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Things to know about the Audi Q3

The Audi Q3 is a compact Sport Utility Vehicle designed to be comfortable in the city or off-road in the countryside.

Its chassis offers ground clearance and the Q3 has quattro all-wheel-drive.

The most diminutive member of the Audi Q-series also includes a front-wheel-drive model that is focused on efficiency.

This 2.0-litre TDI, 140PS version with manual transmission will weigh in at under1,500kg and is capable of achieving in excess of 54mpg. With its strength, the Q3 would be suitable for towing your caravan.

There’s a streamlined body that uses lightweight aluminium and high-tech steel which gives a low drag coefficient of 0.32. The Q3 is also fitted with low rolling resistance tyres, engine start-stop, energy recuperation and electromechanical power steering systems.

The optional Audi drive select adaptive dynamics system also features a fuel-saving efficiency mode, and when this option is specified the further developed S tronic twin clutch transmission can now disengage drive each time the throttle pedal is released to reduce draw on the engine.

All versions will have the necessary grounding to cope with a variety of terrains due to the raised 170mm ride height and multi-link front and rear suspension.

An Electronic Stability Program with electronic differential lock is also fitted to the Q3.

It regulates torque distribution by braking individual wheels when they start to slip.

The predominant configuration is quattro all-wheel-drive, which via a hydraulic multi-plate clutch redistributes power from front to rear axles as required.

The Q3 interior has seating for five and a load bay with a 460-litre capacity, rising to 1,365 litres if the standard split/folding rear seat is stowed.

Two specification levels will be available for UK Q3 models – SE and S line. The SE option offers 17-inch alloy wheels, contrasting painted bumpers, chrome window trims, aluminium roof rails and rear parking sensors.

There is also dual-zone climate control, a Concert audio system with 6.5-inch manually retractable colour display screen, Bluetooth interface, Audi Music Interface iPod connection and light and rain sensors all present inside.

The Q3 will also come equipped with navigation preparation, enabling the activation of satnav retrospectively with an SD card if required.

S line models upgrade with 18-inch alloy wheels, S line exterior and interior styling enhancements and xenon headlamps with LED daytime running lamps and LED rear tail lights. These are similar to the upgrades available for other used Audi models.

There are numerous options including adaptive light technology for the xenon plus headlights, a high-beam assistant to intelligently illuminate the road ahead, the hard drive-based navigation system with seven-inch colour screen and 3D mapping, plus side assist blind spot warning and lane assist lane departure warning driver aids.

Among the more practical options is a luggage compartment package, a front-passenger seat with a folding seat back, a reversible loadliner, a reversible mat, a load sill protector made of stainless steel, a load-through hatch in the rear seat backrest and a ski bag.