More than a year after its international reveal, Audi has at last managed to bring its Q3 Sportback to South Africa.

In a market where crossovers are showing no sign of waning demand, Audi dealers will be grateful to have this new vehicle on their showroom floors.

With its strong heritage in rallying and all-wheel drive Quattro technology, Audi has more credibility in terms of crossover vehicle marketing than most.

Although the new Q3 Sportback is not designed as an off-roader, it will be capable of mild gravel travel, delivering you in comfort and style to those venues which are way off the tarred national routes.

Audi Q3 Sportback steps up SUV ‘elegance’

Mechanically similar in almost every way to a standard Q3, the Sportback version differs in terms of its tailgate shape and roofline.

To achieve a more elegant silhouette, Audi; designers have given the Q3 Sportback a sloping roofline, which slightly impacts rear passenger headroom and luggage space, but does differentiate it from conventional two-box proportioned SUVs and Crossovers.

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Two turbocharged variants available in South Africa

Audi will be marketing two variants of the Q3 Sportback locally.

The range starts at R693 000 for The 35 TFSI S-tronic. Powered by a turbocharged four-cylinder engine of 1.4-litre displacement, this 35 TFSI is good for 110kW and 250Nm.

It only drives through the front wheels and uses a rapidly shifting six-speed dual clutch transmission. Audi claims brisk performance of 0-100kph in 9.3 seconds for the 35 TFSI.

Those who can extend their Sportback budget to R737 000, will have the option of the Q3 Sportback 40 TFSI quattro S line. It is notably more powerful, with a two-litre turbocharged engine boosting 132kW and 320Nm.

Equipped with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and delivering torque to all four wheels, the two-litre Q3 Sportback will be a great deal more confident on gravel roads and when having to track across some mild sand or muddy terrain. It promises swift performance in traffic too, with a 0-100kph sprint time of only 7.8 seconds.

The standard wheel size is 18 inches while inside the cabin, there is an 8.8-inch digital instrument cluster with excellent contrast — even in direct sunlight.

Author: Onlineautos