Audi Q3 plug-in hybrid: details, specs and release date
Both the standard Q3 and Q3 Sportback SUVs are getting Audi's 'TFSI e' petrol-electric plug-in hybrid drivetrain
Audi has confirmed its Q3 and Q3 Sportback SUVs will be the latest models in its range to be offered with 'TFSI e' plug-in hybrid powertrains. Exact UK pricing has yet to be confirmed, but the cars are set to go on sale here in Spring 2021 as rivals to the BMW X1, Mercedes GLA, Range Rover Evoque, Lexus UX and Volvo XC40 hybrids.
All Q3 hybrid versions and trim levels use the '45 TFSI e' drivetrain, which is made up of a 1.4-litre petrol engine making 148bhp, paired with a 114bhp electric motor for a total power output of 242bhp. It's essentially the same hardware seen in the Cupra Leon e-Hybrid and Volkswagen Golf GTE hot hatchbacks, as well as the Volkswagen Tiguan eHybrid and SEAT Tarraco e-Hybrid SUVs.
In the Q3, the resulting 0-62mph acceleration time is 7.3 seconds and top speed is 130mph. Official fuel economy and CO2 emissions have not been confirmed yet, but a sub-50g/km figure for the latter is likely. A 13kWh battery stores enough energy for up to 31 miles of electric running, in both the standard and Sportback versions of the car.
When that figure is combined with the anticipated CO2 emissions, a 10% rating for Benefit-in-Kind (BiK) company-car tax should be expected. Using a home wallbox, Audi says the Q3 TFSI's battery can be recharged in three hours and 45 minutes, with remote monitoring of charging (and remote activation of climate control) possible using the myAudi phone app.
The Q3 45 TFSI e (above right) will be available in Technik, S line, Black Edition and Vorsprung trim levels, while the Q3 Sportback 45 TFSI e (above left) range starts with S line and also includes Black Edition and Vorsprung versions. All models except the Vorsprungs come with 'comfort' suspension as standard, which Audi says "provides suppleness and absorbency for smooth, serene electric-only travel but also a good degree of agility for more press-on driving".
The range-topping Vorsprung versions of both the Q3 and Q3 Sportback, meanwhile, get an electronically controlled suspension setup with adapting damping, promising to "smooth surfaces and straighten out corners even more impressively". The entry-level Technik rides on 17-inch alloy wheels, while the S line and Black Edition get 19-inch wheels and the Vorsprung is set apart by even larger 20-inch rims.
From S line up, all models get privacy glass and sporty styling enhancements, while Black Edition and Vorsprung cars add a black styling pack. LED lights are standard across the board, with Vorsprung cars getting Matrix LEDs. S line interior detailing is common to all specifications except the Technik, with piano-black inlays and a flat-bottomed multifunction steering wheel setting apart the Black Editions.
In terms of practicality, both the Q3 and Q3 Sportback plug-in hybrids can hold 380 litres of luggage with the rear seats in place, compared to 530 for their non-hybrid equivalents. With the seats dropped, the standard SUV can swallow 1,375 litres and the Sportback 1,250 litres; that compares to 1,525 and 1,400 litres in the non-hybrid versions.