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Audi RS Q3 SPORTBACK RS Q3 TFSI Quattro 5dr S Tronic [Comfort+Sound Pk]

Audi RS Q3 RS Q3 TFSI Quattro 5dr S Tronic [Comfort+Sound Pk]
Audi RS Q3 RS Q3 TFSI Quattro 5dr S Tronic [Comfort+Sound Pk]
Audi RS Q3 RS Q3 TFSI Quattro 5dr S Tronic [Comfort+Sound Pk]
Audi RS Q3 RS Q3 TFSI Quattro 5dr S Tronic [Comfort+Sound Pk]
Audi RS Q3 RS Q3 TFSI Quattro 5dr S Tronic [Comfort+Sound Pk]
Audi RS Q3 RS Q3 TFSI Quattro 5dr S Tronic [Comfort+Sound Pk]
Audi RS Q3 RS Q3 TFSI Quattro 5dr S Tronic [Comfort+Sound Pk]
Audi RS Q3 RS Q3 TFSI Quattro 5dr S Tronic [Comfort+Sound Pk]
Audi RS Q3 RS Q3 TFSI Quattro 5dr S Tronic [Comfort+Sound Pk]
Audi RS Q3 RS Q3 TFSI Quattro 5dr S Tronic [Comfort+Sound Pk]
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Audi RS Q3 RS Q3 TFSI Quattro 5dr S Tronic [Comfort+Sound Pk]
Audi RS Q3 RS Q3 TFSI Quattro 5dr S Tronic [Comfort+Sound Pk]
Audi RS Q3 RS Q3 TFSI Quattro 5dr S Tronic [Comfort+Sound Pk]
Audi RS Q3 RS Q3 TFSI Quattro 5dr S Tronic [Comfort+Sound Pk]
Audi RS Q3 RS Q3 TFSI Quattro 5dr S Tronic [Comfort+Sound Pk]
Audi RS Q3 RS Q3 TFSI Quattro 5dr S Tronic [Comfort+Sound Pk]
Audi RS Q3 RS Q3 TFSI Quattro 5dr S Tronic [Comfort+Sound Pk]
Audi RS Q3 RS Q3 TFSI Quattro 5dr S Tronic [Comfort+Sound Pk]
Audi RS Q3 RS Q3 TFSI Quattro 5dr S Tronic [Comfort+Sound Pk]
Audi RS Q3 RS Q3 TFSI Quattro 5dr S Tronic [Comfort+Sound Pk]

Key Info Compare

  • FuelPetrol
  • TransmissionAutomatic
  • MPG0.00
  • 0-62mph4.5 secs
  • Top Speed155 mph
  • C02202 g/km
  • BHP400
  • Torque354 lbs/f
  • P11D37%

Review

If you crave a small SUV with super sportscar-style performance, then Audi thinks you'll like this RS Q3, offered in both standard and stylish Sportback forms. This is the quickest you'll probably ever want to go in any kind of SUV - and there's an emotive soundtrack too. If you've outgrown hot hatches, don't need a huge amount of interior space and want something very rapid that's fashionable yet practical, then this RSUV might be just what you're looking for.

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Audi's RS badge gives its Q3 SUV a shot in the arm. Jonathan Crouch drives it.

Background

The very first Audi SUV to get the brand's full-sporting RS treatment was this one, the RS Q3. The original model was launched back in 2013 and started what is now a growing trend for high performance compact SUVs. It featured then - and features now - the brand's classic 2.5-litre five cylinder turbo petrol engine borrowed from the company's TT RS sports car. But whereas in the original RS Q3, that unit put out 340PS, it now develops 400PS. That extra power is needed to take on cars like the Turbo and GTS versions of Porsche's Macan, BMW's X3 M40i and the Mercedes-AMG GLA 45. Plus potential buyers may also be looking at cars like the Volkswagen T-ROC R, the CUPRA Ateca and the BMW X2 M35i. To give the RS Q3 the widest possible appeal in this company, Audi is offering it with two body styles - this standard Q3 shape and the alternative sleeker RS Q3 Sportback variant.

