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Audi Q3 1.4 TFSi SE 150PS S tronic review
What is it?
The face-lifted version of Audi’s Q3 small SUV range, which includes revised styling, new engines, additional equipment and new features.
- The clever 1.4-litre TFSI petrol powering our SE test car, first debuted in the A1 and A3. No slouch, it boasts 150 PS, yet is capable of 50.4 mpg because it features clever Cylinder-on-Demand technology (CoD), which works by shutting down two of the engine’s four cylinders in situations such as on the motorway, to help conserve fuel.
- On the road, the 1.4 is generally a smooth engine, only sounding a bit strained when revved hard. Plus, the only way you’ll spot it swapping between two cylinders and the full four-cylinders, is via a dashboard alert which impresses.
- Whether you go for the six-speed manual or six-speed S tronic twin-clutch auto, as we’ve got here, they both seem to work well with this engine. Acceleration is best described as spirited, with the dash to 62mph dispatched in 8.9 seconds
- The Q3 is a tidy handler, as despite being just two-wheel drive and its taller stance, body roll is kept well under control.
- The Q3 has always been a quirky looking SUV, but the new nose with the 3D single frame grille gives it more presence than it has had before. Other facelift changes at the front include the distinctive front lights, which feature xenon bulbs and LED daytime running lights.
- The back end of the Q3 hasn’t been left out of the facelift either, as there’s also a new rear bumper.
- The 420-litre boot is big enough to rival the best in class and despite the Q3’s curvy roof, two passengers will be comfortable in the back
- The 135g/km CO2 emissions mean the Q3 1.4TFSI falls into the 20% company car tax band for 2014/15.
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