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2016 Audi Q3

Small SUV
Crashworthiness
  • Small overlap front
  • Driver-side
    G
  • Passenger-side
  • Moderate overlap front
    G
  • Side
    G
  • Roof strength
    G
  • Head restraints & seats
    G

Crash avoidance & Mitigation
Front crash prevention
Crash avoidance rating
Not available

Headlights
P

Child Seat Anchors (LATCH)
ease of use
A

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Model year Small overlap front Moderate overlap front Side Roof strength Head restraints & seats Front crash prevention Headlights LATCH ease of use
Driver Passenger
2018
G
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Not available
P
A
2017
G
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Not available
P
A
2016
G
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Not available
P
A
2015
G
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Not available

Applies to 2015-18 models

Overall evaluation
G
Structure and safety cage
G
Injury measures
Head/neck
G
Chest
G
Hip/thigh
G
Lower leg/foot
G
Restraints and dummy kinematics
G
Important: Frontal crash test ratings should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

The Audi Q3 was introduced in the 2015 model year.

Structure

The driver space was maintained well, with maximum intrusion of the lower interior of 10 cm at the lower hinge pillar. Upper interior intrusion measured 7-8 cm at the upper hinge pillar and instrument panel.

Injury measures

Measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity.

Restraints and dummy kinematics

The dummy’s movement was well controlled. The dummy’s head loaded the frontal airbag, which stayed in front of the dummy until rebound. The side curtain airbag deployed and has sufficient forward coverage to protect the head from contact with side structure and outside objects.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle 2016 Audi Q3 2.0T Premium Plus 4-door 4wd
Weight 3,661 lbs.
Side airbags front and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase 103 in.
Length 173 in.
Width 72 in.
Engine 2.0 L turbocharged 4-cylinder
EPA ratings 20 mpg city / 28 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CEN1519
Lower occupant compartment
Lower hinge pillar max (cm) 10
Footrest (cm) 3
Left toepan (cm) 2
Brake pedal (cm) 2
Parking brake (cm)
Rocker panel lateral average (cm) 4
Upper occupant compartment
Steering column 1
Upper hinge pillar max (cm) 7
Upper dash (cm) 7
Lower instrument panel (cm) 8

Driver injury measures

Test ID CEN1519
Head
HIC-15 120
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.3
Extension bending moment (Nm) 17
Maximum Nij 0.23
Chest maximum compression (mm) 19
Femur (kN)
Left 2.2
Right 0.1
Knee displacement (mm)
Left 1
Right 0
Knee-thigh-hip injury risk (%)
Left 0
Right 0
Maximum tibia index
Left 0.31
Right 0.48
Tibia axial force (kN)
Left 1.0
Right 0.0
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 33
Right 42

Applies to 2015-18 models

Overall evaluation
G
Structure and safety cage
G
Injury measures
Head/neck
G
Chest
G
Leg/foot, left
G
Leg/foot, right
G
Restraints and dummy kinematics
G
Important: Frontal crash test ratings should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

The Audi Q3 was introduced in the 2015 model year.

Injury measures

Measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity.

Restraints and dummy kinematics

Dummy movement was well controlled. The driver side curtain airbag deployed during the crash. After the dummy moved forward into the frontal airbag, its head contacted the side curtain airbag.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle 2016 Audi Q3 2.0T Premium Plus 4-door 4wd
Weight 3,662 lbs.
Side airbags front and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase 103 in.
Length 173 in.
Width 72 in.
Engine 2.0 L turbocharged 4-cylinder
EPA ratings 20 mpg city / 28 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occcupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CEF1501
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm) 1
Left (cm) 1
Center (cm) 1
Right (cm) 1
Brake pedal (cm) 3
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm) 1
Right (cm) -1
Steering column movement
Upward (cm) -1
Rearward (cm) -8
A-pillar rearward movement (cm) 0

Driver injury measures

Test ID CEF1501
Head
HIC-15 217
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.2
Extension bending moment (Nm) 9
Maximum Nij 0.20
Chest maximum compression (mm) 29
Legs
Femur force - left (kN) 0.2
Femur force - right (kN) 0.2
Knee displacement - left (mm) 1
Knee displacement - right (mm) 1
Maximum tibia index - left 0.27
Maximum tibia index - right 0.26
Tibia axial force - left (kN) 1.2
Tibia axial force - right (kN) 1.4
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 49
Right 76

Applies to 2015-18 models

Overall evaluation
G
Structure and safety cage
G
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
G
Torso
G
Pelvis/leg
G
Head protection
G
Rear passenger injury measures
Head/neck
G
Torso
G
Pelvis/leg
G
Head protection
G
Side crash test ratings can be compared across vehicle categories.