Driving Experience

There's no doubt about it: this RS Q3 feels ballistically quick. And is on paper too. A rest to 62mph sprint time of just 4.5s en route to as much as 174mph puts this car on a par with the far pricier Porsche Macan Turbo. And you can access quite a lot of this performance in all kinds of conditions thanks to this RS model's use of the latest version of Audi's quattro 4WD system which is mated to a 7-speed dual-clutch S tronic paddleshift auto transmission. This car's 2.5-litre 400PS five cylinder powerplant has always been one of Audi's more charismatic units and has a wonderfully emotive roar as it revs up towards the 7,000rpm red line. Sadly though, the addition of a petrol particulate filter means that you lose much of the exhaust pop and crackle on downshifts that you used to get with the previous generation version of this model. Even if you pay extra for a version with the rortier switchable-flap RS exhaust system. You get two customisable RS driving modes (and a steering wheel button to swap between them) which alter throttle response, steering feel and, if they've been fitted, the settings of the adaptive dampers. 'Dynamic' is the red mist option, but you'll find its settings too firm for everyday use. Audi claims that 85% of the engine's torque can be sent to the rear axle, which sounds like a recipe for fun. In fact though, the drivetrain is primarily a front-driven system - and feels like it when you hustle the car through the corners. This - and the fact that the precise, direct 'Progressive' steering lacks that last enth degree of feel - mean that this car is more about meteoric point-to-point progress that driver engagement.

Design and Build

The Q3's squat, slightly conservative styling gets a shot in the arm with this RS model. At the front, the car's RS genes are apparent in the flat slits above this borderless Singleframe radiator grille, which has a three-dimensional gloss black honeycomb structure and is inset deeply into this RS bumper with its large side air inlets and striking boomerang-shaped blades. Depending on version, the car features either LED headlights or Matrix LED headlights with dynamic indicators and RS-specific darkened trims. In profile, you'll notice these pronounced wheel arches, which have been flared by 10mm and shroud the huge 20-inch 10-spoke star alloy wheels that are exclusive to this variant (even larger 21-inch rims are optional). With its sloping coupe-like roof line, the RS Q3 Sportback sits lower than this RS Q3, and its rising shoulder line is set further down than in its sister car, lowering the body's optical centre of gravity. At the rear, there are piercing LED tail lamps and you get an RS-specific bumper with a rear diffuser and horizontal blades in matt aluminium. Many buyers will want the optional dual-branch RS exhaust system, which has large oval tailpipes on both sides and chrome-coloured trims. Drop inside and you'll spot more RS accents. The RS sport leather steering wheel, flattened at the bottom, includes bespoke shift paddles and multifunction buttons that allow the driver to control the two RS modes in the Audi drive select dynamic handling system. Through this wheel, you view the standard Audi 'virtual cockpit plus' instrument binnacle screen. This incorporates a shift light display that prompts the driver to upshift when the maximum engine speed is reached, and also special RS displays providing information on tyre pressure, torque, power output, lap times, g-forces and acceleration measurements. Elsewhere around the cabin, the centre stack, as with other Q3 variants, is trimmed in high gloss piano black and features this 10.1-inch MMI Navigation Plus central touchscreen. In the back, as usual with a compact SUV, the rear bench is comfortable for two adults - but rather tight for the carriage of three. Still, it helps that it can slide fore and aft by up to 150mm in this Q3 (or by up to 130mm in the alternative Q3 Sportback). Plus the three-way split backrests can be tilted in seven stages. The luggage compartment holds 530 litres with either body style. And with the 40:20:40-split backrest folded down, the figure rises to 1,525 litres (or 1,400-litres in the Sportback variant).

