The new Audi Q3 Sportback has officially arrived in South Africa, with the local range comprising two petrol-powered variants at launch.

Based on the standard Q3 body style but taking on a coupé-like roofline, the new Q3 Sportback touches down in local dealerships in both 35 TFSI S tronic and 40 TFSI quattro S tronic form. It was revealed on the global stage in July 2019.

The former is priced from R693 000 (some R29 500 more than the standard Q3 35 TFSI S line) and employs the Volkswagen Group’s familiar 1,4 TFSI engine, offering 110 kW and 250 N.m to the front axle via a six-speed dual-clutch transmission. That’s enough oomph, says the Ingolstadt-based firm, for a sprint from standstill to 100 km/h in 9,3 seconds.

The Q3 Sportback 40 TFSI quattro S line, meanwhile, makes use of a 2,0 TFSI engine (a powerplant not currently offered with the standard Q3 body style), which produces 132 kW and 320 N.m. Priced from R737 000, this variant employs a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox and all-wheel drive, allowing it to reach 100 km/h in 7,8 seconds. Both turbocharged models are covered by the five-year/100 000km Audi Freeway plan.

In South Africa, the Győr-built Q3 Sportback will be available in a choice of ten exterior colours, including a new metallic hue called Dew Silver (which is exclusive to the Q3 Sportback). Audi says S line exterior equipment is standard on both variants, as are 18-inch wheels (although there’s the option to upgrade to 19-inch items). The firm furthermore offers an optional Black Styling Package.

Inside, you’ll find an 8,8-inch digital instrument cluster and Audi’s MMI touch radio plus. The options list includes Audi virtual cockpit and Audi virtual cockpit plus (the latter as part of the Technology Package). In total, the company offers six optional packages for the Q3 Sportback.