Audi RS Q3 video review

23 Oct, 2013 12:35pm

Does the Audi RS Q3 SUV really deserve to wear the famous RS badge? We find out in this video review

The Audi RS Q3 is the smallest car in the brand's SUV range - can the high-riding crossover really make for a high-performance driving machine?

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This is the fourth RS model that Audi has launched this year and the eighth overall. As you can imagine, Audi is getting quite good at building a great interior by now.

While the cabin in the RS Q3 isn't as slick as in the A3 or A6, it certainly does the job. Quilted leather seats, carbon trim and RS badges let you know that you're in something quite special.

The RS Q3 gets a brilliant engine - it's a 2.5-litre, five-cylinder turbo with 306bhp, driven to all four wheels. So what does it take to turn a Q3 into an RS? Well, suspension has been lowered by 25mm and the engine - mentioned above - now develops 420Nm of torque.

In the back of the vehicle, headroom and legroom are both decent. But it's no better than what you get in a five-door hatchback and the boot is about 350 litres. The only real advantage is the high-riding driving position - but is that enough to make it a real RS?

Overall, the Audi RS Q3 is quite convincing as a performance car. Team RS has done a great job with its first SUV. Audi reckons in the UK they'll sell about 500 in a full year. Watch the video review and see what you think.