agile handling, high-quality materials, cutting-edge technology and upscale look and feel of its comfortable cabin, the 2018 Audi Q3 truly is a refined premium automobile.

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