2019 Audi Q3 Coming To U.S. With Single 228HP Engine, $34,700 Starting Price

Audi has confirmed that the all-new 2019 Q3 will have its North American debut at the New York Auto Show later this week.

Along with the reveal of the first photos of the compact SUV in U.S. specification, Audi has also released pricing. The base 2019 Audi Q3 Premium starts at $34,700, excluding a $995 destination and handling fee.

There are three grades on offer in the United States: Premium, Premium Plus, and Prestige. Customers can also have the 2019 Audi Q3 with the sporty-looking S line exterior pack which is a $1,300 option.

Regardless of the trim level, all Audi Q3 models feature a single powertrain choice that brings 28 additional horsepower and 51 lb-ft (69 Nm) additional torque over the previous generation. That’s a new 2.0-liter TFSI turbocharged four-cylinder gasoline engine that makes 228 hp and 258 lb-ft (349 Nm) of torque.

Linked to a standard eight-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission and standard quattro all-wheel drive, the turbo-four enables the Q3 to sprint from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 7.0 seconds. The new Q3 also features a redesigned front five-link suspension that’s said to offer a comfortable yet agile ride. Audi drive select with five different drive modes (comfort, auto, dynamic, offroad, and individual) is also standard.

The list of standard features offered by the second-generation Audi Q3 also includes LED headlights and taillights, 18-inch alloys, Aluminum roof rails, 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster, 8.8-inch MMI touch response display, heated leather seats, panoramic sunroof, and more.

On the safety front, the 2019 Q3 offers Audi Pre Sense Basic and Audi Pre Sense Front as standard, with many other systems available as options.

  • Rocket

    Not terribly impressive numbers. I hope that means they reserving space for an SQ3?

    • botornot387

      already confirmed that there will be an SQ3 and RSQ3.

      • Rocket

        Sorry, for the States? I suspected an SQ3, but the RS seems optimistic.

        • botornot387

          Not optimistic. People want SUV’s! The RS6 is optimistic!

          • Rocket

            SUV’s to replace the sedan, yes. Performance SUV’s don’t share the same demand. Ultra high performance SUV’s such as the RS even less so. I don’t believe we’ve ever had an RS model Audi crossover available here.

          • botornot387

            Yeah, but that’s going to change. And I don’t know where you are getting your figures. Porsche has no problem selling turbo Cayenne’s, BMW is bringing out more M models, and AMG has AMG-ified anything it can touch. It is huge profit potential to these brands.

          • Rocket

            It’s going to change because you say it’s going to change? I have yet to see confirmation that Audi is bringing any RS-badged utility vehicles to the States. The recently speculated RS6 Avant is as close as we’ve gotten, and it hasn’t been confirmed. But please, prove me wrong … Reply with a link.

          • botornot387

            You can literally search this website for confirmation!

          • Rocket

            Ummm … don’t think so. There was speculation on other sites last year, but I’ve yet to read concrete evidence. The most recent article here clearly states European sales. But as I said, I’d love for you to prove me wrong.

  • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

    Nothing about that interior looks premium. I really don’t like Audi’s design language….

    Hopefully they’ve improved the rear seat space in it…

    • KRogers86

      I agree. It’s also worth nothing that they’ve removed the padding underneath the upper door and dash plastics, making them feel hard to the touch (which is something they’ve done in the Q5 and Q8 interiors as well). The “piano-black” dash motif they’ve adopted across the range also doesn’t come across as premium, IMO…

      • DM

        I totally agree. Even the first gen A1 had soft materials across the cabin and doors and have been changed to cheap materials for the second generation. This is just not acceptable for vehicles that carry a “premium” badge.

        • Daniela Wolf

          MB and BMW do this for years now and nobody cares!

  • Mikestroh

    For the price you pay for these compact Luxury Crossovers….they should at least have 300 HP from a base powertrain standpoint.

  • KRogers86

    It’s disappointing that the Q3 isn’t paired with a DSG.

  • lagann

    Dunno why vw/audi have given up on dsg in the US market except for I’m guessing Audi’s most performance models.

    I bet at least VW would be more popular if they equipped all their US models with dsg.

  • DM

    I don´t dislike the interior, but one could slap a VW logo on the steering wheel and you might as well believe it. Plus that giant gear selector looks out of place.

    • Daniela Wolf

      Man it’s so much VW that the Q3 is built where no VW is built…

  • rodriguez256

    This is pretty nice to me. I’m liking the exterior as well as the Interior design elements. Audi’s design isn’t for some but it works for me. I’m curious about the SQ3 and RSQ3. The only lacking in this is the engine performance.

    • Daniela Wolf

      Only for NA, In Europe u can choose between 7 engines.

  • SteersUright

    Love the interior, love the exterior, just hope it handles well as I kinda envision it as a high-riding hot hatch. That said, nothing hot about 0-60 in 7 sec. Thats just horrible for a premium vehicle. Hope there’s higher performance versions.

  • MarketAndChurch

    It will probably blow the Cadillac XT4 out of the water. I like the XT4, but it is very over-priced for what you’re getting.

    • KRogers86

      The Q3 is certainly priced better than the XT4. For the price that Cadillac charges for a top trim XT4, I’d much rather get a Range Rover Evoque.

  • Ronald Roman

    When?

  • botornot387

    Ok im bored.

    • Rocket

      Finally!

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