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
But the BMW is the kind of safe bet you see on lots of other people's driveways, and the only way that you can tell it's the four-wheel-drive variant is a discreet ‘xDrive' badge on the boot. It's also a diesel, so the mid-fifties miles per gallon comes at the expense of any real aural accompaniment, unless a muted, rough-throated thrum is your thing. So what about something a bit more obviously fun? Well, the Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG fits the bill almost to a tee: about 38 grand (though you can option these through the roof - the one we have here hovers around the £50k mark), five seats, a hatchback boot, drive to all four wheels. It also comes with the world's most powerful production 2.0-litre, four-cylinder engine, and nobody can argue with 355bhp from 1,991cc, even if it does require a hefty turbo. Quick too, posting a 0-62mph time of just 4.6 seconds, making lots of delicious Group B-ish noises as it does so. And it has launch control. Which is always cool.