Audi RS Q3 review, price and specs | evo

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The Audi RS Q3 is the first four-ringed SUV to get the performance treatment. Review

October 2013

What is it?

The RS Q3, the first SUV to receive the company’s performance badge. With a 2.5-litre five-cylinder turbo derived from the Audi RS3 and TT RS and a of butch styling tweaks, start at £43,000.

On the face of it, could be yet another underwhelming RS to file under ‘What they thinking?’, but experience quattro GmbH is consistently with its range-topping derivatives. alone makes the RS Q3 worth a

Technical highlights?

Press the button and you immediately discover the RS Q3 its heart on its sleeve. Its thumping has been the core of the TT RS and RS3’s but perhaps because its gruff is more incongruous in the Q3, the effect on psyche is one of childish delight. Its 306bhp and 310lb ft are more if slightly down on the TT and RS3’s.

Put to the via Audi’s familiar Haldex quattro four-wheel-drive system and to a seven-speed S-tronic paddle-shift DSG the RS Q3 is a gifted sprinter, completing in under 5.5sec on its way to a limited top of 155mph.

In line with its Q3 flagship the RS gets Audi’s Drive system, which gives you the of three modes Comfort, and Dynamic which control the steering weight and response, and the of the power delivery. There’s no mode allowing you to pick and mix from Comfort and Dynamic, but as the few miles pass beneath the RS fat wheels, you discover that the issue you might fear.

it like to drive?

More than not, an RS Audi can be by …, artificial-feeling steering and damping, but the RS Q3 immediately confounds stereotype with clean, intuitively responsive (if a fraction too steering and a pliant, controlled in Comfort mode. To be honest, you superglue the Drive Select to Comfort and live quite with this setting, for you can and enthusiastically hustle the Q3 down a B-road without ever for tighter body control, weightier steering or sharper response.

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However, moving to Auto doesn’t ruin the show. it does what you’d enabling the Q3 to up its game or let down its depending on your pace and the of the road. Dynamic is the most of the settings, adding resistance to the and sharper edges to the damping, but you might be tempted to indulge on the faster leg of a solo drive.

In terms of outright pace the RS Q3 is one of cars that has the potential to many a hot hatch or sports car day. It’s a cliché, but you’re perched a little you have a more commanding of the road ahead. This on fast country roads, enlightening glimpses through or over hedgerows aid your and increase safety margins.

The spread of power and torque the Q3 builds speed rapidly and feels caught between and a crisp up- or downshift is only a finger stretch away in any The brakes 365mm at the front and by eight-piston calipers have stopping power, and while have a fraction too much on initial application, they’re to modulate at low or high speeds and superb outright ability.

How does it compare?

Of its ilk, far more appealing than the Mini John Cooper Countryman or equally ugly stupidly named) BMW X1 xDrive35i. If you to be more creative with £50k budget, then a Porsche Cayenne Turbo or ML63 AMG might prove while a rapidly morphing throws up another all-wheel-drive in the shape of the ballsy Mercedes A45 AMG hot hatch.

Anything else I need to

It feels wrong to be writing but the RS Q3 is a far more successful and enjoyable to drive than the RS3, 4, 5, 6 or 7. And its values look set to reflect a residual value of 52 per cent three years/60,000 miles is only to the Porsche Cayman it comes to being depreciation

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