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2020 Audi Q3

small SUV / 4-door SUV

Award applies only to vehicles with specific headlights

2020 Audi Q3 4-door SUV
2019 Audi Q3 shown

Crashworthiness

Rating overview
Small overlap front: driver-side
Small overlap front: passenger-side
Moderate overlap front
Side
Roof strength
Head restraints & seats

Crash avoidance & mitigation

Headlights (varies by trim/ option)
Front crash prevention: vehicle-to-vehicle
Standard system
Superior

Child seat anchors

LATCH ease of use
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Key

  • G
    Good
  • A
    Acceptable
  • M
    Marginal
  • P
    Poor
  • Superior
  • Advanced
  • Basic

Some ratings use a scale of Poor to Good. Others range from Basic to Superior.

Small overlap front: driver-side

Rating applies to 2019-20 models

Tested vehicle: 2019 Audi Q3 2.0T Premium Plus quattro 4-door 4wd

The Audi Q3 was redesigned for the 2019 model year. Driver-side small overlap frontal ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by Volkswagen/Audi as part of frontal crash test verification.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Hip/thigh
Lower leg/foot
Driver restraints and dummy kinematics
Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID VTN1912
Lower occupant compartment
Lower hinge pillar max (cm) 10
Footrest (cm) 7
Left toepan (cm) 4
Brake pedal (cm) 4
Parking brake (cm)
Rocker panel lateral average (cm) 1
Upper occupant compartment
Steering column 3
Upper hinge pillar max (cm) 6
Upper dash (cm) 6
Lower instrument panel (cm) 7

Driver injury measures

Test ID VTN1912
Head
HIC-15 173
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.1
Extension bending moment (Nm) 17
Maximum Nij 0.21
Chest maximum compression (mm) 28
Femur (kN)
Left 1.5
Right 0.9
Knee displacement (mm)
Left 1
Right 1
Knee-thigh-hip injury risk (%)
Left 0
Right 0
Maximum tibia index
Left 0.37
Right 0.67
Tibia axial force (kN)
Left 2.1
Right 2.3
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 69
Right 52

How the driver-side small overlap front test is conducted

Small overlap front: passenger-side

Tested vehicle: 2019 Audi Q3 2.0T Premium Plus quattro 4-door 4wd

The Audi Q3 was redesigned for the 2019 model year. Passenger-side small overlap frontal ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by Volkswagen/Audi as part of frontal crash test verification.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Passenger injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Hip/thigh
Lower leg/foot
Passenger restraints and dummy kinematics
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Hip/thigh
Lower leg/foot
Driver restraints and dummy kinematics
Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on passenger side

Test ID VTP1924
Lower occupant compartment
Lower hinge pillar max (cm) 10
Footrest (cm) 7
Right toepan (cm) 6
Center toepan (cm) 3
Rocker panel lateral average (cm) 1
Upper occupant compartment
Center dash (cm) 1
Upper hinge pillar max (cm) 7
Upper dash (cm) 0
Right lower dash (cm) 1

Passenger injury measures

Test ID VTP1924
Head
HIC-15 246
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.8
Extension bending moment (Nm) 19
Maximum Nij 0.16
Chest maximum compression (mm) 19
Femur (kN)
Left 1.6
Right 1.8
Knee displacement (mm)
Left 2
Right 0
Knee-thigh-hip injury risk (%)
Left 0
Right 0
Maximum tibia index
Left 0.39
Right 0.44
Tibia axial force (kN)
Left 2.4
Right 1.6
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 38
Right 42

Driver injury measures

Test ID VTP1924
Head
HIC-15 207
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.0
Extension bending moment (Nm) 29
Maximum Nij 0.30
Chest maximum compression (mm) 32
Femur (kN)
Left 0.4
Right 0.3
Knee displacement (mm)
Left 0
Right 0
Knee-thigh-hip injury risk (%)
Left 0
Right 0
Maximum tibia index
Left 0.34
Right 0.36
Tibia axial force (kN)
Left 2.5
Right 2.2
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 63
Right 56

