2020 Audi Q3 Sportback Shows There’s No End To The Crossover Coupe Craze

Audi was late to the crossover coupe game, but they’re making up for lost time by introducing the 2020 Q3 Sportback.

Based on the standard Q3, the Sportback features a sportier appearance as it adopts a black Singleframe grille and trapezoidal air intakes. The crossover also has a sculpted hood and optional Matrix LED headlights.

The sporty styling continues further back as the designers gave the model chiseled bodywork which is contrasted by flowing lines above the wheel arches. Of course, the biggest changes are the sloping roofline and upward sweeping beltline. This helps to give the model a more dynamic appearance and Audi says it helps to make the crossover look longer than the standard Q3.

Other notable styling features include plastic body cladding, a rakish rear window and a stylish rear bumper with an integrated diffuser. There’s also a tailgate-mounted spoiler, a hidden exhaust and wraparound taillights.

A Stylish, If Familiar Interior

The cabin largely carries over from the Q3 and drivers will find a 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster and a 10.1-inch infotainment system which is surrounded by black accents. The crossover also has a flat-bottomed steering wheel, metallic trim and controls than are angled towards the driver’s seat.

The rear seat recline and can slide up to 5.1 inches (130 mm) to either maximize legroom or cargo space. Speaking of the latter, the boot holds 18.7 cubic feet (530 liters) of luggage but can be expanded to 49.4 cubic feet (1,400 liters) by folding the rear seats down.

An assortment of options will be available including a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, a motion activated tailgate and sport seats with contrast stitching as well as colored stripes.  Customers will also be able to order heated seats and an ambient lighting system with 30 selectable colors.

Two Engines At Launch

In Europe, the model will be launched with two different engines.  The Q3 Sportback 35 TDI S tronic features a 2.0-liter four-cylinder diesel that develops 148 hp (110 kW / 150 PS) and 251 lb-ft (340 Nm) of torque.  It is paired to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission that sends power to the front wheels.  This setup enables the crossover to accelerate from 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) in 9.3 seconds, before hitting a top speed of 127 mph (205 km/h).

Customers can also opt for the Q3 Sportback 45 TFSI quattro s-tronic which has a turbocharged 2.0-liter petrol engine with 227 hp (169 kW / 230 PS) and 258 lb-ft (350 Nm) of torque.  It too has a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, but it’s paired to a quattro all-wheel drive system.  Thanks to the extra power and grip, the 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) time drops to 6.5 seconds while the top speed increases to 145 mph (233 km/h).

Shortly after launch, Audi will offer a version with a manual transmission and all-wheel drive.  Additional engines will follow including an entry-level petrol and a more powerful diesel.

Goes On Sale This Fall

As with most new vehicles, the Q3 Sportback comes with an assortment of driver assistance systems.  Standard features include pre sense front, lane change warning and lane departure warning.  Customers can also order adaptive cruise control, park assist, rear cross traffic alert and a 360 degree camera system.

The Q3 Sportback will be launched in Europe this fall and German pricing will start at €40,200 for the 35 TDI S tronic and €46,200 for the 45 TFSI quattro S tronic.  To help promote the model, Audi will offer two special editions called the Edition One Dew Silver and the Edition One Mythos Black.

Named after the exterior paint job, the special editions will be based on the Q3 Sportback S line and come equipped with the black styling package.  The models will also have Matrix LED headlights, 20-inch wheels and special interior trimmings.


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  • designer_dick

    Audis used to be nothing but good angles. Now I’m struggling to find a single view of this car that doesn’t look aesthetically convoluted and overdone.

  • Adilos Nave

    The “shut up and take my money” meme seems very appropriate here! Wow, this thing looks awesome. Maybe it won’t translate as well in person but I like what I see so far.

    Seems Audi is leaving money on the table by not offering a more rakish version of the Q5.

  • uS’gedlemba

    I think it actually is an improvement on the standard Q3…looks better..

