Audi‘s entry-level Q model for North America, the Q3, is reportedly about to become cheaper to purchase by $2,000 thanks to the introduction of the 40 TFSI variant, coming in at $34,000.
According to Quattrodaily, the Q3 40 TFSI will offer buyers most of the features of the 45 TFSI, but with a “lesser engine”, as its 2.0-liter turbo-4 is rated at 184 HP (190 PS) and 236 lb-ft (320 Nm) of torque, as opposed to the 45 TFSI’s 228 HP and 258 lb-ft (350 Nm).
However, you still get the same seven-speed dual clutch automatic gearbox and all-wheel drive as standard.
Other standard features include Audi’s Touch Response MMI system, digital gauge cluster, eight-way power front seats, lane departure warning, high-beam assist and the three-zone climate control. The Q3 40 TFSI also gets its own unique set of wheels.
What’s interesting though is the fact that with a starting MSRP of $34,000, the 2021 Audi Q3 becomes just $2,000 more expensive than the A3 Sedan, so young families looking for a bit more room inside and a more practical package overall can easily move away from the 4-door model and opt for the crossover.
As for performance, despite putting down less than 200 horsepower, the Q3 40 TFSI can still manage a respectable 0-62 mph (100 km/h) acceleration time of 7.4 seconds. Top speed meanwhile is rated at 137 mph (220 km/h).
On the exact opposite side of the spectrum is Audi’s brand new RS Q3 variant with 395 HP (400 PS) and 354 lb-ft (480 Nm) of torque – it can hit 62 mph in 4.5 seconds. Unfortunately, it will not be sold in the United States.