The Audi Q3 was introduced in the 2015 model year.

Injury measures

Driver — Measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity.

Passenger — Measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity.

Head protection

Driver — The dummy’s head was protected from being hit by any hard structures, including the intruding barrier, by a side curtain airbag that deployed from the roof and a side airbag that deployed from the seat.

Passenger — The dummy’s head was protected from being hit by any hard structures, including the intruding barrier, by a side curtain airbag that deployed from the roof.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle 2016 Audi Q3 2.0T Premium Plus 4-door 4wd
Weight 3,666 lbs.
Side airbags standard front and rear head curtain airbags and standard front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase 103 in.
Length 173 in.
Width 72 in.
Engine 2.0 L turbocharged 4-cylinder
EPA ratings 20 mpg city / 28 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CES1503
B-pillar to longitudinal centerline of driver's seat (cm)
Negative numbers indicate the amount by which the crush stopped short of the seat centerline.
-14.0

Driver injury measures

Test ID CES1503
Head HIC-15 163
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.3
Compression (kN) 0.2
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 37
Lateral force (kN) 1.4
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 32
Average deflection (mm) 29
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 3.12
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.46
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 3.3
Acetabulum force (kN) 0.9
Combined force (kN) 4.1
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 0.2
L-M moment (Nm) 62
A-P moment (Nm) -13

Passenger injury measures

Test ID CES1503
Head HIC-15 262
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.3
Compression (kN) 0.5
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 38
Lateral force (kN) 1.5
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 32
Average deflection (mm) 21
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 3.62
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.36
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 0.1
Acetabulum force (kN) 2.5
Combined force (kN) 2.6
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 0.5
L-M moment (Nm) 59
A-P moment (Nm) -37

Applies to 2015-18 models

Overall evaluation
G
Curb weight 3,670 lbs
Peak force 15,147 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio 4.13
Tested vehicle
2016 Audi Q3 2.0T Premium Plus 4-door 4wd
Roof strength test ratings can be compared across vehicle categories.

In the test, the strength of the roof is determined by pushing a metal plate against one side of it at a slow but constant speed. The force applied relative to the vehicle's weight is known as the strength-to-weight ratio. This graph shows how the ratio varied as the test of this vehicle progressed. The peak strength-to-weight ratio recorded at any time before the roof is crushed 5 inches is the key measurement of roof strength.

A good rating requires a strength-to-weight ratio of at least 4. In other words, the roof must withstand a force of at least 4 times the vehicle's weight before the plate crushes the roof by 5 inches. For an acceptable rating, the minimum required strength-to-weight ratio is 3.25. For a marginal rating, it is 2.5. Anything lower than that is poor.

How this test is conducted

Applies to 2015-18 models

Overall evaluation
G
Dynamic rating
G
Seat/head restraint geometry
G
Important: Ratings for head restraints & seats should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

Seat type

Power leather seat

How this test is conducted

Seat type Power leather seat
Geometry
Backset (mm) 31
Distance below top of head (mm) 18
Seat design parameters
Pass/fail Pass
Max T1 acceleration (g) 13.7
Head contact time (ms) 62
Force rating 1
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N) 0
Max neck tension (N) 351

Applies to 2015-18 models

Overall evaluation

Crash avoidance rating
Not available
0 points total

Forward collision warning

Not available.
0 points

Low-speed autobrake

Not available.
0 points

High-speed autobrake

Not available.
0 points

How this rating is determined

Ratings are given for 2 different headlight variations available for this vehicle.
Trim level(s)
  • Prestige trim
Low-beam headlight type LED projector
High-beam headlight type LED reflector
Curve-adaptive? No
Automatically switches between low beams and high beams (high-beam assist)? No
Overall rating
P
Distance at which headlights provide at least 5 lux illumination:
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Low beams

On the straightaway, visibility was fair on the right side of the road and inadequate on the left side. On curves, visibility was fair on the sharp right curve and inadequate on the gradual right and both left curves.

The low beams never exceeded glare limits.

