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By Charl Bosch

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Audi ups Q2, Q3 and A3 model count with Urban and Black editions

Eight of the 10 models are all based on the respective entry level 35 TFSI variants.

Having set the ball in motion with the unveiling of the special Black Edition of the A4 last year, Audi has expanded the dark accented touches to the Q3, Q2 and A3, while also introducing Urban variants of the latter pair.

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Largely exterior alternations with no changes having taken place inside design-wise, the addition of the new models do, however, come with more standard specification items of which some were only available as cost options until now.


Audi introduces Q2 Urban edition
Q2 in Urban form. Image: Audi

The recipient of a mid-life interior overhaul in Europe last month, the Q2 does without the interior upgrade in South Africa Audi will most likely only introduce towards the end of the year if approved.

Set to bow-out entirely around 2025, the Urban package sees the inclusion of 18-inch alloy wheels, a panoramic sunroof, the Matrix LED headlights, leatherette seats and the Comfort package comprising an electric tailgate, heated front seats with lumbar support and a pair of rear USB ports.

Audi introduces Q2 Black edition
Black touches are clear on the Q2. Image: Audi

Also standard is Lane Departure Warning, Park Assist Plus and the 12.3-inch Virtual Cockpit Display instrument cluster. Carried over though is the older 8.8-inch MMI infotainment system, albeit with the Audi Phone Box connectively pack.

As its name points out, the black styling package builds on the Urban by adding black mirror caps, a black finish to the Audi four rings, black sideblades, the S sport suspension, S line 19-inch black alloy wheels and inside, the flat-bottom S steering wheel.

Audi introduces Q2 Black edition
Standard on the black are 19-inch S line alloy wheels. Image: Audi

Up front, no changes have taken place, meaning the 1.4 TFSI engine’s outputs of 110kW/250Nm continue to be directed to the front wheels through a seven-speed S tronic transmission.


Audi Q3 range updated with black edition models
Black pack’s inclusion on the Q3 sees a gloss black finish being applied to the Singleframe grille. Image: Audi

Modelled on the flagship S line variants of the 35 TFSI instead of the range-topping 40 TFSI, the black pack upgrades on the standard Q3 and Q3 Sportback also go without any mechanical changes.

As with the Q2 therefore, the 1.4 TFSI engine develops an unchanged 110kW/250Nm, which goes to the front wheels through the seven-speed S tronic ‘box.

Audi Q3 range updated with black edition models
S line package adds 19-inch alloy wheels to the Q3 Sportback. Image: Audi

The Q3’s first major update since its global debut in 2018, and locally in 2019, the black boasts darkened mirror caps and trim, a panoramic sunroof and expanded parking sensors as part of the Park Assist Plus system.

Standard inside is the Comfort package made-up of leatherette upholstery, heated and electric front seats with lumbar support, an electric tailgate and front and rear armrests.

Audi Q3 range updated with black edition models
Black trim expands to include the Audi four rings badges. Image: Audi

Further furnished with the S line package adds 19-inch alloy wheels, S sport seats, a black roofliner and a flat-bottom steering wheel to the mix.


Announced in 2022 as having received approval for a fifth generation due in 2027, the A3’s inclusion of the Urban and Black packages has also resulted in more features across both grades.

Urban edition Audi A3 priced
Subtle changes have taken place outside on the A3 Sedan Urban. Image: Audi

Again, Audi has opted to make the Urban and Black packs available on the 35 TFSI variants of the A3 Sportback and sedan, meaning the same outputs and solitary transmission option as on the Q2 and Q3.

For the Urban, the added spec items comprise an Audi branded sound system, LED headlights, dual-zone climate control, a sunroof, rear parking sensors, auto-dimming side mirrors and 17-inch alloy wheels.

Urban edition Audi A3 priced
A3 Sportback in Urban guise. Image: Audi

In addition, the Black adds dark accents, mirror caps and finishes to the 18-inch alloy wheels, plus ambient interior lighting, a black finish for the Audi four rings, leatherette upholstery and the S line steering wheel.


With the flagship RS3 not privy to any changes, the lower rung S3 adds a Bang & Olufsen sound system, Nappa leather seats that are heated and electric at the front, Matrix LED headlights, a sunroof, ambient lighting, black four rings, 19-inch S alloy wheels and the Adaptive Chassis Control system to its list of new standard items.

Black editions Audi A3 and S3 revealed
S3’s biggest changes are more standard spec. Image: Audi

Included as part of the technology package are two USB ports at the rear, the 12.3-inch Virtual Cockpit instrument cluster and the 10.1-inch MMI infotainment system with integrated satellite navigation.

As before, the 2.0 TFSI produces an as is 213kW/400Nm delivered to all four wheels through the seven-speed S tronic ‘box.

Black editions Audi A3 and S3 revealed
Both the Sportback and sedan ride on 19-inch alloy wheels. Image: Audi

Top speed is limited to 250 km/h with both the Sportback and sedan completing the 0-100 km/h dash in 4.9 seconds.


Included with each of the 10 model’s price tag is a five-year/100 000 km maintenance plan.


  • Q2 35 TFSI Urban S tronic – R728 130
  • Q2 35 TFSI Black S tronic – R741 630


  • Q3 35 TFSI Black S tronic – R866 950
  • Q3 Sportback 35 TFSI Black S tronic – R892 550


  • A3 Sportback 35 TFSI Urban S tronic – R737 80
  • A3 Sedan 35 TFSI Urban S tronic – R752 800
  • A3 Sportback 35 TFSI Black S tronic – R790 500
  • A3 Sedan 35 TFSI Black S tronic – R805 500
  • S3 Sportback – R1 089 500
  • S3 Sedan – R1 104 500

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