Ready for a game of spot the difference?
The Audi Q3 has been updated with a very mild facelift, and you need sharp eyes to spot the changes. We’ve used the highest resolution photos possible to help you see the differences between the old Q3 (shown in orange and grey on this page) and the new one (looking smart in baby blue).
The grille on the 2015 version has a wider chrome surround to it, which touches the headlights at each side. The lower air vents have been enlarged slightly, and the lights themselves have re-profiled LEDs to give the car a more recognisable look in the dark. The wheel arch surrounds and door sills are body coloured on the base model (they used to be black plastic), as is the rear bumper design, which sits below subtly reshaped lower tail light clusters.
New alloy wheel designs finish off the refresh.
Exterior dimensions remain identical to the old model, becuase no changes have been made to the chassis itself, which was used in the old A3. Kerb weight is also unchanged, though if we’re being really pedantic, the RS Q3 has shed 2kg courtesy of lighter front brake discs.
The Q3 is 4,385mm long, 2,019mm wide, 1,608mm high and weighs between 1,385kg and 1,585kg – 1,655kg for the RS Q3.
The changes to the inside are even more difficult to spot than those on the outside. Styling-wise, the only thing of note is a new steering wheel design. There is now the option to specify blind spot and lane departure warning systems if you wish. The boot remains the same volume at 420 litres, expanding to 1,325 litres when the rear seats are folded flat.
Engine and drivetrain
Across the range, each engine has seen an improvement in performance, efficiency or both. The 1.4-litre turbo petrol now features cylinder-on-demand technology, which saves fuel by shutting down a couple of cylinders when less power is needed. A gain of 10hp to 148hp perks it up in the fun stakes slightly, too.
The 2.0 TFSI petrol unit now produces 178hp. The two diesel motors receive boosts of eight and four horsepower, to 148hp and 181hp respectively. The more performance-oriented RS Q3 gains a sizeable 30hp over the old model, and torque now sits at 332 lb ft, marginally up from the old version.
Performance and economy
All of the models in the range have received subtle boost is both performance and fuel efficiency. The most notable improvement speed-wise is the RS Q3, which sees the 0-60 dash drop to only 4.8 seconds. yet claimed fuel economy has improved to 32.8mpg.
The lower powered diesel – which is most likely to be the strongest-selling model – shaves 0.3 seconds from its 0-60mph time, taking 9.6 to hit the mark.