When Audi first announced there’d be a new RS Q3, we were very excited. The second-gen Q3 was already a surprisingly capable car and was significantly better than its predecessor. So the idea of giving it the same engine as a TT RS was tantalizing to say the least. Then we learned that the RS Q3 would be getting a better looking sibling, a car with the same great performance but with a cooler look — the Audi RS Q3 Sportback. Now that it’s finally here, though, is it actually any good?
In this new review from Autocar, we find out if the Audi RS Q3 Sportback has enough bite to match its stylish bark. At least according to our friends on the other side of the Atlantic, it seems to.
For starters, it looks great. Audi seems to be crushing the sporty SUV look. Even if it’s a trend that’s becoming a bit ridiculous, Audi’s SUV “Coupes” seem to look better than everyone else’s. The Audi RS Q3 Sportback is no different, as it looks more stylish and more interesting than its standard sibling.
But it’s what’s under the skin that matters most. Powering the Audi RS Q3 Sportback is a 2.5 liter turbocharged five-cylinder, the same one that powers the TT RS and RS3. It makes a very healthy 400 hp and 354 lb-ft of torque and sends it all through a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox to all four wheels. Admittedly, its all-wheel drive system is Haldex-based, not proper Quattro, so it’s mostly front-driven. But the rear wheels do get some grip when needed. And when it’s all working together, the RS Q3 Sportback can get from 0-62 mph in 4.5 seconds.
That makes it quick but not as quick as its cousins that share its engine. Thank its extra weight for that.
But how does it handle? According to Autocar, it’s pretty standard Audi Sport SUV stuff. Its steering and chassis are extremely capable and the RS Q3 can hustle down a windy road with impressive speed. However, it’s not going to engage all the senses. It’s not going to give you any feedback or communication.
Still, it’s a fun car to drive and one that is seriously fast and looks great. Sure, its ride is stiff and it’s a bit pricey but if you’re looking for a go-fast SUV with stylish looks, the Audi RS Q3 Sportback seems tough to beat.