How the passenger-side small overlap front test is conducted

Moderate overlap front

Rating applies to 2019-20 models

Tested vehicle: 2019 Audi Q3 2.0T Premium Plus quattro 4-door 4wd

The Audi Q3 was redesigned for the 2019 model year. Moderate overlap frontal ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by Volkswagen/Audi as part of frontal crash test verification.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Leg/foot, left
Leg/foot, right
Driver restraints and dummy kinematics
Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID VTF1917
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm) 3
Left (cm) 3
Center (cm) 5
Right (cm) 2
Brake pedal (cm) 2
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm) 0
Right (cm) 0
Steering column movement
Upward (cm) -2
Rearward (cm) -6
A-pillar rearward movement (cm) 2

Driver injury measures

Test ID VTF1917
Head
HIC-15 245
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.6
Extension bending moment (Nm) 13
Maximum Nij 0.30
Chest maximum compression (mm) 34
Legs
Femur force - left (kN) 0.5
Femur force - right (kN) 0.8
Knee displacement - left (mm) 0
Knee displacement - right (mm) 1
Maximum tibia index - left 0.36
Maximum tibia index - right 0.44
Tibia axial force - left (kN) 1.9
Tibia axial force - right (kN) 3.9
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 71
Right 138

How the moderate overlap front test is conducted

Side

Rating applies to 2019-20 models

Tested vehicle: 2019 Audi Q3 2.0T Premium Plus quattro 4-door 4wd

The Audi Q3 was redesigned for the 2019 model year. Side ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by Volkswagen/Audi as part of side crash test verification.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Driver head protection
Rear passenger injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Rear passenger head protection
Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID VTS1919
B-pillar to longitudinal centerline of driver's seat (cm) -23.0
Negative numbers indicate the amount by which the crush stopped short of the seat centerline.

Driver injury measures

Test ID VTS1919
Head HIC-15 311
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.5
Compression (kN) 0.3
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 38
Lateral force (kN) 1.3
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 32
Average deflection (mm) 29
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 3.34
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.44
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 2.7
Acetabulum force (kN) 1.1
Combined force (kN) 3.7
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 0.4
L-M moment (Nm) 82
A-P moment (Nm) 43

Passenger injury measures

Test ID VTS1919
Head HIC-15 170
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.3
Compression (kN) 0.1
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 32
Lateral force (kN) 1.2
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 25
Average deflection (mm) 20
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 2.64
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.26
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 0.4
Acetabulum force (kN) 2.5
Combined force (kN) 2.7
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 0.3
L-M moment (Nm) 28
A-P moment (Nm) 20

How the side crash test is conducted

Roof strength

Rating applies to 2019-20 models

Tested vehicle: 2019 Audi Q3 2.0T Premium Plus quattro 4-door 4wd

Overall evaluation
Curb weight 3,880 lbs
Peak force 20,916 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio 5.39

How the roof strength test is conducted

Head restraints & seats

Seat type: Power leather seat

Overall evaluation
Dynamic rating
Seat/head restraint geometry
Technical measurements for this test
Seat type Power leather seat
Geometry
Backset (mm) 18
Distance below top of head (mm) 14
Seat design parameters
Pass/fail Pass
Max T1 acceleration (g) 10.6
Head contact time (ms) 56
Force rating 1
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N) 0
Max neck tension (N) 147

How the head restraint & seat test is conducted

Front crash prevention: vehicle-to-vehicle

System details

  • Standard Pre Sense Front

Overall evaluation

Applies to 2019-20 models

Superior
Superior
  • This system meets the requirements for forward collision warning.
  • In the 12 mph IIHS test, this vehicle avoided a collision.
  • In the 25 mph IIHS test, this vehicle avoided a collision.

How front crash prevention is evaluated

Headlights

Ratings are given for 2 different headlight variations available on this vehicle.

Trim level(s)

  • Premium Plus trim
  • Prestige trim
Low-beam headlight type LED projector
High-beam headlight type LED projector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? Yes
Overall rating
Distance at which headlights provide at least 5 lux illumination:
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Low beams
On the straightaway, visibility was good on both sides of the road. On curves, visibility was good on the sharp right curve and fair 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 in all 4 tests.

