Audi and Mercedes-Benz are in a back-and-forth battle over entry-level luxury, with new sedan and crossover entrants looking to reel in new and youthful buyers. The Audi A3 and Mercedes-Benz CLA sedans kicked off the competition, and now the 2015 Audi Q3 will join the mix against the Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class. The 2015 Audi Q3 will start at $33,425 including destination fees.
All Audi Q3 crossovers, beginning with the base, front-wheel-drive model, utilize Audi’s familiar 200-hp 2.0-liter turbo-four making 207 lb-ft of torque and a six-speed automatic transmission. The GLA’s own 2.0-liter turbo-four produces 208 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque.
It’s priced just above that of the Mercedes-Benz GLA250 ($32,225), but the 2015 Audi Q3 comes standard with a more impressive list of equipment. It has recognizable road appeal thanks to standard xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights, and LED taillights. Also standard is dual-zone automatic climate control, leather seats with heated front buckets, a power-retractable sunroof, and 18-inch wheels.
The GLA250 comes standard with Bluetooth, a 7-inch infotainment display, a power liftgate, collision prevention safety tech, and attention assistance, but it lacks luxury mainstays like premium lighting, heated leather seats, a sunroof, and automatic climate control.
Opting up for Quattro all-wheel-drive on the base-trim 2015 Audi Q3 Premium Plus adds $2100 for a total of $35,525 (the GLA250 4Matic costs $34,225). The 2015 Audi Q3 Prestige, costing $37,325 for front-wheel -drive models and $39,425 for Quattro models, includes MMI Navigation with Google Earth, a 7.0-inch Audi connect infotainment display screen, 4G Wi-Fi connectivity, and a 14-speaker Bose sound system. For either trim level, Q3 customers can select a Sport package with sport seats, Audi Drive Select, and steering-wheel-mounted paddle-shifters.
Look for the 2015 Audi Q3 to go on sale this fall.