By all accounts the 2016 Audi Q3 has reached the end of the calendar on a high note with many accolades (and just one dubious honor.) It's not every vehicle that wins an award, let alone multiple awards, but the Q3 has done just that, and it has done so while competing in one of the most competitive segments. Here are some of the biggest awards that have been bestowed upon the Audi Q3 in 2015.
Consumer Reports named the 2016 Audi Q3 the year's "most reliable vehicle." That title is given to just one vehicle, it was not judged segment by segment. The evaluation process uses information from its subscribers that spans over 740,000 vehicles. 170 vehicles had reliability ratings generated from that information. Of those 170 vehicles, the Audi Q3 surpassed all others. JD Power agreed with Consumer Reports, bestowing the Q3 with its Initial Quality Recognition for being best in its segment.
On the safety front, the IIHS chose the 2016 Audi Q3 as a "Top Safety Pick"http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20150803005833/en/CORRECTING-REPLACING-2016-Audi-Q3-Earns-2015. The small crossover missed out on the Top Safety Pick + honor because of the new requirement for vehicles to have an available front crash prevention system to even be considered for the Top Safety Pick+ title. Don't let that color your opinion of the Q3 though, the Q3 received the highest possible ratings in all IIHS crashworthiness tests.
The 2016 Audi Q3 also had its engine lauded by the 2015 International Engine of the Year Awards. The RS Q3's 2.5-litre 5-cylinder turbo engine was the winner of the "2-litre to 2.5-litre" class. Engines are judged on "subjective driving impressions and technical knowledge" taking into account things like performance, sound, drivability and fuel economy. The judging panel is composed of 65 journalists from 31 countries.
And to end off, something a little more dubious. The 2016 Audi Q3 has also been showing up on year end lists of the "Weirdest Recalls of 2015". 3,646 Q3s were recalled due to non-compliance with a government regulation. The vehicles received a software update which addressed this issue: if a person shut off the compact crossover while closing the sunroof, the roof would continue to close. The NHTSA says that could be dangerous if a body part got in the way.