he 2015 Audi Q3 is gearing up for its arrival at dealerships this fall, and when they finally arrive, they'll wear a sticker price of $33,425, which is just $200 more than the new 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA.

That price goes for the front-drive Premium Plus model, but for those who want to equip their Q3 with Audi's Quattro all-wheel drive system, that's going to cost an extra $2100 for a total of $35,525. Factoring in all-weather capability turns the tables in the Benz's favor, as the GLA250 4Matic is priced $1300 cheaper than the Q3 Quattro at $34,225. Both crossovers are equipped with a 2.0-liter turbocharged I-4, however, the one in the Q3 is slightly less powerful than the GLA's with 200 hp and 207 lb-ft of torque on tap. Like the GLA's mill, the Q3's is also matched to a six-speed automatic transmission.

Only two trim levels are available on the Q3, with the Prestige being the top-trim model. Upgrading to the Prestige means you'll have to dish out $37,325 for the front-drive model, while adding Quattro brings the total up to $39,425. Prestige models add Audi's infotainment and navigation system that includes a Wi-Fi hotspot for up to eight devices, Google Earth maps, and a 14-speaker Bose surround sound audio system. For those looking to inject some sport into their compact crossover, a Sport Package will do just that by adding sport seats, paddle shifters, and Audi drive select, which adjusts shift points and throttle mapping to your liking. Standard equipment on all Q3s includes heated front leather seats, panoramic sunroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, xenon headlights and LED running lights, smart key.

Pricing for the racier SQ3 has not yet been announced, but if the GLA45 AMG is the target, expect it to be close to that vehicle's $49,225 starting price.

Source: Audi