Audi RS Q3 vs BMW 330d & Merc A45
Quick, fun, practical and four-wheel-drive? Audi's new RS Q3 isn't quite the niche-buster it might appear...
Posted: 16 Dec 2013
The Merc is more of a surprise. Yes, the lazy gearbox is an itch you can't quite scratch, and it annoys more than it should, but bung it into a corner and the shorter wheelbase and - relatively - light weight mean that the A45 actually gets quite frisky. The rear wheels come into play quite aggressively if you're being hard with the throttle and can punt the little car sideways in quite a satisfying manner. But you have to stay on top of the A45 and work hard. It's a bit like one of the quick Evos or Subarus used to be, except with a much better cabin... and less turbo lag. But after a slightly unconvincing start, it's very hard not to warm to the A45. On the road, in the wet, this would be a proper little supercar-baiter, and it sounds brilliant chewing up through the greens and browns of a Welsh hillside, popping and farting on upchanges. The more you drive it in varying conditions, the more you like it.