Published 11/12/2011 | 06:00
WHAT: Audi Q3 'crossover'/SUV quattro 2-litre (1,968cc, 177bhp, 0-100kmh in 8.2 seconds), seven-speed S-tronic transmission, four-wheel-drive, CO2 of 156g/km; VRT is 24pc. €447 annual road tax (will be €481 following Budget changes)
COST: Range starts at €33,850 (€34,650 on the road). Version on test €42,900. Plus around €5,000 worth of options.
TARGET MARKET: Families, executives, young couples.
PLUS: Cabin layout/space, solidity, engine, looks, drive.
MINUS: Short on sporty-drive appeal of some rivals, muted looks pale beside some competitors.
STANDARD EQUIPMENT: SE is entry-level trim; there is also an S-trim level. SE includes: dual-zone climate control, concert audio system with 6.5-inch retractable colour display screen, Audi music interface (iPod connection), 17-inch alloys, aluminium roof rails, rear parking sensors, bluetooth interface, and multifunction leather steering wheel, six airbags.
'Navigation preparation' allows you to activate sat nav by buying SD card. 'S' versions cost €3,300 more. Equipment includes: 18-inch alloys, xenon headlamps with LED daytime running lamps and LED rear tail lights.
OTHERS TO CONSIDER: BMW X1, Nissan Qashqai, Range Rover Evoque, Honda CR-V, Skoda Yeti, Subaru Outback, compact executive saloons such as Audi A4, BMW 3-series, Mercedes C-Class.