High-beam assist compensates for some limitations of this vehicle's low beams on the straightaway, on both left curves and on both right curves.

Technical measurements for this test
Trim level(s)
  • Premium Plus trim
  • Prestige trim
Low-beam headlight type LED projector
High-beam headlight type LED projector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? Yes
Overall rating
Applies to 2019-20 models
LOW BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Amount glare
exceeded threshold
Straightaway right edge 97.8 m None
Straightaway left edge 64.7 m None
250m radius right curve, right edge 64.6 m None
250m radius left curve, left edge 64.1 m None
150m radius right curve, right edge 55.8 m None
150m radius left curve, left edge 54.1 m None
HIGH BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Straightaway right edge 156.9 m
Straightaway left edge 121.9 m
250m radius right curve, right edge 69.6 m
250m radius left curve, left edge 70.0 m
150m radius right curve, right edge 56.6 m
150m radius left curve, left edge 56.7 m

Trim level(s)

  • Premium trim
Low-beam headlight type LED reflector
High-beam headlight type LED reflector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? Yes
Overall rating
Distance at which headlights provide at least 5 lux illumination:
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Low beams
On the straightaway, visibility was inadequate on both sides of the road. On curves, visibility was inadequate in all 4 tests.

The low beams created some glare.

High 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.

High-beam assist compensates for some limitations of this vehicle's low beams on the straightaway and all 4 curves.

Technical measurements for this test
Trim level(s)
  • Premium trim
Low-beam headlight type LED reflector
High-beam headlight type LED reflector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? Yes
Overall rating
Applies to 2019-20 models
LOW BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Amount glare
exceeded threshold
Straightaway right edge 76.8 m None
Straightaway left edge 41.5 m None
250m radius right curve, right edge 41.0 m 7.2 %
250m radius left curve, left edge 41.7 m None
150m radius right curve, right edge 27.7 m None
150m radius left curve, left edge 32.8 m None
HIGH BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Straightaway right edge 141.9 m
Straightaway left edge 127.1 m
250m radius right curve, right edge 54.1 m
250m radius left curve, left edge 57.2 m
150m radius right curve, right edge 41.6 m
150m radius left curve, left edge 43.4 m

How headlights are evaluated

Child seat anchors

Applies to 2019-20 models

Overall evaluation
+
extra LATCH positions
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 and the ability to borrow lower anchors from the other seating positions.

Note: When anchors are borrowed, they aren't available to use in their designated positions.

Overall evaluation
+
extra LATCH positions
Vehicle trim 2.0T Premium Plus
Seat type leather
1 2 3
G Good
A Acceptable
M Marginal
P Poor
Seating positions that rely on borrowed lower anchors or have only a tether anchor available are not rated.
thether anchor symbol
Tether anchor
lower anchor symbol
Lower anchors
shared lower achors symbol
Lower anchor(s) can be borrowed from adjacent positions(s)
No hardware available

Details by seating position

1
Tether anchor
easy-to-find location
no 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
no other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
Can be borrowed from 1 and 3
3
Tether anchor
easy-to-find location
no 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
Technical measurements for this test

Seat position 21

3

Lower anchor A
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) -2-0
Force (lbs) 2
Clearance angle (degrees) 79
Lower anchor B
Open access rated Yes
Depth Visible
Force (lbs) 1
Clearance angle (degrees) 81
Tether anchor
Location Middle seatback
Confusing hardware present Yes
Has contrasting label
within 3 inches of tether anchor
Yes

Seat position 22

2

Lower anchor A
Lower latch is shared for this seat position
Lower anchor B
Lower latch is shared for this seat position
Tether anchor
Location Middle seatback
Confusing hardware present Yes
Has contrasting label
within 3 inches of tether anchor
Yes

Seat position 23

1

Lower anchor A
Open access rated Yes
Depth Visible
Force (lbs) 1
Clearance angle (degrees) 83
Lower anchor B
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) 0-2
Force (lbs) 4
Clearance angle (degrees) 83
Tether anchor
Location Middle seatback
Confusing hardware present Yes
Has contrasting label
within 3 inches of tether anchor
Yes

How child seat anchors are evaluated