THE FACTS: AUDI RS Q3
IT IS: First of the Q series of all-roaders to get the ultra high performance RS treatment, with bags of power and a lowered sports suspension, brakes, etc.
PRICE AND PACE: A feisty £43,000 with 0-62mph in 5.5 seconds through a lovely 7-speed automatic gearbox. Manual gears are not offered on the RS.
ECONOMY: Overall, an official 32mpg - unusually achieved on the test, too.
POWER: A 2.5 litre turbo engine delivers 306 brake horse power and 309 lb ft of torque.
NEXT: Audi has announced that the A1 hatch will get the SUV treatment, as the Q1, on sale in 2016.