In the recent years, we’ve seen the market for luxury vehicles downsizing rapidly, with customers opting more for models like the 2016 Audi Q3, the 2016 BMW X1 and the Mercedes-Benz GLA.
For those who go for safety first, Audi has an ace up its sleeve, as the company won the Top Safety Pick Award with the 2016 Audi Q3.
The award is given by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) every year. The award often is a factor that separates the best cars, from the rest on the market. The differential factor is often viewed as a key reason why customers opt for vehicle A instead of vehicle B.
Luxury vehicles that are smaller and more compact, like the Audi Q3 are nowadays seen as the best choice between the shoppers. The vehicles are better suited and fit for an urban lifestyle and the needs of the customers. And while for many customers, downsizing to a compact car is a weakness, more and more customers see this trend as a strength and positive in the market for luxury vehicles.
In order to qualify for the Pick Safety Award, a vehicle must earn good and/or acceptable ratings in four tests for crashing. The Q3 nailed all the tests, scoring “good” rating in all of them. The crash tests replicate what can happen in the real world when the front corner of vehicle A strikes vehicle B or an object on the street.
In their statement, the IIHS wrote that the“Q3’s structure held up well in the small overlap test, with maximum intrusion of 4 inches at the lower door-hinge pillar”.
The Q3 is not without flaws, but it is among the best cars where safety is considered. One category where the 2016 Q3 hardly met the standard was roof strength. The car features a 4.13 ratio in the area of strength-to-weight. The required ratio is 4.00, which is considered a “good” rating. Other flaws of the Q3 are the lack of the front crash prevention system and some features that can be seen on luxury vehicles, including the system for collision warning or the automatic braking.
At the moment, there are no crash test results for some of the competitors of the 2016 Audi Q3, like the Mercedes-Benz GLA.