If it’s hard to make a compact SUV look elegant when you have a grille the size of Audi’s to graft on to its nose.
It’s harder still to make one look aggressive without veering into caricature. The RS Q3 treads a pretty fine line, but most commentators we showed it to reckoned the balance was about right: sporty but without comedy bulges.
What’s of more interest to us, though, and we suspect you, too, is what lies beneath the RS Q3’s amplified haunches. We’re delighted to see the TT RS’s 2.5-litre five-pot given another outing.
The Volkswagen Group’s compact platforms don’t allow for the fitment of Audi’s more traditional RS multi-cylinder units, but if Audi thinks an overblown four-pot won’t quite do for a car with an RS badge, we’re only too happy to agree.
Here, it has 335bhp and 331lb ft of torque. If you know that bhp and lb ft are always equal at 5250rpm, you’ll realise that those figures should make it a broadly muscular powerplant. Powerful it may of been but the 375bhp GLA 45 has upped the game further, not to be outdone Audi Sport responded with the RS Q3 Performance which upped its power to 362bhp.