The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety today announced that the 2019 Audi A7 sedan earned the agency’s Top Safety Pick award, while the Volkswagen luxury brand’s Q3 subcompact SUV qualified for the Top Safety Pick Plus designation, the agency’s highest honor.
The A7 was redesigned for 2019, but this was the first time IIHS tested it. The car earned requisite good scores on all crash tests, and has a superior-rated front crash prevention system, which is standard.
Where it fell short of the Plus designation was its headlight rating. Its base headlights — LED reflectors — earned a marginal rating, and the LED projectors on the top Prestige trim earned a poor rating because of excessive glare. The Premium Plus model’s LED projector headlights earned an acceptable rating, qualifying it for Top Safety Pick status, but it needed good-rated headlights to snag the Plus designation.
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The Q3, meanwhile, is an all-new model for 2019 and also earned good scores on all the agency’s crash tests, as well as a superior rating for its standard front crash prevention system. Where it differs is in headlights: The tiny SUV’s good-rated headlights bumped it up to Top Safety Pick Safety Plus status — though IIHS cautions that only the available LED projector headlights qualify. As with the A7’s highest-trim headlights, The Q3’s base headlights received a poor rating.
The A7 and Q3 join a few other models in Audi’s 2019 lineup to have earned IIHS awards. The 2019 A4 sedan and Q8 three-row SUV are Top Safety Picks; the A6 sedan and e-tron electric compact SUV are Top Safety Pick Plus models.
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