2012 Audi Q3 awarded with the maximum five-star rating in the Euro NCAP crash tests

Article by Christian Andrei, on October 27, 2011

New Audi Q3 has been awarded the maximum five-star rating for passive crash safety by the Euro NCAP consortium. The results for adult safety in a side, frontal or rear collision, for child wellbeing and pedestrian protection mean that the new Audi Q3 is one of the safest vehicles in its category.

The consortium, which was established in 1997, is composed of worldwide representatives from European transport ministries, insurers, consumer protection organizations and automobile associations. It executes rigorous assessments of the crash performance of new vehicles. The test requirements far exceed the standards of European lawmakers.

The results of the Q3 for passenger and driver protection in side and frontal impact collisions easily earned the automobile the top rating of five stars. The test also revealed that children are well-protected in this new model. Euro NCAP also tests the fasten seatbelt reminder for the front and in particular the rear seat passengers. The Audi Q3 comes standard with both systems.

In addition, it has been found out that Audi ensures pedestrian protection as evident in its Q3 featuring a front end specially designed to help to alleviate the effects of a collision. Moreover, the vehicle also possesses the active safety features that go beyond Euro NCAP's standards.

For example, the standard daytime running lights provide the Audi Q3 with greater visibility, especially for pedestrians. Optional features include driver assistance systems such as the standard dynamic stability control (ESP) with Audi active lane assist and Audi side assist.

Even at a glance, onlookers will immediately recognize the new Q3 as an Audi. It boasts of coupe-like lines, arched sheet metal surfaces framed by sharp edges and characteristic front and rear lights. Audi is offering optional xenon plus units and LED daytime running lights, as well as LED tail lights. In addition, the new Audi Q3 features an early-dropping low roof line and flat D-pillars – all underscoring the vehicle’s dynamics. Just like any Audi Q model, the new Q3 features undivided tail lights integrated into the tailgate that wraps around the pillars.

Interestingly, the new Audi Q3 features a coefficient of drag of just 0.32. Of course, customers could avail of add-on parts in body color, black or anthracite. Furthermore, two exterior packages are also available. Measuring 4.39 meters (14.40 ft) in length, 1.83 meters (6.00 ft) in width and 1.59 meters (5.22 ft) in height, the new Audi Q3 could comfortably accommodate five occupants.

Its interior -- setting new standards in the areas of workmanship and ergonomics – is offered with a broad variety of materials and colors, thereby allowing customers to personalize their Audi compact SUV. Additionally, the Q3 adopts some design elements from the large Audi model series, particularly a large arc that extends from one front door to the other. As standard, the Audi Q3’s cargo room could accommodate 460 liters (16.24 cu ft) of luggage, and can be expanded to 1,365 liters (48.20 cu ft) once the split rear seat backs are folded down.

A roof rail is also featured as standard on the Q3. As optional extra, a luggage compartment package and a pass-through hatch could offer more versatility and convenience. Audi will also offer a base version of the Q3 -- which will have a weight of around 1,445 kilograms (3,186 lbs) – that features a rigid and safe occupant cell that makes use of ultra-high-strength steels. Interestingly, the compact SUV’s engine hood and tailgate are made from aluminum.

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