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2016 Audi Q3 Is a Top Safety Pick

16_Audi_Q3_Crash_Test1.jpg 2016 Audi Q3; | IIHS image

The redesigned-for-2016 Audi Q3 has earned the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s Top Safety Pick rating. The luxury compact SUV received the highest-possible score of good in all areas of the institute’s crashworthiness testing.

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IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal or poor based on their performance in five tests, including moderate front overlap, small overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraints. The new Q3 did not qualify for the institute’s highest honor, Top Safety Pick Plus, which requires that a vehicle earn an advanced or superior score for front crash prevention systems. The Q3 does not offer a front crash prevention system.

What is available, however, is a full complement of other safety features. These include front and rear side curtain airbags and front-seat-mounted torso airbags, a rollover sensor designed to deploy the side curtain airbags in the event of a rollover, electronic stability control, antilock brakes and programmable daytime running lights.

Of the Q3’s performance in the stringent small overlap front test, which approximates what happens when the front corner of a vehicle crashes into, for example, a utility pole, IIHS said: “The dummy’s position in relation to the door frame, steering wheel, and instrument panel after the crash test indicates that the driver’s survival space was maintained well.”

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