All-new 2020 Audi Q3 Sportback is nothing more than a regular Q3 with a “sportier back”. The second-gen Q3 was already a surprisingly capable car and was significantly better than its predecessor. So the idea of giving it the same engine as a TT RS was tantalizing to say the least. Then we learned that the RS Q3 would be getting a better looking sibling, a car with the same great performance but with a cooler look is the Audi RS Q3 Sportback.
Both Q3s share the same familiar five-pot turbo engine as the first-generation car, as well as the current TT RS, though the addition of a petrol particulate filter means it doesn’t pop and bang quite as vigorously as it once did. Liberal use of aluminium has reduced weight by 26kg, and power has been tuned to 394bhp. Despite a 15kg weight penalty, the Q3 matches the Sportback to the same 155mph restricted top speed – a limit that can be optionally removed for an Autobahn-blasting 174mph. Quattro permanent all-wheel drive and a seven-speed automatic gearbox deliver 0-62mph in a hyper hatch-baiting 4.5 seconds.
The Sportback also features the same interior design, onboard tech and driving characteristics of the regular Q3. Still, it’s a fun car to drive and one that is seriously fast and looks great. Sure, its ride is stiff and it’s a bit pricey but if you’re looking for a go-fast SUV with stylish looks, the Audi RS Q3 Sportback seems tough to beat.
Prices start from £52,450($68,920) or £53,600 ($70,414) for the RS Q3 ‘Sportback’ and its 45mm lower roof-line. Audi expects the Sportback to be more popular than the regular RS Q3 (sales will be 60 per cent Sportback, 40 per cent standard, says Audi), despite the additional cost and compromised interior.