Audi Q3 earns good small overlap front rating, Top Safety Pick

August 3, 2015

The Audi Q3, a small SUV, earns the 2015 Top Safety Pick award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety for good crashworthiness ratings, including in the challenging small overlap front test.

The Q3's structure held up well in the small overlap test, with maximum intrusion of 4 inches at the lower door-hinge pillar. The driver dummy's movement was well-controlled. The dummy's head hit the front airbag and remained in place until rebound. The side curtain airbag deployed with sufficient coverage to protect the head from contact with side structure and outside objects. Measures taken from the dummy indicated a low risk of injuries in a crash of this severity.

The SUV also earns good ratings in the moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests.

The Q3 was introduced in 2015. IIHS tested the 2016 model, but the good ratings apply to the first model year as well.

To qualify for Top Safety Pick, a vehicle must earn a good or acceptable rating for small overlap protection and good ratings in the other four crashworthiness tests. Vehicles that also earn an advanced or superior rating for front crash prevention qualify for Top Safety Pick+. The Q3 doesn't have an available front crash prevention system.

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