New Audi Q3 Secures 5-Stars In Global NCAP Test
Expected to arrive in the Indian market by the end of 2019, the upcoming Audi Q3 has achieved 5- Stars in the Global NCAP Test. The luxury car has received full marks in the category of adult occupant protection as well as for child safety, vulnerable road user protection and driver assistance systems. The vehicle was subjected to two side crash tests - side barrier impact crash tests and the side pole test. Audi had showcased the second- gen Audi Q3 in July this year.
The upcoming Q3 comes equipped with six airbags, ABS, traction control, electronic stability control and ISOFIX child seat anchors as well as hill launch assist, hill descent control, cruise control and reverse parking camera with sensors. The vehicle was subjected to two side crash tests - side barrier impact crash tests and the side pole test. The test revealed that the head restraints offered adequate protection against whiplash injuries in case of rear- end collision and good protection to the legs of the driver and the passenger. Talking about the rigid barrier test, the vehicle offered good protection to the chest of both the driver and rear passenger, and ample protection of all other critical body areas.
Other than these, in terms of child protection, the next- gen Audi Q3 offered good protection to critical body parts during the frontal offset and the side barrier crash tests. Also, the front passenger airbag can be disabled to allow rearward- facing child restraint to be used in the seating position. The vehicle also offers adequate pedestrian protection. The updated SUV has scored 95 per cent in adult protection and 86 per cent for child occupant protection as well as 85 per cent in terms of safety assist system.
Looking at the detailed report on the Audi Q3 crash test-
Adult occupant: The passenger compartment remained stable in the frontal impact. Dummy readings indicated good protection of the knees and femurs of the driver and passenger. Audi showed that a similar level of protection would be provided to occupants of different sizes and to those sat in different seating positions. In the side barrier test, the Q3 scored maximum points, all body areas being well protected. In the more severe side pole test, protection of the chest was adequate and that of other body areas was good. The front seats and head restraints provided good protection against whiplash injuries in the event of a rear-end collision.
Child occupant: In the frontal impact, forward movement of the 3 year dummy, sat in a forward facing restraint, was not excessive. In the side barrier test, both dummies were properly contained within the shells of their restraints, minimizing the likelihood of dangerous head contacts. The dangers of using a rearward facing restraint without disabling the passenger airbag in that position are clearly explained in a permanently attached label. A switch is available as an option, and can be retro-fitted by an Audi dealer, which allows the passenger airbag to be disabled so that a rearward -facing child restraint can be used in that seating position. However, as the switch is not standard equipment on any model, it did not qualify for assessment by Euro NCAP.
Pedestrian Safety: The bumper scored maximum points for the protection offered to pedestrians' legs. The front edge of the bonnet was poor in all areas tested and scored no points. In those areas likely to be struck by a child's head, protection was predominantly good but was poor in most areas likely to be struck by the head of an adult.;
Safety Assist: Electronic stability control is standard equipment and met Euro NCAP's test requirements. A seatbelt reminder is standard for the driver, passenger and rear seats. A speed limitation device is not available for the Q3.
Currently, the Audi Q3 is available in three variants- Premium, Premium Plus and Technology. In terms of powertrain, the existing Q3 can be had with a 1.4- litre producing 150 bhp and 200 Nm petrol engine coupled to a 6- speed AT and a 2.0- litre making 150 bhp and 340 Nm diesel engine mated to a 7- speed AT. However, in the Premium Plus and Technology variants, the Q3 is powered by the improved version of the 2.0- litre diesel engine that generates 181 bhp and 380 Nm. Power from this engine is sent to all four wheels of the SUV via 7- speed dual clutch transmission and the Quattro 4WD system. The Audi Q3 takes on the likes of the BMW X1, Mercedes- Benz GLA and Volvo XC40. Stay tuned to V3cars.com for further updates on the upcoming Audi Q3 in India.
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