Audi's new Q3 variant is more than just looks.
Audi's Q3 is its smallest crossover on the US market but comes packed with big style, luxury, and technology. The Q3 first entered production in 2012 but it wasn't until 2015 that it made its debut in North America. 2019 has seen a refresh of the compact luxury SUV, and 2020 will see a new version aimed at those who want their pint-sized luxury vehicle with more sporty attitude. It's the Audi Q3 Sportback's sporty look that grabs our eye, but there are some other features that make it a truly more dynamic and sporty option to the regular Q3.
Those looks are where we should start though. The new rear end of the 2020 Q3 Sportback is visibly longer, but not as long as the lower and coupe-like sloping roof line suggests. It also has a more aggressive rear-end with a freshly sculpted lower rear fascia and diffuser. The lower shoulder line down the length of the Q3 Sportback and the bolder wheel arch contours also lend it an aggressive sporty appearance.
The front end gets a new bumper along with some fake air-vents. There's also an aggressively stylish octagonal Singleframe grille that uses the three-dimensional design cues we've seen recently on the Audi e-tron SUV and Q8. The front of the Q3 Sportback also gets three different types of headlights offered, and in top-spec will have Audi's Matrix LED lights. Higher spec cars will also get MMI navigation plus with Audi's Virtual Cockpit.
Standard features on the new Q3 Sportback include sport suspension and progressive steering that gets more direct the further the wheel is turned. Damper control is optional and comes with Audi's drive select system with off-road mode. Under the hood, Audi's turbocharged 2.0-liter engine making 226 horsepower is the most powerful option and Audi says that the Quattro system is standard on the top engines.
There's also a pair of 2.0-liter diesel engines available making 147 horsepower each. To follow will be a 1.5-liter 4-cylinder option making 147 horsepower and with an efficiency gain taken from a 48-volt mild-hybrid system. All the engine options come attached to Audi's seven-speed S Tronic dual-clutch transmission and some manual offerings for European markets.
The 2020 Audi Q3 Sportback is set in stone to reach European dealerships in November and we suspect we'll be seeing it arrive at US dealers in the first half of 2020.