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Black Edition tops updated Audi Q3 range

The Audi Q3 line-up has been revised with enhancements to styling and equipment plus the addition of a new range-topping Black Edition model.

As part of the revamp the current Q3 specification structure, starting with SE, moving to S line Navigation and then on to S line plus, has shifted upwards. At entry level, SE becomes Sport through the addition of SD navigation as standard and styling enhancements including larger front air vents and a body-coloured front diffuser. 

S line Navigation models become S line Edition with extra interior features (such as cruise control and the Audi Parking System Plus) and a new look for the front end which now sports a Single Frame grille with a high gloss finish. 

The Q3 Black Edition, replaces the S line plus model adding extra standard kit including metallic paint, privacy glass from the B pillar rearwards and a Bose sound system upgrade.

Its key point of differentiation however, is the distinctive black treatment for many of its parts. These kick off in the cabin with piano black inlays, and continue outside to take in everything from the 19-inch alloys, wheel arch cappings and Single Frame grille surround to the roof rails, rear spoiler and tailpipes, all of which are finished in gloss black. 

Two TDI diesel and two TFSI petrol powertrains are available. The 1.4-litre TFSI with Cylinder-on-Demand technology brings 150PS and the option of either manual or S tronic twin-clutch automatic transmission. It gives the exclusively front-wheel-driven Q3 1.4 TFSI a 0-62mph sprint time of 8.9 seconds (S tronic), but also 51.4mpg capability (manual) on the combined cycle. Above it in the petrol line-up is a 2.0-litre TFSI unit with 180PS, which can be linked to either manual or S tronic transmission and quattro all-wheel-drive.

Forming the diesel contingent are two four-cylinder, 2.0-litre TDIs with outputs of 150PS and 184PS. When linked to manual transmission and Sport specification with its 17-inch wheels, the 150PS version can return up to 62.8mpg with CO2 emissions of 117g/km. The more powerful 184PS diesel is only available with all-wheel-drive whereas the 150PS version may also be specified with front-wheel-drive.

The Audi drive select adaptive dynamics system is standard on all Q3 models. It enables drivers to adjust throttle response, automatic transmission shift points and operating characteristics of other optional components such as the damper control system to suit personal preferences. 

The revamped compact SUV range is on sale from next week (October 11) priced from £26,600 OTR to £36,945 OTR, with first customer deliveries towards the end of the year.