Is the Audi RS Q3 the Best Baby SUV?

Audi | RS Q3 Review

Written byMalcolm Flynn | Carsguide

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MyDrive | Audi Australia – Typically, Audi will tantalise us with an S-badged performance model before unleashing its full fury with a full-blown RS version. Not so with the Q3 small SUV, with the German brand skipping the usual ‘S’ athletic pleasantries, and shoulder charging straight to the red-hot RS Q3.

Packing the wailing five-cylinder turbocharged heart of the TT RS sports coupe, the RS Q3 carries the honour of being the first SUV to wear an RS badge, and it’s also the cheapest RS model to date at $81,900.

However, RS models are traditionally known for their ability to tackle bends just as much their straight-line mettle. With the extra ride height and taller body of an SUV, can the baby RS still manage both?

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The RS Q3 comes luxuriously equipped straight out of the box, with Nappa leather clad electric front seats, dual-zone climate control, satnav with Audi’s MMI interface, 10 speaker audio with amplifier and subwoofer, Audi parking plus with reversing camera, Xenon Plus headlights with LED daytime running lights and LED taillights.

Our example came optioned with metallic paint ($1,150), heated front seats ($780), and a panoramic glass sunroof ($3,250) to bring its total price before on-roads to $87,080.

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