Market and Model

From the launch of this model in late 2019, pricing kicked off from around £52,500; that's for this standard shape RS Q3. Audi expects over 60% of likely buyers though, to want the alternative, sleeker RS Q3 Sportback body shape - which costs £1,150 more. With either body style, there are two further trim options; using the base model as a price starting point, you can pay around £4,500 more for mid-range 'Sport Edition' trim; or nearly £8,000 more for the top 'Vorsprung' model. With base trim, standard equipment includes 20-inch 10 spoke star alloy wheels,, RS Sport suspension, an RS braking system with black calipers, full-LED headlamps, an RS body kit, 'Progressive' steering and an 'Audi drive select system featuring specific 'RS' driving modes. Inside, there are nappa leather-trimmed embossed front RS Sports seats with heating and powered lumbar support. Plus a flat-bottomed RS steering wheel, stainless steel pedals, a frameless rear view mirror and various dash and door elements in black alcantara. You get the Audi Virtual Cockpit Plus 12.3-inch instrument binnacle display. And a 10.1-inch MMI Navigation Plus centre-dash touchscreen with an Audi Smartphone Interface incorporating wireless 'Apple CarPlay' connectivity. The 'Sport Edition' models add larger 21-inch 5-V-spoke polygon' alloy wheels, Matrix LED headlights, a 'Black Styling Pack', a panoramic glass roof with black roof rails and the rortier RS Sport dual-branch exhaust system. To that tally, the top 'Vorsprung' version adds RS Sports suspension plus adaptive damping, a Bang & Olufsen 3D sound system, a 360-degree surround view camera set-up, a smarter '5-arm-trigon' design for the 21-inch wheels and some extra camera safety and semi-autonomous driving features. Across the range, key options include RS Sports suspension plus adaptive damping, ceramic brakes and an option which raises top speed from 155 to 174mph. On the base model, you'll want the RS Sport dual-branch exhaust system too.

Cost of Ownership

You won't be expecting this car to be cheap to run: it isn't. The best you'll do is with the standard RS Q3 variant, which manages 28.8mpg on the WLTP combined cycle - or 28.5mpg in Sportback form. Both variants return 202g/km of NEDC-rated CO2. The larger 21-inch wheels of the 'Sport Edition' variant reduce that showing to 28.0mpg and 203g/km with the standard body style (or 27.7mpg and 204g/km with an RS Q3 Sportback Audi Sport Edition variant). With the top RS Q3 Vorsprung version, the WLTP fuel figure for both body styles is 27.7mpg, while the NEDC-rated CO2 reading is 203g/km for the standard body style - or 204g/km for the Sportback version. Residual values should hold up very well. For a start it's an Audi Q3, which has performed well on the used market and most Audis with an RS badge tend to cling to their value. Insurance is expensive, so make sure you shop around as quotes vary widely. We'll finish by covering the warranty. Most cars in this class get three years of cover, but whereas rival brands BMW and Mercedes don't limit your mileage in this period, Audi rather meanly restricts you to 60,000 miles. Optional extra-cost packages can extend the cover to either four or five years.

Summary

The RS Q3 delivers charisma, attitude and excitement. Yes, you'll need to dig deep for the privilege, but given that many of its rivals can be specified to this price bracket while featuring less power, the money asked for the RS Q3 doesn't seem too excessive. A properly sporting compact SUV is the answer to a question few really ask, but once sampled it's hard to resist. If you've £50,000 or more to spend on this kind of car, this RS Q3 would certainly need to be high on your list, if only because it can deliver Porsche Macan Turbo-style performance for around £17,000 less. It can't quite deliver Macan-style drive dynamics - but for many likely buyers, that won't matter too much. This is the fastest small Audi SUV there's ever been and for many potential customers, that'll be all they need to know.

