Having aced all of its crash tests, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety awarded the Audi Q3 a Top Safety Pick award.
Introduced last year, small SUV scored good marks on all tests, including the challenging small overlap front test.
Although the 2016 model was tested, the Q3's ratings apply to both 2015 and 2016 models.
The IIHS says that that the Q3's structure held up well in the small overlap test, which measures the risk of injury in a crash in which the front quarter of a vehicle hits a fixed object, like a tree or guardrail, at 40 mph. The airbags protected the dummy's head well and there was little intrusion of the SUV's frame. Measurements indicated a low risk of injury in a similar real-world crash.
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.