For the 2016 model year, Audi is giving its smallest crossover, the Q3, a significant overhaul that borders on a full redesign. Along with this update comes some new tech features, am updated cabin, and a few new colors to choose from. Today, Audi has laid out the final piece of the puzzle for the 2016 Q3, its pricing.
Not surprising, the 2016 Q3 gets a pretty hefty price hike from the 2015 model year. The base Premium Plus model with front-wheel drive starts out at $33,700, which is a $1,200 jump from the 2015 model. Adding in quattro all-wheel drive pushes this price up to $35,800. For those who prefer a little more luxury, the Prestige front-wheel-drive model starts from $38,600, which is a $2,200 price increase. Adding all-wheel drive increases the price to $40,700.
For the extra scratch on the base model, Audi has added in a few new standard features. These include front and rear parking sensors, and a rearview camera. Inside the cabin, the new Q3 gets alu-optic MMI controls, LED lighting, and revised seating with more room for the rear passengers. Unfortunately, the extra room in the rear seats eats up some of the standard cargo room, dropping it from 16.7 cubic feet in 2015 to 16.2 cubes in 2016. With the rear seats folded, the cargo room remains at just over 48 cubic feet.
For buyers who need more from their Q3 than what one of the trim levels has to offer, there are plenty of optional items. These include a Sport Package with sport seats and other performance-oriented upgrades, MMI navigation with a 7-inch monitor, a power tailgate, Audi side assist, a Bose surround sound system with 465 watts and 14 speakers, an S line exterior package, and full-LED headlights.
The 2016 Q3’s drivetrain remains the same, as all trim levels in the U.S. comes with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 200 horsepower. This engine mates to a six-speed Tiptronic transmission. With front-wheel drive, the Q3 delivers fuel economy ratings of 20 mpg city, 29 mpg highway, and 23 mpg combined. All-wheel drive knocks the highway rating down by 1 mpg, but the combined and city ratings remain unchanged.
There is no mention of when the Q3 will hit dealers in the U.S.