The RS Q3's CO2 emissions of 206g/km do entail some fairly hefty road tax bills, but given the performance on tap and the application of four-wheel drive, the tax burden is bearable.

The overall fuel economy figure we returned – of 26.7mpg – was on the poor side of average, but by no more than we would expect.

Matt Saunders Autocar

Matt Saunders

Road test editor
I can't say I liked the ageing old-A3-related switchgear on the Q3. On a £40k Q3, you wonder if the whole fascia wouldn't be a disappointment

It’s tough to find true residual value comparators to the RS Q3, but performance SUVs will remain a limited used niche whose values will be helped by supply being short.

Most petrol SUVs tend to have forecasted residuals some 15 per cent lower than the RS Q3s, making it a match – in terms of value retained – for rival diesels.

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