Myles Davies road tests the Audi RS Q3
I’ve been very lucky over the last year to have had the honor of driving some of the most luxurious cars currently available in the UK market. Sure, there are always a few that escape me (I’m currently wishing I’d gone on the DB9 test drive) but hey, these things happen! This month I visited our friends at Audi Ipswich; imagine my sheer joy at being handed the keys to one of Audi’s newest beasts (my youngest daughter calls it the family monster) – the Audi RS Q3.
This is not like any other SUV; it is the ultimate 4×4 school run machine. If you want a vehicle that will leave you with a permanent smile on your face, then this is the car for you. I’ve had the RS for five days now, and can quite honestly say it is a true driver’s car. There are not many of these on the road; you’ll see a lot of Q3s, yet as I’ve found myself saying these past few days: ‘but that’s no RS, is it?’.
With a gutsy 2.5 litre, five-cylinder turbo engine, the RS Q3 has plenty of power and boasts 0-60mph in a speedy 4.5 seconds. It claims 32.8mpg and Quattro, the innovative all-wheel-drive-system, which harnesses the power generated by the engine to produce optimised handling and provides an enhanced driving experience. The seven-speed S tronic, which transfers torques to the quattro drivetrain via a hydraulic multi-plate clutch, has also been refined for even faster gear changes. The Audi RS sports suspension lowers both axels and offers firmer turning for a more dynamic, closer-to-the-road driving experience.
On the exterior you’ll find 20 inch ‘5-twin-spoke-V’ alloy wheels, all-weather LED headlights with headlight cleaning system, power-operated tailgate, dark tinted and rearside privacy glass and heated windscreen washer jets. The Q3 is hot on safety, too. It boasts Anti-Slip Regulation, electronic stability control and tyre loss indicator.
When it comes to the interior, the RS is certainly not lacking. As standard it comes with leather heated seats (always a winner in winter), flat-bottomed RS Q3 3-spoke perforated leather-trimmed multi function steering wheel with contrast stitching and aluminium-look gear shift paddles, black piano finish inlays, dual-zone climate control, four-way lumbar support, and an extendable thigh support for those of us with a taller disposition. A 7 inch display screen comes as standard, as does DAB radio (we had the optional Bose 10-speaker sound system which offers super crisp sound for the open road), Audi Music Interface, Bluetooth connectivity, satellite navigation, voice control system and colour driver’s information system.
Stylish, refined and practical, the RS Q3 makes everyday driving more fun. The tech pack, comfort pack and other added extras make this not only a very fast and practical family car, but the ultimate in executive travel for the young at heart. Let’s face it, after you’ve dropped the kids off at Orwell Park, you’re going to want to hit the A14 and drive like you own the road.
To book your own test drive, call Tom Mayhew at Ipswich Audi on 01473 556319.