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Driver Convenience
Cruise control + speed limiter
Audi connect safety and service (e-call)
Audi drive select with new RS modes
Audi lane departure warning
Audi parking system plus with front and rear sensors
Audi side assist
Audi smartphone interface includes wireless Apple carplay/Android Auto
Audi virtual cockpit plus - 12.3 inch display
Bluetooth interface
Camera based traffic sign recognition
MMI Navigation Plus with high resolution 10.1 inch touchscreen colour display
Power operated tailgate
Progressive steering
Rear cross traffic alert
Start stop system with recuperation
Voice control system with natural language interaction
Exterior Features
Aluminium door mirror housings
Solid paint
Acoustic windscreen
Aluminium window trim
Audi Beam uses LEDs to project the Audi Sport logo
Auto dimming frameless rear view mirror
Body colour rear spoiler with lip in gloss black
Electrically folding, adjustable and heated door mirrors with integrated LED side indicators and kerb view function for passenger side
Flared wheel arches
Flat slits on single frame grille
Front spoiler blade, side blades, inserts on door trim strips and diffuser insert in matt aluminium look
Headlight washers
High gloss black finish B and C pillars
Honeycomb radiator grille in gloss black
Illuminated door sill trims with RS logo
LED headlights with LED daytime running lights and dynamic rear indicator
LED rear lights
Privacy glass dark tinted rear and rear-side windows (from B-pillar backwards)
Rain and light sensors
RS specific bumpers with large front air inlets in black
Safety
Black brake calipers
3x3 point rear seatbelts
6 airbags - Driver, front passenger, curtain and side windows
Electrically operated child locks on rear doors
Electromechanical parking brake
Electronic stabilisation control including ABS, ASR and EDL
Hill descent control
Hill hold assist
Pre sense basic
RS brake system
Seatbelt monitoring
Tyre pressure warning
Warning triangle and first aid kit
Technical
RS sports suspension
Quattro all wheel drive
Wheels
20" 10 spoke star design alloy wheels
Tyre repair kit
Entertainment
1 x USB type C and 1 USB type A charging points
DAB digital radio module
Interior Features
4 way electric lumbar support for driver and front passenger
Adjustable rear seat bench/backrest with centre armrest and cupholder
Black Alcantara elements - dashboard and the armrests in the front and rear doors
Black cloth headlining
Dual zone electronic climate control
Electrically adjustable front seats
Fine Nappa leather upholstery with front sports seats + honeycomb stitching and RS embossed logo
Flat bottom multifunction leather steering wheel with shift paddles in gloss black with aluminium trim + mode button, contrast stitching and RS emblem
Front and rear floor mats
Front and rear head restraints
Front centre armrest
Heated front seats
ISOFIX child seat mounting for front passenger with airbag deactivation and outer rear seat including top tether attachment point for outer rear seats
Stainless steel luggage compartment sill finisher
Stainless steel pedals
Tool kit
Packs
Comfort and sound pack - RS Q3
Non smoking pack - RS Q3
Security
Advanced key
Anti theft alarm
Anti theft wheel bolts
Audi pre-sense front with pedestrain and cyclist recognition
Trim
Aluminium look interior elements
Inlays in aluminium race anthracite
MMI touch colour display in glass look, black with surround in aluminium look
Emissions - ICE
CO2 (g/km) 202
Standard Euro Emissions EURO 6
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb 224
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max 232
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min 223
Engine and Drive Train
Catalytic Convertor Yes
CC 2480
Cylinder Layout IN-LINE
Engine Code F3NRWY
Engine Layout NORTH SOUTH
Fuel Delivery TURBO DIRECT INJECTION
Gears 7 SPEED
Transmission SEMI-AUTO
Fuel Consumption - ICE
EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies No
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb 9.9
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max 10.2
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min 9.9
WLTP - MPG - Comb 28.5
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max 27.7
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min 28.5
General
Alternative Fuel Qualifying No
Badge Engine CC 2.5
Badge Power 400
Coin Description TFSI Quattro
Coin Series Comfort + Sound pack
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07 40E
Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern? No
Special Edition No
Special Order No
Vehicle Homologation Class M1
Performance
0 to 62 mph (secs) 4.5
Engine Power - BHP 400
Engine Power - KW 294
Engine Power - RPM 5850
Engine Torque - LBS.FT 354
Engine Torque - MKG 48.9
Engine Torque - NM 480
Engine Torque - RPM 1950
Top Speed 155
Test Cycles
Emissions Test Cycle WLTP
Tyres
Alloys? Yes
Space Saver? No
Tyre Size Front 255/40 R20
Tyre Size Rear 255/40 R20
Tyre Size Spare TYRE REPAIR KIT
Wheel Style 10 STAR SPOKE
Wheel Type 20" ALLOY
Vehicle Dimensions
Height (including roof rails) 1557
Length 4507
Wheelbase 2681
Width (including mirrors) 2024
Weight and Capacities
Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres) 63
Gross Vehicle Weight 2250
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down) 1400
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up) 530
Max. Loading Weight 550
Max. Towing Weight - Braked 1900
Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked 750
Minimum Kerbweight 1700
No. of Seats 5

