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
Still, maybe the RS Q3 will show up better if we throw some really slippery stuff at it. In fact, even in the streaming wet, all three of these cars are approaching illegality before you can really appreciate the subtleties of their state-of-the-art powertrains. In the absence of snow, we handily end up at the mouth of the Sweet Lamb Rally Complex. Funny that. Now, committed rallyists will know the Sweet Lamb name from a plethora of rallies. It nestles along and inside a fold of gorgeous Welsh valley near Llangurig in Powys. It's not an off-road type of place, but a testing facility for rally cars, so we're not talking about three feet of mud and axle-twisters, but slippery road sections and tracks. Somewhere to highlight the benefits of four-wheel drive without posing any danger to undercarriages. Saying that, several of the faster sections of Sweet Lamb feature views over unfenced and otherwise unbounded 150ft drops. Which pose quite a danger to pretty much everything.