High beams

On the straightaway, visibility was good on the right side of the road and inadequate on the left side. On curves, visibility was fair on both right curves and inadequate on both left curves.

How this test is conducted

Trim level(s)
  • Premium Plus trim
Low-beam headlight type HID projector
High-beam headlight type HID projector
Curve-adaptive? No
Automatically switches between low beams and high beams (high-beam assist)? No
Overall rating
P
Distance at which headlights provide at least 5 lux illumination:
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Low beams

On the straightaway, visibility was fair on the right side of the road and inadequate on the left side. On curves, visibility was inadequate in all 4 tests.

The low beams never exceeded glare limits.

High beams

On the straightaway, visibility was fair on the left side of the road and inadequate on the right side. On curves, visibility was inadequate in all 4 tests.

How this test is conducted

Trim level(s)
  • Prestige trim
Low-beam headlight type LED projector
High-beam headlight type LED reflector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? No
Overall rating
Applies to 2016-18 models
P
LOW BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Amount glare
exceeded threshold
Straightaway right edge 92.2 m None
Straightaway left edge 39.6 m None
250m radius right curve, right edge 52.0 m None
250m radius left curve, left edge 40.4 m None
150m radius right curve, right edge 47.7 m None
150m radius left curve, left edge 37.9 m None
HIGH BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Straightaway right edge 167.8 m
Straightaway left edge 66.3 m
250m radius right curve, right edge 70.3 m
250m radius left curve, left edge 47.6 m
150m radius right curve, right edge 56.8 m
150m radius left curve, left edge 41.4 m

Trim level(s)
  • Premium Plus trim
Low-beam headlight type HID projector
High-beam headlight type HID projector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? No
Overall rating
Applies to 2016-18 models
P
LOW BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Amount glare
exceeded threshold
Straightaway right edge 86.1 m None
Straightaway left edge 41.6 m None
250m radius right curve, right edge 50.1 m None
250m radius left curve, right edge 41.9 m None
150m radius right curve, right edge 41.4 m None
150m radius left curve, left edge 40.5 m None
HIGH BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Straightaway right edge 118.9 m
Straightaway left edge 130.5 m
250m radius right curve, right edge 50.3 m
250m radius left curve, left edge 58.1 m
150m radius right curve, right edge 41.2 m
150m radius left curve, left edge 45.9 m

Applies to 2016-18 models

How this rating is determined

Overall evaluation

A
Vehicle trim 2.0T Premium Plus
Seat type leather

This vehicle has 2 rear seating positions with complete child seat attachment (LATCH) hardware.

It has 1 additional seating position with a tether anchor only.

1 2 3


Good
Acceptable
Marginal
Poor
Seating positions that rely on borrowed lower anchors or have only a tether anchor available are not rated.
Tether anchor
Lower anchors
Lower anchor(s) can be borrowed from adjacent positions(s)
No hardware available

Details by seating position

1
Tether anchor
easy-to-find location
other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
not too deep in seat
not too much force needed to attach
easy to maneuver around anchors
2
Tether anchor
easy-to-find location
other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
none available
3
Tether anchor
easy-to-find location
other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
not too deep in seat
not too much force needed to attach
easy to maneuver around anchors

Seat position 21

3
Lower anchor A
Open access rated Yes
Depth Visible
Force (lbs) 0
Clearance angle (degrees) 64
Lower anchor B
Open access rated Yes
Depth Visible
Force (lbs) 3
Clearance angle (degrees) 66
Tether anchor
Location Middle seatback
Confusing hardware present Yes
Has contrasting label
within 3 inches of tether anchor
No

Seat position 22

2
Lower anchor A
No lower latch for this seat position
Lower anchor B
No lower latch for this seat position
Tether anchor
Location Middle seatback
Confusing hardware present Yes
Has contrasting label
within 3 inches of tether anchor
No

Seat position 23

1
Lower anchor A
Open access rated Yes
Depth Visible
Force (lbs) 1
Clearance angle (degrees) 58
Lower anchor B
Open access rated Yes
Depth Visible
Force (lbs) 0
Clearance angle (degrees) 57
Tether anchor
Location Middle seatback
Confusing hardware present Yes
Has contrasting label
within 3 inches of tether anchor
No
1
Side airbags: front and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags
2
Rollover sensor: designed to deploy the side curtain airbags in the event of an impending rollover
3
Electronic stability control
4
Antilock brakes
5
Progammable daytime running lights

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