Refreshed 2016 Audi Q3 Pricing
Equipment and Styling Updates Justify Price Increase
The facelifted 2016 Audi Q3 is getting some pricing information to go along with its shapely new maw. The company announced today that the whole lineup will see a slight price increase, justified by some additional standard equipment, some trim level reshuffling, and new creature comforts.
Most obvious are the changes to the Q3’s appearance, however. The singleframe grille gets a more distinctly hexagonal shape, with updated headlights and broader chrome swaths around the radiator shell. Around back, updated taillights are the only obvious change. New wheel designs (including standard 19-inch wheels on the top-spec Q3 Prestige) keep the side view relatively fresh.
Those features call for an extra $1,200 on the Q3 Premium Plus, which now starts at $33,700 for front-wheel drive and $35,800 for all-wheel drive. The Q3 Prestige, which gets the aforementioned rolling stock, a newly standard S-Line exterior appearance package, full LED headlights and “dynamic taillights,” a 465-watt Bose Surround Sound audio system, and Audi’s Technology Package, gets a base-price bump of $2,200. A Q3 Prestige FWD now runs $38,600, while adding quattro all-wheel drive will cost a total of $40,700.
The Q3 has only been on sale in the United States since 2014, when it debuted here as a 2015 model. With just one year of sales under its belt, it may seem a bit odd that Audi is refreshing its baby crossover so soon. However, the Q3 has been a global offering since 2012, and in a nice change of pace, the company is seeing fit that Americans should consume the update at the same time as, rather than a few years after, our global neighbors. The fastback Q3 is neither the fastest, most efficient, nor most spacious subcompact luxury crossover on the market, but it is very stylish and composed, and Audi’s entry in the segment is treating its dealers very well indeed.