by: Randy Harvey [ ]
HISTORYThe Audi Q3 was introduced in 2011. It is the third and smallest car in Audi's Q series of SUVs. It has the higher ground clearance of a SUV and comes with four-wheel drive and three engine options all of which give it off-road driving capabilities. The Audi Q3 comes with LED lights front and rear and has the front-end components of an Audi A3 with the rear parts of a Volkswagen Tiguan. The Audi has different engine choices, all turbocharged 2.0 litre and a seven-speed, double-clutch S-tronic transmission or a six-speed manual transmission.
THE BOX AND PACKAGINGThe Herpa Audi Q3 comes packed in a clear plastic form fitting carrier which sits in a paperboard insert which is inserted a light plastic box that opens on both ends.
THE CARHerpa’s Audi Q3 comes fully assembled and painted. I found no flaws in the molding or assembly. The exterior is smooth and shiny and features fine recessed lines for doors and hoods and panels. Its chassis has basic molded detailed, the tires have no tread detail, and the windshield, and all other glass is free of distortion and scratches.
Individual clear lenses simulate the headlights and red tinted clear lenses are used for tail lights. The wheels have black plastic tires and chrome/silver rims. There are dual chromed exhaust pipes extending from under left side of the rear bumper. There are two side view mirrors and a rear view mirror. None of the mirrors have a silver color to them to simulate reflective glass. The interior looks nice and features bucket seats, steering wheel, console, stick shift, emergency brake handle and nice dashboard detailing. The windshield wipers are part of the black molding at the base of the windshield.
FINISHThe model body is painted in a thin smooth glossy finish of gletscherweiß metallic / glacier white metallic. The molding, the interior and the underside are black in color. Herpa also offers the Audi Q3 in schwarz / black. Audi’s logo is chromed upon the detailed black grille. There are no decals in place on this car as Herpa does not use decals.
CONCLUSIONThis Audi Q3 is a nicely done model with fine plastic detail and great finishing. It has clear lenses for headlights and brake lights and detailed tires. The underside is modestly detailed. All the same this model should please modern model railroaders, railroad diorama builders, and scale car collectors. I would have no hesitation recommending this model to others.
Thanks to HERPA Miniaturmodelle GmbH for the review sample. Be sure to mention that you heard about it here when ordering.