Parkers overall rating: 3.5 out of 5 3.5

The interior of the RS Q3 closely matches the regular Q3 in terms of its layout. The pop-up screen on top of the dash displays media and navigation information as well as the parameters for the Audi Drive Select system.

Some of the plastics perhaps don’t exactly marry up with the premium nature of the car, though. The overall feeling is one of quality, but some of the dark plastics around the stereo and lower dash may get easily scratched.

There’s a smattering of carbon fibre in the cabin to add to the sporty feel, while the flat-bottomed sports steering wheel is a pleasure to hold.

Polished silver highlights around the cabin round off the upmarket impression, while the bespoke RS instrument cluster shows you all of the information you need. Including how much faster you’re going than you should be.

Although it’s very much a performance-orientated car, Audi RS Q3 comfort levels aren’t as bad as you may think. Since it rides quite high the ride quality isn’t as hard as in other fast Audis, and that is a very good thing indeed.

Road noise, however, is quite loud – especially on the motorway. It’s only drowned out when you mash the throttle into the floor, at which point the engine takes over and you start grinning again.

The seats are excellent. They’re supportive yet comfortable and really take the stress out of long-distance driving.

Be sure to keep the RS Q3 in Comfort mode on the Audi Drive Select system to keep the steering light and hence not as tiring if you’re travelling lots of miles.