VIDEO: Rory Reid checks out the Audi RS Q3 Sportback

Most car enthusiasts mock cars like the Audi RS Q3 Sportback and it’s not too hard to see why. High-performance crossovers aren’t great sports cars, yet are less efficient and more expensive than their standard counterparts. So there’s nothing they’re specifically great at. However, when you look at them as all-encompassing daily-drivers, they begin to make more sense, as Rory Reid points out in this video.


Reid tests out the Audi RS Q3 Sportback not on a race track but in its natural environment — the real world. He drives it through city streets, suburban towns and even parks it in a multi-story parking garage. In every one of those environments, the little RS Q3 Sportback excels.

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Thanks to its compact size, surprising practicality and good outward visibility, it’s easy to navigate through a city, comfortable enough for the suburbs and easy to park. So it’s a great daily driver, something for the average family.


However, when the road opens up and you want to have some fun, it can do that too. Its 2.5 liter turbocharged five-cylinder engine makes 400 hp and 354 lb-ft of torque, which helps it get from 0-60 mph in about four and a half seconds. But that last bit doesn’t really matter. What matters is that it’s a fast and charismatic engine, one with an exciting nature and exhaust note.

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The Audi RS Q3 Sportback might not be the most dynamic of cars on a twisty road but it’s fun enough to make it more exciting than your average family crossover. While most performance SUVs are a bit useless as actual daily driver’s, the RS Q3’s size and fun-factor make it worth the extra cost. As Rory Reid says in the video, if you needed to pick just one car to have for everyday life, it might look a lot like the RS Q3 Sportback.

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Nico DeMattia

I've been in love with cars since I was a kid, specifically German cars. Now I get to drive them talk about them on the internet.