2018 Audi Q3 35 TDI Review
Car Tested: 2018 Audi Q3 35 TDI; Road Test No. 929
Price OTR Mumbai: Rs. 45.33 to 49.06 lakhs
This minor facelift for the Q3 brings slight changes to the exteriors & interiors
The Audi Q3 has been around since a lot of years now and while competition has moved ahead, this compact luxury SUV is still on sale and to keep the product line-up fresh, the Ingolstadt-based automaker has given the SUV a minor facelift which brings about small tweaks to the exteriors and interiors while the core of the vehicle remains similar.
Motor Quest: Based on the PQ35 platform, the Audi Q3 made its debut in Asia back in 2012. The diesel model was launched first and then, a year later came the petrol version. Audi currently stands third among the luxury car manufacturers in Asia in terms of volumes and the Q3 has a very pivotal role to play here.
Exteriors – The 2018 Audi Q3 remains vastly unchanged but there are some visual differentiators. To start off, there is a revised front bumper with a silver skid plate but the LED headlights with the LED DRLs continue to feature as before. The sides remain untouched and continue with the Y design 10-spoke alloy wheels while the rear profile is also identical to the previous model. The Audi Q3 looks a proper SUV thanks to its butch design and the all-around black cladding.
Interiors – The interior too remains largely unchanged and continues with the dual-tone black and beige upholstery with Aluminium Tangent inlays. While we have no complaints with regards to the quality of the materials used, the cabin itself feels dated. In terms of features, the baby Audi gets a panoramic sunroof, cruise control, MMI infotainment system with Bluetooth connectivity, electrically adjustable front seats, automatic climate control and rear AC vents. What is really surprising is the fact that we’re in 2018 and the Q3 still doesn’t get even a single standard USB port! Both the front and rear seats are comfortable and offer good support. Headroom is generous in the rear seat while the knee room is limited. Having said this, the cabin can accommodate 4 adults as the transmission hump at the rear seat will make the third passenger feel he/she is uninvited. The 460-litres boot is well-shaped and is class leading.