Audi Q3 Named IIHS Top Safety Pick
Subcompact Crossover Gets “Good” Ratings on All Crash Tests
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has awarded the updated Audi Q3 a Top Safety Pick rating thanks to its “Good” performance in all of the agency’s crash tests. The Q3 aced the small overlap, the moderate overlap, the side impact, the roof strength, and the head restraint tests, meaning it is one of the safer vehicles in its class. “Good” is the highest rating the IIHS gives out for crash tests
Unlike the BMW X1, which got a “Marginal” (second-worst) score on the small overlap test, the Audi Q3 experienced a maximum intrusion of just four inches on the challenging crash simulation. That preserved the driver’s survival space remarkably well and kept the airbags in position where they would more likely protect the occupants from harm. Injury measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of injuries in a crash like this, which is amazing given how the vehicle seemingly blows apart after hitting the barrier (see video below).
The IIHS tested the refreshed 2016 Q3, but it says the Top Safety Pick ranking applies to 2015 models as well, since no structural changes were made in the facelift. Interestingly, the Q3 isn’t available with any kind of front crash prevention, which would help it get a Top Safety Pick+ rating. Cheaper SUVs like the Mitsubishi Outlander and Mazda CX-5 outrank the Audi in this regard, thanks to their available crash avoidance systems. Perhaps Audi will incorporate more safety features the next time the Q3 is refreshed or redesigned.
Source: Audi, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety