How to spec an Audi Q3
Best Audi Q3 specs
1 Go for one of the 2.0-litre diesel engines – they're flexible, refined and a lot cheaper to run than the petrols. Even the lower-powered, 138bhp diesel is strong enough, but you'll have to go for the 175bhp if you want four-wheel drive or a (semi-) automatic gearbox.
2 Audi Parking System Plus is a must at only £250 - it includes front and rear parking sensors that should help to keep your Q3's bumpers scuff-free.
3 Metallic paint is worth paying £525 for - it'll make the car easier to sell.
4 Tick the box for sat-nav – it's a good system and is well-priced at £495.
5 Go for the £305 DAB radio – it could help to keep the car's resale value as high as possible.
6 Stick to standard suspension - S line suspension is a no-cost option on S line cars, but the Q3 rides better without it and still handles well.
7 Keep the wheels sensible - optional 19-inch wheels look good, but they also hurt the ride.
8 Audi's Drive Select option isn't worth spending £220 on - you can barely feel any difference when you switch between the settings.
9 Think twice before specifying Samoa orange paint – it may date and make the car difficult to sell on.
10 Unlike many panoramic roofs, the Q3's opens, although it's a pricey option at £1100.
Audi Q3 2.0 TDI 140 SE £25,065
Audi Parking System Plus £250
DAB radio - £305
Metallic paint - £525
Audi Q3 discounts
Discounts on the Audi Q3 are larger than you might think. You should be able to haggle just over £1200 off our chosen model, and some internet brokers will knock a few more pounds off.
By Iain Reid
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