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Audi Q3 Sportback (19 on)
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PROS

  • New technology on offer
  • No real compromise on space
  • New 150hp mild-hybrid engine

CONS

  • Divisive looks
  • Do we really need another SUV coupe?

PROS

  • New technology on offer
  • No real compromise on space
  • New 150hp mild-hybrid engine

CONS

  • Divisive looks
  • Do we really need another SUV coupe?

Audi’s SUV range is rather large already – there’s the Q2, Q3, Q5, Q7 and Q8, not forgetting the E-Tron as well as Allroad versions of its estate cars. However, the range is about to get one bigger with the addition of the new Q3 Sportback.

It’s essentially a coupe version of the Q3, with a redesigned rear end and a look that Audi thinks will be desirable to a lot of buyers.

Powerful engine lineup

Three petrol engines and two diesels will arrive with the Sportback: a choice of 150hp, 190hp and 230hp units drinking from the green pump and 150hp and 190hp from the black. A six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch automatic are your gearbox options, with the more powerful versions also available with Audi’s all-wheel drive system.

2019 Audi Q3 Sportback rear

The 150hp petrol also gets an added bonus, being the first Audi four-cylinder to come with 48V mild-hybrid assistance. This means it can coast for longer, and operates the stop-start system more smoothly around town, aiding fuel economy.

Business as usual inside

You’ll be hard pressed to notice much difference between the Sportback and a regular Q3 inside. Both have the same glossy infotainment screen in the centre, the same neat design, the same door handles and the same materials.

2019 Audi Q3 Sportback interior

All models feature a digital instrument display as standard along with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Integration with Amazon Alexa is a first for Audi, though, linked to the car’s MMI infotainment system. Also new is a piece of technology Audi’s been trialling for years – traffic light information. The car, having accessed a city’s infrastructure network via cellular data, will display when the traffic light coming up will turn green and what speed you should be doing in order to pass through it smoothly. It’s still quite new tech, so Audi says it will only work in ‘selected European cities’.

Like the Q3, there will be Sport, S Line and Vorsprung models with increasing levels of technology. For the eager early adopters, there will also be a new Edition One model in a bespoke colour: Manhattan Grey.

Still practical despite coupe looks

You’d think that a sloping, coupe-like rear end would compromise space, right? Audi thinks wrong. So much so that the Q3 Sportback’s boot volume is rated at 530 litres with the rear seats up – the same as a normal Q3.

2019Audi Q3 Sportback boot

The rear bench can slide forward and back and recline, too, if having more space for people inside is a better priority.

First deliveries for the Q3 Sportback will come in the autumn of 2019 in Europe, with an expected price tag of around £2,000 more than the standard Q3 SUV.

Keep this page bookmarked for further news and reviews of the 2019 Audi Q3 Sportback

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