The Audi RS Q3 is the first compact crossover made by Audi to get the RS badge and the vehicle really does offer incredible speed with off-road capabilities. Some might find it's something of a strange mix but for anyone wanting a compact SUV crossover with performance, it's the perfect recipe.
Under the bonnet is the excellent 2.5litre five cylinder 335bhp unit from the firm's RS3 which powers this vehicle to great heights, helped by the 420Nm of torque. The engine should return around 32mpg, mainly down to its stop-start function, but this is quite impressive when considering the size and weight of the RS Q3 and the stunning performance it is capable of. Though, realistically, drivers with a heavy right foot will see their economy figures plummet as a result.
On road performance is sharp and responsive, helped by the revamped seven-speed S-tronic gearbox which has swift gear changes to boost its sprinting performance. The RS Q3 also gets the full RS workout - there are big bumpers, nice oval exhaust pipes, aluminium finished mirrors and a big air intake. All of these additions will certainly gain attention from other road users. The interior also gets the RS3 treatment with embossed seats, the RS dials and aluminium inlays.
The Audi RS Q3 is a highly refined car that offers an excellent driving experience; the Drive Select system is effective by changing the gear changes, throttle response and steering weighting to deliver its impressive driving experience.
Owners will also find that the touchscreen carries more information just for them covering things like oil temperature, a lap timer and a turbo boost pressure monitor. The RS Q3 also has bigger 20 inch alloys than on the standard Q3 and it has also been slightly lowered to help perform better - particularly on winding country roads which it really does grip to give a stable driving experience. The steering is true and offers good feedback and there's no doubt that this a performance car - albeit one that's higher than usual.
Why not have a look at the RS Q3 on the official UK company website and get the latest news about the RS Q3 in the UK at The RS Q3 owners' club and forum site. You may also like to see what they're saying about the RS Q3 on the Top Gear website.
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