One of Audi’s biggest oddities is the Audi RS Q3 Sportback. It’s a coupe version of a crossover with the same powertrain as a hot-hatchback. So if it’s less practical than the standard RS Q3, why not just save the extra money and get the RS3 Sportback? No one understands fast crossovers. Nevertheless, here we are.
In this new video from Carwow, we take a look at the RS Q3 Sportback and all that’s good and bad about it.
We already know a great deal about the Audi RS Q3 Sportback. We know that it has a 400 hp 2.5 liter turbocharged five-cylinder engine. We know that it sports a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox and Quattro (*cough* Haldex *cough*) all-wheel drive. We also know that it’s quick. Audi reckons 0-60 mph in 4.5 seconds, which is seriously quick for a crossover.
What this video does tell us is what it’s like to drive. Being that the standard Q3 is about as exciting as room temperature oatmeal, it’s not hard to doubt that the RS version will be any good.
Turns out, it isn’t. It’s not that the Audi RS Q3 Sportback is bad it’s just not really great. Sure, it’s engine is brilliant and it’s fast but the same can be said for the RS3 Sportback, which is cheaper, more economical and more fun to drive. If you want an practical, get an SUV or a wagon. If you want something sporty, get a sports car. When you try and do both, you typically end up with something that isn’t actually good at either.
However, there is a rare car that’s actually quite good at being both and it also has a four-ringed badge — the Audi RS4 Avant. If you’re in the UK, where the RS Q3 Sportback is sold, the better option is just to spend a bit more money and get the RS4. It’s faster, more fun, just as practical and looks cooler. Sure, it’s a bit more money but it’s worth it. If you can’t afford the RS4, get an RS3 Sportback and forget the RS Q3 altogether.