Audi RS Q3 Is Weak-Sauce, and Europe Can Keep It
That's right, I said it. The Audi RS Q3 is a compact performance hatchback, but in all the wrong ways. It is an amalgam of everything that is not right with how cars are marketed to the buying public. When a vehicle tries to be too many things to too many people, it fails at all of them. This is one of those cases, and the Europeans can keep this thing. Sure, it has the same 2.5-liter turbocharged inline-5 from the TT RS and RS3 Sportback. Sure, it makes 310 horsepower and 309 pound feet of torque, sent to Quattro all-wheel drive through an S tronic transmission. But it weights nearly 4,000 pounds, sits higher off the road than the RS3, and while I should feel good about everything with an "RS" affixed to it, I have no desire to be in a room with the RS Q3.
Compact crossovers are only good at being compact crossovers. The Subaru XV Crosstrek knows what it is, and does not try to be anything more. Audi should take heed of that lesson and stop the bastardization of the RS emblem right now. For all its problems, BMW knows how to stick to its roots. Well, not always, but sometimes.