One of the most curious performance cars in Audi’s lineup is the all-new RS Q3 Sportback. On paper, it’s actually quite an appealing package but then you look a bit deeper and realize it’s still just a crossover that’s based on the same MQB architecture as a VW Golf. So is it more than the sum of its parts or is it just another fast MQB Audi? Carfection finds out in this latest video.
The last RS car Carfection reviewed was the all-new Audi RS6 Avant, an absolutely brilliant car. So maybe that car’s genius left Carfection’s Henry Catchpole with a bit of optimism toward the Audi RS Q3 Sportback, as he seems to have gone into it with a surprisingly positive attitude. Once behind the wheel, though, he realized it’s not as good as its other, MLB-based siblings.
It’s not bad by any means, though. The Audi RS Q3 Sportback has a lot of positive attributes. For instance, it looks cool in RS-guise, it has a fantastic engine — Audi’s 2.5 liter turbocharged five-cylinder — which makes a sensational noise and it’s surprisingly quick and agile. However, while it’s fast and capable on a twisty road, it isn’t exactly a ton of fun. There’s a sense of detachment to it; its throttle response is slower than other cars with the same engine, its handling is a bit too benign and it’s just not very engaging to drive as a whole.
That doesn’t mean it doesn’t serve a purpose, though. If you’re in the market for a super-hatch, something like the Audi RS3 Sportback or Mercedes-AMG A45 S but also need more space and a slightly taller ride height, then the Audi RS Q3 Sportback will work a treat. It’s surprisingly quick, thanks to its 400 hp and 354 lb-ft of torque, it sounds great, is comfortable and spacious. Just don’t go into it expecting some fire-breathing rally car for the road, even if its engine makes it sound like one.