Over the past two decades, many special Audi have left the production line in Győr, including the sporty versions of the TT and A3, which have been fitted with a five-cylinder, a local specialty. Fortunately, this engine did not fall victim to environmental regulations and was even incorporated into a new model, the top version of the Cupra Formentor. The conventionally designed 2.5-liter turbocharged engine, with its 400 horsepower and 480 Nm of torque, is average in this segment, plus that one cylinder provides unique characteristics that cannot be quantified. Compared to the four-cylinder, its performance and the operating culture from the special ignition sequence (1-2-4-5-3) make it unique, not to mention its distinctive organ, which is also very important in a sports variant.
The Q3 Sportback is a gem among SUVs, after similar BMWs and Mercedes, for the first time the Germans managed to implement a coupled sloping roofline so that this pull would make the overall look friendlier and not at the expense of usability. In terms of appearance, the Sportback designs offer a harmonious and natural look, and the Q3 also has a classic hatchback design. Its boot is unchanged, 530 liters, the 5 cm lower roof does not significantly affect the size of the rear headroom either. The difference is significant if we fold down the rear seats to transport larger objects, in which case we can only manage 1,400 liters and a less regular-shaped cargo space instead of 1525. Anyone who looks at the RS will get a more dynamic car with the HUF 500,000 more expensive Sportback model, which has better design elements of the top design, bumpers designed with a good sense of proportion, lacquer black grille, gray decor inserts, rear spoiler, imitating the diffuser insert with exhaust ends and 21-inch alloy wheels on the test car instead of 20, followed by red calipers for 375 mm front and 315 mm rear discs. The surcharge also looks good with Glacier-white metallic paint, but you can also request Turbo-blue, Kyalami-green, Pulse orange, and you can even mix a custom color for a surcharge of HUF 977,900.
While the Q3 alone offers the same overwhelming look as its larger siblings, it’s precisely its compact size that makes it likable. Boarding is facilitated by the fact that despite the 10mm seating, the seats are relatively high, so you don’t have to lower or climb, but those who get in backwards should already lower their heads because of the sloping roof. It is well-located inside and out, and is ideal for adults of average size. Similarly, the ergonomics hit, we don’t feel squeezed in the extra RS seat, we can sit comfortably behind the wheel. Fans may notice that a sports steering wheel with a flattened bottom would help, but in the configurator we can replace it with a round one for free, I would definitely choose that. The technocratic nature of the state-of-the-art interior layout is made closer to people by solutions such as the Alcantara dashboard insert or ventilation, which is already rare at Audi. Near the sophisticated and functional panel, the 7-speed S tronic shift lever does not act as an electronic switch either, but must be moved behind the scenes in the usual way.
Inside the tossed red stitching, it’s hard to stop slipping our hands right onto the start button. Despite the growling engine starting, we first see the cultured behavior of the traditional Audik from the RS, in the Comfort position it might not even seem like we’re driving a 400-horsepower SUV. On a smooth casing, even the otherwise tight suspension seems acceptable, which is advantageous, but rather disappointing, that in this configuration it reacts so lifelessly when the accelerator pedal is depressed that we could have chosen with even the smallest engine, the 35 TFSI. The bottleneck is the shift, because if you pull it to the S, i.e. sport position, it becomes much more lively. This does increase the speed, but it’s worth it because we can also lure the sound of the five-cylinder. You can choose between Sport and two RS settings, which can be customized and recalled from the steering wheel.
Rolling it all up, a cozy, rally-style tachometer appears, here it becomes suspicious that the RS Q3 has so far only anesthetized the little devil sitting on our shoulders. When we step on the gas, the transmission takes a deep breath, shifts back carefully, and like a wounded wild, the car begins to gallop with elemental force, after all, from a position in 4.5 seconds, it reaches a speed of 100 km / h! There is no need for the artificial sound to be heard in the meantime, fortunately it can be muted, just as it turns out that by taking control, that is, using the shift tabs, it turns out that the double-clutch transmission did not forget to switch quickly and unnoticed. Unfortunately, despite the traction (Haldex system) quattro all-wheel drive and sports suspension, the extra weight of 185 kilos and high construction compared to the already mentioned 1.5 base model makes its impact felt. Precise and responsive, yet neutral-feeling steering with well-dispensed, strong brakes makes it feel good in the RS Q3, but it can’t replace the alignment between the engine and transmission, nor can it cheat on the physics. With Győr’s latest pride, relaxing travel is better than going on track days, which of course doesn’t mean that you don’t have a raison d’être as a top model with a small number of pieces!
I LIKED IT
• style, elaboration
• character engine
• production quality
I DID NOT LIKE
• double clutch transmission electronics
A more sporty RS model has been made in Győr, but the Q3 Sportback is a sophisticated SUV designed and built to a brand-worthy standard that respects Audi’s traditions and the needs of its customers. As an alternative to the limited-use RS model, the 190-horsepower 40 TFSI or TDI quattro is also a good choice.
Audi RS Q3 Sportback
Total stroke volume: 2480 cm3
Cylinders / valves: S5 / 20 turbo
Max. Power: 294 kW (400 hp) 5850-7000 / min
Max. Torque: 480 Nm 1950-5850 / min
Hossz./szél./mag.: 4507/1843/1567 mm
Wheelbase: 2680 mm
Track front / rear: 1584/1576 mm
Turning circle: 11.8 m
Net weight / load capacity: 1790/460 kg
Luggage space: 530-1400 l
Fuel tank: 60 l
It’s fast. 0-100 km / h: 4.5 s
Maximum speed: 250 km / h
Average consumption (WLTP): 9.8 l / 100 km
Test consumption: 12.0 l / 100 km
CO2 emissions (WLTP): 222 g / km
Base price of the model: 11,212,740 HUF (Q3 Sportback 35 TFSI, 150 HP)
The price of the tested version: HUF 21,434,630
Source: Autó-Motor by www.automotor.hu.
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