- audi is adding a new base model to the 2021 q3 lineup.
- it's called the 40 tfsi and it comes with a less powerful turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four engine than the existing 45 tfsi.
- the 40 tfsi starts at $35,095, while the 45 tfsi starts at $37,095.
the audi q3 is getting a lower base price for 2021 due to the addition of a less powerful 40 tfsi model. it now starts at $35,095, a $600 drop from last year's base price, and is offered in both premium and premium plus trim levels. the existing 45 tfsi model continues on with its more powerful turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four; it starts at $37,095 and now comes standard with the s-line appearance package.
the 40 tfsi's version of the turbo 2.0-liter inline-four makes 184 horsepower and 221 lb-ft of torque, 44 hp and 37 lb-ft fewer than the 45 tfsi. it still comes standard with all-wheel drive and the same eight-speed automatic transmission. the epa estimates that the 40 tfsi will get better fuel economy, as it's rated at 25 mpg combined to the 45 tfsi s-line model's 23 mpg combined.
while we haven't yet tested one, the 40 tfsi model will almost certainly be slower than its more powerful counterpart. audi quotes a laggard zero to 60 mph time of 8.6 seconds. for reference, our test of a 2019 q3 with the more powerful 228-hp engine recorded a 7.3 second sprint to 60 mph.
the 40 tfsi is also available in a better equipped premium plus trim level, which starts at $38,395. the 45 tfsi's top prestige trim level has been dropped, meaning its top version is now the 45 tfsi premium plus, starting at $40,395.