    • KidRed

      I wish the Q5 looked like this in both forms. The Q5 doesn’t handle the curved shoulderline crease very well and this sharper look should carry over nicely to the larger Q5.

  • Tumbi Mtika

    1. It’s not a coupe. Jesus…

    2. This is by far, the best one out there. Can’t wait for the RS version.

    • Daniela Wolf

      It’s not advertised as such.

      • Tumbi Mtika

        You have read the title, right?

        • Daniela Wolf

          I talk about Audi not stupid websites.

          • Tumbi Mtika

            And I wasn’t referring to Audi in the first place.

  • Leconte Dave

    I thought it was supposed to be the Q4?

    • Carenthusiast

      Yes I thought too

    • According to reports, Audi reserved the Q4 name for a compact e-tron corssover coming later, and previewed in the Geneva Auto Show.

  • no25

    Better than any of the BMW crossover “coupes” that’s for damn sure
    This actually looks hot!

    • alexxx

      It looks good but has nothing on bmw crossover coupes…
      One design from a1 to a8 and between…no thanks…

      • no25

        This is neither an A1 nor an A8, so…? BMW’s large pig faced grille and wannabe Lexus taillights are atrocious. It’s way better than BMW’s crossover “coupes.” Don’t try to tell me otherwise, hun.

        • alexxx

          Seems you didn’t understand what I said previously…nevermind…

          • no25

            I know exactly what you said.
            One design from a1 to a8 and between A1 to A8 and in between would imply only sedans. Not crossovers which this Q3 Sportback falls under.
            has nothing on bmw crossover coupes… It has everything on BMW crossover coupes. Better design all around, alone, smokes BMW’s new looks.

          • alexxx

            Well my bad for not being precise…I meant everything from Audi,they are all same😉 it took Audi what 10 years to make this coupes after bmw invented the class and still nothing creative…
            Always playing safe which to be honest bothers me…not saying some models don’t look good here and there just always playing safe is not for me.

  • Ruel Lewis

    Mercedes why did you have to start this………

    • Matt

      BMW started it…

      • getoffme

        Nope. Honda/Acura did. Remember the ZDX?

        • Nordschleife

          The BMW beat the Acura by a year.

  • MultiKdizzle

    I can barely tell these Audi SUVs apart now.

  • Sybill Julian

    omg this is cool af

  • Knotmyrealname

    Autogefuhl get to look at it long before we do, as do the likes of Autocar etc.

    • salamOOn

      im not stupid. by superquick i mean they release their stuff as soon as they can even before everyone else does.

      • Knotmyrealname

        Well of course. It’s made some time ago and they have to wait until the embargo is lifted, then they just push the ‘post’ button.

  • Frase

    I’m going to really enjoy seeing the day this rubbish, purely pointless segment finally dies.

  • Rimas Kurtinaitis

    Looks lovely. Can motoring journalists stop moaning about this trend? Would really help us.

  • erly5

    Not a bad effort. Audi may be late to the party but they are producing better resolved designs than BMW and Mercedes.

  • adam callif

    Will this be available in the US? Think this would sell well here..

  • Richard Taylor

    Decent design in a segment I personally feel is surplus to requirement (clearly I’m not in the majority though). How long til the public crave a crossover coupe that sits lower to the ground and resembles a small hatchback? 😉

  • Dennis James

    Ugly and pointless.

  • wonderdallas

    I actually like this much better than the regular Q3.

    Still I would have preferred a solid rear pillar similar to Audi Quattro and Steppenwolf concepts. See my render at the bottom.

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    • Rasta_Farian

      Yup: you win.

  • KidRed

    Actually, it was Infiniti.

  • Looks much better than the “regular” Q3. Sad thast according to some news reports it won’t come to the States.
    And it’s refreshing to see Audi abandoned here their fake exhaust pipe tips 🙂

  • DM

    Funky! I really like it in orange. That said, the interior is not so strong IMO. That gear selector is just awful and out of place, like it belongs in a cheap car.

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