Deals

Term Annual Mileage Monthly Payment Maintenance
24 months 5,000 miles p/a £979.80 p/m £6.28 p/m
24 months 8,000 miles p/a £905.72 p/m £26.51 p/m
24 months 10,000 miles p/a £1012.95 p/m £24.04 p/m
24 months 15,000 miles p/a £1042.80 p/m £39.87 p/m
24 months 20,000 miles p/a £1072.63 p/m £69.90 p/m
24 months 25,000 miles p/a £1099.71 p/m £93.35 p/m
24 months 30,000 miles p/a £1126.80 p/m £112.66 p/m
36 months 5,000 miles p/a £779.48 p/m £6.02 p/m
36 months 8,000 miles p/a £737.92 p/m £31.10 p/m
36 months 10,000 miles p/a £809.82 p/m £27.95 p/m
36 months 15,000 miles p/a £838.99 p/m £59.90 p/m
36 months 20,000 miles p/a £867.79 p/m £79.83 p/m
36 months 25,000 miles p/a £892.75 p/m £129.02 p/m
36 months 30,000 miles p/a £917.71 p/m £150.82 p/m
48 months 5,000 miles p/a £681.73 p/m £24.87 p/m
48 months 8,000 miles p/a £644.13 p/m £49.67 p/m
48 months 10,000 miles p/a £709.71 p/m £41.58 p/m
48 months 15,000 miles p/a £735.35 p/m £65.32 p/m
48 months 20,000 miles p/a £759.83 p/m £108.57 p/m
48 months 25,000 miles p/a £780.24 p/m £131.58 p/m
48 months 30,000 miles p/a £805.88 p/m £167.57 p/m
24 months 8,000 miles p/a £1086.87 p/m £31.81 p/m
36 months 8,000 miles p/a £885.51 p/m £37.33 p/m
48 months 8,000 miles p/a £772.96 p/m £59.60 p/m
* Prices shown based on 6 month initial payment.
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An excess mileage charge will apply if you exceed the contracted mileage. The exact charge will be confirmed on the official quotation prior to your acceptance to proceed

Selected Options
Optional Extras
Exterior Features
Audi exclusive paint £2,400.00
Carbon door mirror housings £650.00
Foldable tow bar £875.00
Metallic paint £575.00
Panoramic glass sunroof £1,150.00
RS sport exhaust system £1,000.00
Special solid paint £575.00
Packs
Driver assistance pack - RS Q3 £800.00
Storage pack - RS Q3 £210.00
Paintwork
Audi Exclusive - Custom £2,400.00
Metallic - Daytona grey £575.00
Metallic - Glacier white £575.00
Metallic - Mythos black £575.00
Metallic - Tango red £575.00
Solid - Nardo grey FOC
Special solid - Kyalami green £575.00
Special solid - Pulse orange £575.00
Special solid - Turbo blue £575.00
Safety
Brake calipers painted in red with RS logo at the front £325.00
Ceramic brakes including brake calipers painted in anthracite grey with Audi ceramic logo at the front £4,475.00
Tyre pressure monitoring system £250.00
Technical
Increased top speed to 174mph £1,600.00
RS sports suspension plus £995.00
Trim
Fine nappa leather - Black with Ara blue stitching + front sport seats FOC
Fine nappa leather - Black with Black stitching + front sport seats FOC
Fine nappa leather - Black with express red stitching + front sport seats FOC
Wheels
21" 5 V spoke polygon design diamond cut finish alloy wheels in titanium grey £995.00
* option prices shown are estimated