The Audi RS Q3, and its RS Q3 Sportback sibling, is an interesting car. On one hand, it’s an awesome package, thanks to its fire-spitting engine, impressive performance and daily-driver practicality. On the other hand, it’s not exactly all that fun to drive, as it’s still an Audi Q3 underneath its skin. So it’s a great all-around daily driver but that also means its compromised as a sports car. So, as a customer, you have to be willing to make that compromise. If so, the RS Q3 is for you.
If the RS Q3 is for you, then you need to check out this awesome photo gallery from Audi. It features both the standard Audi RS Q3 and the RS Q3 Sportback playing around in the snow. Both cars are seen in different colors, showing off the unique finishes that can be had, and they both seem like a blast in the powder.
While they look a bit different on the outside, thanks to the Sportback’s more aggressive roof line, they’re exactly the same under the skin. Powering both cars is a 2.5 liter turbocharged five-cylinder engine that makes a very healthy 400 hp and 354 lb-ft of torque. All of the fury is sent through a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox to all four wheels. Sure, the all-wheel drive system in the RS Q3 is labeled “Quattro” but it’s not proper Quattro. Instead, it uses a Haldex setup. Though, from these pictures at least, it seems to work just fine.
As a car enthusiast, the idea of the Audi RS Q3 is actually a bit annoying. It’s the exact sort of car cynical car enthusiasts hate; it’s not as fast or as fun as the RS3, yet it’s worse on fuel, more expensive and worse looking, all to add a bit of extra ride height and appeal to yuppies. However, as a car enthusiast and a parent, the idea of having a car that I can make the school run in and blast down some back roads, at a higher speed than everyone else on the road, is extremely appealing.
So the RS Q3 is an interesting car. It’s a bit of a compromise for car enthusiasts but some circumstances might make that compromise worthwhile. Would I prefer the Audi RS4 Avant or even the RS3 Sportback? Of course but I understand if someone wants the taller, slightly more practical RS Q3 instead.