We lauded the Q3’s interior quality when it originally came out, and it has required few enhancements to appear worthy of this model’s much-inflated price.

Most notably, the cloth upholstery has been replaced by Nappa leather and the standard model’s circular steering wheel has given way to the flat-bottomed version common to all RS models.

Standard kit includes dual-zone climate, heated seats and Bluetooth connectivity

Similarly, the dials now come in a lighter-backed format, the paddles grow some much-needed size and the golf ball of a gearknob gets some pleasant dimples to go with its usual heft. There’s also a new engine starter button, which can be forgiven for eating up some of the centre stack cubbyhole space, given that it is connected to the car’s finest feature.

There are some other notable enhancements of the RS Q3 besides these, but they cannot be characterised without acknowledging Audi's niggardly insistence that, even in an extravagantly priced halo model, you pay extra for them.

As for the standard equipment on the RS Q3 there is a wealth of exterior details such as an aggressive body kit, chrome plated exhaust system, LED headlight, parking sensors, and electronic locking differential and stability control system as standard. While inside there is heated front sports seats, climate control and Audi's MMI infotainment system complete with a 6.5in infotainment system, Bluetooth, USB connectivity, DAB radio and sat nav.

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For those looking for a little more exclusivity, then the RS Q3 Performance may be more up your street, and adds bigger alloys, cruise control, interior LED lighting, leather and Alcantara upholstery and a titanium styling pack.

The RS’s other significant deficiency is an unavoidable carry-over. A compact crossover this may well be, but that knowledge will not help comfort the knees of taller occupants of the rear seats or, indeed, their brows, which will be closer to the swept roofline than anyone would want in a car with such sporting intent.

Smaller legs remain well catered for, though. The boot is acceptably commodious, at 460 litres, and comes with a load-through facility and reversible floor mat – if you’re prepared to cough up for them.

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