Passenger & boot space
How it copes with people and clutter
There’s plenty of space up front in either version of the RS Q3. There’s generous head room and the seats slide back far enough that even those with particularly long legs can get comfortable. The interior is also wide enough that you won’t be rubbing shoulders with your front passengers, but the armrest is a tad narrow, so there might be some elbow bashing if both front occupants try to share it.
In the rear, things are less positive in the Sportback version we tried. Its sloping roofline means that, if you’re approaching six feet tall, your head will be brushing the roof lining – and that’s without the optional panoramic sunroof fitted. In this regard, the non-Sportback RS Q3 is significantly better, if still not class-leading. There is a good amount of rear leg room, but larger (albeit slower) rivals like the BMW X3 M40i are a better bet if you regularly carry adults in the back.
A nifty feature that the RS Q3 has, but the X3 M40i and Porsche Macan don’t, are sliding and reclining rear seats. As well as helping your passengers to kick back and relax, these allow you to prioritise between rear legroom or extra boot space. Speaking of which, the Sportback’s rakish roof line means it won’t accommodate as much luggage as a regular RS Q3, and naturally larger rivals like the X3 are more spacious still. If you need more, folding the 40/20/40 split seatbacks down creates a relatively large, flat load area.