Friday 15 December 2017

Audi's new arrivals take the fast lane

Big week for Audi. Its new 'crossover' Q3 was unveiled here and its new A1 5dr was unveiled generally.

The A1, with its five-seat capacity, benefits from a slight increase in head and shoulder room.

There will be three petrols: an 86bhp 1.2-litre, a 122bhp 1.4-litre and a 185bhp twin-charge 1.4-litre, and a 1.6-litre TDI diesel (105bhp). A 2-litre diesel (143bhp) is due next summer.

Meanwhile, prices for the Q3 were announced recently.

They kick off at €33,850 (€34,650 on the road) with deliveries starting over the next few days.

Four direct-injection, turbocharged engines power the range (start-stop and energy recuperation also standard). They include: a 2-litre TDI with 140bhp and 177bhp as well as two petrols (a 2-litre with 170bhp and 211bhp).

Standard equipment (SE) -- there is also an S trim -- includes: 17in alloys, aluminium roof rails, rear parking sensors, dual-zone climate control, concert audio system with a 6.5in retractable colour display screen, bluetooth interface, Audi music interface (iPod connection) a multi- function leather steering wheel and six airbags.

They have what they call 'navigation preparation' which means you can activate sat nav at some time in the future by buying an SD card.

'S' versions cost €3,300 more and their equipment levels include: 18in alloys, xenon headlamps with LED daytime running lamps, and LED rear tail lights.

The Q3 has a five-star Euro NCAP rating.

Irish Independent

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