RS Q3’s an Audi stunner
LOOKING for an SUV but want hot-hatch performance as well – then it’s as easy as RS Q3.
Audi recently introduced its latest addition to the impressive RS line-up that now features eight models.
I loved this car from the moment I first sat in it to waving it goodbye after my test drive.
So what’s so good about it?
Well, the RS Q3 has lots of admiring features that include looks, quality, versatility and tops for me – a terrific car that you really enjoy driving.
The high driving position and sports seat provide excellent all-round vision and comfort in a cabin that oozes quality features, including Nappa leather-upholstered heated front seats with RS Q3 logos.
A sporty instrument panel has grey gauges with white scales and red needles while the flat-bottomed multi-function steering wheel gets an RS Q3 logo and rock-grey stitching.
Audi’s superb 2.5-litre 306bhp petrol engine is under the bonnet and it supplies a sprint start time of 5.2 seconds to 62mph.
With a limited top speed of 155mph there was never a lack of power coming through the seven-speed S tronic automatic gearbox.
Depending on your preference, drivers can select auto, comfort or dynamic modes to control throttle response, steering and gear-shift points.
And with its quattro all-wheel drive, this RS Q3 handled quite superbly on particularly wet surfaces.
There was lots of grip with the system controlling torque between the front and rear axles.
It scored top marks when tackling bends at speed, showing great confidence-inspiring agility, and was equally impre-ssive while cruising smoothly and quietly at maximum motorway speeds.
Ride comfort is of a high standard and I also had the chance to put the versatility of this SUV to the test.
The parcel shelf slid off easily in a decent-sized 356 litres boot to accommodate a new tumble dryer I was collecting.
This space expands to 1,261 litres with the rear seats folded flat and that once again was ideal for helping to transport larger items to my son Scott’s new flat.
And it was my newly-arrived grandson Cooper who helped to provide a further test for accommodation in the rear seats as he sat happily in his baby seat in the back along with mum Alex and grandmother Jackie.
The RS Q3 proved to be a super all-round performer but top quality, and lots of safety features, come at a price and this model’s on the road tag is £45,000.
If it’s in your price range, you won’t be disappointed in this stylish, sporting SUV from Audi.