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AUDI RS Q3 SPORTBACK

RS Q3 TFSI Quattro 5dr S Tronic

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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.

Key Information

Transmission Type
Transmission TypeAutomatic
Fuel Type
Fuel TypePetrol
Emissions
Emissions219.00g/km
Top Speed
Top Speed155mph

Full Details

Standard Equipment

Driver Convenience

  • Audi connect safety and service (e-call)
  • Audi drive select
  • 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
  • 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

Entertainment

  • 1 x USB type C and 1 USB type A charging points
  • Audi sound system
  • DAB digital radio module

Exterior Features

  • Acoustic windscreen
  • Aluminium window trim
  • Audi Beam
  • 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

Interior Features

  • 4 way electric lumbar support
  • 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 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

  • Ambient lighting pack - RS Q3
  • Non smoking pack - RS Q3

Safety

  • 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

Security

  • Advanced key
  • Anti theft alarm
  • Anti theft wheel bolts
  • Audi pre-sense front with pedestrain and cyclist recognition

Technical

  • Quattro all wheel drive

Trim

  • Aluminium look interior elements
  • Inlays in aluminium race anthracite
  • MMI touch colour display in glass look, black with surround in aluminium look

Wheels

  • Tyre repair kit

Technical Data

Emissions - ICE

  • CO2 (g/km)
    202
  • HC+NOx
    Not Available
  • Particles
    Not Available
  • Standard Euro Emissions
    EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb
    219
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max
    228
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min
    219

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
    9.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max
    10.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min
    9.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb
    29.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max
    28
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min
    29.4

General

  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying
    No
  • Badge Engine CC
    2.5
  • Badge Power
    400
  • Based On ID
    Not Available
  • Coin Description
    TFSI Quattro
  • Coin Series
    Not Available
  • Generation Mark
    2
  • 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
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage
    60000
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years
    3
  • 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
  • RDE Certification Level
    RDE 2

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
    Not Available
  • Height (including roof rails)
    1557
  • Length
    4507
  • Wheelbase
    2681
  • Width
    Not Available
  • Width (including mirrors)
    2024

Weight and Capacities

  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
    60
  • 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
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Customer Reviews

   
Sean Annells

Sean Annells

"First class service from start to finish. Great communication and very competitive on pricing. Always wanted to help and nothing was to much trouble. Tom always replied to my emails as soon as he could and always went the extra mile to answer my questions. Would definitely recommend Silverstone Fleet to anyone."

"a week ago"

Alun Davies

Alun Davies

"When I started looking to get a new (personal) lease car I contacted a number of leasing companies. Silverstone were by far the most responsive and helpful. They were able to order exactly the model of car I wanted at an excellent price. Every aspect of their service from setting up the lease contract to overseeing the delivery of the car was exemplary. They were attentive and responsive but never 'pushy'. Thouroughly recommended. A big thank you to all the Silverstone team, especially Holly who dealt with all my enquiries quickly and efficiently."

"2 months ago"

Dan Jones

Dan Jones

"Superb service. After having been really let down by another leasing company, Silverstone saved the day. Really professional, quick and pleasant staff. Clear communication and quality service from start to finish. I was so pleased with the service I leased another car from them! Thanks especially to Aby, who was a superstar. I leased a Tesla Model 3 (and now a Fiat 500 too!)"

"3 months ago"

Susan Frampton

Susan Frampton

"I cannot fault the service received from Silverstone Fleet Management, for Start to finish it was seamless. I was regularly kept in the loop with information and what was required from myself to proceed. Holly Palmer who is one of the SFM Sales Support Executive was very prompt in responding to my emails and sending me anything that I needed to complete for the process and acknowledging anything that I returned. Tom Bailey who is one of the SFM Account Managers was very prompt at sending me the original quotes and adapting them to suit my needs and alongside Holly keeping me informed at every point during the start to end process. The whole process took at the most 3 weeks from quoting, ordering to the delivery/collection. although I appreciate this was a stock vehicle and not ordered purposely for my requirements. I had to go and collect the vehicle in the end as there were no available drivers to deliver for the date that I needed the vehicle, but this was not a fault of SFM, who tried their best to get the vehicle to me for the requested date, but had I not needed the vehicle to go on holiday then I would only have had to wait a couple more days for delivery. I would totally recommend SFM to my family and friends and hopefully I will be able to put people/business their way. When my lease is up I would not hesitate to use SFM again and hopefully this review will persuade others to take a leap of faith in SFM as they really do deliver the fantastic service that they advertise"

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Madeline Biggs

Madeline Biggs

"Received my car this week and I cannot recommend this company enough!! They helped me find my perfect car and then helped every step of the way till it's delivery. Even after that they checked to see if I was happy. They went above and beyond and I have already been recommending them to my family and friends. Thanks to all the the team at Silverstone Fleet Management - car leasing in Northampton"

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