New Audi A3 and Q3 are jammed packed with fresh updates

AN impressive array of new features will grace the next generation Audi A3 S-Line and Q3 ranges, with the A3 S-Line scoring refreshment across the Cabriolet, Sedan and Sportback body styles.

The new S-Line ‘plus’ models will maintain the stylish S-Line exterior package as standard, along with a selection of dynamic 18-inch alloy wheels, with new LED headlights and taillights completing the A3 look in the 40 TFSI models.

Technology wise, the ‘plus’ variants add Audi virtual cockpit, MMI Navigation Plus and Audi smartphone interface to their list of standard features, while wireless smartphone charging is also included in the 40 TFSI models.

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From a comfort perspective, S-Line ‘plus’ models include a convenience key, while 40 TFSI models also score electric front seats (with heating and lumbar support), and auto folding mirrors.

In the interests of class leading safety, all A3 S line plus editions come equipped with Audi pre-sense front (AEB), side assist and parking system plus with rear view camera. The 2020 Audi A3 S-Line range starts from $43,300 plus on-roads.

Audi’s small SUV, the Q3, will also set an entirely new benchmark as it enters its second generation. Bigger than its predecessor in almost all dimensions, together with a longer wheelbase, it offers significantly more interior space for occupants.

The rear seat can be split 40:20:40, and slides fore/aft in a 150mm range. Boot space has increased by 70-litres, now up to 530-litres or 1525-litres with the rear seats folded flat.

Infotainment and connectivity are the real strengths of the new Q3, with several innovations that set it apart from its closest competitors, including Audi virtual cockpit, MMI navigation plus with MMI touch, and DAB+ digital radio.

Natural language voice control and both USB-A and USB-C charging points front and rear are just the start, with wireless Apple CarPlay technology, as well as Audi’s wireless smartphone charging, and dual simultaneous Bluetooth phone connectivity.

The Audi Q3 has been awarded a 5-star ANCAP safety rating, and comes equipped with an extensive array of driver assistance safety systems, including autonomous emergency braking (AEB) with cyclist and pedestrian detection, and lane departure warning.

It also comes with lane change warning, rear cross-traffic assist, tyre pressure monitoring, hill descent control, as well as a comprehensive suite of parking sensors and rear view camera.

At market launch, the new Audi Q3 is available exclusively as the 35 TFSI model, powered by a 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine that produces 110kW and 250Nm. It’s mated to the smooth shifting 6-speed S tronic transmission, and is front-wheel drive.

Other engines will follow in the first half of 2020, including a quattro all-wheel drive variant. Pricing for the 2020 Audi Q3 starts from $46,400 plus on-roads.

2020 Audi Q3
2020 Audi Q3
Mick Glenn
Mick Glenn
Mick is a car fanatic, with petrol pumping through his veins. With a deep love for cars, and what makes them tick, Mick likes things that go fast, very fast. But he also appreciates a Sunday cruise in the Rolls...... who are we kidding, he'd drive the wheels off that too.


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